Behind Enemy Lines

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DVD Cover for Behind Enemy Lines.

Movie (2001)

Owen Wilson (Lt. Chris Burnett)
Gene Hackman (RADM Leslie Reigart)
Gabriel Macht (Lt. Jeremy Stackhouse)
Olek Krupa (Gen. Miroslav Lokar)
Joaquim de Almeida (ADM Juan Piquet)

When a U.S. Navy F-18 is shot down over Bosnia, photographing sensitive areas, the local military try to cover it up. It is up to the crew to survive and get the information back to their commanders, against the odds with betrayal inside their own allies.

Also from this series:

Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia
Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines

Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet

Burnett and Stackhouse are shot down in this aircraft. It is actually from VFA-122 but carries the markings of the defunct VFA-163. ID NJ-106, Serial 165673.

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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet

The F/A-18C is smaller and has air intakes and LEX fences on the apex which easily distinguish it from the F/A-18 E/F.

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LEX fences on a F/A-18C of VFA-137 seen in the movie.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat

Just a glimpse during the launch.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat with its unique IRST under the radome.

Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler

Behind the F/A-18.

Lockheed S-3B Viking

On the far edge of the aircraft carrier.


Sikorsky HH-60H 'Seahawk'

Used as a passenger transport, mostly for Adm. Piquet. The "Hotel" model is distinguished the HIRSS Exhaust ducts, Port side Gunners Windows that open on tracks and Auxiliary External Fuel Tank.

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Mil Mi-17

Used by the first Piquet's extraction team, a french crew (as stated by the screenplay).

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Bell 205 Super Huey

Used as gunship and support helicopters in Burnett's rescue. In reality, the US Navy never used the UH-1D execpt during a brief transition at NAS Whting Field, between the Bell TH-13 and introducing the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger in the late 1960s for training, these should be UH-1Ns as shown while leaving the carrier. The pair of 205 Super Huey are distinguished because of the location of the tail rotor which is on the starboard side as the same as the UH-1N, and former USAF HH-1H Hueys for the SAR role.

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Firing on Bosnian troops.

Bell 412

Masquerading as a UH-1N trio that took off from the carrier are a pair of Bell AB205 and a sole Bell 412. Where filiming taken place on land in Czech Republic its interesting to know that an operator of the Bell 412 in that country is the Czech Police.

In the middle is the twin-engined Bell 412.

Bell UH-1N Twin Huey

Three of these are seen leaving the aircraft to rescue Burnett, however they appear to materialize into single-engined UH-1D Iroquois.

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Three UH-1N leave the ship.
Twin Huey in the middle with two UH-1 Iroquoises flanking it.
Three Twin Hueys return to the ship.

Various aeronautical features

9K35 Strela-10 (NATO reporting name: SA-13 Gopher) is firing against the A/F-18.

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During the aiming and chasing by the missile, instead the usual 9M37 missile of the 9K35, we can see a R-40 (AA-6) AAM.

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