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Ospreys in Transformers

Transformers (2007) - Michael Bay's derivative sci-fi adventure is based on a popular 1980s' cartoon series and toy robot range, and this studio blockbuster features spectacular use of military helicopters.

behind-the-scenes on Transformers, with A-Star filming Osprey
USAF CV-22A Osprey tilt-wing lands, in Transformers

A pair of USAF CV-22A Osprey tilt-wing aircraft land at an American base in Qatar, and two Black Hawks patrol over the area, shortly before the mysterious 'lost' helicopter - tagged 4500X (a Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low) - appears on the scene, and transforms into an enemy robot.

After the first battle, Black Hawk search and rescue teams find the whole base destroyed, and then a Huey provides medevac transport for a handful of survivors.

Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low, in Transformers
Huey medevac, in Transformers

Later, in a chase that involves two Eurocopter EC-120 Colibri choppers, which help government agents capture one alien robot, there's a hide-and-seek game under a road bridge, obviously copied from a similiar scene in the Mighty Joe Young remake.

After the Hoover Dam escapades, fighting on the streets brings a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk into action, but the helicopter fails to collect the young hero from a roof-top and then, while the Black Hawk hovers over the city, it gets shot down by the bad robots' leader. The damaged chopper flies off-screen, trailing smoke, but we don't actually see it crash.

During the main battle, the MH-53 transforming robot also makes further appearances, chasing a USAF F-22A Raptor jet fighter, and then landing in the street where its rotor blades fold-away like wings behind the robot's back.

behind-the-scenes on Transformers, with Black Hawk helicopter
MH-53 Pave Low chases Raptor jet, in Transformers

Finally, a couple of SH-60 Seahawks drop a 'dead' robot off a US aircraft carrier into the depths of an ocean trench.

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