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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.

Design

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


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Performance

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. Like all helicopters, one of the weak spots is the rear rotor, when destroyed, it will spin out of control. 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 Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 99 / 160 / 86 N/A N/A 3800 / 8378
Website Statements
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Single turboshaft engine, 5-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Cannot be observed


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Damage
(per shot)
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
WeaponInfo.xml
100 0 200 / 656 1 N/A 66
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
Lethal ~ 910 RPM Cannot be determined Rear bay ammo supply (Unlimited ammo) N/A 0.07 seconds


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Damage
(per shot)
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
WeaponInfo.xml
100 66 180 80 / 262 1 N/A 400
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
Lethal (Rocket only) ~ 240 RPM Cannot be determined 2 rocket racks w/ 8 rocket units per pod (16) N/A 0.4 seconds

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)
Vertical Climb/ Descent Rate
(ft/min)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta
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 N/A Single turboshaft engine, 5-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
BuzzardAttackChopper-GTAV-RSCStats
Speed
76.751122%
Acceleration
98.214287%
Braking
Agility
100%


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Damage
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
Weapons.meta
15 (24)

22.5
30

0.04 180 / 591 750 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A ~ 1,500 RPM Cannot be determined Rear bay ammo supply (Unlimited ammo) N/A N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
ImageGallery-Placeholder
Damage
30%
Fire Rate/Speed
98%
Accuracy
10%
Range
65%
Clip Size
100%


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Damage
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
Weapons.meta
0 2 300 / 984 1 (20) N/A 2
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
Explosive [?] ~ 60 RPM Cannot be determined 2 rocket racks w/ 8 rocket units per pod (16) N/A N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
ImageGallery-Placeholder
Damage
0%
Fire Rate/Speed
0%
Accuracy
10%
Range
100%
Clip Size
1%


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Damage
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
Weapons.meta
0 2 50 / 164 1 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
ImageGallery-Placeholder
Damage
0%
Fire Rate/Speed
0%
Accuracy
10%
Range
35%
Clip Size
1%

Notable Owners

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

Image Gallery

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

Standard
Heists Update
Import/Export
Gunrunning

Locations

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Singleplayer
  • 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.
Multiplayer

In multiplayer, there are multiple locations where Buzzards can be found:

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.

Trivia

General

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.
  • 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.
  • The Buzzard's rockets are slightly slower than the Buzzard's top speed, meaning the player can sometimes fly into their own rocket, potentially killing them.
  • Like the Annihilator, the Buzzard's miniguns do not spin while being fired.
  • 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.
  • Similar to the P-996 LAZER and Savage, when controlled by NPCs, the Buzzard Attack Chopper can move its miniguns in any direction, both vertically and laterally.
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, the Buzzard Attack Chopper seems to fire RPG shells, rather than its Hydra 70 rockets fitted in the pods.
  • 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.
  • In the enhanced version of GTA V, the minigun barrels rotate when fired.
  • 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.

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