- "We're in the pipe, five by five."
- ―Cpl. Ferro (from Aliens)
Corporal Colette Ferro was a Cheyenne dropship pilot for the United States Colonial Marine Corps, part of 2nd Battalion Bravo Team. She was a member of the combat unit deployed to LV-426 aboard the USS Sulaco in 2179, to investigate the sudden loss of contact with the colony of Hadley's Hope. She subsequently perished as a result of the Xenomorph infestation at the colony.
During the mission to Hadley's Hope, Ferro piloted the dropship Bug Stomper, assisted by copilot Private Spunkmeyer. She was killed when a Xenomorph attacked her in-flight as she sat at the controls. Her death resulted in the loss of the dropship itself and the destruction of the squad's APC, leaving the few surviving Marines stranded and with little usable equipment.
Mission to LV-426
It was Ferro's job to deliver the Marines' APC to the surface of LV-426, as well as providing aerial reconnaissance and support during the mission. Once the colony had been secured, Ferro set down outside the complex to drop off additional supplies. Bug Stomper remained at the colony while the Marines went to the Atmosphere Processing Plant in search of surviving colonists.
Rescue attempt and death
After the ambush in the Hive, Corporal Hicks called Ferro in to pick up the survivors, intending to evacuate the planet immediately and destroy the entire site from orbit with nuclear weapons. Ferro responded, not knowing a Xenomorph Warrior had stowed away aboard the dropship. Spunkmeyer tried to inform her about a suspicious slime he found in the cargo hold (evidence of a Xenomorph on board), but his attempts to warn Ferro fell on deaf ears.
After Spunkmeyer closed the ramp, Ferro suddenly lost contact with him. After hearing the cockpit door open, she turned around to frustratedly ask Spunkmeyer where he had been. However, she was instead faced with a Xenomorph lunging at her as she sat at the controls. Shocked, she attempted to draw her sidearm but was brutally mauled and killed by the Xenomorph before she could do so, and with no one at the controls Bug Stomper rapidly pitched into a dive and crashed, destroying the APC on the ground and badly damaging the Atmosphere Processor in the process.
Personality and Traits
In many ways, Ferro was the stereotypical military pilot — self-confident and ice cool under pressure. Even during combat drop operations, she remained totally calm and unfazed at the controls of her dropship, despite the huge physical stresses being placed upon her as she plummeted planetward. However, this attitude could be considered somewhat justified as she was noted as being a particularly gifted dropship pilot. Upon hearing Ripley and her story of the Alien aboard the Nostromo, Ferro was unimpressed, dismissing Ripley's claims as the fearful ramblings of an untrained civilian.
Foremost amongst Ferro's combat equipment were the UD-4L "Cheyenne" Dropships that she piloted, Bug Stomper and Smart Ass. When in action, she wore a standard-issue USCM flight suit and helmet, the latter of which she had customized with the words "'Fly the Friendly Skies'" written across the front above the visor. For personal defence she carried a standard issue Heckler & Koch VP70 in a holster, which she had also customized with a lucky rabbit's foot.
- In Cameron's original treatment for Aliens, Ferro is actually a Sergeant in rank (and therefore superior to everyone else in the unit except Gorman and Apone).
- Ferro bears several similarities to Lieutenant Carol "Foe Hammer" Rawley from the video game Halo: Combat Evolved, including the fact that both are dropship pilots and both are killed trying to rescue the main characters in their respective media. Considering Halo's developers have admitted that Al Apone was a direct inspiration for the character of Sergeant Major Avery Johnson from the franchise, this similarity is likely not coincidental.
- Ferro is also the direct inspiration for many other female pilots in video games, including StarCraft, Gears of War and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
- Most notable of which are in Starcraft, where the dropship pilot's quotes are "In the pipe, five by five", and "Hang on, we're in for some chop."
- When Ferro is reaching down to grab her pistol, you can see briefly that she has a rabbit's foot attached to her uniform.
- The planet Ferro is likely named after Colette.
- Ferro is a common Italian and Portuguese surname. The word "ferro" itself means "iron" in both of those languages.
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