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I recently re-watched Terminator 2: Judgement Day with a friend. When it came to the helicopter chase scene, my friend commented "He's reloading the gun, how is he still flying the helicopter?"

Now we've seen the T-1000 form knives and take on alternate forms, and at one point the T-101 punches through its head, and the T-1000 compensates by latching on, changing its head to hands, and growing a new head. So it seems fairly trivial for it to change one (or both) of its legs into an extra hand capable of flying the chopper whilst its other hands are busy shooting/reloading

Unfortunately it was on TV so we couldn't go back and check, but was the T-1000 using 3 hands in that scene?

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@Niall C. - thanks for the its/it's fixes, although formes is another way of writing forms ;-) –  Robotnik Jan 9 at 9:21
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Wow, that's a pretty great spot. Kudos to your friend! –  Jordan Gray Jan 9 at 9:32
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@JordanGray - believe me he's not the guy you want sitting next to you in a movie theater... He's too good at spotting this stuff ;-) –  Robotnik Jan 9 at 9:45

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Yes, it has 3 hands at that time. This is made explicit in a short shot that is in the Director's Cut of the film:

screenshot showing 3 handed T1000

This is one of my favorite details of the film, it's not explicitly shown in the non-Director's Cut, but there is that moment your friend noticed where it's reloading while flying the helicopter.

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It's something you don't really think about until it's expicitly pointed out to you - it's great that it was addressed in-movie and wasn't just a plot hole :) –  Robotnik Jan 9 at 4:06

Actually it has four (4) hands at that moment. To fly the helicopter you have to use both of your hands: one to control the cyclic (the 'joystick', you can see it in the picture) and one to control the collective, the handle on the left side of the pilot, although the cyclic doesn't need constant attention.

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also known as the cyclic (which is the stick seem in the picture) and the collective. –  Michael Jan 9 at 14:56
    
Only 3 hands needed. The cyclic ( central column, right hand) needs constant attention. The collective (left side, goes up and down and usually has a throttle grip like a motorbike) can be left unattended for short periods. Adjusting radios, grabbing a drink, reloading weapons etc. –  paul May 2 at 15:28

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