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Osprey Heliplane

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Osprey Heliplane
General information
Faction

HECU

Type

Tiltrotor aircraft

Crew

Pilot

Passengers

Troops (seated)

Game information
Entity

monster_osprey

Designer(s)

Steve Theodore[1]

The Osprey Heliplane[2] is a US military VTOL aircraft used by the HECU during the Black Mesa Incident. It was used to transport personnel into combat zones.

Appearances[edit]

Half-Life[edit]

The Osprey makes its first appearance near the end of the chapter "We've Got Hostiles" (this appearance marks the ending of Half-Life's first demo, Half-Life: Day One), on the surface of Sector D. It can also be seen in the Topside Motorpool in the chapter Surface Tension where HECU troops are unloaded and fight Alien Grunts. The Osprey is unarmed and thus cannot harm the player, but it continually deploys a group of soldiers who rappel down from the aircraft on ropes every so often. The two rotors serve as weak points vulnerable even to small arms fire.

Half-Life: Opposing Force[edit]

HECU soldiers pulling out without Shephard.

At the beginning of Opposing Force, Shephard is transported in Goose 7, an Osprey, through a canyon along with his squad towards the Black Mesa Research Facility until it is attacked by Alien Crafts and shot down, along with Goose 3. At the end of the game, Shephard is teleported to a similar craft for the G-Man ending sequence.

Half-Life: Decay[edit]

In Decay, an Osprey is encountered in the Black Mesa Air Control chapter, Code Green, where it is first seen through a window lifting off as the level begins. Later, it returns and constantly unloads HECU troops until it is destroyed or the player proceeds further.

Behind the scenes[edit]

  • The Prima Guide claims that the Osprey can fire chain gun and rockets at the player but less frequently than the Apache.[2] According to Steve Theodore, this is a mistake.[3]
  • The Opposing Force files feature a model of what appears to be a Black Ops version of the Osprey, though it never appears in-game. The Black Ops Apache, which was not cut, features similar black coloring.
  • As seen in an early Decay screenshot, the players were to find a partially dismantled Osprey in the mission Hangar which was ultimately cut from the game, leaving the model unseen in the final game. Unused dialogue also indicated that this mission would have featured a battle with an enemy Osprey continuously offloading soldiers. This event was moved to the previous mission, Code Green.

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Half-Life and its expansions[edit]

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Half-Life 2 leak[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Main games[edit]

Other[edit]

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