the Skystriker XP-14F Combat Jet

The Skystriker XP-14F Combat Jet is the first attack aircraft that GI Joe fielded in their battle against terrorist forces and rogue states (such as Cobra, which has qualified as both). This incredibly powerful (and expensive) fighter jet has these vehicular characteristics:

Handling
RV 30
Velocity
RV 100
Durability
RV 30
Protection
RV 20

Communications System: the Skystriker benefits from a powerful communications system. With a 2,200 mile maximum range, the Skystriker needs such power to talk to the aircraft carriers that usually act as its base. This comm system has a 1,000 mile range (rank value 40).

E-41a Port-side Vulcan 50mm Cannon: the primary weapon of the Skystriker, this 50mm cannon can cause considerable damage to aircraft. It can fire a short burst of rounds to inflict rank value 20 AP Piercing damage, or a continuous stream of lead for +1 RS damage.

E-81 Aero Vulcan Gatling Cannon: mounted on the bottom of the Skystriker, this cannon is a back-up for the aircraft's main gun. It can also fire a short burst of rounds to inflict rank value 20 AP Piercing damage, or a continuous stream of lead for +1 RS damage.

Electronic Counter-Measures: in addition to its threat detection radar system, the Skystriker is also armed with a powerful ECM system. This includes rear-drop flares to confuse heat-seeking missiles, chaff sprays to mislead radar, and more. These are rank value 20 defenses.

Phoenix Missiles: these two AIM-54A long-range, air to air, radar-seeking missiles are the primary 'smart' weapons at the Skystriker pilot's disposal. With a maximum speed of 3,000 miles per hour (Mach 5!), these can strike anything in the air, and have these characteristics:

Handling
RV 30
Velocity
RV 500
Durability
RV 20
Damage
RV 30 Slashing (fragmentary)

Radar Unit: this pulse Doppler radar system, mounted on the Skystriker's nose cone, is a powerful threat detection system. Not only can it paint any aircraft within a 250 mile (rank value 30) range, but it can screen out various common items to highlights true threats to the airplane.

Sidewinder Missiles: using a solid-state infrared homing system, these two air to air missiles are the Skystriker's secondary smart weapons. Not quite as fast, and lacking the Phoenix's range, these missiles are still good for close combat, and have these characteristics:

Handling
RV 30
Velocity
RV 200
Durability
RV 20
Damage
RV 30 Slashing (fragmentary)

Sparrow Missiles: these two AIM-7 air to surface, radar-guided missiles are primarily intended for use against ground-based targets, but can be wielded against airborne hostiles if necessary. The Sparrow is a mid-range attack system, and has these vehicular capabilities:

Handling
RV 20
Velocity
RV 200
Durability
RV 20
Damage
RV 30 Slashing (fragmentary)

Wing Sweep Function: a swing-wing fighter, the Skystriker can alter its wing configuration at will. Normally having a cruising speed of 467 MPH, or Mach .72 (the Velocity listed above), it can configure its wings in order to achieve rank value 200 flight, moving at 1,785 MPH, or Mach 2.38!

1989 Variations

the Night Boomer

When the Night Force decided it needed heavy duty air support, they decided that instead of commissioning their own aircraft, why not just repurpose some older Joe fighter jets. Thus was the Night Boomer, being an old Skystriker painted midnight black, born!

2015 Variations

the Skystriker

Over twenty years after they were originally put to use, the GI Joe team upgraded their fleet of mothballed Skystrikers in order to get more use out of the money spent on them. Though functionally the same, these vehicles now sport a gunmetal gray coloration, instead of the original white.

the Scythe

As they are wont to do, Cobra stole the technical data on GI Joe's modernized Skystrikers, and put that information to use in the construction of their own equipment. While functionally identical, Cobra's Scythes are painted silver and red, evoking that organization's logo in the sky!

Extra Goodies:

Skystriker XP-14F 4C System: Edition 13 Text File Download

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Skystriker XP-14F Combat Jet:

  1983 1989 2015  

Cobra directories featuring a version of the Skystriker XP-14F Combat Jet:

  2015  

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