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The Nagasaki Buzzard is a small unarmed helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


Grand Theft Auto V

The Buzzard appears to be based on the Hughes OH-6, evidenced by its purpose as a light patrol/observation helicopter.

In-game, it is the unarmed version of the Buzzard Attack Chopper, which differs in the decals and lacks the stub wings and ammo box on the bay. Additionally, the helicopter is intended for use by the Los Santos Police Department, which employs it mostly for patrol purposes, while leaving the Police Maverick for offensive purposes.

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Grand Theft Auto V

The Buzzard handles similarly to how its armed variant did in TBOGT as well as GTA V; being a very fast helicopter and nimble handling. The helicopter is now more stable that the TBOGT armed variant, as well as being able to yaw and pitch much quicker. Its incline and decline speeds remain about the same. It performs identical to the Buzzard Attack Chopper, albeit lacking the weaponry onboard. Additional players on the sides of the helicopter or within the cockpit may still use their own weapons.

The Buzzard has a vertical climb and vertical fall rate of 400ft/min.

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Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Landing System Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 99 / 160 / 86 N/A N/A N/A 3800 / 8378 100
Website Statements [?]
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
4.6 Seconds 155 / 217 / 135 Single turboshaft engine, 5-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Skids Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Buzzard Attack Chopper

While the "Buzzard" is introduced after the original "Buzzard Attack Chopper", the Buzzard Attack Chopper serves as the armed variant of the Buzzard. It features miniguns and missiles mounted on its side.


Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Rarely seen flying north up the Los Santos Storm Drain.
  • Sometimes found on top of police stations.
  • Can be requested by the Road Captain of a Motorcycle Club in free mode for club use for $1000.



Grand Theft Auto V

  • In Grand Theft Auto V, NPC controlled unarmed versions sometimes appear late at night, flying low over Davis and Strawberry districts. They possess a Police Maverick spotlight, similar to the unique White Frogger seen in The Bureau Raid.
  • Strangely, if the player gains a wanted level near an unarmed Buzzard patrolling the city, it will start to chase the player. If the player enters the cinematic camera, until it shows a mounted camera on the helicopter, pistol shots can be heard from the Buzzard, as if the pilot or a co-pilot is able to shoot whilst piloting.
  • The Buzzard has a search light, like the Frogger, Maverick and Police Maverick.

See Also

  • Buzzard Attack Chopper - Attack variant appearing in The Ballad of Gay Tony dubbed as "Buzzard", which returns to GTA V, renamed "Buzzard Attack Chopper".
  • Buzzard 1 - A police helicopter with a similar name.


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