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For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation).

A Police Maverick in GTA Chinatown Wars.

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, there are helicopters that appears in certain missions, fly over bridges and Francis International Airport, and chase after the player when they have a 3 star wanted level or more.


There are several different helicopter models that resemble helicopters that have already appeared in the Grand Theft Auto series. Their file names reveal their true names.

Image Name Description
Defender A new helicopter with a design similar to that of the Buzzard Attack Chopper - appears in a white/blue scheme with side-mounted miniguns and a cockpit turret.
Police Maverick A helicopter that resembles the Police Maverick's appearance in GTA IV, with a slightly different livery.
Helitours Maverick The tour helicopter returning from GTA IV with an identical livery-based design.
Sparrow A light attack helicopter with miniguns, with a design similar to that of the GTA Vice City rendition.

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The helicopters cannot be obtained without the use of an action replay or other cheating device. If the player commandeers a helicopter using a modification, they can fly it around, shoot weapons from it and throw Grenades or Molotovs from it. It is interesting to know that the helicopter cannot be damaged if its blades touch a building, because there is no coding for a vehicle normally unobtainable. However, the helicopter itself can be damaged if the body of the helicopter hits something. The helicopter has no actual scripted name and cannot be obtained anywhere without a cheating device. The helicopter controlled by the player also has no engine noise and cannot be re-entered after exited. In the DS and the iPhone version, the helicopter doesn't have the strip on the windshield and seems to have "Police" marked on the side, but the PSP version is basically a Maverick with a blue/white livelry. The helicopter used by the LCPD has a pilot, which may fall out the door after crashing. LCPD Officers that attempt to bust you can open the door and drag you out, sometimes even getting inside the helicopter for a few seconds making the radio sound effects similar to those in GTA IV.

These are the controls of the Helicopter in the Nintendo DS version:

  • B - Ascend
  • Y - Descend
  • R - Rotate Right
  • L - Rotate Left
  • D-Pad - Move
  • X - Exit Vehicle
  • START - Pause


  • Oddly, when the player exits helicopters, the engine sound will be heard, as well as changing the camera view inside the helicopter makes the engine come back on until it zooms back in.

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