C-130 Hercules flights are running out of Glacier International Airport on a regular basis, with a minimum of three flights during the day and two at night, the latter usually occurring around 11:00 pm or later. They usually fly east and cross over the Continental Divide, heading toward Malmstrom Air Force Base.
The helicopters have been more alarming. For the past two weeks, there has been a minimum of two sorties per night, paralleling the north-south railroad line and following it through the mountains and crossing the Divide. These sorties bear a minimum of (2) UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, and I have seen as many as (6) per over flight.
Most of the cargo shipped on the rails is comprised of container loads, oil tanker cars, and livestock. Recently a friend who lives next to Whitefish, Montana told me that he had seen a train packed to the gills with APC’s (Armored Personnel Carriers) heading East from Whitefish toward the Divide, and they were painted tan/desert camouflage.
One of the problems here with photographing them is that these movements are taking place primarily at night. These chopper over flights are running just above treetop level and they do not only make one pass: the sorties fly by on average 3 to 5 times.
An Army Reserve unit on 93 North coming out of Kalispell (just one mile north of the city) has been receiving large shipments of concertina wire and pickets. Interestingly enough, engineer and repair/refit units that have been deployed in the Middle East are now in the process of returning to this Reserve station. This Reserve post has seen more activity (arriving supplies and personnel) in the past two weeks than in the past five years.
Other things worth mentioning are the fact that some of these military units have been operating stripped of unit patches (partially sterile uniforms) and have been accompanied by/accompanying U.S. Border Patrol Units near the Canadian Border.
A man who works in Glacier National Park reported that the Canadians are allowed almost unlimited access into the U.S., but U.S. citizens departing the country come under the closest of scrutiny. It is reminiscent of the Soviet Union, with the only thing lacking (for now) being an internal passport system. ….