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Quote1 The eggheads call it a "Helicarrier." I always been too embarrassed to ask 'em what that means. Quote2
Colonel Nick Fury[src]

The Helicarrier, an aircraft carrier specifically designed to be itself capable of independent powered flight in addition to the standard functions of aircraft carriers, is the world headquarters and signature capital ship of the extra-governmental intelligence/defense agency S.H.I.E.L.D..[citation needed]

Built by Stark Industries and designed by Tony Stark, Dr. Reed Richards, and former X-Man Forge. In addition to housing wings of fighters and other aircraft, the Helicarrier bristles with advanced weaponry, including an intercontinental ballistic missile.[citation needed]



The first Helicarrier was proposed by Stark Industries as a political compromise among the signatories of the treaty in response to fears that any nation hosting the Directorate's main headquarters would be subject to attack by hostile organizations such as Hydra with domestic political fallout sure to follow immediately thereafter.[citation needed]

When Tony Stark himself became Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., he ordered construction of a red-and-gold Helicarrier in the motif of his Iron Man Armor. This Helicarrier was brought down by the Red Hulk[1] to be rebuilt as the Hellcarrier, the headquarters of the Intelligencia.[2]

The main S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier was disabled by an alien computer virus unleashed by a Skrull agent posing as Edwin Jarvis as part of the Secret Invasion. When the Skrull Invasion was over and Norman Osborn the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (now called H.A.M.M.E.R), he soon ordered to dismantle it, to build his own H.A.M.M.E.R. Helicarrier.[citation needed]

After the Siege of Asgard, Steve Rogers became world's new Top Cop, deposing Norman Osborn and dismantling H.A.M.M.E.R., but without reinstalling S.H.I.E.L.D.[citation needed]

After the attack of the Serpent and the return of H.A.M.M.E.R., Rogers decided to reactivate S.H.I.E.L.D. and build a new Helicarrier called Iliad.[3][4] Iliad remains a primary vessel for Daisy Johnson, Maria Hill, and the current team of Secret Avengers.[5]

Known Helicarriers[]

Please find the full list of S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarriers here.

It is not yet known what criteria S.H.I.E.L.D. has used to name the Helicarriers, but many share a relation with Greek mythology.

Alternate realities[]

Alternate Realities[]


Heli-Carrier Alpha

Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. had a fleet of airborne aircraft carriers (prior to the assault by the Liberators), one of which was referred to, at one point, as the Helicarrier. They aren't S.H.I.E.L.D. primary HQ, this being the Triskelion. The engines that keep the carriers aloft were designed by Tony Stark and were modular enough to be used in a space shuttle by the Ultimate Fantastic Four. These fleets of Helicarriers are smaller than the Earth-616 Helicarriers and are more conventional aircraft carrier shape, but are far more plentiful.

One Helicarrier, the U.S.S. Jimmy Carter, was used as the command center for the New Ultimates briefly while they were under the direction ofGregory Stark. Gregory Stark also noted that this realities Hank Pym was the original designer of the Helicarrier, although it has been enhanced and upgraded with Stark technology.[18]


Zombiverse (Earth-2149)[]

The Helicarrier was used as the last remaining base of the resistance to the Zombie-contagion.[21]

S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from WildC.A.T

Crossoververse (Earth-7642)[]

The Helicarrier was the mobile base of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Aboard the ship, Deadeye was recruited was into S.H.I.E.L.D. and armed with the equipment he'd use as Grifter. The Helicarrier then transported Cash and Ms. Honeygate to Australia.[22]


Earth-8096 Helicarrier

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Earth-8096)[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. used this Helicarrier as its main HQ and military command airship.

It was destroyed during the Skrull Invasion.


Original Helicarrier

Ultimate Spider-Man (Earth-12041)[]

The Helicarrier serves as the mobile airborne headquarters of S.H.I.E.L.D.. That is, until its destruction at the hands of the Green Goblin. It's later replaced by the larger and more versatile Tri-Carrier. The wreckage of the original was later converted into a base for the Goblin nicknamed the "Hellcarrier". Ultimately, it was taken over by Electro and set to self-destruct and take out New York, but the timely intervention of Spider-Girl and Spider-Ham launched it into space to detonate harmlessly.

Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate (Earth-13017) from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 700 001

S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier

Spider-Dreams (Earth-13017)[]

The Helicarrier was a flying aircraft and the base of the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D.. It was here that Spider-Man was given a new identity.[23]


Insane Impossible Man (Earth-14845)[]

The Impossible Man had the ability to shape-shift anything he wanted to at will. When the Controller slapped a Slave Disc on him, The Impossible Man went crazy, and crashed the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier before transporting all of the agents along with the rest of the people in Washington, D.C. to "Mouse-Land" in California.

Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division (Earth-19121) from Marvel Zombies Resurrection Vol 2 1 001

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection (Earth-19121)[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. used a Helicarrier to fight off the Respawned's zombie invasion of Earth.[24]


House of M

House of M (Earth-58163)[]

Those Helicarriers were owned and operated by the S.H.I.E.L.D. and its elite unit, the Red Guard.[25]


Bullet Points (Earth-70105)[]

The Helicarrier was fortified and upgraded by S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Reed Richards.[citation needed]


The Helicarrier

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)[]

The Helicarrier is a seaworthy ship capable of VTOL flight by way of four huge lift fans mounted on the sides. It has two runways, one with direct access to a hangar at the rear is aligned along the spine of the vessel and is used for forward launches of aircraft, and the other diagonally aligned runway above is suitable for landings. Refractive panels on the underbelly offer the craft a broad camouflage of clouds or sky when viewed from below. The Helicarrier was heavily damaged in an attack, yet was still able to limp to open water on the strength of only three of its colossal fans.[26] It could carry many aircraft including F-35s.[citation needed]

A second generation series of helicarriers are larger than the original, and built with a stronger focus on direct combat capability. Ventral gun batteries offer a wide area of fire below, while font and side-mounted cannons provide some coverage to the surrounding area. Networked fire control systems employ satellite links and allow for the combination of three helicarriers to operate in harmony, sharing targeting data and firing solutions on distant targets as small as man-size. Upper level armaments are limited by the carrier flight deck. Four huge repulsor engines address the vulnerabilities of the earlier lift fans by having no reliance on a fast-spinning mass, and avoiding the need for a dense enough air mass to remain aloft. This ensures that these next generation helicarriers can attain a higher altitude than their predecessor.[20]

Hydra Helicarrier from Loki (TV Series) 1 5 001

Hydra Helicarrier

Hydra took over S.H.I.E.L.D (Unknown Reality)[]

A version of the helicarrier taken over by Hydra was present among the stuff that got pruned to the Void by the TVA[27][28]

Earth-10005's dystopian future averted (Earth-TRN414)[]

Ajax holds Vanessa Carlysle captive aboard a derelict Helicarrier, though its manufacturer and operator are unknown.[29]

Dark Ages (Earth-TRN891)[]


S.H.I.E.L.D. operated from a Helicarrier. When an worldwide EMP wiped out technology all over the planet, the Helicarrier was among the technology affected, causing it to fall out of the sky and crash.[30]

Years later, a Helicarrier, possibly the same one that crashed, was converted into a vessel that could travel by sea. It had both steam engines and large sails that utilized powerful winds generated by the mutant Storm for propulsion. Because of its mammoth size, the Helicarrier was capable of holding more than 100,000 people. It was often used to transport refugees from Europe to Africa.[31]


  • The British organization W.H.O. and many other organizations used Helicarriers and similar crafts of their own.
  • According to intel gathered by project Livewire, five Helicarriers are known to have been wrecked, two off the coast of NYC,[32] though several more are known to have been lost since then.
  • One of the crashed helicarriers was re-built by an illegal black ops project and subsequently destroyed by the Livewires.[citation needed]

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