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helicopter attack in Superman 2
flying overhead in Superman 2

Superman II (1980) - in this sequel adventure (credited to Richard Lester, but shot mostly back-to-back with the Superman movie), several military helicopters appear on a TV news programme - viewed only in the background on a TV set in the White House, before the scene cuts to small town invaded by three super-villains from Krypton. There's one actual machine featured (apparently, a Eurocopter AS 350 Ecureuil), in US Army markings, that fires rockets as it strafes the main street.

helicopter trouble in Superman 2
getting blown away in Superman 2

The bad guys are unfazed and unperturbed, though Ursa (Sarah Douglas) blinks too much - if she's supposed to be invulnerable! - as she walks through clouds of dust and smoke. At the suggestion of General Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa blows a kiss to the gunship, and her super-breath forces it out of control, so it crashes behind a barn. With the chopper now out of sight, the building promptly explodes. This helicopter footage was also included in Richard Donner's 2006 director's cut.

going to crash, in Superman 2

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