What’s with all the choppers?

Photo by Scott Fajack

Photo by Scott Fajack

Urban combat training has the skies over  Echo Park,  Silver Lake and other neighborhoods filled with the drone of military helicopters tonight.

Dodger Stadium is serving as one of the sites being used by Marines during a two-week long training session that will include raids on buildings at undisclosed locations, according to Associated Press@dodgerneighbor reported seeing four Osprey helicopters landing and then taking off from the ballpark property.

The training involves more than 2,400 Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit as they prepare to be deployed to the Western Pacific and Middle East next spring, according to AP.


  1. For most of Sunday night, it appeared that fire department was also using the stadium as a helicopter staging area for the large downtown fire. It has mostly been helicopters since about the 3am Monday. The Ospreys , however, are much, much louder than the F.D.’s. A meditation centered event at the stadium would be real nice right about now.

    • For sure…and also yesterday nearly constant emergency vehicle sirens…it feels like an assault at times, but I support LAPD, LAFD, CHP and Sheriffs.

      Question please? I’m near Alvarado and Santa Ynez and three times recently I’ve seen Large Hook & Ladder, and smaller firetruck cruising West up Kent and appearing to turn right once near top of hill…no lights, sirens or horns. Anyone have info on why?

      • If the call they were going to gets canceled they turn around. They can’t exactly do a u-turn, so they take the side streets.

  2. Because we know how well the violence of our endless wars overseas has worked so far… why not bring the show home?

  3. Crowd control

  4. Cool, so my baby will be able to take an uninterrupted nap in about 10 days? Good to know.

  5. Yep, four Osprey flew right over my property last night, in blackout mode, minus the prop/blade green lights and blinking red tail marker, landing in an also blacked out Dodger parking lot. They did this twice within an hour and a half. All the while two other blacked out helicopters sat in a circling flight patern surrounding the stadium and Elysian Park. They looked like giant Quadcopter drones in the black sky.
    I’ve been wondering why off and on during the day we have been having single Osprey fly down the 101 to then make a turn to make a low pass right down the Downtown Fig corridor. Time to get my night photography set up.

  6. Looks like they got the bugs out of the Ospreys. At least we didn’t hear them in the studio.

  7. I can see how the military has to train. but in central Los Angeles? this is ridiculous

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