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skycrane in Hulk
cargo drop in Hulk

Hulk star (2003) - this brilliant sci-fi superhero movie directed by Ang Lee sees the scientist hero (Eric Bana) transformed into a giant green creature.

When he is captured by US Army forces, they use a Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe (S-64 Skycrane) transport, with a Bell AH-1 Cobra gunship and a Bell UH-1 Huey escort, to carry him to a secret military base in the desert.
Comanche close-up in Hulk

Hulk confronts Comanche gunships
Later, the Hulk escapes from the underground prison only to be pursued and attacked by four hi-tech Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche helicopters.

These stealth weapons are generated by computer animation (as is the Hulk character), but this blockbuster production has some of the finest digital effects yet seen, and there are fantastic action sequences when the incredible Hulk fights the US army's best rotorcraft assets with his bare hands.

In charge of this operation, the airborne General Ross directs the attack from his UH-1N (Bell 212) 'Huey' type flying command post.

Hulk meets Comanche
Comanche attacks in Hulk

"The Comanche was all digital. We used, what is becoming a common practice of flying, a 'target aircraft'. Several scenes were filmed by ground cameras as well as the Spacecam on another helicopter. I flew a Eurocopter AS 350-B2 which had 'reference' marks painted on it. The cameras filmed me performing the maneuvers that the Comanche was called upon to fly.

The reference marks on the A-Star are then tracked by the computer and transferred to the digital model allowing the computer guys to make it look much more realistic when it 'flies'. It particularly helps them achieve the proper bank-angle versus rate-of-turn look. I have used this technique on many occasions." - CRAIG HOSKING, Aerial Co-ordinator

Hulk wrecks a Comanche

Hulk vs military
behind the scenes of Hulk

During a confrontation with the Hulk on the streets of San Francisco, the military commander arrives with his daughter in the Bell 212.

Huey airborne in Hulk
Huey near Golden Gate Bridge



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