Wednesday, 27 February 2019



Set in 1985, this Russian disaster movie is about a damaged ship, stuck in Antarctica.

A Mil Mi-2 Hoplite brings a new captain to the stricken ship.

The Hoplite lands on the ship's rear heli-pad, but the engine is burning and it sets fire to the pilot.

Later, the damaged chopper starts working again. 

The Hoplite takes off to survey an iceberg.

The chopper returns to land on the ship, but strong cross-winds force the Hoplite to hit the iceberg, so it spins out of control and crashes on the ice. 

  The pilot escapes from the wreckage just before the chopper sinks. 

Another Hoplite arrives from a second ship to help save the crew. 

There are photo-real animation (PRA) effects of a Mil Mi-17 Hip that returns the rescued pilot to the icebreaker ship, finally sailing home across the equator. 

Tuesday, 19 February 2019


SEAL TEAM (2017) 

This TV series, starring David Boreanaz, is a military drama about US navy S.E.A.L. commandos on various missions. 

Several sequences, supposedly shot on locations at US military bases, feature Black Hawks and Chinook transports parked in the background. 

Animated graphics of a Black Hawk gunship appear in the show’s title card. 

Season one's first episode, Tip Of The Spear, has a Black Hawk gunship take off with the SEAL team for a secret mission in Africa. 

The heroes are using three Black Hawks, flying at night. 

A Black Hawk hovers to drop soldiers onto a roof-top. 

After the rescue mission, a Black Hawk lands at the US base.

Episode Call Out features a Black Hawk taking off at night, using footage recycled from the season's debut. 

Never Get Out Of The Boat includes a Black Hawk, with its rotors turning, on the US base. 

In Name Only has animation effects of three Black Hawks flying troops back to base at sunrise. 

The season’s best rotary action episode is Enemy Of My Enemy, with a pair of Bell 205 transports - Hueys borrowed from the DEA - used by the heroes on an urgent mission.

The two Hueys return to pick up troops, returning with a prisoner. 

The choppers get airborne just in time to escape from enemy gun-men. 

Heroes on Hueys return fire. 

When a rocket attack targets the Hueys, both choppers launch flares. 

One Huey is damaged by the missile and crashes off-screen. 

The Graveyard Of Empires features a Huey fliying to rescue a team from the downed helicopter. 

Huey lands nearby to drop off troops a couple of miles from survivors of the crash. 

The same Huey picks up the heroes after their mission. 

The Cost Of Doing Business has a Black Hawk flying the SEALs up into the Afghan mountains for a raid on an enemy's bunker. 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Electric Dreams


This TV sci-fi anthology show is based upon stories by Philip K. Dick.

The season’s final episode, Autofac, starts with a factory drone hauling delivery boxes, until its flight is shot down by scavengers. 

Later, a futuristic quad-copter transport lands at the survivors’ village. 

An android pilots this sci-fi copter, and flies passengers back to the factory. 

This big transport enters a cavern-like portal.   

Dozens of smaller drones work in the Autofac, like bees in a hive, and other quad-copters fly outside to deliver boxes.