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The Sparrow is a helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. It also appears in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars as an uncontrollable prop.


3D Universe

The Sparrow is based on the Bell Model 47 "Sioux" (more specifically on the "G-series"), a light helicopter distinguished by its small cab and an exposed welded-tube tail rotor, resulting in a lightweight vehicle. The Sparrow retained its design between games, aside from the door details on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rendition, where the windows are more squared and straight than those on the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories renditions.

The Sparrow is only available in a grey color in the Vice City renditions and white in the San Andreas rendition.

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3D Universe

The helicopter handles quite well in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City compared to the Maverick due to its low weight, but has taken a slight downturn in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It can fit two people inside and is great for transporting a body guard in GTA Vice City or a homie in GTA San Andreas. While is not as faster as the VCN Maverick or the News Chopper, the Sparrow is more easier to use, being a perfect choice for flying practices.

The helicopter's weak point is its uncovered engine. Although if the player hit any door in the helicopter, it will be removed like in cars, making the first helicopter to have removable doors, but few shots is enough to bring it out of the air, proving that it has no armor.

3D Universe Overview

Aircraft Statistics - 3D Universe
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Landing System Mass
(kg / lbs)
N/A 124 / 200 / 108 Petrol N/A N/A 2500 / 5512
N/A N/A Single piston engine, 2-bladed rotor Rear-mid Skids Cannot be observed

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Sea Sparrow

Main article: Sea Sparrow

A more practical variant, known as the Sea Sparrow, possesses a machine gun and the ability to land on water.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

The Sparrow only spawns in these areas (except the one in Downtown Vice City) after completing the mission Rub Out and entering them starts the Chopper Checkpoints side mission.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the tail rotor of the Sparrow appears dislocated, being placed on a considerable distance further back from the tail fin.