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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A Full Loop…

THE SPECIAL presents an exclusive bulletin from the halls of the San Hose Convention Centre where the above images of a familiar r/c model were captured by keen-eyed exhibitor Jason Beckwith (of Never Static Pictures.com). 

Indeed, those who attended the Silicone Valley Comic-Con this past weekend were treated to a unique pop-up museum of vintage prop vehicles, featuring everything from a 1:1 scale Spinner car from Blade Runner to a filming miniature of the 1989 Batmobile.

Appearing at a glance to be a clutter of dusty broken kit parts dumped in a glass case, the stunt helicopter fuselage from Blue Thunder appeared from nowhere in, incredibly, exactly the same state as it was discovered in storage in 2004.  Identified as ‘The only R/C Helicopter to successfully perform a 360 loop onscreen’ the prop still endures (even if the pilot figure is MIA) and can obviously attest to being in original condition –

But what of this?  is it an unspoiled piece of movie history or a model in desperate need of cleaning and restoration?  Spare canopy parts permitting there appears to be 90% of a complete representation of the helicopter as seen on screen and could be repaired with minimal intervention.  THE SPECIAL is currently in the process of trying to track down the current owner for comment but if anybody has any leads or more images from the exhibition please feel free to get in touch by email (airbuster02@gmail.com) and let’s see what else can be revealed about this iconic prop…

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