Apache Helicopters at Beardstown Airport

  • Apache helicopters at Beardstown Airport
    Apache helicopters at Beardstown Airport
  • Clay Massie, 6, checks out the helicopter’s rear seat position.
    Clay Massie, 6, checks out the helicopter’s rear seat position.
  • U.S. Army AH64 Apache helicopter
    U.S. Army AH64 Apache helicopter
  • Cews leave to rejoin the main body of their unit in Quincy.
    Cews leave to rejoin the main body of their unit in Quincy.
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   Low cloud cover forced a flight of four U.S. Army AH64 Apache attack helicopters to land at the Beardstown airport Tuesday afternoon.
   The highly unusual sight of four rotary-winged combat aircraft attracted the attention of several area residents.
   The helicopters were transiting from their home base at Fort Carson, CO to Fort Drum, NY when low hanging clouds in the area created unsafe flying conditions.
   After a more than two-hour delay, the crews were instructed to rejoin the main body of their unit in Quincy when it became evident that the low cloud cover would not likely be lifting until after 9 a.m. Wednesday.
   Clay Massie, 6, was one who stopped by to get a look at the aircraft and got a surprise, up-close and personal look at the helicopter’s rear seat position.