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 film is dedicated to Warren Oates
(1928-1982), who played Capt. Jack Braddock and whose final film this was. The text can be seen after the end of the credits: FOR WARREN OATES WITH LOVE FOR ALL THE JOY YOU GAVE US 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
[Murphy moves away from Cochrane
I didn't realize you two were acquainted.
Col. F.E. Cochrane
Only too well, I'm afraid. I'd have had that bastard up on charges if he hadn't caught some shrapnel!
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Referenced in Lethal Weapon