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The Air Ambulance is an emergency helicopter in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto V (dubbed in-game Police Maverick). As the name implies, it's a medical rescue helicopter, being the aerial equivalent of the Ambulance. It is manufactured by Buckingham in the HD Universe.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Like the Armadillo, the Air Ambulance is a relatively large helicopter that nevertheless possesses relatively good speed, with moderately steep pitches that help increase its acceleration at the expense of losing altitude faster. Like most service vehicles in GTA, it lacks a radio. During the creation of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Air Ambulance was going to be made as the Coastguard Maverick, but was cut after the alpha version.

The Air Ambulance can be used to activate the Air Rescue side missions, the airborne equivalent of the Ambulance's Paramedic side mission. Completion of the side mission will boast the player's maximum health.

Grand Theft Auto V

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Air Ambulance (unofficial name) returns. In fact, it is a variant of the Police Maverick with a different paint job and decals, and not a separate vehicle as it was in Vice City Stories. The Air Ambulance has no purpose in the game and can only be found on certain helipads.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

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GTA V How to find the Air Ambulance Helicopter in Offline Online



  • Both sides of the Air Ambulance's nose bear cursively written text. Due to the poor quality of its texture, the words are somewhat hard to identify.
    • "VCS - 911" is also written on both sides of the helicopter at the turbine engines. 911 is clearly referring to the main emergency number in the United States, and the "VCS" is short for Vice City Stories.
  • Unlike the Armadillo, the Air Ambulance has the same door sound as the low-grade cars, only with a higher pitch.
  • In the PS2 version, the Air Ambulance features a radio, unlike in the PSP version.
  • Despite the Air Ambulance appears in GTA V, it still refered as Police Maverick when entered. The reason for this is because the game actually considers the Air Ambulance as a Police Maverick with a different texture, and Rockstar hasn't made a separate vehicle.
    • Due to this, there is a glitch that cause an Air Ambulance to spawn flying around the Bolingbroke Penitentiary instead of a normal Police Maverick.

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