Mysterious Military Flyover Above Manhattan Was A Trump "Emergency Relocation Drill"

Tyler Durden's picture

One week ago, New Yorkers were captivated, and unnerved, by a 40-minute long military exercise in which one USAF C-130 and several HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters could be seen circling at very low altitudes above Manhattan. While the US military kept silent about the overflight, U.S. Air Force Col. Nicholas Broccoli, the vice commander of the Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing, said the aircraft were conducting "standard military training."  However, one look at the flight pattern of the plane shows there was seemingly little that was "standard" about a C-130 making dozens of circles over midtown Manhattan.

Today we learn that the overflights were far more than simply "standard military training." According to DNAinfo, the military airplane and two helicopters doing loops over Midtown last week were conducting an “emergency relocation” planning mission in case they needed to extract President-elect Donald Trump during an emergency or attack.

Citing sources, DNAInfo said that the flyovers were part of an “emergency relocation drill” designed to identify locations, primarily in Central Park, where a chopper could touch down near Trump's home inside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and 56th Street, and safely evacuate Trump and others from the city.

“It was the military doing their homework,” one source said. “They were making plans how to remove him, mapping plans and strategizing,” added a second source.

In the event of an emergency, the president would be whisked by the Secret Service north to the park, and then flown in a helicopter to the nation’s capital or a secret government site in Virginia or West Virginia, sources said. The aircraft models spotted during the exercise can fly long distances without refueling and can also refuel in mid-air if necessary, sources said.

Surprisingly, the NYPD was given only short notice about the flyovers, and were never informed that the military would be using a plane as large a C-130 with its 130-foot wing span. “They should have told people they were doing recon, and going to fly at low altitudes, instead of keeping it a secret,” a law enforcement source said. “People were scared, and rightly so."

“Trump is the president and people would understand that they are doing a recon mission for an emergency,” the source continued.

One day after the flyover, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill told reporters that the city was working on improving notification procedures. “Usually when there is a flyover, we get something through our Operations unit. It’s sent out to everybody," O'Neill said last Wednesday at an unrelated press conference. "That notification is supposed to go out through OEM [the Office of Emergency Management], so I know OEM is working with the military to make sure the proper notifications are made. [OEM Commissioner] Joe Esposito is going to have to make sure he stays in contact with the military for future notifications.”

“The public should know about that. What’s transpired in New York City over the last 15 years, we need to know that,” O'Neill added.

DNAinfo further adds that according to a federal agent who witnessed the circling aircraft, and who spent most of his career protecting presidents, “the park is the closest place to land, even if they keep a Marine 1 helicopter up here in the city, or in base in New Jersey." The ex-agent said last week’s aircraft basically conducted a dozen loops from 42 Street west to Riverside Park, then headed to the East River and south back to 42nd Street.

“I have never seen a military training maneuver in the city,” the agent observed. “That type of rescue work is usually done by the NYPD, the FDNY, or the Coast Guard, not the military.”

The C-130 which was the airplane confuicting the drills, travels up to 300 mph, is fundamentally a cargo transport plane that can be filled with everything from armed personnel to armored vehicles, including presidential limousines. The plane can also land on short runways.

Meanwhile, the military continued to deny the purpose of the exercise: a spokesman for the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs said last week only that the maneuver was part of a “routine training mission” that originated from the 106th Rescue Wing at the Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach on Long Island. He reiterated the same today. A spokesman for the US Secret Service in Washington did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment.  As a matter of policy, however, the agency routinely says it does not discuss specifics of Presidential security.

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blue51's picture

Sniff, sniff. I smell bullshit .

algol_dog's picture

They're going to do it just like John Wayne in "The Green Berets".

blue51's picture

Ooops. My reply to you went up top .

eforce's picture

Globalists crash economy, time to move out of ghettoville before...

blue51's picture

I'll be A'gitten soon .

Duane Norman's picture

ZeroHedge is right, though this time their details are seriously lacking.

BuddyEffed's picture

Boy Scout motto : Be prepared.

Just in case 3 million people decide to stop by unexpectedly.

That many could be there in around an hour, at walking speeds.

And the park is an obvious fabrication for a pick up point. Real point is likely between 145 and 180 degrees in other direction, or from some upper floors.

New England Patriot's picture

Would rather have an AC-130 overflying my extraction.

nmewn's picture

That smell is NY Senator Chuck Schumer firing people the week of Christmas...

...bah humbug and oy vey Chuckie ;-)

blue51's picture

Who is he hiring for a replacement ? Rita Katz Studios ? His face was made for Radio anyway .

The central planners's picture

They were expecting the electoral vote to chose hitlary as president, thats it. 

HedgeJunkie's picture

Bullshit is real, a healthy part of our environment, which assists in expanding life of all kinds.

Goenverment Propaganda is the opposite.

847328_3527's picture

Trump Tower may be the safest place in DeeBlazio's "multicultural" city to be living.


Did I say "city? I meant, "cesspool."

NoDebt's picture

Not sure about it being the safest place.  I mean think about it.  If Trump is in NYC and everyone else in the deep state is down in DC.... would they sacrifice a few square blocks of NYC to be rid of Trump?  Something that could easily be played as a "terrorist attack" for double bonus points?

I wouldn't put it past them.

And if you're a 9/11 conspiracy theorist you should be almost automatically nodding your head up and down at this.

One of We's picture

It was a conspiracy and that's no theory.

LetThemEatRand's picture

The MSM "source" went on to say, "we would take him to 145 Elm Street in the event of an attack.  The back door is always unlocked.  But please don't quote me."

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Dec 21, 2016 9:19 PM

In the event of an emergency he would be whisked away to the protective bosom of ZHers

Oliver Klozoff's picture

Uh huh.

No helipad on Trump Tower's roof?

God keep you Mr. Trump.

Dragon HAwk's picture

You aint gonna land a C-130 in that park so why the fly over ? surveillance team or extraction team  with chutes, somebody needs to drop a lot of weight, I have no clue,  in a real emergency dropping into New York, good luck with that.

NoDebt's picture

They're going to land Snake Plissken on top of the World Trade Center in a glider and sneak Trump out.


Urban Redneck's picture

Exactly.  I can't see them putting a 70 year old POTUS in a SPIE rig for a fast extraction... And there are more appropriate aircraft for refuling helicopters in flight.  

However, they can also insert an extraction team from an AC-130 gunship, which can (more importantly) lay down a fuck ton of pavement ape supression fire and then perform escort duties from NYC to an undisclosed location.  

Mr.BlingBling's picture

Seriously. If that was the real reason they could have used Google Earth and saved time and fuel

blue51's picture

Scissors on the front of a c-130 . lol. Bouncing Donald off every highrise on 5th Ave.

sunnyside's picture

If Ivanka needs a safe place to stay, my place is available.

The central planners's picture

My safe space was designed to make two people join in and then 5 can get out later.

War Machine's picture

Are her tits real? By God, I hope so.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

Fight Club or no, when did it become OK for men to speak of women thus?

TwelveOhOne's picture

LOL at the juxtaposition between your position, and your moniker.

Oliver Klozoff's picture


The rest of my life is in splitting hairs as well but there's a big difference in a snarky handle and asking in a public forum if a woman's breasts are augmented. Today's assault on her has the potential to become common place now that there was no punishment meted out to the perps.

So I'm asking again, when did it become ok to talk to women like this? Her dad nearly wrecked his campaign with this stuff but the left can berate and intimidate with impunity.

It's not ok.

Mahatma Coat's picture

“They should have told people they were doing recon, and going to fly at low altitudes, instead of keeping it a secret,” a law enforcement source said.

Oh right.  Advertise the exercise in advance so every stickybeak citizen with an iPhone, every media outlet and every tearrist is there to watch and record how the military plans to handle an emergency exfiltation.  Smart thinking 99. 

onwisconsinbadger's picture

We have been Drumpfed. Your tax payer dollars at work.

Occams_Razor_Trader's picture

Better than being Obo-fucked- remember Mooch-elle's 100 million dollar trip to Spain- paid by us (er... the ones of us that pay taxes)???

Jackagain's picture

Yeah...and they're in Hawaii as we speak...

matermaker's picture

The military isn't going to miss an opportunity to voice an opinion.  One must remember that Bush Sr. was the head of the C.I.A. before he got the neo-cons in Ronald's WH.   The military is going to be telling the rest of the government that they want their seat at the table back.  After the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy wasn't in the best standing with the military.  Trump doesn't want to make the same mistake, I reckon.  The marines that trump has chosen to be on his team are some of the few that survived that purge over the last 16 years.  I'd not be surprised to see Petreaus back soon.

blackwhiskey's picture

I only hope that all of the lebowski achievers make an encore

Jackagain's picture

Something tells me Trump is going to need a few body doubles to make it through 4 years....

Goldilocks's picture

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War Machine's picture

Using weekend warriors, NG... strikes me as odd.

very odd.

No disrespect to that crew and outfit but... they are not the A Team.

As for the NYPD - from a security standpoint the less they know the better. That's pretty basic.

ZoSo925's picture

Where the heck is a C-130 going to land ?  Trump owns the building and sure it goes 13 levels underground and connects somewhere

matermaker's picture

Trump isn't going anywhere.  That was the point.  The military is thrilled with him and is expressing their desire to make a point to other factions.  In a wise move, Trump has aligned hismelf with some bad asses left in like the marines.  It's the only way to go up against the Bush legacy CIA and the neocons.  That is what the army-navy game appearance was about.  A defacto statement that the United States isn't beyond a defacto coup by the military in the event they go after their boy.

Atomizer's picture

No conspiracy, the following day all heads of Silicon Valley met at Trump Tower. Standard protocol. 

DuneCreature's picture

The spook follower grape vine says Trump now has a large private security force in place and working way out AND close-in.

Not dot gov or active military.

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onmail1's picture

<-- or this threatening Trump
to behave or perish

CurveBall's picture

"That others may live" PJ's motto. 64PJ's plus gear on C130. That would be pretty formidable force to any foe. Add several HH-60 Pave Hawks, which are regularly used for SOAR which includes PJ's. Now replace that C130 with an AC130 and short of a full scale blitz invasion of Manhattan Island I am pretty sure they've got Trump covered for just about anything. The weird thing about this is, they didn't actually need to fly this "recon mission" to come up with a plan. And the absurd continuos flight path makes me think, drop and overwatch support. Possibly dropping those 64 PJ's in strategic locations to secure route. Included some links for your viewing pleasure. One thing though, they don't actually need to land a helicopter (all the way) to pick someone up, roof top pick up - you would think would be plausible. So perhaps there is a little more to this. Maybe QRF in case of civil unrest? Again 64 PJ's, if I happened to have some delusions of taking my discontent out on trump tower, I know I'd turn around in a real hurry and go home hahaha. Counter coupe? At least we get to have all the fun speculating.,+New+York,+NY+10022,+USA/@4...!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c258faf496ca53:0xcac444369838c0c3?hl=en-ca

dogismycopilot's picture

Landing Zone: Central Park



Farqued Up's picture

I would imagine the C-130 is a Spectre Gunship and the choppers are the extraction vehicles. It can lay down some massive firepower. People in the FL Panhandle see them many times daily, but they also see cows, dolphins, crows, osprey, bald and golden eagles, coyotes, racoons, buzzards and every military flying machine.

Of course we also have bears, monster rattlers, gators, and cockroaches that can stand flat footed and screw a wharf rat. Oh wait, NYC has the rats and roaches. The banks have cobras that will eat rattlers.