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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The first draft of the script had a police helicopter pilot going psycho and terrorizing skies of LA. The script was shot down by the movie studio, as they were afraid that the audience would not identify with a psycho main character. They did like the idea of a helicopter fight over LA though. The rewrite became Blue Thunder. See more
When Murphy goes home, he parks his car where there is a spectacular, overlooking view of the Los Angeles skyline in the background. This has to be an east to west view as there are no "heights" west of Los Angeles. In the view there is still light in the sky. The light must be from a sunset because, as we all know, the sun sets in the west. However, recall that Murphy works the night shift. In fact, when Kate arrives a few minutes later, the time of "three in the morning" in discussed. Obviously, the sun doesn't set in Los Angeles at 3 am. See more
[voice on the cockpit voice recorder
I found out what JAFO is. "Just Another Fucking Observer", huh?
There are no opening credits after the title is shown. See more
Referenced in Standoff: Road Trip