History Main / EveryHelicopterIsAHuey

13th Apr '16 2:26:04 PM CaptEquinox
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' mostly averted this in favor of the historically-accurate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_47 Bell 47]]. However, some early episodes have a model Huey hanging from the ceiling of Col. Blake's office, and later on the O Club has a sign on the wall reading "4077th Med. Co. Air Ambulance" and featuring an illustration of either a Huey or another Vietnam-era chopper.

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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' mostly averted this in favor of the historically-accurate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_47 Bell 47]]. 47]] [[note]]the only helicopter that really goes chirp-chirp-chirp as its drive belts disengage. Now they all do it.[[/note]] However, some early episodes have a model Huey hanging from the ceiling of Col. Blake's office, and later on the O Club has a sign on the wall reading "4077th Med. Co. Air Ambulance" and featuring an illustration of either a Huey or another Vietnam-era chopper.
12th Feb '16 12:45:59 PM erforce
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This trope is becoming less common as time goes on. More recent films tend to rely more on the Aérospatiale [=AS350=] Squirrel (or its two-engine counterpart, the [=AS355=] Twin Squirrel) as their go-to helicopter of choice. Its sleek look, especially when depicted in black, seems to lend itself to the slicker attitude of more modern action films. Examples include ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' (which does feature some Hueys but primarily uses Squirrels), three out of the four live-action ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movies (''Apocalypse'', ''Extinction'' and ''Afterlife''), ''TheOtherGuys'' and ''{{Shooter}}''.

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This trope is becoming less common as time goes on. More recent films tend to rely more on the Aérospatiale [=AS350=] Squirrel (or its two-engine counterpart, the [=AS355=] Twin Squirrel) as their go-to helicopter of choice. Its sleek look, especially when depicted in black, seems to lend itself to the slicker attitude of more modern action films. Examples include ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' (which does feature some Hueys but primarily uses Squirrels), three out of the four live-action ''Film/ResidentEvil'' ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' movies (''Apocalypse'', ''Extinction'' (''[[Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse Apocalypse]]'', ''[[Film/ResidentEvilExtinction Extinction]]'' and ''Afterlife''), ''TheOtherGuys'' ''[[Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife Afterlife]]''), ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' and ''{{Shooter}}''.
''Film/{{Shooter}}''.
13th Jan '16 9:05:46 PM YT45
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It's not only military action movies that favor the Huey. Their versatility, reliability, ready availability as surplus, low cost, and ease of maintenance has them showing up pretty much every other time a helicopter's needed as well. Hence Bell 204/205/212 helicopters, all civilian Hueys, see very heavy usage for everything from logging to firefighting (it's definitely the single most popular type for Fire/Rescue work) to VIP transport, with Bell continuing to roll new ones off the assembly line even after fifty years in production. Though the US Army started replacing Hueys with Black Hawks as the general-purpose transport helicopter as long ago as 1979, they still keep a lot of them flying for various odd jobs[[note]]The Huey costs less to operate, requires less maintenance per flight hour, and burns less fuel than a Blackhawk. It can also fit into a much smaller landing zone. The new Y-model even has greater sling-load lifting capability than the Blackhawk.[[/note]]. The same is true of the other branches, except the Marine Corps, who not only still use them in a front-line role But are also currently taking delivery of the new and highly-advanced [=UH-1Y=] model. It's commonly said in the US Military that when the last Blackhawk is deleted from the inventory, it will be slingloaded to the Boneyard by a Huey.

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It's not only military action movies that favor the Huey. Their versatility, reliability, ready availability as surplus, low cost, and ease of maintenance has them showing up pretty much every other time a helicopter's needed as well. Hence Bell 204/205/212 helicopters, all civilian Hueys, see very heavy usage for everything from logging to firefighting (it's definitely the single most popular type for Fire/Rescue work) to VIP transport, with Bell continuing to roll new ones off the assembly line even after fifty years in production. Though the US Army started replacing Hueys with Black Hawks as the general-purpose transport helicopter as long ago as 1979, they still keep a lot of them flying for various odd jobs[[note]]The Huey costs less to operate, requires less maintenance per flight hour, and burns less fuel than a Blackhawk. It can also fit into a much smaller landing zone. The new Y-model even has greater sling-load lifting capability than the Blackhawk.[[/note]]. The same is true of the other branches, except the Marine Corps, who not only still use them in a front-line role But but are also currently taking delivery of the new and highly-advanced [=UH-1Y=] model. It's commonly said in the US Military that when the last Blackhawk is deleted from the inventory, it will be slingloaded to the Boneyard by a Huey.
13th Jan '16 9:04:30 PM YT45
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It's not only military action movies that favor the Huey. Their versatility and ready availability as surplus has them showing up pretty much every other time a helicopter's needed as well. Hence Bell 204/205/212 helicopters, all civilian Hueys, see very heavy usage, though certainly not to the extent that militarized Hueys do due to not having the same stranglehold on the market - or the public's imagination. Though in RealLife the US Army started replacing Hueys with Black Hawks as long ago as 1979[[note]] The US Marine Corps still uses Hueys and is still taking delivery of the newest Y model[[/note]] and many other armed forces never used them at all, in the movies they still show up everywhere even now - even places they have no right to be. As a general rule:

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It's not only military action movies that favor the Huey. Their versatility and versatility, reliability, ready availability as surplus surplus, low cost, and ease of maintenance has them showing up pretty much every other time a helicopter's needed as well. Hence Bell 204/205/212 helicopters, all civilian Hueys, see very heavy usage, though certainly not usage for everything from logging to firefighting (it's definitely the extent that militarized Hueys do due single most popular type for Fire/Rescue work) to not having VIP transport, with Bell continuing to roll new ones off the same stranglehold on the market - or the public's imagination. assembly line even after fifty years in production. Though in RealLife the US Army started replacing Hueys with Black Hawks as the general-purpose transport helicopter as long ago as 1979[[note]] 1979, they still keep a lot of them flying for various odd jobs[[note]]The Huey costs less to operate, requires less maintenance per flight hour, and burns less fuel than a Blackhawk. It can also fit into a much smaller landing zone. The US new Y-model even has greater sling-load lifting capability than the Blackhawk.[[/note]]. The same is true of the other branches, except the Marine Corps Corps, who not only still uses Hueys and is still use them in a front-line role But are also currently taking delivery of the newest Y model[[/note]] new and many other armed forces never used them at all, highly-advanced [=UH-1Y=] model. It's commonly said in the US Military that when the last Blackhawk is deleted from the inventory, it will be slingloaded to the Boneyard by a Huey.

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the movies they still show up everywhere even now - even places they have no right to be.be, in countries that never flew them. As a general rule:
29th Oct '15 6:55:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TwoFastTwoFurious'', a Huey is seen flying low overhead in one of the shots for no reason at all.

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* In ''TwoFastTwoFurious'', ''Film/TwoFastTwoFurious'', a Huey is seen flying low overhead in one of the shots for no reason at all.
24th Oct '15 4:33:36 PM maxwellsilver
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* The second ''{{Rambo}}'' movie features two Hueys, one operated by the PrivateMilitaryContractors in the bogus extraction, and one (inexplicably) as a gunship by the Russians.

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* The second ''{{Rambo}}'' movie ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'' features two Hueys, one operated by the PrivateMilitaryContractors in the bogus extraction, and one (inexplicably) as a gunship by the Russians.
19th May '15 7:01:11 AM TomWalpertac2
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* A somewhat-military movie, or a movie featuring the military that skimped on research, will almost invariably have Hueys and follow this trope;

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* A somewhat-military movie, or a movie featuring the military that [[JustPlaneWrong skimped on research, research]], will almost invariably have Hueys and follow this trope;
12th May '15 9:16:28 PM Mdumas43073
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' mostly averted this in favor of the historically-accurate Bell 47. However, some early episodes have a model Huey hanging from the ceiling of Col. Blake's office, and later on the O Club has a sign on the wall reading "4077th Med. Co. Air Ambulance" and featuring an illustration of either a Huey or another Vietnam-era chopper.

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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' mostly averted this in favor of the historically-accurate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_47 Bell 47.47]]. However, some early episodes have a model Huey hanging from the ceiling of Col. Blake's office, and later on the O Club has a sign on the wall reading "4077th Med. Co. Air Ambulance" and featuring an illustration of either a Huey or another Vietnam-era chopper.
12th May '15 9:15:15 PM Mdumas43073
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* In the 2014 ''[[Film/Godzilla2014 Godzilla]]'', almost all of the US military helicopters are Hueys, even though the scenes in which they appear are set in 2014.

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* In the 2014 ''[[Film/Godzilla2014 ''[[Film/{{Godzilla2014}} Godzilla]]'', almost all of the US military helicopters are Hueys, even though the scenes in which they appear are set in 2014.


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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' mostly averted this in favor of the historically-accurate Bell 47. However, some early episodes have a model Huey hanging from the ceiling of Col. Blake's office, and later on the O Club has a sign on the wall reading "4077th Med. Co. Air Ambulance" and featuring an illustration of either a Huey or another Vietnam-era chopper.
24th Mar '15 9:51:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''UnderSiege2DarkTerritory'' has a train being hijacked by terrorists in a matched pair of Hueys, one of which apparently vanishes into thin air sometime before the climax. This appears to happen more because it'd be a [[RuleOfCool really cool way to hijack a train]] than because it makes ''any logistical sense at all''.
* Hueys do not appear in the StevenSeagal vehicle ''{{Submerged}}''. What does show up is a far smaller helicopter which inexplicably sounds like one on takeoff.

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* ''UnderSiege2DarkTerritory'' ''Film/UnderSiege2DarkTerritory'' has a train being hijacked by terrorists in a matched pair of Hueys, one of which apparently vanishes into thin air sometime before the climax. This appears to happen more because it'd be a [[RuleOfCool really cool way to hijack a train]] than because it makes ''any logistical sense at all''.
* Hueys do not appear in the StevenSeagal Creator/StevenSeagal vehicle ''{{Submerged}}''.''Film/{{Submerged}}''. What does show up is a far smaller helicopter which inexplicably sounds like one on takeoff.



** And in ''SupermanReturns'', he also foils a bank robber attempting to make a rooftop getaway in a Huey, who's used the door-mounted minigun - which, inexplicably given that the robber is not a member of the US military and probably doesn't have access to military ordnance, is not only present but loaded - to hold off the cops. This doesn't work quite so well on [[ShootingSuperman Superman]].

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** * And in ''SupermanReturns'', ''Film/SupermanReturns'', he also foils a bank robber attempting to make a rooftop getaway in a Huey, who's used the door-mounted minigun - which, inexplicably given that the robber is not a member of the US military and probably doesn't have access to military ordnance, is not only present but loaded - to hold off the cops. This doesn't work quite so well on [[ShootingSuperman Superman]].
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