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UH-144 Falcon
Production information

Manufacturer

Misriah Armory[1]

Model

UH-144

Technical information

Length

37.5 ft (11.4m) [2]

Width

32.8 ft (10m) [3]

Engine unit(s)

Twin turboprop engines

Slipspace drive

None

Shielding

None

Sensor systems

Advanced Sensor Systems

Countermeasures

None

Armament

Crew

  • Pilot (1)
  • Door Gunners (2)
  • Passengers (3) (Campaign Only)

Passengers

Two in Multiplayer, five in Campaign

Usage

Role(s)

  • Troop Transport
  • Close Air Support

Era(s)

Human-Covenant war

Affiliation

United Nations Space Command

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The UH-144 Falcon[5] is a troop transport tilt-and-transverse-rotor helicopter of the UNSC.[6][7][8] Two Falcons can transport a fully-equipped fireteam faster than any other previous system, and provide overwhelming fire support in most weather conditions. The aircraft's crew consists of one pilot, two crewmen who may serve as door gunners, and three passengers. However, in multiplayer, there is only room for the pilot and gunners.[9]

There are two versions of the Falcon. Both have a chin-mounted autocannon, but the UH-144A has two side-mounted grenade launchers[10] while the UH-144S instead has two side-mounted machine guns.[11]

Known FalconsEdit

TacticsEdit

  • When piloting the Falcon, remember to face one side of the Falcon towards attacking Banshees, allowing an ally to open fire on them.
  • Coordinate with gunners to keep the nose pointed directly at an enemy and focus each weapon's fire on a single target.
  • The Falcon's side-mounted machine guns are extremely short-ranged, so keep your gunners in range of the targets.
  • The Falcon can drop faster than it can strafe. When an enemy projectile such as a rocket is incoming, it is more effective to dodge it by dropping the Falcon's altitude rather than strafing.

CampaignEdit

  • The Falcon used in the level Tip of the Spear is equipped with semi-automatic grenade launchers which can produce an EMP effect when the trigger is held down, then released to manually detonate the grenade. This EMP can shut down enemy vehicles.
  • The Falcon in the level New Alexandria is equipped with a pilot controlled chin-mounted chaingun that has a larger field of fire, is more accurate, and is more powerful than the side-mounted machine guns.

MultiplayerEdit

  • Keep moving to avoid being hijacked by players with the Jetpack.
  • The cockpit area is much more vulnerable to damage than the rest of the Falcon. A single sniper rifle or Plasma Launcher round is capable of destroying a Falcon.
  • Players riding the Falcon have increased motion sensor range and detect all other players regardless of movement or camouflage.
  • Plasma Pistol and Grenade Launcher EMP effects completely disable the Falcon's engines, leaving it vulnerable to skyjacking or fatal crashing.
  • While the Falcon can be used to insert players near objectives, it cannot be used to transport players carrying objective items such as flags or bombs. However, those players can still stand on top of the Falcon and "ride" it.
  • The Falcon can be used to insert snipers to otherwise inaccessible perches.
  • Attempts to splatter an enemy can easily result in a skyjacking.
  • In Invasion on Spire, collect the core carrier from the top of the Spire by letting them jump on top of the Falcon, then slowly descend towards the Pelican and allow the player with the core to jump off.
  • If you have a Banshee, try to aim the fuel rod cannon at the Falcon's cockpit. This will kill the pilot without damaging the Falcon, sometimes allowing your team to take it over.

TriviaEdit

  • In the military system of aircraft designation, the letter "U" stands for utility, and the letter "H" stands for helicopter. This would make the Falcon the Utility Helicopter Model 144. 
  • The Halo: Reach Limited and Legendary editions include a Falcon avatar prop.
  • In Halo: Reach, if a player jumps on top of a rotor hub, he/she cannot be killed by the Falcon's rotors. However, if he touches the rotor hub, he/she will be killed instantly.
  • In the Halo: Reach level Winter Contingency, Noble Team's Falcon can be piloted by Noble Six if it is shot down by a plasma pistol and flipped over.
  • When firing the grenade launchers mounted on the Falcon, when using the alternate fire mode, the screen reads "ready," then changes to "linked." When the alternate fire button is released and the linked grenade is detonated, the screen readout changes to "boom!"
  • Falcons appeared in pre-release campaign screenshots from Halo 4, but were cut from the final game.[citation needed]

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