- "The ultimate party starter: light, maneuverable and armed with rockets and a high-caliber machine gun"
- ―TBoGT Official Website
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Similarly armed with machine guns as the Annihilator, as well as additionally featuring rocket pods, the Buzzard is evidently an AH-6 Little Bird, an attack variant of the MH-6 Little Bird light observation helicopter, which in turn is a military version of the OH-6 Cayuse and the MD 500C. It's important to note that the Buzzard has the old style tail stabilizer, characteristic of the MD-500C and its corresponding defender/AH/MH-6 counterparts.
As mentioned above, the Buzzard is based on a military class light attack helicopter. This makes it illegal, at least in Liberty City. It holds two people, and is equipped with two high-powered miniguns and rockets. Miniguns on the Buzzard are much more effective than those on the Annihilator - they have a much faster rate of fire, a narrower spread, and are fired both simultaneously, unlike the Annihilator which only fires one gun at a time. However, they do considerably less damage than the Annihilators guns. They also never overheat, which allows for continuous fire. The Buzzard's weakness is its bubble canopy and low bullet protection, which can prove dangerous to the pilot and passenger when faced with heavy weapons like the M249 or Explosive Shotgun.
According to in-game speech, the Buzzard that Luis Fernando Lopez intended to steal for Yusuf Amir was a prototype, meaning there is possibly only a single one in existence. The same stolen one was later repainted gold, by Yusuf - this difference would be first recognized during the mission Not So Fast where Luis must use it to land on the roof of the Libertonian. LCPD will call it 'a black/gold helicopter', depending on which version Luis uses - the black one acquired by cheats or the gold one from Yusuf.
The Buzzard returns in GTA V, along with an unarmed variant, which is based on the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse, itself an observation variant of the AH-6 that the attack variant is based on. Sometime between 2008 and 2013, the US government mass produced the Buzzard (contracting it out to the company Nagasaki) and issued it to the FIB, NOOSE, IAA and Merryweather. The Buzzard looks and handles similarly to how it did in TBoGT, although the attack version now features missiles which lock on to certain objects. If a co-pilot is present in the passenger seat, they have the ability to aim the rockets from a from mounted camera. Both the machine guns and rockets cannot be used at the same time unlike in GTA IV. The missile lock on will tend to prioritise military targets over empty military vehicles. It can be purchased in the multiplayer for 1.75 million at the rank of 42 from Warstock Cache & Carry.
- Machine Guns — (Xbox 360) or (PS3) Left Shift (PC)
- Rockets — (Xbox 360) or (PS3) LMB (PC) (Note: The player should NOT use rockets at a low altitude with a sharp trajectory as the detonating rocket can destroy the helicopter and kill the player.
- Logically, Yusuf's Buzzard must be gold painted, not gold plated, as the weight of the gold would make takeoffs very difficult, if not completely impossible.
- The name "Buzzard" may be a reference to Buzzard 1, a named helicopter from the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas mission Reuniting the Families.
- Despite it being considered an illegal helicopter (Liberty City), flying it will not give the player a wanted level.
- Firing the miniguns and rockets will not gain you a wanted level at all if no one is hurt in the process.
- Firing a rocket at a Annihilator from a side will cut it in half, however they will not destroy an APC.
- Firing a rocket at a low altitude (lower than about a person's height) may cause the Buzzard that you are in to be destroyed because of the rockets' firing system. Before a rocket takes flight, it is first dropped out of the container, then takes flight when the fuse lights itself. However, at ground level the fuse doesn't have enough time to ignite, thus making the rocket explode when it hits the ground.
- When firing the miniguns at a vehicle, the driver may burst into flames even if the car is not on fire. (Same with Annihilator and the APC.)
- In TBoGT's Multiplayer, the Buzzard's rocket fire can vary on rate of fire.
- The Buzzard are the only helicopter in the HD Universe that has five blades.
- The Buzzard, despite being a military vehicle, has a radio just like the Annihilator does. However it is turned off when entered.
- Like the Annihilator, the tail section of the Buzzard can be torn off. However unlike the Annihilator if it is torn off, the Buzzard cannot sustain flight and will simply plummet toward the ground.
- The miniguns cannot be fired while the cell phone is activated. If the player wants to fire the guns, they must hang up the phone.
- The Buzzard is HIGHLY maneuverable because of its lightweight size and speed.
- The Buzzard's rockets do not move faster than the Buzzard at top speed which makes it possible to have the Buzzard destroy itself using its own rocket without an obstacle detonating the rocket before the fuse triggers the explosion. If the rocket is fired parallel to the ground and the Buzzard moves in the same direction the rocket will detonate and right next to the Buzzard, destroying it.
- Like the Annihilator, the Buzzard's mini-guns do not spin while being fired.
- In Grand Theft Auto V, when doing a standard air race in the Buzzard, this weaponless variant is used.
- In Grand Theft Auto V, the Buzzard seems to fire RPG shells, rather than its HYDRA-70 rockets fitted in the pods. This is best seen when you have the camera on cinematic view and having it on slow-motion by pressing R3, or by using the Slow-Motion cheat. The reason for this is unknown, but it is likely added in due to balancing reasons since the RPG is just as effective as the Buzzard's rockets.
- Yusuf Amir
- Abdul Amir
- Luis Lopez
- Frickie Van Hardenburg (Former)
- Los Santos Police Department
- Merry Weather
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- Yusuf Amir gives his gold Buzzard to the player as a gift after completing the game. It will be then available at the helipad beside the golf club on the West River. It replaces the Swift there.
- Can be spawned via cheat code, by dialing the number: 359-555-2899 (FLY-555-BUZZ).
- A black one can be obtained without cheats. After destroying the boats in Sexy Time, land the black Buzzard on a road. Get into a car or bike, and drive away from it but keep the camera fixed on the Buzzard. After you have failed the mission, reverse and it will be there.
- In multiplayer, there are multiple locations where Buzzards can be found:
- The first two can be found at Francis International Airport on the helipads.
- One can be found at the heliport in southern Algonquin.
- One can be found at the helipad on the West River where the golden Buzzard is on singleplayer.
- One can be found at the yacht (not removed in multiplayer) just south of Acter Industrial Park and east of Happiness Island.
- On top of the NOOSE building in Palomino Highlands.
- The civilian version may spawn in South Los Santos, Rancho, Davis Avenue, on top of LSPD building. Next to the Towing Inpound Lot.
- Several spawn inside the military base.
- Spawns on numerous helipads at level 43 or higher.
- Hunter, Sea Sparrow and Annihilator, other attack helicopters in the Grand Theft Auto series.
- APC, another armed attack vehicle introduced in The Ballad of Gay Tony.