Man, these things were low and loud over the freeway.
I’m thinking this is something in the Sikorsky MH-60K or L or M part of the alphabet, owing to the refueling probe, but it’s very possible that Wiki isn’t up-to-date on this topic:
See them fellers on the bridge? That could be you, someday:
Click to expand to see them fellers
Don’t think this was on an airshow day. It’s just every military pilot’s dream to buzz the GGB on the taxpayer’s dime, so this kind of thing happens all the time. They generally don’t try to fly ‘neath the bridge anymore.*
*Former Presidential candidate John Kerry tried doing just this back in ’67, but he “chickened” out. Oh well.
Apparently, the pilots were horsing around before they went lower than they intended and got a bit wet as a result.
Check out the short video right here.
You don’t see this kind of thing every day, huh?
“Two Navy helicopters from North Island Naval Air Station were damaged, and their pilots are now grounded, after some bizarre flying over Lake Tahoe last week. A Navy spokesman confirmed Thursday that a video posted on YouTube is genuine footage of two MH-60 Romeo helicopters from North Island’s Helicopter Maritime Strike 41 squadron. The video shows the $33 million helicopters flying low over the lake. One seems to lose control, spinning and crashing into the water. The pilot then regains control and pulls the craft back into the air. The Navy wouldn’t identify the pilots or say whether the helicopters were supposed to be hovering over Lake Tahoe, only saying that the entire Sept. 13 flight is under investigation.”