Fridge / Fire Birds

Fridge Logic:
  • Why didn't they just put the monocle on the other side of Preston's helmet?
    • The helmet might not have been designed with interchangeability in mind, with internal wiring or circuitry not being movable. It was a product of the 80's, after all.
  • If they were expecting an air to air threat, why not deploy fighter jets, which are actually designed to engage and destroy air to air targets, rather than taking a bunch of attack helo pilots trained in ground attack and reinvent the wheel with them? Of course, if they had done that, there goes the central plot of the film.
    • Ironically, fighter jets are among the worst choices for engaging a helicopter, and there are several reasons for this...
      • Helicopters can operate at altitudes that render radar tracking pointlessnote , and in certain environments, even IR-Guided Missiles have trouble seeing the bloody things.
      • Helicopters have a nasty habit of being able to 'hug' obstaclesnote  making for some... Hilarious results should the aircraft in question mess up a gun-run on the Helicopter. And finally...
      • Helicopters can't stall like a fixed wing aircraft can, and as a result, can pull simple maneuvers to dodge an incoming missile and force overshoots.
    • In tests, Mi 24 Hinds were actually able to 'kill' F-15s as a result of the listed reasons above. Although prior to the tests in question, an F-15E 'Strike Eagle' killed a Hind by simply dropping a 2,000lb Laser Guided Bomb on it.
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