|Appeared in|| The Avengers|
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier is a hi-tech aircraft carrier used by S.H.I.E.L.D., designed to be itself capable of independent powered flight in addition to the conventional functions of aircraft carriers.
Fury brought Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and Steve Rogers on board the Helicarrier, trying to form a team that could protect the Earth better than S.H.I.E.L.D. ever could. However, because of Loki's manipulations, all members of the team showed not even the slightest trace of unity and teamwork.
When the Helicarrier fell under attack from Loki's mind-controlled soldiers, it was heavily damaged, yet it was still able to limp to open water on the strength of only three of its colossal fans. When the Chitauri invaded New York City, the World Security Council ordered Fury to fire a nuclear missile at the city, but he refused. When one fighter plane tried to fly from the carrier, Fury stopped it with a rocket launcher. However, he was unable to stop the second plane which fired the missile. Thanks to Iron Man, the missile redirected, destroying the Chitauri flagship, which effectively ended the invasion.
Three heavily weaponized Helicarriers were being worked on when Fury spoke to Rogers about "getting with the program" and accepting modern homeland security. Fury also mentioned to Rogers that these carriers were significantly larger than the one he boarded during the Chitauri Invasion. Each of the vehicles was connected to Project Insight, a program initiated by the World Security Council to synchronize all three helicarriers to a satellite, creating a formidable defensive superweapon.
When Sam Wilson, Natasha Romanoff and Maria Hill joined Rogers to take down Insight, all three of the Helicarriers were operational, preparing to synchronize with the satellite's algorithm. Armed with false targeting chips, Rogers and Wilson managed to take out the first two but the Winter Soldier defiantly guarded the final Helicarrier's core, leading into an extended fight.
When the Winter Soldier was incapacitated, Rogers inserted the final false chip into the helicarrier's core, resulting in all of the helicarriers targeting each other. A gargantuan firefight began in the sky as the vehicles destroyed one another; Pierce looked on from the Triskelion in disappointment.
In The Avengers, the helicarrier resembles an aircraft carrier with two decks (the main one for taking off, the other a slanted deck for landing). It is lifted vertically by four colossal fans, and propelled forward by two large arrays of jet engines at its rear. It can also float in the water like a conventional aircraft carrier; in this mode, the jet engines and fans are concealed underwater. It serves as an airborne base for S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as a landing and takeoff platform for aircraft such as the F-35 Lightning II and Quinjets.
Several helicarriers make an appearance again in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, although with a slightly different design, and more visible weapons systems. They appear to use different means of propulsion lift (instead of fans), large repulsors.
- The Helicarrier appears in the game Iron Man 2. The preview video for the game reveals that Tony Stark was the one who built it. It is shown as the S.H.I.E.L.D. base throughout the game, but also as a weapon. At one point, it is attacked by A.I.M. forces; however, they are defeated by the combined forces of Iron Man and War Machine. At the end of the game, it is destroyed, on purpose, when it crashes into the giant Ultimo. It is similar to the Ultimate version (Earth-1610) of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.