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Helicopter traffic

What is up with all the helicopter traffic up and down the Willamette river. What gives?
I live in the Milwaukie area close to the river and I have noticed an increased amount of helicopter traffic up and down the Willamette river today and this evening. Does anyone know what is going on?
National Guard training 06.Feb.2004 23:11

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My room mate was just flying up the river with a few other pilots... simply training. They do river runs as a part of the course and they regularly fly up the Willie. They are stepping up thier flights lately but that's it... nothing to worry about. There have been a lot of choppers shot down and they need to replace the dead pilots.