Black Hawk Down

Corrected entry: When the 2 Delta snipers are defending the 2nd downed Black Hawks, the Delta snipers, Gary Gordan carries a camo-painted M4, and Randy Shughart carries a Vietnam M14 right? When Gary Gordan fires, and then reports "reloading" for the 1st time, it changes to one guy holding a black M16 firing at the crowd. Who is that? Neither one of the Delta snipers carry a black full-size M16.

Correction: A Black Hawk carries small arms on board which include M-16's. Shugart and Gordon utilized all the weapons they could gather to the end. When it got down to only one Delta left he was finally killed after using up all available ammunition despite what was shown in the movie.

Corrected entry: In many parts of the movie, you see the APCs getting constantly riddled with bullets by Somalian rebels. However, in certain camera shots were you see the APCs rumbling back and forth from the base, they are completely free of bullet dents.

Correction: APCs are so well armored that when hit by bullets, virtually no mark is made.

Corrected entry: On the Delta Force uniform right sleeve is sewn an American flag. Frequently throughout the fighting some uniforms have the flag sewn on backwards (with the blue field and stars on the right). Either the costumer had non-Americans sew the uniform insignia without correct instructions; or, it is some kind of statement by the film maker. This would never happen on regulation uniforms.

Correction: The flag decals have the union (the blue area with the stars) on the side closer to the front of the plane/car/person. On the left, the decal shows the flag with the union at the left, as usual. On the right side, the union is on the right. This is done so that the flag looks as if it is blowing in the wind created by forward movement. There are two separate flag patches in the Army inventory: the normal U.S. flag replica that is worn on the left sleeve, and what is referred to as the "reversed field" flag patch, which is worn on the right sleeve.

Corrected entry: After Blackburn fell from the chopper, Matt quickly puts on his goggles to prepare to rope down. You can see he wore gloves on both hands. After Matt roped down, he attended to Blackburn. Watch his right hand placed on Blackburn's chest - he's not wearing his glove.

Correction: This mistake is just a result of poor examining of the movie. Matt ropes down and attends Blackburn. He is still wearing both gloves. Then we see the chopper leaving, then we see Matt again, now with only one glove. He had plenty of time to remove it for being able to examine Blackburn. You can't feel a pulse through a leather glove.

Corrected entry: The American soldiers are wearing a curious mix of uniforms. The uniforms are the newer set of desert camouflage called DCUs, yet their helmet covers are of the older 'chocolate chip' pattern.

Correction: The "chocolate chip," or six-color desert camouflage, was used in the Persian Gulf war, which was before the incident in Somalia. The three-color they wear in Somalia was the newer, updated color. It's not out of the question that some of them were still wearing the six-color helmet cover on their PAGST's.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the informant parks his car outside the correct building and raises the hood to check the steam etc, an OH-6 Little Bird can be seen in the background. At this point in the movie, the only aircraft over Mog would have been the C2 Black Hawk and the P-3 Orion (not actually shown in the movie). The attacking Black Hawks, MH-6s and OH-6s have not yet taken off.

Correction: Over Mogidishu three helicopters that almost look identical to AH-6 Little Birds, except for the camera equipment, flew surveillance along with the Orion.

Corrected entry: In one scene two helicopters fly over troops on the ground. The helicopters are OH-58 Kiowas (Jet Rangers) not UH-60/MH-60 Blackhawks or OH-6/AH-6/MH-6 Cayuses (Little Birds or Loaches).

Correction: There were OH-58 Kiowas over the battle that day, serving as observation helicopters (their role on the battlefield), and reporting back to the commanders in the JOC.

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Visible crew/equipment: Near the end of the movie when the convoy is heading back to the Pakistan Stadium, a Humvee stops briefly to allow a man to walk across the street with a child in his arms. When the shot changes and the Humvee begins driving again, a crew member or cameraman is seen inside the Humvee wearing a white shirt. All of the men who entered the Humvee were wearing fatigues. (02:05:27)

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Pilla: Colonel, they're shooting at us! Colonel, they're shooting at us!
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Trivia: According to veterans of the actual event, when the Rangers got the go-ahead for the mission and were getting their gear ready, "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N Roses was playing on the base's loudspeakers. There were some half-serious comments among the men about the appropriateness of this song. However, the film's producers failed to secure the rights to use "Welcome to the Jungle," so they substituted Faith No More's "Falling to Pieces"--which is perhaps thematically in line with what happened on the raid. (00:27:28)

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