Ask Roosiehood: What were those loud helicopters over Roosevelt tonight?

A Boeing Chinook CH-47 Helicopter - DoD photo by Spc. Russell J. Good

Update May 31, 12:58 p.m.: I just got off the phone with someone from the Media Relations team at Joint Base Fort Lewis-McChord who confirmed that the helicopters were, indeed, theirs.

The two Chinooks, part of a team here for training in the Pacific Northwest, took off from Gray Army Airfield at Fort Lewis. They flew out over the Ballard Locks, then headed east to Lake Sammamish before refueling at Boeing field and heading back to the base.

They were flying at altitudes and on flight paths assigned by flight control to reduce the impact from the amount of noise they make.

(Hat tip to John Eddy for pointing us in the direction of Fort Lewis!)

Original post on May 30, 9:40 p.m.:

A few people in the neighborhood mentioned that they heard the loud rotors of two helicopters as they flew overhead this evening, once around 8:00 p.m. and again around 9:45 p.m.

Naturally, I turned to Twitter to find out what the collective internet knew about these black twin rotor beasts. @jaydeflix pointed out that they were Chinooks and they were green, not black. @kristen206 noted that they rattle her dad’s house when they fly in low over Bangor, but we’re still not sure why they were rattling homes in our area tonight. There’s certainly a good discussion about it on MyBallard.

Anyone else know?

In case you missed the flyover, The West Seattle Blog caught this video of the choppers going over Fauntleroy: