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?
A defense contractor offered to donate fifty million rounds of live ammunition for use in Blue Thunder's Gatling cannon during certain scenes. John Badham
declined the offer. See more
Paint scrapes on Lymangood's helmet vary between scenes (and often within the same scene). See more
[Murphy walks out to the pad
Well Murph, feeling any pressure?
Yeah. About 15 pounds per square inch at sea level.
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