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Mil Mi 8 Helicopter In Killeen/Fort Hood, Texas?

Sat Jul 01, 2006 8:21 am

Right now I am in Killeen, Texas on vacation with family and I was outside for a second and a heard a very loud helicopter coming from somewhere and I looked up and here comes a Mil Mi 8 helicopter just screaming past at probably around 150-200 ft! I was very surprised and thought it was cool to see the old Russian bird! Although I didnt get a picture, it was light brown exactly like a M1 Abrams tank. Does anyone know why it was here?

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RE: Mil Mi 8 Helicopter In Killeen/Fort Hood, Texas?

Sat Jul 01, 2006 8:28 am

The US Military has plenty of Former Soviet (and now Russian) helicopters and airplanes in the inventory. You can go see them at the "Zoo" at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas (now declassified). Not saying this one was American, but we have several that fly training missions all the time.

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RE: Mil Mi 8 Helicopter In Killeen/Fort Hood, Texas?

Sun Jul 02, 2006 1:10 pm

i remember about 7 or 8 years ago i saw a pictures of an SU-27 painted in navy markings. not entirely sure if it was real, but it looked it to me. that was before the time where anyone could create anything on thier laptops at home so maybe it was....

can anyone confirm this?
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RE: Mil Mi 8 Helicopter In Killeen/Fort Hood, Texas?

Sun Jul 02, 2006 1:37 pm

I used to work at CLL and the Army brought in their Hind once for some gas, pretty cool to see in person in the middle of Central Texas!

http://www.tamu.edu/easterwoodairport/images/milimages/mi24_2.jpg

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RE: Mil Mi 8 Helicopter In Killeen/Fort Hood, Texas?

Tue Jul 04, 2006 6:30 am

Quoting Cancidas (Reply 2):
i saw a pictures of an SU-27 painted in navy markings.

I recall a similar story of an Su-27 being seen at Portland OR IAP, in the mid nineties. It seems the classified bird needed to make a fuel stop. The aircraft was parked at a far-off side of the airport, and the idea was that "hopefully" no one will recognize it.

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