Live Free or Die HardGoofs
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When McClane and Farrell are shown driving to West Virginia in the stolen BMW, the interior of the car is quiet, as if all the windows are rolled up, but the passenger rear window is clearly shown to have been smashed to gain entry (and smashing of the window was a plot point), meaning the wind noise from driving on a freeway would have been substantial and would have made conversation difficult.
In their first phone conversation, Gabriel tells McClane he knows him pretty well, as he's got all the info concerning him displayed, including all career records. Among the decorations received, we see he has been awarded a commendation in 1987 for the Nakatomi Tower incident in LA (referring to the events in "Die Hard"), and a citation for the swift resolution of the Chicago Airport Incident in 1990 (referring to those in "Die Hard 2"). This last record is wrong, as "Die Hard 2" was set in the Washington Dulles International Airport, and not in the Chicago Airport.
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The F-35 Lightning II shown in the film uses its VTOL engine to hover and shoot at its target. The VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) engine is purely for that; taking off and landing. Hovering takes an incredible amount of fuel, and can overheat the hover engine since its duty cycle is not 100%. Additionally, the difficulty in making the craft successfully hover would make it virtually impossible to also track and fire on a target. As such, pilots are never, ever trained in or participate in hovering attacks.
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If there are three power substations for the West, Mid-West, and East, and you have to physically be there to shut them down, then there should be two more crews out there that McClane didn't stop. However, Gabriel's henchmen explicitly say that they shut down the West and Central grids, and they were waiting on Mai's, prompting Gabriel to radio Mai, leading to his exchange with McClane.
After the West Virginia power station explodes and McClane and Farrell watch the electricity slowly shut down, there's a shot of an unspecified airport with the power going off. In that shot we see at least three Air Canada 747s taxiing or at their gates. Air Canada had already phased out and retired its entire 747 fleet at least two years prior to the year this movie was set (2007).