Smithsonian Channel pits an Apache helicopter against a dragon

Now taking bets.

 

Patrick Howell O'Neill

Internet Culture

Published Jan 17, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 6:05 pm CDT

Has there ever been a more sinister televised lie than this Smithsonian Channel video saying that a U.S. Army Apache helicopter can take down fantasy’s most horrific dragons? 

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Probably. But this is still pretty ridiculous.

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First of all, the entire foundation of the premise is off.

The narrator tells us that dragons reach up to 85 feet long. If they had read the Daily Dot’s illustrated guide to the biggest dragons in fantasy, they’d know that number was actually about 276 feet in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Listen, I appreciate a good patriotic dragon ass-kicking as much as the next guy. But when Balerion comes riding in over the sunset with Aegon the Conqueror on his back, I’m not placing my bets on a single Apache.

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On the other hand, an Apache versus Charizard is something I’d like to see.

Photo via U.S. Army

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*First Published: Jan 17, 2015, 4:49 pm CST