Mysterious Helicopter Flights On Radar Of Madison County Leaders

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Officials are still trying to figure out who flew a fleet of helicopters that were allegedly hovering over and illuminating homes in Lincoln County, Tennessee, but the incident is now on the radar of leaders south of the state line.

No one has yet to claim responsibility for the flights that originated from the Madison County Executive Airport in Meridianville last week. 911 lines in neighboring Lincoln County were swamped with calls of mysterious helicopters shining lights on homes and property, with sightings being reported from the north end of the county to the state line (

Madison County Commissioners heard concerns about the helicopter flights at Wednesday’s meeting, but Chairman Dale Strong told WHNT News 19 that the county has no real oversight of the airport and only appoints its board members.  However, Strong did say that his office is in contact with the airport about what happened.

“We’re trying to see if we can determine what caused this situation that has raised an uproar,” said Strong. “If someone is using a 5 million Candlepower light and shining it on folks’ houses, we want to stop that. That’s our objective. Not to stop aircraft or helicopters from flying in Madison County. It’s to stop someone from illuminating a house in the middle of the night.”

A spokesperson at the Madison County Executive Airport told WHNT News 19 last week that a fleet of Lakota Army helicopters were in the area participating in a National Guard drill. But the Alabama Air National Guard refuted that statement the following day, saying the helicopters were not associated with the Guard. Redstone Arsenal also said they had no connection with the choppers.

One man who lives near the aiport told commissioners that no one may ever know the source of the flight due to a loophole.

“They [MCE Airport] couldn’t tell us anything about where they [helicopters] went or where they came back from because there’s a loophole that the helicopters don’t have to give a flight path plan. They don’t have to report it.”

WHNT News 19 did reach out to the Madison County Executive Airport again on Wednesday, but our request for comment went unanswered. The airport also did not respond to multiple messages we left last week.


  • Chuckie39

    Seems like if these are operating out of that airport it should be possible to find out whose they are. I doubt the airport officials would let me park my airplane there without some knowledge of who owns it, and who will pay the rent.

  • A boyd

    My neighbor, whom I rarely see came here from Nebraska as a helicopter pilot instructor just left today to go back to Neb. He told me he was in the Army and that going back to Neb for a much more permanent position with the ANG of Neb. I only saw him a couple times. He told me he flew out of the MCE. I thought being in the Army, he would fly out of Redstone, but he corrected me on that.

  • Dane Parker

    So given the egregious nature of the case and the alleged plethora of witnesses, does today’s standard UFO rebuttal of “everyone has a cell phone now show me the footage” apply here too?

  • Crackin Me Up

    It’s no big secret or ‘mysterious’ – S3, Inc. conducts regular two-week courses for National Guard pilots from all over the country. Lakotas are built in Columbus, MS, delivered to North Huntsville Airport where Guard units come train for two weeks in them then fly them back to their home state. Has nothing to do with Alabama National Guard, Yulista or Redstone activities. There is no “loophole” in flight plans. No aircraft on visual flight rules (VFR) is required to file a flight plan. Only a handful of aircraft flying out of that airport for business file flight plans. Go to the S3 office in the airport lobby. Their instructors set up the mission profiles for the course.

  • KB

    Mystery helicopter? Nobody knows who it was??? Come on! So people are just flying around and landing at an airport of their choice with no contact to the airport beforehand? I seriously doubt that.

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