ON THE HELIPAD

Martin_Thunder.jpg-003“She don’t look normal, she don’t fly normal – ’cause she ain’t normal..!”

Welcome – you have arrived at what will hopefully become the definitive site for all things Blue Thunder.

My name is Martin and I am a UK-based sci-fi fan/collector with a particular passion for both the movie and television series but most of all, the aircraft itself.  The purpose of this blog is to exhaustively research the many incarnations of the prop from full-scale to R/C whilst celebrating its appearance in media and showcasing rare memorabilia and collectables.

I first saw Blue Thunder the motion picture on VHS at the age of 11 and I’ve been fascinated by it ever since.  Everything from the sharp dialogue, frenzied action and the shock of the helicopter’s demise against the mesmerising accompaniment of Arthur B. Rubenstein’s unique score made an indelible impression on me.  Later, with the short-lived TV series (The ‘B’ Team!) and subsequent appearances of the helicopter in other productions, I avidly followed its short on-screen career until its sudden disappearance/retirement.

But what was the fate of the helicopters themselves and indeed, how was its intimidating insect-like design conceived and executed?  Much of this information about the ‘flying greenhouse’ can be found in the documentaries on the Special Edition DVD but it barely seems to scratch the surface.

In recent years,  besides the definitive version of the movie on Blu-Ray and release of the TV series on DVD more info on the props has steadily emerged.  Thanks to websites like Blue Thunder Online and Greg Donner’s Blue Thunder – The Helicopter webpage maintaining fan interest, they may have revealed the end of the special helicopter, but were hardly the end of this story…

So please help me build this page to become the one-stop resource for all Thunder enthusiasts and feel free to contribute anything you may have with full credit to:

airbuster02@gmail.com

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“Catch you later..!”

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“Where You Look, Is Where You Hit…”

‘THE SPECIAL’

WELCOMES YOU TO 2018!

In the very same week where, 33 years ago, BLUE THUNDER made its debut on Prime-Time TV, the best website online resource for the helicopter in all media makes its comeback with an all-new look and plenty of new content –

While posts were fewer than anticipated in 2017, the site pages (SPECIAL BASE) have been regularly updated – there you will find constant additions to the gallery and a revised page on the elusive Casio AA-85 Digital Watch as worn by Roy Scheider in the 1983 movie.  The collection has also continued to expand with the addition of some original artefacts from the TV show that will be showcased soon..!

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all the fans who have been in touch and left comments since the site began, your contributions continue to be incredibly valuable and often lead to great things, a great example of which is below courtesy of Thomas Dozier.  Please enjoy the feature on his incredible one-of-a-kind Helmet project and standby for more to come…!

“Gentlemen, this is your Harrison Fire Control Helmet. This baby…is the heart of your system.”

“This was built from the same model HGU Series Dual Visor Flight Helmet used as the actual prop in the movie. I added the rear control box that, in fiction, is supposed to be part of the Heads-Up Display (HUD) system. There is a VCR type jack in the back along with a removable cable so it could be displayed it with or without it.
The boom mic was quite the adventure. After months of searching I realised there are no three section boom mics and the filmmakers custom made them for the film. Both the Blue Thunder helmet as well as the regular flight helmets in the film have these custom made boom mics. The first two sections are original vintage parts that match the film’s helmet exactly, and then like the prop makers, I had to scratch build the front section. I was able to locate the exact vintage microphone as was used in the film.

The helmet has a new old stock original chin strap, not the new lesser quality ones, as well as a new old stock vintage leather roll also. It also features new old stock earphones. Both the earphones and boom mic work so this is an actual working flight helmet.

The color is a dead-on match which I was worried about as it’s not a common blue.  Needless to say it does not have any targeting features…”

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