The Anonymous Widower

Shooting Down A US Heavy Helicopter

About twenty years ago, I heard a story, how an engineer at Cambridge University, programmed a computer to recognise the Duke of Edinburgh’s voice.

I have also read about smart mortars, that look for something big, metallic and making a lot of noise and if it appears to be a tank, they hit it.

Last night, I was woken by the distinctive noise of President Obama’s helicopter as it flew over East London from Stansted. The noise is just so distinctive.

How long will it be before someone parks a missile on a roof with a smart guidance system, looking for a distinctive noise signature in the sky?

April 22, 2016 - Posted by | World | ,


  1. The very first time I encountered a Chinook, I heard from about two or three miles away and about to three minutes before it hove into view. I knew exactly what was coming. As you indicate, it is a very loud aircraft with a very distinctive sound.

    IMO the ample warning it gives of its arrival makes it unsuitable for counter insurgency operations, but it has been used for this for nearly half a century.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | April 22, 2016 | Reply

  2. This wasn’t a Chinook, but Obama’s personal Marine helicopter.

    Comment by AnonW | April 22, 2016 | Reply

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