Hughes OH-6 Cayuse

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Hughes OH-6 Cayuse
The HI500, a Hughes OH-6, in Destroy All Monsters
Height 2.73 meters[1]
Length 7.2 meters (fuselage)[1]
Width 2.06 meters (fuselage)[1]
Rotor diameter 8.05 meters[1]
Weight 1.36 metric tons (maximum)[1]
Piloted by Dr. OtaniDAM, Miki SaegusaGvD, et al.
First appearance Latest appearance
Destroy All Monsters Godzilla 2000: Millennium
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The Hughes OH-6 Cayuse is a light helicopter originally manufactured by Hughes Helicopters in the United States, with OH-6J and OH-6D models produced by Kawasaki Heavy Industries for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. Numerous civilian variants of the OH-6 also exist, including the Hughes 500 and derivative MD Helicopters MD 500. The Cayuse and its variants have appeared in numerous kaiju and tokusatsu films, beginning with Toho's 1968 Godzilla film Destroy All Monsters. The version operating on Monsterland is a fictional model called the Hughes I500, or HI500 for short.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Showa era[edit | edit source]

Destroy All Monsters[edit | edit source]

A fictional OH-6 called the Hughes I500 transported Monsterland personnel to and from the facility there.

Heisei era[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah[edit | edit source]

On the night of July 3, 1992,[1] two Hughes OH-6Ds were used to survey Mount Fuji in search of a UFO that had appeared over Tokyo two nights prior. The pair spotted the craft at the foot of the mountain, but it shot them down.

Godzilla vs. Mothra[edit | edit source]

As the larval Mothra approached Tokyo Bay, an OH-6D participated in a JMSDF operation to repel her, alongside a UH-1B, the DDH-142 Hiei, and a fleet of Hatsuyuki-class destroyers. The Cayuse overflew the battlefield, but didn't seem to attack.

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah[edit | edit source]

A Hughes 500E operated by G-Force in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

At least one Hughes 500E existed in G-Force's inventory by 1996. Following the destruction of Baas Island as a result of Godzilla's impending meltdown, Miki Saegusa piloted the helicopter on a mission to locate Godzilla Junior, who was traveling north towards his nest site on Adonoa Island. Later, during Godzilla and Junior's final battle with Destoroyah, Miki and Meru Ozawa piloted the chopper over the battlefield in time to witness Destoroyah drop Junior onto Ariake Coliseum, mortally wounding him. After landing the helicopter, Miki and Meru ran towards Junior, but Destoroyah blasted him with his Micro-Oxygen Ray, killing him and destroying the helicopter.

References[edit | edit source]

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Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Nomura, Kohei (7 August 2014). Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition]. Kasakura Publishing. ISBN 978-4-7730-8725-3.
  • Ozawa, Ryoko; Murai, Shugo; Imai, Atsushi; Nakamura, Satoshi; Tomoi, Kento; Shimazaki, Jun, eds. (20 July 2018). All Toho Mechanic Pictorial Book (2nd ed.). Yosensha. ISBN 978-4-8003-1461-1.
  • Lu, Yuantong; Kayasaki, Kazumi; Kawashima, Masao; Yamaguchi, Kazumi (20 December 1992). Special Graphix Godzilla vs. Mothra. Kindaieigasha. ASIN B07DFTQ22T.

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