|Previous level||Persona Non Grata|
|Next level||Back on the Grid|
|Game||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3|
|Place||Onboard the Presidential Il-96-300PU|
|Date||October 3rd, 2016|
|Objective||Escort the President.|
Move to guard position.
Lead the President to safety.
Secure the President's daughter.
Lead the President to the safe room. [Failed]
Follow the Commander.
Secure the President. [Failed]
|Enemies||Inner Circle, Vladimir Makarov|
|Special Ops||Milehigh Jack and Hostage Taker|
- "Everyone down! Protect the President!"
- — The Commander
"Turbulence" is the fifth mission of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The player starts off as Andrei Harkov, an FSO agent, on a plane with the Russian President, Boris Vorshevsky, speaking to his daughter about the peace conference in Hamburg.
- Andrei Harkov (playable, K.I.A.)
- Leonid Pudovkin (K.I.A.)
- Anton Fedorov (Could be K.I.A. or W.I.A.)
- Vladimir Makarov
- Boris Vorshevsky (P.O.W./M.I.A.)
- Alena Vorshevsky
- Vasili Zhukov (K.I.A.)
- Anya Kovaleva (K.I.A.)
- Bogdan Sokolov (K.I.A.)
- John Price (voice only in cutscene)
- Sandman (chatting with Captain Price in the loading scene)
Harkov, one of the President's bodyguards on his protection detail, enters a room with President Vorshevsky, who sits down with a group of men discussing the peace he wants to create with the west. As President Vorshevsky is arguing with Vasili Zhukov, he is interrupted by muffled gunfire; at this point the plane is attacked by hijackers, in an attempt to capture the President.
The President hits the floor with agents covering him, and the player is tasked with defending him. Three hijackers assault the room, but Pudovkin and Harkov dispatch them in close-quarters combat with their service pistols, the Five Seven. The agents start to move the President to the plane's safe room. They move through the plane's interior, and as they near a staircase which is the scene of a battle between agents and hijackers, the plane stalls, sending it plummeting towards the ground. This puts the inside of the plane in a temporary state of zero gravity in which Harkov and the other agents frequently smash into overhead compartments. During this period of no gravity, the agents are able eliminate the hostiles.
After clearing the room of all the hijackers, the agents move downstairs, and fight their way through the kitchen, the operations room, and the cargo bay to rescue Alena Vorshevsky, the president's daughter. The FSO team start to move the President and his daughter to the safe room, but before they can do so, the plane is forced to make an emergency landing. As hijackers pour in to engage the agents, the plane crashes into the ground. The force of the crash tears the plane in two, and the hijackers are still attempting to kill the agents when the portion of the plane they are in hits an air control tower. Federov falls from the plane, and an engine from the plane hurtles through the air, striking the portion of the plane Harkov is in, knocking him out.
Pudovkin drags Harkov onto his feet, and the two stumble out of the wreckage. After exiting the remains of the plane, the agents search for the now missing President. Moving past wounded agents and hijackers, they approach a hangar. Hijackers in armored vehicles start to fill the area, and the agents are forced to use wreckage and luggage as cover. Once the security team secures the President, a helicopter lands to evacuate the President. After opening the door to the helicopter, Harkov discovers that it belongs to Makarov, who then proceeds to shoot him, as well as Pudovkin, and captures the President. Harkov and Pudovkin fall to the ground, Makarov effectively killing Pudovkin with another shot. While Harkov is lying on the ground, wounded, he can overhear a conversation between Makarov and President Vorshevsky.
Makarov demanded the launch codes to secure his dominion over Russia, thus turning the tide against the West. However, the President refused to give up the launch codes, instead calling Makarov a madman. Furious with his stance, Makarov ordered his men to find Alena Vorshevsky. As Harkov tries to reach his gun, Makarov, noticing his movement, shoots him a second time, killing him.
|Found in level|
12. In the cabin at the beginning of the mission, go down a set of stairs. Keep going straight; after entering a kitchen area. the intel is on the right on top of a counter.
13. Once the plane has crashed, continue forward, a large tree is in the way and has to be jumped over. Just on the other side of the tree, sitting in the snow, is this piece of intel.
- In the opening cutscene, a dossier of Makarov from Interpol states his full name is "Sergei L. Makarov."
- In the conference room, a small statue of a man and woman holding the hammer and sickle, symbols of the previous Soviet regime, can be seen on a shelf.
- A ripped and torn flag of the Soviet Union can be seen in the President's office.
- President Vorshevsky's line "We destroy our enemies when we make friends with them" is a paraphrase of an Abraham Lincoln quote, "Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"
- This is the first appearance of President Boris Vorshevsky, who had only been referred to in the previous game.
- This is the first time in the Modern Warfare series where the player is affiliated with the Russian government.
- The Five Seven has a unique reload animation in the zero-gravity showdown.
- This is the second time in the entire Call of Duty series that the player receives an "Objective Failed" text without death or penalty during gameplay, but the first time in the Modern Warfare series; not just once, before the plane crash lands, but twice when Makarov comes out of the helicopter. The first was in the Call of Duty mission "Brecourt Manor", where it was possible for Moody to be killed, failing an objective to cover him, but not failing the mission.
- If the player looks out of the windows before entering the briefing room, one can see two MiG-29s escorting the plane. When entering the room right after the briefing room, one can still see the MiG-29s, but they pull up and climb away, and they are never seen or heard from for the remainder of the level.
- When the player opens the helicopter's doors at the end of the mission, the player will notice that Makarov's name is shown in green as if he was a friendly.
- This level bears many similarities to the movie Air Force One.
- This is the second level out of three in the series to be featured in a passenger plane, the others being Mile High Club in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Milehigh Jack, a Special Ops mission in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
- If the player stands too close to the edge of the airplane as it breaks into two, there will be an animation of the player tumbling out of the plane, and they will also receive a death text that reads "Stay away from the edge to prevent falling out".
- In the starting area, there is a glass display mounted on a wall. Inside the display, there are small models of a MiG-29 and a T-72 tank.
- After the plane crashed, as you emerge from the wreckage with Commander Leonid Pudovkin, the player can hear radio transmissions from FSO agents talking about how the hijackers have breached the plane.
- While on board the plane, one of the enemies has a PP90M1 or AK-74u with every attachment on it, although, it cannot be obtained.
- If the player looks at their minimap's compass, they will see that the plane is apparently flying north. However, if the plane was going from Moscow to Hamburg, it would be going west, not north.
- The AK-74u has a unique reloading animation during the zero-gravity sequence of the mission. The reloading animation shows the player throwing the magazine away and it spinning in mid air, as opposed to it simply falling off screen.
- In the room where the President speaks, the TV shows the same news of the invasion on New York City two months ago. The TV is soon turned off once inside in the room.
- In the Wii version of the game, Vladimir Makarov's head clips through the roof of the helicopter.
- In the starting cabin, there is a technology magazine on the left with the headline "Bearded Man Invents Time Travel".
- Twice in the mission, two blue/black peaked caps can be found. These peaked caps strangely resembles East German military hat pins. The first is in the beginning of the level, found on a table, and the second one is on the ground after exiting the crashed plane.
- When nearing the cockpit, the commander will pin an enemy to the floor and shoot him. Although the commander misses, the soldier still dies.
- The picture depicting the mission strangely replaces Anya Kovaleva's model with an FSO agent's.
- Before getting out of the crashed plane, one should see a Scavenger pack at the left side.
- If the Player drops the Five Seven during the Zero Gravity sequence, then proceeds to pick it up after the Zero Gravity sequence ends, the Five Seven will retain it's Zero Gravity status (alternate reload, sideways,etc), and it will have the pickup icon of the M9.
- When using out off the plane before it crashes, it is possible to see that the crashed plane model is already placed on the ground. This can be also seen if the player looks through the window to the right before the plane stops moving.
- This is the first mission in the entire Call of Duty series where the player must fail their primary objective in order to advance in the game.
- If using noclip, in the inaccessible room that next to the starting room, it is possible to see unusual Five Seven, with a silencer and a Tactical Knife, but that Tactical Knife is placed inside the gun.
- The AK-74us of the guards in the conference room seem to come out of nowhere.
- Andrei Harkov is shown as an inside man of Makarov during the intro of the mission.
- This mission takes place a day before Makarov 's 46th birthday, ie. October 3.
- Frequent Flyer (10 / Bronze trophy ) - Defend the Russian President. Complete "Turbulence" on any difficulty
- Flight Attendant (Hidden) (20 / Bronze trophy ) - Kill all 5 enemies during the zero-g sequence in "Turbulence."
- Out of the Frying Pan (25 / Silver trophy ) - Complete "Persona Non Grata", "Turbulence" and "Back on the Grid" on Veteran difficulty.
- Main article: Turbulence/Transcript