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Army’s Secret Flights Over Washington Now an ‘Enduring’ Mission

  • Service discloses it’s for terrorism or a natural disaster
  • Nighttime missions have generated complaints from residents
The money initially supported the flying of 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

The money initially supported the flying of 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

Source: U.S. Army

The U.S. Army has made permanent a classified aviation mission over Washington and disclosed that it’s aimed at responding to a terrorist attack or natural disaster.

The mysterious operation -- which generated complaints from local residents for excess noise at night -- was mentioned in a Pentagon request to Congress in July asking for approval to shift fiscal 2019 funds to different purposes. The request included providing $1.55 million for aircraft maintenance, air crews and travel in support of an “emerging classified flight mission.”