West Seattle sighting: 4 military helicopters pass Alki, Admiral

August 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm | In Helicopter, Seen around town, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

1:09 PM: Thanks to Danny McMillin for the photo of four military helicopters spotted passing Alki and Admiral within the past half-hour or so; we’ve seen Twitter mentions of sightings elsewhere around the city but don’t know yet if there’s a particular occasion, a VIP, or … ? We’re still checking around; please let us know if YOU have a clue!

1:21 PM: Could be a coincidence – but this is Boeing Family Day up at the factory in Everett, and the Chinook is Boeing-built.

8:31 PM: Still no official info. But an Alki Beach visitor got them on video:

The clip is by Ben Slivka. If we find out anything more about the choppers tomorrow, we’ll add an update here.


  1. We saw them when we were passing through Burien a bit ago.

    Comment by Bonnie — 2:12 pm August 18, 2013 #

  2. Tomorrow is National Aviation Day. Maybe this is the connection?

    Comment by Admiral935 — 2:13 pm August 18, 2013 #

  3. Ohhhhhh!!! I love the “egg beaters” :) I’m sure I’m not the only one that used to call them that as a kid. Grew up in Boise, close to Gowan Field. Always loved when these and the other planes flew over the city. Love it now when they fly over my apt building. Missed them today though..dang it.

    Great picture!!!!!

    Comment by ~~Hockeywitch~~ — 7:40 pm August 18, 2013 #

  4. They flew over us on Anderson Island about 2ish. They seem to have a long range today.

    Comment by yumpears — 8:03 pm August 18, 2013 #

  5. They were really cool to see by Alki!

    Comment by Noelle — 8:21 pm August 18, 2013 #

  6. Just discovered somebody posted a clip to YouTube, so adding that. No official info on what they were doing, though!

    Comment by WSB — 8:31 pm August 18, 2013 #

  7. They were south of puyallup today too– 4 of them!

    Comment by ttt — 8:36 pm August 18, 2013 #

  8. They were on their way to Hempfest.

    Comment by phil dirt — 9:27 am August 19, 2013 #

  9. We saw them over by Seatac flying overhead.

    Comment by Elisaid — 12:22 pm August 19, 2013 #

  10. phil dirt — they were actually on a secret mission to airdrop more bags of Doritos; even with all that tonnage, they were gone in 15 minutes.

    Comment by metrognome — 5:56 pm August 19, 2013 #

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