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23rd Apr '17 12:34:23 PM CaptEquinox
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Characters in action films are particularly prone to stumbling across them fuelled up, ready to fly and very often fully-armed (often as not with weapons no real Huey ever dreamed of carrying). This is pretty unlikely now, never mind TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, but even there [[AnachronismStew everyone will be flying Hueys]]. In action movies it's likely one of the cast will also [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat know how to pilot one]], however unlikely it is they'd have had any chance to learn how. In the few cases that the characters are ''not'' traveling in a Huey it's possible it'll still sound like they are, which is rather like suggesting every prop plane sounds like a Cessna. Perhaps because the UH-1 is so ubiquitous that [[TheCoconutEffect it's just how helicopters are expected to sound]].

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Characters in action films are particularly prone to stumbling across them fuelled up, ready to fly and very often fully-armed (often as not with weapons no real Huey ever dreamed of carrying). This is pretty unlikely now, never mind TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, but even there [[AnachronismStew everyone will be flying Hueys]]. In action movies it's likely one of the cast will also [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat know how to pilot one]], however unlikely it is they'd have had any chance to learn how. In the few cases that the characters are ''not'' traveling in a Huey it's possible it'll still sound like they are, which is rather like suggesting every prop plane sounds like a Cessna. Perhaps because the UH-1 is so ubiquitous that [[TheCoconutEffect it's just how helicopters are expected to sound]]. \n [[note]]The same is true of the ''chirp chirp chirp'' sound as a film or TV copter -- Huey or otherwise -- powers down. Only [[http://www.century-of-flight.net/Aviation%20history/helicopter%20history/M.A.S.H.%20Medevac%20Helicopters.htm the Bell 47G Med-Evac]] that you see on ''Series/{{MASH}}'' really makes this sound as its drive belts disengage, but the chirping has become iconic, and so it's occasionally added in.[[/note]]
8th Apr '17 5:23:06 PM Jake
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* ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'' a 212 is operated by the Russians. While it could be claimed as being on loan from Vietnamese forces inherited from the ARVN, it was not employed by the ARVN (it also mounts an [=M60E3=] machine gun, introduced in the 1980s, long after the Fall of Saigon), and is a civilian 212, not a military UH-1N.

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* ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'' a civilian Bell 212 is operated by the Russians. While it could be claimed as being on loan from Vietnamese forces It's probably [[WeaponsUnderstudies supposed to be]] one of the numerous Hueys inherited from the ARVN, it was not employed by the ARVN (it also mounts an [=M60E3=] machine gun, introduced in the 1980s, long Vietnam People's Air Force after the Fall of Saigon), and Saigon, but the resemblance is superficial at best. Nor is any attempt made to dress up the pintle-mounted M-60 (the E3 model first issued in the 80s no less!) as a civilian 212, not a military UH-1N.Soviet weapon.
27th Mar '17 7:43:29 AM gravious
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27th Mar '17 7:40:06 AM gravious
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-> '''Skroeder:''' ...and I'm going to need some Hueys.
-> '''Howard Marner:''' Some what?
-> '''Skroeder:''' ''HELICOPTERS'', Howard. Jesus Christ!
-> '''Howard Marner:''' I thought they were choppers.
-> '''Skroeder:''' Well, now they're called Hueys.
-> '''Howard Marner:''' Well, why wasn't I notified?
-->-- '''Film/ShortCircuit'''

18th Jan '17 4:59:26 PM mlsmithca
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** {{YMMV}}, but this could very well be justified by the fact that Hueys are both extremely reliable and less maintenance-intensive (not to mention much easier to fix when they do break, and their ubiquitousness means spare parts would be easier to scavenge) than newer designs. If you want a helicopter to keep running AfterTheEnd, that helicopter most likely ''would'' be a Huey.
18th Jan '17 11:26:28 AM YT45
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Every time the heroes in an action movie or TV show have to go somewhere by helicopter, chances are they'll be doing it in a member of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_Huey_family Bell Huey]] family. This is justified in [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam War]] movies: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Huey1.jpg UH-1D Iroquois]] is a symbol of US involvement in Vietnam, with over 7,000 of them seeing service. As a dedicated troop transport helicopter, it's a natural choice for TheSquad - it's hard to roll out after a LockAndLoadMontage in an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MD_Helicopters_MD_500 MD-500]] which only fits two actors. Their looks also help convey a [[RuleOfCool tough, militaristic feel]] and suggest a military movie in the way a less easily-recognizable helicopter might not. In a gunship situation, expect two heavily-armed attack choppers flown by nameless pilots in formation with a Huey carrying a named character.

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Every time the heroes in an action movie or TV show have to go somewhere by helicopter, chances are they'll be doing it in a member of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_Huey_family Bell Huey]] family. This is justified in [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam War]] movies: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Huey1.jpg UH-1D Iroquois]] is a symbol of US involvement in Vietnam, with over 7,000 of them seeing service.service (and many, ''many'' more of other military and civilian models since--Bell is still making Hueys today). As a dedicated troop transport helicopter, it's a natural choice for TheSquad - it's hard to roll out after a LockAndLoadMontage in an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MD_Helicopters_MD_500 MD-500]] which only fits two actors. Their looks also help convey a [[RuleOfCool tough, militaristic feel]] and suggest a military movie in the way a less easily-recognizable helicopter might not. In a gunship situation, expect two heavily-armed attack choppers flown by nameless pilots in formation with a Huey carrying a named character.
18th Jan '17 11:22:45 AM YT45
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** {{YMMV}}, but this could very well be justified by the fact that Hueys are both extremely reliable and less maintenance-intensive (not to mention much easier to fix when they do break, and their ubiquitousness means spare parts would be easier to scavenge) than newer designs. If you want a helicopter to keep running AfterTheEnd, that helicopter most likely ''would'' be a Huey.
10th Jan '17 2:33:19 PM Kadorhal
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10th Jan '17 2:32:56 PM Kadorhal
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Characters in action films are particularly prone to stumbling across them fuelled up, ready to fly and very often fully-armed (often as not with weapons no real Huey ever dreamed of carrying). This is pretty unlikely now never mind TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, but even there [[AnachronismStew everyone will be flying Hueys]]. In action movies it's likely one of the cast will also [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat know how to pilot one]], however unlikely it is they'd have had any chance to learn how. In the few cases that the characters are ''not'' travelling in a Huey it's possible it'll still sound like they are, which is rather like suggesting every prop plane sounds like a Cessna. Perhaps because the UH-1 is so ubiquitous that [[TheCoconutEffect it's just how helicopters are expected to sound]].

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Characters in action films are particularly prone to stumbling across them fuelled up, ready to fly and very often fully-armed (often as not with weapons no real Huey ever dreamed of carrying). This is pretty unlikely now now, never mind TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, but even there [[AnachronismStew everyone will be flying Hueys]]. In action movies it's likely one of the cast will also [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat know how to pilot one]], however unlikely it is they'd have had any chance to learn how. In the few cases that the characters are ''not'' travelling traveling in a Huey it's possible it'll still sound like they are, which is rather like suggesting every prop plane sounds like a Cessna. Perhaps because the UH-1 is so ubiquitous that [[TheCoconutEffect it's just how helicopters are expected to sound]].



* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', it's revealed that even in the 23rd Century people will know how to fly Hueys when Sulu uses one to deliver plexiglas.

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* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', it's revealed that even in the 23rd Century people will know how to fly Hueys when Sulu uses one to deliver plexiglas.plexiglass.


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* Owing to the source material being primarily influenced by UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, any time a helicopter shows up in the non-air-focused ''VideoGame/ArmyMen'' games, no matter the side or role, it is invariably a Huey. Even the games where the focus is on the helicopters start you off in a Huey, and friendly helicopters will likewise all be Hueys even as you've upgraded to Super Stallions or Apaches.
12th Nov '16 1:05:03 PM maxwellsilver
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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 ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' movies (''[[Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse Apocalypse]]'', ''[[Film/ResidentEvilExtinction Extinction]]'' and ''[[Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife Afterlife]]''), ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' and ''Film/{{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 ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' movies (''[[Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse Apocalypse]]'', ''[[Film/ResidentEvilExtinction Extinction]]'' and ''[[Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife Afterlife]]''), ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' and ''Film/{{Shooter}}''.
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