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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Murphy drives a Black 1981 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am Special Edition See more
Long shotgun microphones meant to record sound coming from the surface while the helicopter is in flight would never be mounted on the top of the helicopter, directly below the rotor blades. Aside from the blades and engine drowning out any sound, the ground would not be within the pick-up pattern of the microphones, and there would be no way to maneuver them into correct position. See more
[after the demonstration, Murphy and Braddock walk over to meet Blue Thunder's pilot
[recognizes Cochrane as the pilot
Well, what do you know!
Friend of yours?
An old war buddy. Bastard tried to have me court-martialed once.
The hardware, weaponry and surveillance systems depicted in this film are real and in use in the United States today. See more
Referenced in 80's Dan: Automan