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Colette Ferro

Colette Ferro was a Corporal and dropship pilot in the United States Colonial Marine Corp. In 2179 she was a part of the platoon of marines despatched aboard the USS Sulaco on a rescue mission to the Weyland-Yutani owned terraforming colony, "Hadley's Hope" on Acheron LV-426. Ferro was killed when a Xenomorph ambushed her in her cockpit while in flight, causing her to lose control of the ship and crash before she could pick up the platoon's survivors by the APC.


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Colette being attacked by an Alien

During the drop it was Ferro's job to pilot the dropship; during the mission she stayed aboard the ship the whole time waiting for the marines to finish their search.

As Ripley rescued Cpl. Hicks, Pvt Hudson and Vasquez, Gorman and Burke, they set off out of the atmosphere processing station to be evacuated and nuke the colony from orbit. As Hicks called in Collete Ferro being ambushed by an Alien Dustin Ciudadano. Added by Dustin Ciudadano for dustoff, Ferro responded, not knowing a xenomorph warrior boarded her ship and had already killed her co-pilot Daniel Spunkmeyer. While flying, the cockpit door opened and Ferro thought it was Spunkmeyer. As she turned her head, she was shocked to see the xenomorph behind her. Ferro quickly reached for her pistol but the xenomorph attacked her, causing blood to spray against the window and for her to flail and smear her blood even more. Thus making her lose control of the dropship and crash into the APC where the remaining survivors were.

Personality & TraitsEdit

Ferro was a minor character in the movie Aliens. She was a pretty cold and no nonsense woman since she didn't seem to be fazed or nervous when her fellow marines were being slaughtered. She also kept a cool head in tough situtations since she didn't panick when faced against the alien and simply reached down to grab her weapon.


In addition to her pilot helmet and sunglasses, Ferro would keep an VP-70 Automatic Pistol with her for protection. Ferro's large helmet could've provided decent head protection and was probably useful if there was an accident on the ship and could prevent fatal head damage. She also had a light armor vest which would provide limited protection. Ferro's vest also had a large collar aound her neck which could've protected her neck from rocky shaking of the ship which could've easily broken her neck. 

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Ferro is similar to Carol "Foe Hammer" Rawley from Halo: Combat Evolved in many ways, including that they both piloted dropships and they died trying to pick up the main characters.
  • 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.


  • It is unknown if she was instantly killed by the xenomorph or if she was injured and died in the crash since her flailing could support both ideas.
  • It is interesting to note that we do not see the xenomorph jump out of the ship after it had attacked Ferro since the queen would've recognized the threat and have the warrior escape the crash like in Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt . [2] This would suggest that Ferro survived the attack and had killed the alien before her ship crashed and wasn't able to control the ship in time.
  • It's also interesting to note that her gear including her helmet was made to withstand her dropship crashing. It makes sense to say that despite the extensive damage that the dropship withstood, she could've survived the crash, but that doesn't mean she couldn't have bled to death, get killed by the xenomorphs, die in the nuclear explosion, or managed to get out of range in time and get stranded on the planet.
  • When Ferro is reaching down to grab her pistol, you can see briefly that she has a rabbit's foot attached to her uniform.