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Chapter 12: Blue Thunder 2 - Millennium Thunder
Written by Michael Erickson
Copyrighted Columbia Pictures, 1983 - 2002

Based on characters and events by Dan O'Bannon and Don Jackoby

After Foreman and Straker left the conference room, Ralston, Murphy, Richter and Bowman looked over Preminger's file and dossier once more, to see if they had missed something before. After viewing the contents twice, it was clear that they did not need to look at it any furthur. There was nothing to figure out about Preminger or refresh their respective memories on his past activities.
Justin Preminger was obviously a psychotic. And a clear and present danger.
The last time that Michael had dealt with someone who was like Preminger was about a year ago. Right after he met Annette, he had a chance to meet some of her family. Some that he liked, and some that he did not. One of those people that he did not think highly of was her Uncle Bryan. Someone who had also served in Vietnam, and seen a lot of violent atrocities. When Bryan had returned from the war in 1969, he had a difficult time fitting into society. In may ways, he was like the character of Travis Bickle from the film Taxi Driver.
When Annette's cousin Marilyn had become addicted to narcotics and alcohol, the dishwater blonde had placed her family in danger more than once. From nearly burning Annette's sister's house down, to who knew what else. When her sister, brother in law, and two of her cousins, Karenya and her husband had been killed by one of Marilyn's narcotic induced states, Bryan had taken it upon himself to stop Marilyn once and for all. He had pursued her to the west end of Louisville, and proceeded to kill the female addict with a .12 gauge shotgun. After he killed Marilyn, he proceeded to kill two of Annette's ex-boyfriend's, one Willard Hahn and Rick Turner. The result with those two men were just as violent and brutal.
When Annette's younger brother threatened to sick his friends on him, in order to stop him, Bryan killed her brother and all of his friends in one night. An incident that gave new meaning to the phrase, "Four thousand throats could be cut in one night by a running man."
Ralston had pursued Bryan on his own and confronted him. Even though he did not think highly of him, he could understand and symphathize with what he had been through. Instead of arresting him, Ralston had given Bryan his gun and allowed the troubled veteran to kill himself. It was the only alternative and Ralston knew that Bryan would find the peace that he had never found in life.
Michael would later explain in a report that there was no other way to stop him.
He doubted that Preminger would be so willing on those grounds.
Murphy looked over at both Bowman and Richter, speaking something that Ralston had been thinking. "I hope you two won't pull any legal jurisdiction or any other nonsense involving this."
While Richter remained silent and silently fumming of the remark, Bowman jumped in. "Frank, if it means anything to you, I do have a family here in Kentucky. And I don't want to see anything happen to them because of this maniac. Whatever help you want, you have it."
Obviously satisfied with that response, Frank sat back in his chair. "How soon can you bring some more help here?"
Looking over at Richter and then back at Murphy he said, "I can have some help here in about four hours."
"Good," Frank said. "Let me know when it arrives."
As both Richter and Bowman exited the room, Frank continued to look at the file. Michael knew that the terms paranoid schizophrenic and Thor were weighing heavily in his captain's mind. Somebody had picked the wrong time to bring out this information. Something that even John Ashcroft would have a field day with.
"Another trip down memory lane, Frank?" Ralston inquired.
"And how," Frank snorted in disgust. "Never trust the government."

They were the famous last words that Frank had given after he destroyed Special One - Prototype 02 of Project THOR. When Frank had blasted the late F.E. Cochrane's Hughes 500 helicopter out of the sky, he had set the first Blue Thunder down on the tracks of a southbound train. After he stepped out of the five million dollar prototype and let it be blown to bits, he walked about a couple of miles to Mercy General Hospital in downtown Los Angeles. There he had his right arm healed up after Cochrane's attack helicopter had hit him. He was lucky that he did not need surgery or any stitches. But it still left a minor scar. When he was being tended to by a doctor, the media heard of his arrival at the hospital's emergency room and immediately came over to interview him. About how he stumbled upon the conspiracy, who was behind it, why the conspirators were planning to use the prototype for illegal activities, etc. He used the media as protection from whoever might want to suppress his disclosures, as much as they annoyed him.
Some of the more detailed questions, Frank did not really want to answer at that moment. When Jack Braddock arrived to see how Frank was, Frank responded by punching Braddock out. The result was a broken nose and some teeth. Jack did not understand why his friend did that at first, but then later found out why. Frank later told him that if Jack had listened to him earlier, Richard Lymangood would have still been alive. Thankfully, Jack did not press charges, or pursued the matter any furthur. He kept his distance from Frank, but offered to help if he should require it.
Following the exposure of Holmes, Icelan, Fletcher, and the others involved, the media went hog wild on the story. Some columnists wrote that it was a "Watergate - skycopter style, or to be more precise, Thundergate."
Frank was later interviewed by Mario Macahdo, Alf Hewitt, and other reporters in the downtown Los Angeles area. Followed by those from NBC and ABC's Nightline. Even 60 Minutes spoke with him. Frank essentially told them the same thing. Of his suspicions about the car with no plates, the uncovering at the Federal Building, the deaths of Lymangood and Commissioner Diana McNeely, and the connections between Project THOR and the recent problems of urban violence in the local area.
Frank had later received a serious talking to by the higher up police management, aviation authorities and others. He was given several notations for his role in righting what was wrong, but due to the nature of the situation he could not be fiven anything official. Many in the public and the police department hailed him as a hero. The typical American peace officer who was clearly loyal to the country and was willing to bring in known fellons to justice.
Murphy also thought in retrospective, saying in several interviews that if he could do it again, he would not have blown Cochrane out of the sky, merely crippled his helicopter to force him to land, so that he could be jailed. He would have also thought twice about how he handled the F-16 jet fighters and the missiles.
There were also those who considered him a whistle blower among the likes Deep Thoat, USAF Colonel Charles Brubaker, and several others.
Following that, there was an investigation into the matter and trial of those who were involved in the conspiracy. Iceland had committed suicide before he was taken to trial. Braddock, who was to have been a witness, had suffered a heart attack and later died in his sleep. His testimony that he had written earlier helped in the investigation.
Even Kate, Frank's girlfriend, was noted as a contributer to the situation that exposed the wrong that had been occuring.
When it came time for Frank to give his testimony, he had received some death threats. Frank ignored them and went on public record stating, "Any day you feel squirrelly, you just jump!"
The courtroom was crowded and almost suffocating for some. With the 1984 Olympics not that far off, the situation was tense enough as it was. Frank, after being sworn under oath, began to describe what had led up to the events and his involvement in the entire affair.
"When Diana McNeely was murdered, it was assumed at first that it was an attempted rape," Murphy explained. "I explained to Captain Braddock that the incident did not fit that particular pattern. Captain Braddock felt differently and considered the case closed on the tragedy. Later that evening, I returned back to the scene to see if there was any more to it. There was a scrap piece of paper that had been in the victim's briefcase at the time of the murder. Having it translated by Officer Montoya, it said, 'Strangers in the Bario, making trouble.' Both Monyoya and I also discovered the word 'Thor' on that paper."

"That was when you made the connection between her death and Project THOR?" the prosecuting attorney inquired.
"No, it was until later, when Officer Lymangood and I were following Colonel Cochrane in the Special helicopter," Frank explained. "Officer Lymangood and I used the aircraft's computer database link to check information on Colonel Cochrane's background, to merely test the computer system. When we learned about his special assignment with Project THOR, that was when I had made the connection. When we tracked Colonel Cochrane to the Federal Building, we later uncovered as to what the project stood for and its objective."
"What exactly was the objective, Officer?" the prosecuter continued.
"Thor stood for Tactical Helicopter Offensive Response," Murphy replied. "The people behind the project were going to use the Blue Thunder helicopter for controlling not only the civilian population, but also political officials they deemed to be unreliable, undependable, and a threat to their plans. The murder of Commissioner McNeely was an example of that, because she had made the connection."
Frank's testimony did not last long. Not only did it help in a big way, it began a serious re-evaluation of certain government projects. Particularly top secret operations that were already in the planning stages.
Kate's testimony also explained her part in the incident and what she to help out. The two police officers that had tried to stop her were present at the trial. As to her account of Fletcher's attempt to seize the taped evidence, it resulted in Fletcher being given a thirty year sentence. Alf Hewitt's testimony, along with that of the television station's security guard and other people helped confirm and back her story up. It was also the same with Montoya, when he was questioned about his involvement regarding the scrap paper and trying to disable Murphy's aircraft in flight with armed squad guys. He and Murphy later talked about it. After all, Montoya had no idea what was going on when he was ordered to try and stop a seemingly mad Murphy.
The incident with the Arco Tower being hit by a heat seeking missile from one of the F-16's did cause some debate and controversy. Several people had been killed when the missile had impacted the huge skyscraper. There were those who stated that the Air Force and Officer Murphy should have been held accountable for the accident. The mattered was not pursued any furthur because of the mitigating circumstances, except that the Air Force reviewed its fire practices, vowing to re-evaluate firing at targets near populated areas. The public cried, "Why did it take this to happen before you prevented it from happening?"
As to the damage done to one U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter plane, no formal charges were filed against Murphy. The Federal Aviation Authority had revoked his flying licence until he was able to appeal it back several years after 1984. Although the plane landed on top of the Arco Tower and destroyed a few floors, it was deemed an unfortunate incident. The building had luckily been almost completely evacuated by the time hell fell from the sky. The pilot of "Little Brother One" did not seem to hold a grudge, but stated that he would not want to fly with or take on Officer Murphy in aerial combat anytime soon. The press had a field day with Captain Jonathan Schell's quote.
When everything involving Blue Thunder, Project THOR, and Frank Murphy cooled down, Murphy got on with his life, married Kate in a small, private ceremony, and immediately took Lieutenant Crest's place. Crest had put in for early retirement. All though Frank was no longer deemed a paranoid schizophrenic, it was decided that he should be given a ground assignment for the time being.
Frank did not mind his duties as much. Despite being in the limelight and regarded as a hero, it was not long before he was offered a promotion as captain of the new air patrol in Louisville. At first, he was releuctant to take the position. After the Rodney King incident and the Los Angeles riots of 1992, he accepted the offer immediately. It was time for a change. Especially after his friend Montoya had been killed in those terrible riots.
Since then, everything had been going well....until now.

Frank closed the file and slid it over the table. He rubbed his temples and sat back in his chair, staring out the window at a helicopter leaving his pad.
"I once told my friend Montoya that I may have been in this business too long," he recalled from memory. "I also mentioned that I had a bad feeling that something was coming down."
"And you're getting one of those now?" Ralston noticed.
"Oh, yeah...." Frank grunted. "I'd like to know how the same thing could happen to the same guy twice."

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