Blue Thunder is a specially modified helicopter. It is for police work, but is armed and designed to counter street insurgencies. Its makers want to show what it will do, but have to train Los Angeles Police pilot Frank Murphy to fly and use it in order to allow it to operate in the city. Murphy and the project pilot have differences going back to Vietnam. The conflict between them continues to heat up as Murphy begins to suspect that Blue Thunder is more than has been disclosed. Written by
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Did You Know?
At the beginning of the movie, when Murphy and Lymangood first take off (after Murphy asks "all set"), the camera is shooting up at the belly of the police JetRanger. Look closely at the registration number beneath the door. It reads "N2044C". This is the exact aircraft that would became "Santini Air" (the red-white-blue American Flag chopper) about 2 years later in Airwolf
(1984). See more
The license plate number heard read over the police radio by LAPD dispatch for Frank Murphy's Trans-Am doesn't match the car's actual license plate which can be clearly seen in several shots. See more
You mind if I ask you what you're doing.
No... I don't mind at all.
The hardware, weaponry and surveillance systems depicted in this film are real and in use in the United States today. See more
Referenced in Standoff: Road Trip