Dear PoPville – Anyone Know Why the Marine One Helicopter Frequently Flies Over Columbia Heights?

Photo by PoPville flickr user JosephLeonardo

Dear PoPville,

My two-year-old son loves helicopters, and I guess we watch them like people in rural or suburban areas might watch for birds. In doing so, I was very surprised to note that the president’s helicopter, Marine One, (or a helicopter that looks just like it) frequently flies over Columbia Heights. Do you or any of your readers know why?

Here’s the birdwatching data: Probably once a week, I will see a single Marine One helicopter (dark green bottom, white cap, sometimes flying low enough I can see “United States of America” on the side) flying over Columbia Heights. Occasionally we see two. Most recently I saw a single helicopter Jan. 7th at noon, right over my house on Harvard Street. I’m pretty sure it’s not President Obama traveling, at least not most of the time — the helicopter sightings do not always match up with his travel schedule and I think he always travels with 2 helicopters.

But what *are* they doing? Is there a Marine One parking lot or service station somewhere beyond Columbia Heights? Do the pilots just love to fly the friendly DC skies?

Recent Stories

“Dear PoPville, I was driving behind a silver Nissan in Adams Morgan yesterday evening around 8pm. In the course of a few minutes, I realized they weren’t the usual run…

“Dear PoPville, I’m one of the many who has a lease up at the end of the year and my building is claiming they still have no information from the…

Join us for our safe, drive-through electronics recycling event at Audi Field, and be part of a ‘double-green’ community effort. ForestPlanet is working with an R2 certified recycling firm that…

100 M Street, SE This is the former Gordon Biersch space which closed back in early March 2020. The liquor license placard for Pink Taco says:


Subscribe to our mailing list