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Worst Helicopter Movie, EVER!

Had the pathetic pleasure to witness this piece of celluloid drivel after it was released privately to the US Army after Desert Storm. My unit was the first Apache unit fielded in the Army and the tech reps showed us the preview prior to going to war. It looked kick-ass.

When we came back we noticed the title had been changed from "Wings of The Apache" to "Firebirds." I guess "Piece of Crap" was already taken. The best Apache pilot I knew shook hands with Tommy Lee Jones after the screening and said, "You are one of my favorite actors...this movie sucked."

Sean Young as a Warrior Pilot? Give me a break, as an instructor pilot who trained the first two female scout lieutenants in the Army I take offense, especially her knowlege of eye dominance as relates to IHADDS. She should be making me coffee. I can see the logbook write-up, "3-inch gash in right seat."

This could have been one of the greatest helicopter movies made, but not enough attention to detail was given, i.e. battling drug lords in Central America, yet all the desert scenes had saguaro cactus in them, native to AZ and extreme northern Mexico. Anyone from AZ would recognize the Superstition Mountains and Weaver's Needle displayed prominently during the Ft. Hood training, as well as areas of Western Area Training Area for the Nat'l Guard.

The best part of the movie was the end credits, or the fact that my ticket was free.




My beef was the guy hand serious hand-eye coordination issues but for some reason was able to get through flight school and be assigned to a special unit flying next-gen hardware. That makes no sense whatsoever.

Top Gun had the same problem, that little bastard would have lost his flight quals immediately. He would NOT have been sent to an elite school. And his CO or air boss damn sure wasnt absolutely required to send somebody.


When I trained and flew the Apache, I admit that it took me about a week to get used to the IHADSS and the HDU. But, it becomes rather intuitive. If anyone had as much as a problem with the idiot in the film who seemed to have never sat in a cockpit before, you're right. We probably wouldn't have him fly.

I found that it's better to train pilots first on how to use the PNVS and TADS with the HDU rather than, as I did, started out looking down at the display on the column or on the dash. It's quicker. You begin to rely on what you see in the reticle than what you see on the dashboard. In fact, I almost hardly ever needed to look at my instruments. I knew where I was, and it seemed to me I didn't really need to know how high I was in terms of feet. Seeing outside is more important.