A [[TheNineties 1990]] movie starring TommyLeeJones and NicolasCage as [[YanksWithTanks United States Army]] [[TheCavalry Air Cavalry]] helicopter pilots. The U.S. Army and the DEA are assisting government officials in Central America in fighting the increasingly militant [[TheCartel drug cartels]], but are unexpectedly outgunned by a mercenary pilot Eric Stoller, and his Scorpion attack helicopter. Captain Jake Preston (Cage), one of the few survivors of an [[CurbStompBattle aerial ambush]] in the beginning of the movie, must train hard to prepare for a new mission to hunt down and eliminate [[TheDragon Eric Stoller]].

!!This film contains examples of the following tropes:
* AcePilot: Several, although when the movie begins, [[TheDragon Eric Stoller]] is the only one to get any air-to-air kills.
* AntiAir: A Stinger missile launcher figures in the film's climax.
* BadassBoast: Preston to Chief Warrant Officer Little before their head-to-head match at the end of his training.
-->''Just so you know, I '''will''' be kicking your ass today!''
* BadassInDistress: [[spoiler: Little]] is shot down and badly injured.
* BlindDriving: When Preston has trouble flying using the monocle display, Little's solution is to have him try to drive a Jeep with a toy periscope ([[RuleOfFunny and a pair of bright red panties]]) covering hia eyes. While he ''can'' see through the periscope, his field of view is so narrow that he requires constant guidance from Little to avoid crashing.
* BondOneLiner: PlayedWith, after Preston crashes in the flight simulator.
-->''Pretend that we just [[DeathNotification notified your Next of Kin]].''
* CallingYourAttacks: "I'M GONNA KILL HIM NOW!"
* TheCartel: The bad guys in the film are a very militant drug cartel, complete with a pair of fighter jets and a mercenary pilot in an attack chopper.
* ChewingTheScenery: Preston during the flight simulator sequence, which he appears to be incapable of taking seriously.
-->'''''ALL GONE, BYE BYE!!!!'''''
* CoolPlane: The movie stars the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, and also features AH-1 Cobras[[note]] the ill-fated attack choppers in the beginning[[/note]], UH-60 Blackhawks[[note]] The transport helos that the DEA agents travel in[[/note]], and OH-58 Kiowas[[note]] The scout chopper with the periscope that Billie Guthrie flies[[/note]]. The bad guys fly in SAAB Draken jet fighters[[note]] The name ''can'' translate from Swedish as "Dragon", but in this case ''actually'' means [[FluffyTheTerrible "Kite", in reference to the shape of the wings.]][[/note]].
** WeaponsUnderstudies: The Scorpion Attack Helicopter that TheDragon flies is in fact an American-made [=McDonnell Douglas=] MD-500 Defender.
** EveryHelicopterIsAHuey: Utterly averted, though it is worth noting that the AH-1 Cobras seen in the intro are in fact a cousin of the Huey, being originally based on the UH-1.
* DamselInDistress: Guthrie very briefly during the film's climax; justified in that she is piloting an unarmed scout chopper and is discovered by Stoller while reconning the enemy's base. She leads him to Jake, who forces Stoller to disengage.
* DeathGlare: Stoller in his file photo. [[LampshadeHanging Commented on by Little.]]
-->''Charming, isn't he?''
* DescriptionPorn: Tommy Lee Jones delivers pretty much any time his character says anything having to do with his job, and most especially while discussing the AH-64 Apache [[spoiler: and while giving Guthrie a last-minute briefing on how to assemble and utilize the FIM-92 Stinger Surface To Air Missile launcher]].
* DistractedByTheSexy: Preston gets called out for this during a mission briefing:
--> ''Preston, get your head out of your pants!''
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Most of the interactions between Preston and Billy Lee Guthrie are pretty much about sex, especially when they are actually discussing helicopter tactics.
* DragonInChief: Eric Stoller is a mercenary helicopter pilot hired by the Cartels to protect their interests. He does not run the Cartels, and it is never indicated throughout the film that he is anything other than a DangerouslyGenreSavvy mercenary. Just the same, given that the primary mission of the heroes is to get rid of him so the DEA can go after the {{Big Bad}}s, he is given the primary focus as the bad guy, and in fact is the only bad guy to appear in the film, aside from some wide-angle shots from a scout chopper's camera, and a pair of fighter jets.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Billie Guthrie driving Jake's {{Co|olCar}}rvette. Jake driving a jeep [[spoiler: with panties and a periscope on his head]].
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: InvertedTrope. [[spoiler: Guthrie]] ends up having to very quickly learn how to be an AntiAir trooper when attacked by an enemy fighter jet after landing to help [[spoiler: Little]], who had just crashed..
* AFatherToHisMen: Brad Little, who not only trains the men who will go on the mission, but insists on personally leading them as well, despite protests from the higher-ups that his expertise makes him more valuable as an instructor than as a front line troop.
* FighterLaunchingSequence: The Americans' camp is hit by a surprise attack during the film's climax, leading to the pilots scrambling to get into the air.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Little mentions to Preston that they could crash an Apache at 20 G's and survive, but he is ''not'' going to prove it to him. [[spoiler: Little is shot down during the final battle, and Guthrie ends up coming to his aid. Little survives, but he is pretty banged up and his gunner is killed.]]
* GatlingGood: The Cobra helicopter Preston flies at the start of the film has two Miniguns mounted in the nose. They don't do him much good, however.
* GunshipRescue: Jake comes to the rescue when Billie is being chased by Stoller, warding him off by [[MoreDakka spraying 30mm cannon rounds at him]]. Stoller escapes before Jake can kill him, at least temporarily.
* GuyInBack: Breaker. Actually, he's the Guy In ''Front'', due to the way the Apache's seating arrangement is set up to give the gunner maximum visibility to lay in his weapons. The pilot sits in an elevated position looking over the top of the gunner's head.
* HandicappedBadass: Jake Preston is discovered to suffer from a severe case of [[https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Eye_dominance Eye Dominance]], which makes it very difficult for him to use the Apache's monocle-based targeting system. Little helps him overcome this by [[ItMakesSenseInContext strapping a pair of panties onto Jake's head.]]
* ItsPersonal
-->''That was for Dobbs.''
* LargeHam: Both of the main characters, but especially Nick Cage as Jake Preston.
* MarketBasedTitle: It was known as ''Wings Of the Apache'' in many overseas releases.
* MeaningfulEcho: Jake and Billie arguing over who will drive. [[spoiler: Billie wins the argument every time.]]
* OldSoldier: Little, an experienced helicopter pilot tasked with training younger pilots in helicopter combat tactics. While he is far more experienced than the younger pilots, he is also finding his age to be catching up with him.
** One scene has him out for an early morning jog on the flightline, when another pilot jogs past him with a "Morning, Sir!" Followed soon after by another. [[RunningGag And another.]] And one last soldier who passes him while ''jogging backwards.''
* PreMortemOneLiner: Guthrie, before shooting down a Cartel fighter jet with a Stinger missile.
--> ''Snort this, Sucker!''
* PrivateMilitaryContractor: Stoller is stated to be a mercenary; we never get any indication if he has any stake at all in the drug wars other than money.
** A briefing between the higher-ups clearly states that Stoller "sells his expertise to the highest bidder", and in Little's briefing to Preston's squadron, he says "He (Stoller) kills people for money, and now someone has paid him to kill you."
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The soundtrack includes snippets of "Mars" by GustavHolst during the final battle.
* RecycledInSpace: It's ''Film/TopGun'' IN ARMY HELICOPTERS! One of the primary complaints about the film, in fact.
* TheSquadette: Guthrie.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Jake snarls the line rather than shouting it. Which would make sense, given that Stoller wouldn't be able to hear him anyways.
-->''[[BigDamnHeroes Get away from her, you son of a bitch.]]''
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