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"Instantly recognizable to any connoisseur of military-themed action movies, the Valkyrie has more Vinewood credits to its name than Jack Howitzer. One of the few survivors of the 1960s war effort that the American government is still willing to invest in."
Warstock Cache & Carry description.

The Buckingham Valkyrie (pronounced Valk-er-ee) is a military transport helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Heists Update.


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The Valkyrie is mainly based on the Bell UH-1Y Venom, a four-bladed modernized version of the American Bell UH-1 Iroquois "Huey", utilized by the United States Marines. However, unlike the UH-1Y, the exhausts are very close to each other, similarly to a Bell 212/412 and features a Fenestron tail rotor from a Eurocopter Dauphin, which has a similar empennage. The helicopter lacks side doors, though cockpit doors are still present (where the number 23 is seen).

The helicopter features an armament of port and starboard mounted 7.62mm miniguns that are usable by passengers, as well as an explosive grenade launcher that can be used by anyone occupying the crew chief´s seat.

By default, it can spawn in a dark green, black or grey color with black nose and features one of three decals on the same nose;

  • a white spade
  • a woman with the caption "Miss Zancudo"
  • a woman bending over with the caption "Come & take it"

U.S. Army and "N-LS5513" decals are also found on the side of the helicopter. It is operated by Merryweather Security and the United States Army.

Current Design Gallery


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The Valkyrie has average speed, comparable to the Swift or the Frogger. It is quite maneuverable and is capable of turning quickly, which is useful in aerial engagements when the Valkyrie's gunners need to aim, thanks to its powerplant of twin turboshaft engines.

The two miniguns on the Valkyrie's port and starboard sides have a fast firing speed and are capable of destroying a weak helicopter within a few seconds of sustained fire. They also feature a very wide turning and elevation radius, being able to fire almost directly 180 degrees facing forward or backward, albeit having poor gun depression. The grenade launcher, manned by the crew chief, fires 40mm grenades, though at a lesser rate of fire - a compromise remedied by the launcher's powerful destructive capability. The pilot cannot control any of the crew-operated weapons, but with a well-coordinated team, the Valkyrie can pose a major threat to any air or ground units.

When the crew chief is utilizing the grenade launcher, the game displays a camera view, similar to helicopters fitted with nose-mounted cameras. In this state, the crew chief can aim where they need to shoot and can decimate vehicles and other players easily, due to its explosive ammo. The pilot can also see the camera view when used, in order to verify the crew chief´s targets or locate enemies. Range however, is an issue. The pilot must be closer to a target, to allow the crew chief to kill the targets.

As a compromise for its considerable armament, the Valkyrie suffers from very thin armor. It will begin to smoke after very few small-arms rounds to any part of its chassis and can be brought down by Police Mavericks and their gunners in a matter of minutes. As with most helicopters, it will be instantly destroyed by a single grenade, bomb or rocket.

If there is only one player manning the miniguns, that player can press right on the D-Pad, or H on PC, to switch between the port or starboard minigun. This makes the miniguns much more useful in the case of an enemy trying to flank the Valkyrie to avoid taking damage from the main cannon.

It is worth noting that the Valkyrie used in the The Humane Labs Raid has armor plating taken from the previously acquired Insurgent LAPV, and therefore is capable of taking multiple direct rockets (around 5-6) before being destroyed. This armor, however, is not present on the purchased variant, and it will go down with one hit from a rocket fired from any weapon or vehicle that can fire missiles.

The Valkyrie has a vertical climb of 350ft/min and a vertical descent 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 103 / 165 / 89 N/A N/A N/A 6500 / 14330 100
Website Statements [?]
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
4 Seconds 162 / 261 / 141 Twin turboshaft engines, 4-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Skids Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Valkyrie MOD.0

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The Valkyrie MOD.0 in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)


Added in the GTA Online: Executives and Other Criminals Update, a cannon-less variant named the Valkyrie MOD.0 is used in one of the Adversary Modes:Extraction.


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  • A Valkyrie is a female entity in Norse mythology who chooses those who may die in battle and those who may live.
  • The name of the helicopter is also a reference to the beach attack sequence from "Apocalypse Now", where a US Air Cavalry unit attacks a Vietcong village in mostly Bell UH-1 helicopters (the predecessor of the UH-1Y Venom on which the Valkyrie is based on) while they play Richard Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries on their helicopter. The Buzzard's real-life counterpart also appears in the movie.
    • Furthermore, the description refers to the Valkyrie as a "survivor from the 1960s war effort", as reference to how the UH-1 Iroquois was widely used by the US Air Force and US Army during the Vietnam War.

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  • When either the port or starboard gunner are aiming, the barrel starts to spin and is able to shoot instantly when spinning at full speed, while other players hears as if the gun makes a short delay before the weapon's firing sound is heard. This is just an audio delay, and not a result of a lag.
  • Even though the Valkyrie has a fenestron tail just like the Frogger:
    • Running into the tail rotor while it is spinning will result in death.
    • The tail rotor can be damaged or destroyed by gunfire.
  • Entering this vehicle gives the player a Sniper Rifle, with 10 rounds.
  • The Valkyrie on Rockstar Games Social Club appears to have no front nose decals, unlike the in-game appearance.
  • The grenade launcher's sound seems to be a higher-pitched version of the APC's turret sound. Also, the fire rate of both weapons are nearly identical.

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