Combat-Helicopter Pilot Rates 8 Helicopter Scenes In Movies And TV | How Real Is It?

Combat-Helicopter Pilot Rates 8 Helicopter Scenes In Movies And TV | How Real Is It?

Former combat-helicopter pilot Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour rates eight helicopter scenes in movies and television shows, such as “Black Hawk Down,” for realism. Armour was America’s first Black female combat helicopter pilot and served two tours of Iraq.
Armour discusses the accuracy of helicopter scenes in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” (2018), starring Tom Cruise; “Spectre” (2015), starring Daniel Craig; and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” S1E1 (2021). She also comments on “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017), starring Dwayne Johnson; “Hobbs & Shaw” (2019); and “Black Hawk Down” (2001). Armour analyzes the reality of air-to-air combat in “Rambo: First Blood Part II” (1985) and “The A-Team” (2010).

You can learn more about Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour here:

Animations for this video were created by Andrea Schmitz.

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  1. Black Hawk Down wasn't including a loss of the tail rotor because it's more dramatic, it has been included because they LOST their tail rotors. They also tried to match the scene of the crash as good as possible with the actual combat footage from that particular battle.

  2. Great critique. Pilot Armour seemed very gracious and kind given most of those scenarios which were in her words, impossible or unrealistic. Many seemed very deserving of a 0 and nothing more. Hey, it’s Hollywood and reality has little to do with their objectives. Thankful for our dedicated military personnel who deal with the world’s realities in such a professional and excellent manner. Thank you ma’am for your service.

  3. A helicopter vs helicopter situation ain't gonna happen in her lifetime because Americans only go to war against poor and defenseless people…who still end up kicking their asses anyways.

  4. Firstly let me thank you for your service, I fully respect and support all our enlisted service personnel past, present and future. Good input on the dynamics of flight as well as ordinance delivery and effect. Movies are just that “Movies” designed and produced for entertainment as well as a business to make money for investors and in rare occasions even give ppl reason or drive to enlist! That said ( and no disrespect intended) why does one feel the need to point out ones race?? It has no bearing, lots of people in this country from different backgrounds join our military and take on various roles which all combined make our country and military strong! Lots of pilots in the service, male, female, black, white, Asian etc. thanks again for your service and God bless you and the men and women who defend our great nation

  5. Is it just me or does anyone pick apart every movie like this? I'm not an expert in any subject to this extent but even I just laugh at how unrealistic many things in movies are. I get that they have to make it more entertaining, and I still enjoy watching them…I just get some extra laughs out of movies.

  6. cgi and special effects are make from a team that plays computer game, childern … they all don't have a sense of real life event and anything coming out of there is forever unrealistic for sure …

  7. movie making will not get a real consultant cause they want to make everything exciting and goes way over boundaries … that's why special effects are getting more and more daring but at the same time it is getting more worse and worse … even my teenagers don't feel excited to see special effects now … sad

  8. Would've liked to see how realistic the helicopter chase scene in outbreak was when Dustin Hoffman and Cuba Gooding Jr. were running from Donald Sutherland.