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"Name's Mike, if you're looking for firepower you've come to the right place."
— Mike, introducing himself to Leon.
Mike (died 2004) was an American helicopter pilot. It is uncertain if he was a government agent or a pilot attached to USSTRATCOM. In 2004 he took part in a failed rescue attempt of Ashley Graham, the First Daughter, following her abduction by Los Iluminados.
Though Graham's abduction in 2004 should have spawned a major investigation utilising CIA and DoD resources, the revelation the abduction was aided by a possible mole and, consequently, a major operation could not be mustered immediately. When USSTRATCOM agent Leon S. Kennedy confirmed that he had found Graham, the pilot assigned to rescue the pair was shot down due to the mole providing Los Iluminados with their radio frequency. Mike, as backup pilot, was sent out in response to the downing and arrived the following morning in a modified Bell UH-1. Tracking Kennedy to the guerrillas' island base, Mike used the helicopter's guns to wipe out a large force of guerrillas. Mike's contribution to the fighting was brief, however, and he was shot down by a rocket launcher on the orders of the group's leader, Osmund Saddler.
Mike will fly above the player throughout the outdoor segment in chapter 5-4 and will assist Leon by firing at Ganados and destroying important Ganado structures. In Professional difficulty, Mike will help far less and take more time between destroying structures. Mike actually will get angry at Leon if the player fires at him. Mike will say "What are you crazy?". If the player is too close to a structure Mike is trying to destroy, Mike will say "Hey, get out of the way!" repeatedly to warn the player he's firing. However, eventually he'll fire anyway and the explosion can damage Leon if he's too close.
Although not visible in the cutscene, third-party modding tools have revealed that Mike has his own model inside the helicopter cockpit.