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UD4L Cheyenne
UD4L Cheyenne
UD4L Cheyenne
Craft:
Troop dropship
Service:
USCM
Crew:
2
Construction:
alloy polymer
Gravitational displacement:
1.21x105kg
Life support:
nitrogen, oxygen
Dimensions:
Length:
25-35m
Width:
20m
Height:
11m
Environment:
Conditions:
1 decks, 1 flight
Temperature:
20-40°C





Name

UD4L Cheyennes are troop dropships for the U.S.C.M.s, a UD4L Cheyenne Dropship first appeared in the film Aliens, used for a combat drop to the surface of LV426.

The U.S.C.M. UD4L Cheyenne Dropships are larger than the U.S.C.M.s Dropships with some equipped with life support and stasis, capable of transferring troops and equipment to the surface and used in combat drops on BG386, LV426 and LV1201.


Characteristics

Reference stats table.

Appearance

Appearances in the following;
BG386
The level Pyramid and beginning and end credits for the marines' campaign in singleplayer in the game Aliens v Predator 3

LV426
Aliens (film)
Aliens v Predator: Original, Gold, Classic
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Aliens: Infestation
Aliens Online
Alien Trilogy

LV412
AVP: Evolution

LV1201
Aliens v Predator 2

Other craft

USS Marlow
USS Sephora
USS Fiuan
Dropship
USS Bouton
USS Belga
USS Sephora

Interactions

BG386

Used for bringing and evacuating the surviving Marines and a Synthetic from BG386 in the game Aliens v Predator 3.

LV426

Aliens (film)
Two UD4L Cheyenne Dropships were used in the film Aliens to bring Ripley, Bishop and USCMs from orbit to and from the surface of LV426.

Aliens: Colonial Marines
In the level Stasis Interrupted, multiple UD4L Dropships are used to construct the Weyland-Yutani Facility on the surface of LV426 between Hadley's Hope and the Derelict. These Dropships have been modified, were a winch replaced the cargo bay and used for ferrying pre-built modules.

Multiple Dropships appear in the game starting in the level Distress, one piloted by Reid. Reid later appears in the level so O'Neil and Winter could escape but because the cargo bay doors stay locked they needed to find a different route. Reid later again appears as the Dropship pilot rescuing the crew in other levels, including their final escape from LV426 landing in the cargo bay of the last W-Y FTL spacecraft. Finally Cruz uses the Dropship with the Queen attached, flying off the cargo bay and saving the crew.

Continuity

LV412

UD4L Cheyennes appears in both Alien and Predator levels in the game AVP: Evolution. These would target a character as soon as they are seen and should be avoided.


BG386

Some UD4L Cheyenne Dropships in Aliens v Predator 3 are equipped with stasis and capable of longer space journeys while others are used for carrying troops and APCs.

UD4L Cheyenne
Configuration for all UD4L Cheyennes.

Flight Deck

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Dropshipflightdeck31

APC Ramp
Crew Seats
Stasis Units







Cockpit

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Pilots' Chairs
Flight Controls
DataPad Uplink



LV426

Aliens v Predator: Original, Gold, Classic
In Aliens v Predator: Original, Gold, Classic a Dropship is used for collecting a marine player from the Atmosphere Processor buildings.

Aliens: Infestation
A UD4L Cheyenne is used to travel between the USS Sulaco, LV426 and Phobos in the Aliens: Infestation campaigns.


Aliens Online
Aliens Online gameplay occurs on LV426 and features equipment, marines, aliens and spacecrafts from the film Aliens.


Aliens: Colonial Marines
Multiple Dropships appear in the game, one is flown by Reid while others construct or patrol around the installations on the surface of LV426.

UD4L Cheyenne
Configuration for a UD4L Cheyenne.

Flight Deck

ACM 153

APC Ramp
Crew Seats



Cockpit

Dropshipcockpit2
ACM 155

Pilots' Chairs
Flight Controls




Aliens (film)
Two UD4L Cheyenne dropships feature in the film. The first crashes on the surface during evac which leaves Bishop as the only one of the team able to remote pilot the second off the Sulaco.

UD4L Cheyenne
Configuration for a UD4L Cheyenne.

Flight Deck

Dropshipflightdeck

APC Ramp
Crew Seats



Cockpit

Dropshipcockpit

Pilots' Chairs
Flight Controls




Concept

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Concept artist Syd Mead drew designs for the Dropships and Sulaco which were edited by Ron Cobb, with James Cameron designing the Alien Queen, Power Loader and Sulaco and Graham Langridge the USS Sulaco's schematics.




On-set

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Aliensonset1

A number of Dropships were produced in the filming of Aliens, these included a number of 2-3' models, a 7' model and a 12' model. In filming the large 12' Dropship can be seen on the cargo bay as the crew are first briefed by Gorman and then during prep, using a number of techniques to appear larger. A separate ramp, stairs, cockpit and underside for weapon loading and as the Queen emerges was constructed, loading, flight and landing used scaled miniatures.





Production

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Aliensproduction11

A one fifth scaled model remote controlled miniature was filmed for the APC loading onto a UD4L Cheyenne, along the surface and at the Atmosphere Processor. A one tenth scale model with APC inside the dropship was filmed just as the UD4L Cheyenne was approaching and touching down at Hadley's Hope. The 7' long model was being guided and controlled by cables and a smaller 2' held by smaller cables for approach to the surface, on the surface scene and some others a variation of miniatures were used in filming.

A separate simpler model was used for impact of the Dropship after dropship pilot Corporal Collette Ferro is killed by the Alien aboard ship. This was filmed whilst on a cable with a rubber cord pulling it along to give it it's acceleration as it impacted, then allowed to bounce around on the surface. Filmed at five times normal speed with millisecond charges being detonated as it approached. John Richardson special effect supervisor for Aliens production pyrotechnics was in charge of these fx, staging the explosions and fire for the dropships, APC and Atmosphere Processor scenes.

Ron Cobb designed the art for the Dropships from a script idea that the Colonial Marines were bug hunters and the Xenomorphs were the bugs. So using an eagle with boots on carrying a machine gun painted inside a red circle the slogan 'We Endanger Species ', naming the spacecraft Bug Stomper, also adding this design on jackets worn by the crew. The second Dropship was named Smart Ass, also with an eagle and the slogan 'We Aim By P.F.M', dressed in boots and carrying a large gun on a blue circle.


Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Dropships appears in the book with the description of the UD4L Cheyenne Dropship from the film Aliens;

Alien The Weyland-Yutani Report3

UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship

'The UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship is a multi-functional combat utility craft primarily designed to transport troops and materials from an orbiting craft to a terrestrial troop site. It is also heavily armed and armored, and operates as air support for ground troops.

The Cheyenne has proven a popular craft amongst pilots. It consistently preforms above it's design specs and its versatility allows the pilot to adapt to the unpredictability of combat as well as safely handle ship-to-surface transports.'

Timeline

The film Aliens is set after the events of the film Alien, Ellen Ripley having killed the Alien goes into stasis aboard the Narcissus only to be found drifting in space 57 years later.

The events of the game Aliens: Colonial Marines are set between those of the films Aliens and Alien 3.

See also




References

Citations

Aliens (film)
Building Better Worlds - From concept to construction
Aliens v Predator: Original
Aliens v Predator: Gold
Aliens v Predator: Classic
Aliens v Predator 3 (video game)

Footnotes

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