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"The Buzzard is a light, compact helicopter for military or millionaire use. With a 5-bladed main rotor and a top speed of 175mph, it's widely considered to be the best performing helicopter in its class. These hardly ever drop out of the sky like a stone. Helicopters are one of the safest ways to travel."
Warstock Cache & Carry description.

The Buzzard Attack Chopper (formerly named "Buzzard") is a light attack helicopter featured in The Ballad of Gay Tony, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


The Ballad of Gay Tony

"The ultimate party starter: light, maneuvrable and armed with rockets and a high-calibre machine gun"
―TBoGT Official Website.

Similarly armed with machine guns as the Annihilator, as well as additionally featuring rocket pods, the Buzzard is evidently an AH-6, 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. The Buzzard also features a FLIR (Forward looking infrared) pod under the cabin, similar to the real life AH/MH6M Little Bird variant. It is 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.

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 Buzzard acquired by a cheat code or the gold Buzzard from Yusuf at the end of the game.

Grand Theft Auto V

Returning in Grand Theft Auto V, it retains the original design, only now featuring different badges, and is now classed as a legal vehicle, no longer being a prototype.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


The Ballad of Gay Tony

Designed as a light exploration/attack helicopter, the Buzzard has an excellent maneuvrability, able to turn quickly and move with a reasonable top speed (though not as fast as the Annihilator). 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. True to its real-life inspirations, the Buzzard is powered by a single turboshaft engine located on the rear section of the vehicle, seen in the circular exhaust on the back, where the tail section starts. Said engine powers the 5-bladed rotor, delivering good engine output to ascend quickly.

TBoGT Overview

Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Landing System Mass
(kg / lbs)
N/A 99 / 160 / 86 N/A N/A N/A 3800 / 8378
Website Statements
N/A N/A Single turboshaft engine, 5-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Skids Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Buzzard handles similarly to how it did in TBoGT; the Buzzard Attack Chopper now features missiles which lock on to vehicles. Both the machine guns and rockets cannot be used at the same time, unlike in TBoGT. The missile can lock on any AI-controlled helicopter or plane, police vehicles during pursuits, and hostile persons. It is possibly one of the fastest helicopters in the game, even faster than some airplanes, this is maybe due to its small size and lightweight body, especially its weaponless variant.

In Grand Theft Auto Online, like in GTA V, it does not feature the lock-on ability on players, except if they are piloting a helicopter or an aircraft. A skilled pilot can easily kill players using the rockets. If a co-pilot is present in the passenger seat, they have the ability to aim the rockets from a mounted camera, which can make it deadly. One should be careful however, as the open cockpit makes the front occupants very vulnerable to gunfire.

GTA V Overview

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 [?]
N/A 175 / 282 / 152 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A Single turboshaft engine, 5-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Skids Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

Prominent Appearances in Missions

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online


The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • Yusuf Amir gives his golden Buzzard Attack Chopper 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 that was parked there.
  • Can be spawned via cheat code, by dialing the number: 359-555-2899 (FLY-555-BUZZ).
  • There is one way to obtain the black Buzzard without entering the cheat code stated above. After destroying the boats in "Sexy Time," land the black Buzzard Attack Chopper on a road. Get into a car or bike, and drive away from it but keep the camera fixed on the Buzzard Attack Chopper. 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 Attack Chopper is in single player.
  • One can be found at the yacht (not removed in multiplayer) just south of Acter Industrial Park and east of Happiness Island.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Spawns on numerous helipads at Rank 43 or higher.
  • Commonly parked at Los Santos Naval Port.
  • Can be bought on Warstock Cache & Carry for $1,750,000.
  • Will also spawn on numerous helipads, such as in the Paleto Bay Police Station helipad.
  • Can be requested by a VIP (and any bodyguards of the organisation) for $25,000 (or for free if owned as a Pegasus vehicle) from the Interaction Menu > VIP Vehicles. It will always spawn in matte black and will spawn near the player where there is enough space.



The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • During the mission Sexy Time, the Buzzard features a unique warning system that warns the pilot when an airborne rocket is detected and flying towards the helicopter.
  • Despite it being considered an illegal helicopter in Liberty City, flying it will not give the player a wanted level. Similarly, using the Buzzard's weaponary will not give the player a wanted level (unless the weaponary is used to cause collateral damage, if the weaponary is used near any police officers or if no one is hurt in the process).
  • Firing a rocket at a low altitude (lower than about a person's height) may cause the Buzzard that the player is 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 does not 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 the Annihilator and the APC).
  • In TBoGT's Multiplayer, the Buzzard's rocket fire can vary on rate of fire. The same applies to the APC's cannon turret.
  • The Buzzard, despite being a military vehicle, has a radio just like the Annihilator does. However it is turned off when entered.
  • The Buzzard's rockets do not move faster than the Buzzard at top speed, which makes it possible to destroy the vehicle 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 miniguns do not spin while being fired.
  • Standing on the Buzzard's rockets while turned off will cause Luis to trip, even if nothing happened.
  • Oddly, bullet belts are placed onto the minigun's cannons, instead of being placed in the main body.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Despite the description saying it "hardly falls like a stone from the sky", ironically in Grand Theft Auto V's story mode, it is destroyed numerous times, mostly in missions.
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, the Buzzard's miniguns can rotate vertically when these are controlled by Merryweather. These cannot do this outside of missions.
  • In Grand Theft Auto Online, when doing a standard air race in the Buzzard, the weaponless variant is used.
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, the Buzzard Attack Chopper seems to fire RPG shells, rather than its Hydra 70 rockets fitted in the pods. This is best seen when one have the camera on cinematic view and having it on slow-motion by pressing PS3 R3, or by using the Slow-Motion cheat.
  • The cheat code used to spawn the Buzzard Attack Chopper is the same cheat used to spawn the Rhino tank in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, with a few button modifications.
  • The Buzzard Attack Chopper in GTA V has the same code below the main propeller as its TBoGT version. The unarmed variant features MP over it, which will stand for "Military Police".
  • Oddly, in GTA Online, when a passenger using the mounted camera rockets successfully destroys another player's insured personal vehicle, the players in the Buzzard Attack Chopper will not have to pay for the insurance costs or get a strike as being a "bad sport".
  • The Buzzard Attack Chopper in both GTA V and GTA Online can aim both ground and aerial targets, even despite JT Boyd claims that is equipped with air-to-ground missiles (in Online).
  • In the enhanced version of GTA V, the minigun barrels rotate when fired.
  • As of patch 1.17, the machine gun's aim is reset to a large dot. However, this can be changed in the settings menu.
  • The player can actually change the sound of the machine guns being fired in GTA V. To do this, the player must find a cinematic camera and fire the machine guns, a specific cinematic view will make the sound higher pitched, the player must not let go of firing the guns, but release the cinematic camera, the guns now produce a higher pitched sound.
  • The Buzzard in GTA V has a search light, like the Frogger, Maverick and Police Maverick. Unlike the other helicopters, however, the Buzzard's search light will act with the game's camera, facing to where the player is looking.

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