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What's more exciting than a helicopter? A miniature helicopter! What's more exciting than an miniature helicopter? A weaponized miniature helicopter! What's more exciting than a weaponized miniature helicopter? Nothing. Stored and launched from your moon pool.
Warstock Cache & Carry, Kosatka Moon Pool Vehicle description.

The Sparrow is a helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and Grand Theft Auto Online as part of The Cayo Perico Heist update.

Design

3D Universe

The Sparrow is based on the Bell Model 47 "Sioux" (more specifically on the "G-series"), evidenced by the "soap bubble" canopy and the exposed welded-tube tail rotor.

The Sparrow generally assumes a lightweight appearance, feauring a glass cockpit and curved doors, as well as a small engine, long skids and an exposed tail boom with small fins and a tubular end for the tail rotor. The rendition in GTA San Andreas appears to have linear doors and square-shaped windows spanning the upper area of the cabin. The Sparrow is only available in a grey color in the Vice City renditions and white in the San Andreas rendition. Although not visible, a red secondary color is also listed in the files.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The Sparrow appears slightly more compact than its original appearance, with the tail being reduced in size and no longer sporting the original exposed frame. Despite this, it still appears as a compact helicopter featuring machine guns. It only appears during certain missions, alongside the Defender, a similar attack helicopter.

Grand Theft Auto Online

This article or section refers to "enhanced version" content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V and/or Grand Theft Auto Online, that is absent on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.
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The Sparrow returns in Grand Theft Auto Online with the same design as the Sea Sparrow, being based on a Sikorsky S-300 with the engine from the Aérospatiale Alouette II.

The vehicle shares the same design and features from the pre-existing Sea Sparrow, but the pontoons were replaced by regular skids. Some tweaks were also made to the model, such as the skid supporrts being slightly more vertical, the blades are fully black and the circular detail on the engine bay is fully finished in silver. Like the Sea Sparrow, it uses a small instrument panel with the "Flyer" dial set on it, with the same layout as the Buzzard and its Attack variant.

The vehicle is set to spawn in a light grey primary color for the body and a black secondary color for the small fins of the horizontal stabilizers. However, the respray option from the Moon Pool workshop seems to apply to both primary and secondary at once.

Like the Sea Sparrow, the vehicle does not have any weapon, but can be equipped with one via customization, either a Minigun based on a GAU-19 gatling gun or a small missile launcher with four tubes inside.

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Performance

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 it's not as fast as the VCN Maverick or the News Chopper, the Sparrow is easier to use, being a perfect choice for practice flying.

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 are 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 Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 124 / 200 / 108 Petrol N/A 2500 / 5512
Observed
N/A N/A Single piston engine, 2-bladed rotor Rear-mid Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto Online

Vehicle

The performance of the Sparrow is a bit different to the amphibious variant, as the reduced weight give it similar traits to the Buzzard and its attack variant. The helicopter's handling is very nimble, but remains relative stable (albeit slightly inferior to the Buzxard in that aspect), allowing the player to perform quick maneuvers. In addition, when flying at full speed, the aircraft will slightly climb, while the Buzzard will descend.

Being a standard helicopter, however, the Sparrow is unable to land on water, although it can still hover above water like most helicopters, which, due to the skids being part of the aircraft's body, it can keep the tail rotor away from the sea waves. The lack of performance upgrades also renders it inferior to a fully-upgraded Sea Sparrow.

Like its amphibious variant, the vehicle is powered by a single turboshaft engine, which produces the same rotor sound as the former, as well as most regular helicopters.

Defense

In terms of durability, the helicopter remains as vulnerable as the Sea Sparrow and other civilian helicopters in the game (including the Maverick and Frogger), as it has no prote tion for the occupants against gunfire and cannot withstand a single explosion before being destroyed. The lack of armor upgrades makes it even fragile to collisions and most form of attacks, and the rigidness of the skids means it can be easily damaged by hard landings, unlike most helicopters with similar setup. Just like other helicopters, after taking enough damage, the engine will begin to smoke, until it will shut down after smoking for two minutes and twenty seconds.

The aircraft is unable to equip countermeasures but its maneuverability should allow the pilot to avoid most standard homing missiles.

Weaponry

Like the Sea Sparrow, the Sparrow can equip a pilot-operated weapon mounted below the cabin, which only one can be installed at once:

  • Minigun: The first option is a three-barreled .50 caliber Minigun, which offers moderate firepower and high fire rate, ideal for aerial offensive and self-defensive situations. Its performance is the same as the on-board Minigun from the Sea Sparrow and the Havok, and is about as strong as half of one of the Buzzard's miniguns.
  • Missiles: The second option is 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
(ft/min)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta
N/A 99 / 160 N/A N/A N/A 800 / 1764 100
Website Statements [?]
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
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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Speed
100%
Acceleration
100%
Braking
Agility
100%

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Sparrow can only be modified inside the Moon Pool workshop of the Kosatka. Unlike most vehicles, the vehicle has limited access to 30 Classic colors with the same cost.

Category Modification Cost Image
Weapons No Weapon $700
Mounted .50 Cal Minigun $195,000
Mounted Homing Missiles $240,000
Respray Vehicle
Respray
  • Black
  • Black Steel
  • Silver
  • Red
  • Lava Red
  • Garnet Red
  • Wine Red
  • Hot Pink
  • Pfister Pink
  • Salmon Pink
  • Orange
  • Bright Orange
  • Yellow
  • Race Yellow
  • Dew Yellow
  • Racing Green
  • Sea Green
  • Olive Green
  • Gasoline Green
  • Lime Green
  • Midnight Blue
  • Blue
  • Surf Blue
  • Ultra Blue
  • Sienna Brown
  • Straw Brown
  • Midnight Purple
  • Bright Purple
  • Cream
  • Ice White
$7,500

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HD Universe

Variants

Sea Sparrow

GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas, GTA Vice City Stories & GTA Online
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The Sea Sparrow in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)
Description

The Sea Sparrow is a variant of the Sparrow, fitted with pontoons on the landing gear that allow it to land on water.

Special Variants

  • A static model variant, exists similar to the Avenger for when the Sparrow is stored in the Moon Pool bay in the Kosatka. This variant has its rotor blades folded back. Unlike the Avenger, no entry animation is shown when storing the Sparrow, however it can be entered and an animation is shown lifting the helicopter up on a platform when leaving the submarine. This variant has the same "Flyer" dial set, but lacks needles, likely because it is not intended to be a pilotable helicopter.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound - The Sparrow is one of the 32 vehicles wanted by the Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound in the side-mission of the same name. Placed on the third list.

Locations

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 Online

  • The Sparrow is only available as a Moon Pool upgrade for the Kosatka submarine, on Warstock Cache & Carry. It costs $1,815,000.
    • Can be requested through the Interaction Menu under the "Kosatka Services", and spawns near the player, similar to VIP/CEO helicopters. Upon being sent back to storage or destroyed, it will have a cooldown of two minutes before requesting it again.

Trivia

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Passive Mode is disabled even if the vehicle has no weapons. The same applies to its amphibious variant.
  • When entering the Sparrow in the Kosatka hangar whilst in third-person view, the player's view automatically switches to first-person; upon exiting the submarine the view changes back to third-person.

Bugs/Glitches

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The tail rotor of the Sparrow is dislocated, being placed on a considerable distance further back from the tail fin.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • In certain lighting conditions when leaving the Kosatka, the shadow of the helicopter's blurred rotors can be seen on the hatch, despite the rotors being folded back. This is because the second variant of the Sparrow, which has the folded rotors, still has the "fast" rotor parts present, and are not disabled until the helicopter is empty.
  • When a player steps out of the Sparrow inside the Kosatka, the door will simply warp straight into the closed position.
  • Certain spawn locations for the Sparrow may render take-off extremely difficult or impossible; it may spawn under low bridges or have its rotors or tail clipping through geometry, potentially destroying the rotor on take-off or even destroying the Sparrow instantly after spawning or upon the player entering it.
  • The Sparrow is incorrectly scripted to always play Kult FM which causes unintended behavior in certain situations:
    • If requested the helicopter when driving a car, the radio station in the driven car will instantly change to Kult FM as the Sparrow spawns.
    • When exiting the Kosatka using the Sparrow, Kult FM will play during the cutscene overlapping the in-game score (if any playing). However, the radio will be off when outside of the sub.
  • Using the automatic landing feature at Executive Office helipads with the Kosatka Sparrow and then starting a Special Cargo source mission can cause the game to forget that the Sparrow is a Kosatka vehicle, disabling the "Return Moon Pool Vehicle to Kosatka" option. Instead, it is possible to summon a second Sparrow from the Kosatka, while the first remains active, allowing one player to have two moon pool Sparrows active at the same time.
  • The vehicle lacks an engine startup sound, and the blades simply start spinning as soon as the pilot sits in the cabin. This action also takes priority over the closing door animation when the player is not using the acceleration button, unlike most aircraft and other vehicles.
  • Second players may be unable to open the door to enter the passenger seat of the Sparrow, often instead punching the door and breaking the glass. This can happen on land as well as in the Kosatka hangar and appears to not be impacted by whether the second player is a crew member or not. (Confirmed on PS4.)
  • Landing a Sparrow on the deck of another player's Kosatka causes the Sparrow to instantly start smoking and within a few seconds become disabled. (Confirmed on PS4.)
  • Crew members cannot pilot the Sparrow when leaving the Kosatka hangar, nor can they use the sub's automatic landing feature. (Confirmed on PS4.)

References

  1. Blips-GTAO-Sparrow.png Seen when parked or when another player is flying a Sparrow.


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