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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Just before Murphy and Lymangood take Blue Thunder out on their first orientation flight, all they get is a verbal briefing from the Army sergeant. Murphy's unfamiliarity with the ship is evidenced by his comment about its being "nose-heavier than the Ayatollah." In real life, a pilot would be forbidden to take a new ship out as pilot-in-command unless he had passed a full check ride and gotten a logbook sign-off from an instructor pilot already rated in that particular aircraft. See more
That's Cochrane, F.E., US Army.
Cochrane, F.E. What's the "F.E." stand for?
The hardware, weaponry and surveillance systems depicted in this film are real and in use in the United States today. See more
Referenced in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City