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One day, and it's always sooner than you think, you're going to find yourself in a position where you need to stage an amphibious landing in a fragile miniature helicopter capable of firing off dozens of rounds a second. And you're going to look back at this moment, right now, and be very glad you made the right choice.

This aircraft is excluded from Pegasus Lifestyle Management and must be stored in a personal hangar.
Elitás Travel description.

The Sea Sparrow (also known as the Seasparrow) is a helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series update, released on April 17th, 2018, during The Vespucci Job Week event.[2]


3D Universe

The Sea Sparrow is an improved version of the Sparrow and is based on the Bell Model 47 "Sioux". It features pontoons attached to the landing skids and a .50 caliber machine gun mounted below its fuselage.

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The Sea Sparrow returns in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series update, assuming a similar overall design. The cabin is derived from the Sikorsky S-300 (formerly Hughes 300 and Schweizer 300), with a few tweaks to it, while retaining the tail setup from the Bell 47. The engine and the middle section are very similar to that of the Aérospatiale Alouette II.

The pontoons are now much farther from the vehicle itself, giving it a larger profile and being the same as the side floating portions from the Dinghy, as well as featuring access steps similar to the Dodo. The Sea Sparrow no longer features a weapon by default, but add-ons can be fitted under the cabin via customization.

The vehicle features a primary color for the entirety of the aircraft and frames, as well as a secondary color for the pontoons and the winglets on the tail.

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3D Universe

In all of its appearances, the Sea Sparrow has the same performance as the Sparrow, but has now the ability (just like the Leviathan) to land on the water. This is then a good choice to collect oysters in GTA San Andreas. On the water, it will be steady and can be accessed easily. The Sea Sparrow has good handling and has quick maneuvering, just as its basic counterpart.

The Sea Sparrow also has a .50 caliber machine gun, which is very similar to the Hunter's. Just like the Hunter, it is capable to automatically lock on and shoot at targets in a ~45 degrees radius. The gun can lock on pedestrians, as well as vehicles, and due to the gun's high firepower, it can make short work of groups of enemies and vehicles.

While on water the Sea Sparrow's rotors can spin to full speed instantly.

3D Universe Overview

Aircraft Statistics - 3D Universe
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
N/A 124 / 200 / 108 Petrol N/A 3000 / 6614
N/A N/A Single piston engine, 2-bladed rotor Rear-mid Cannot be observed

Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
100 1 100 / 328 150 N/A 100
N/A ~ 600 RPM Cannot be determined N/A N/A 0.1 second

Grand Theft Auto Online


The performance of the Sea Sparrow is very similar to the likes of the Buzzard and Buzzard Attack Chopper, which is expected given its compact, lightweight design. The helicopter's handling is very nimble, but remains relative stable, allowing the player to perform quick maneuvers, however it can be noted that the Buzzard seems slightly more stable. When fully upgraded, the Sea Sparrow is barely faster than the Buzzard, reaching about 140 knots at full throttle compared to the 135 knots of the Buzzard. In addition, when flying at full speed, the aircraft will slightly climb, where the Buzzard will descend.

The Sea Sparrow is slightly more versatile in that the helicopter can land on water, however because of its light weight body and the nature of water in the game, the Sea Sparrow tends to float away from the player after landing, more so than the slightly heavier Dodo sea plane. Care should be taken when landing on water also, as it can easily begin to flip upside down if the player comes in to land too fast or quickly, submerging the rotor blades and destroying the helicopter.


In terms of durability, the helicopter remains as vulnerable as other civilian helicopters in the game, including the Maverick and Frogger, and cannot withstand a single explosion before being destroyed. However, the Sea Sparrow has upgradable armor, allowing it to take up to eighteen rounds from the Heavy Sniper. Just like other helicopters, after taking enough damage, the engine will begin to smoke. After smoking for two minutes and twenty seconds, the aircraft will shut down. The aircraft is unable to equip countermeasures but its maneuverability should allow the pilot to avoid most standard homing missiles.

  • Minigun: The Sea Sparrow can equip a GAU-19 three-barreled .50 caliber Minigun, which provides decent firepower against enemies, though the fixed position would make it difficult to aim. It reuses its performance from the Havok's on-board minigun and is about as strong as half of one of the Buzzard's miniguns.
  • Missiles: It can also equip a missile launcher, which provides heavy firepower against NPCs, rival players and vehicles, as well as having no "reload" cooldown time. The pilot can select to use "homing" or "homing off" missiles. When fired in homing mode they are about as accurate as the Buzzard's missiles, losing tracking on a target quite easily and easily avoided. However, when in "homing off" mode, the missiles will fire at the middle of the crosshair, allowing a skilled pilot to more easily hit targets, when compared to the Buzzard.

GTA Online Overview

Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto Online
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Vertical Climb/ Descent Rate
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 99 / 160 N/A N/A N/A 3500 / 7716 100
Website Statements [?]
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A N/A Single turboshaft engine, 3-bladed rotor Rear-mid Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto Online
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
30 2000 200 750 (infinite) N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A N/A
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Fire Rate/Speed
Clip Size


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Category Modification Cost Image
Armor No Armor $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Handling Stock Handling $1,000
Smooth Handling $20,000
Sport Handling $27,000
Race Handling $35,000
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors -
Sell Sell Vehicle
Weapons No Weapon $700
Mounted .50 Cal Minigun $195,000
Mounted Homing Missiles $240,000

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Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto Online


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Used in the mission The Colonel's Coke for shooting Gonzalez's rival gunmen, it cannot be obtained by failing or passing the mission.
  • Used/seen during the side-mission, Land Sea and Air Ace, it can then be obtained by either completing the mission or exiting the vehicle to fail the mission.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Can be purchased from Elitas Travel for $1,815,000, provided the player already owns a Hangar.
    • It is classed as a Small vehicle.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • If the player parks the Sea Sparrow inside the Pay 'n' Spray, it will emerge with wheels within the pontoons. The only repair garage big enough to accommodate a Sea Sparrow is the spray'n'go at Sunshine Autos, therefore it is unclear as to whether this glitch also features in Vice City Stories.
  • The Sea Sparrow's machine gun sounds like an M-60 while in GTA Vice City Stories, it sounds like a Micro-SMG or a Minigun.
  • The Sea Sparrow doesn't float on swimming pools, as the game treats the water in swimming pools differently to water in the sea.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • If a player lands the Sea Sparrow on the land and exit the vehicle, the helicopter will not be steady.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • It is possible to park and save a Sea Sparrow on top of the garage connected to the Mulholland Safehouse. In order to do this, the player must make sure that the entire aircraft is completely on top of the garage (cannot stick out). This is a good way to store a Sea Sparrow earlier on in the game, provided the player can get a Sea Sparrow.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • When purchased, the Sea Sparrow will come with a color set reminiscent of the one from 3D Universe, it is not found on the vehicle's default traffic color sets.
  • The Sea Sparrow’s windows won’t shatter after collisions or by being shot at, but bullets will still go through and damage the people inside the Sea Sparrow.
  • Regardless if the vehicle is equipped with a weapon or not, the player is unable to switch to Passive Mode.

See Also


  1. Blips-GTAO-SeaSparrow.png Seen when parked or when another player is flying a Sea Sparrow.
  2. The Vespucci Job Plus 3 New Vehicles Now Available - Rockstar Newswire