the Sky Hawk
The Sky Hawk is a small, lightweight vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that GI Joe makes good use of when ordinary air support is impractical. These utilitarian, grass-green mini-jets pack quite a punch, and are equipped as follows:
Communications Suite: the Sky Hawk is equipped with a radio transceiver system, allowing the pilot to send battle-field data to a central command, and then receive new orders in turn. This functions at Excellent (20) rank, and has a maximum range of about 100 miles.
Flight: the primary feature of the Sky Hawk, it achieves flight by means of two powerful, SK-34 Series 1 high bypass turbofan engines, mounted immediately behind its cockpit. These engines allow the Sky Hawk to fly at 510 miles per hour (Unearthly (100) speeds).
Levitation: the secondary feature of the Sky Hawk is its ability levitate, thanks to its ability to pivot its SK-34 engines ninety degrees. This Good (10) ability isn't all that effective, but definitely enough to suspend it over an area for quite some time.
SPATS Rockets: mounted under the Sky Hawk's cockpit are these two signal processing air-to-surface (SPATS) rockets. These missiles track their targets with a radar lock once the Sky Hawk's pilot can achieve one, and are possessed of these vehicular characteristics:
Rm 30 Edged Attack
Titanium-Alloy Fuselage Skin: the Sky Hawk is built with 'light' in mind, weighing in at 7,300 lbs. Nonetheless, the thing is constructed with a titanium alloy fuselage, which makes it highly resistant to small-arms fire, and provides the Hawk's Body and Protection.
Twin 20mm 'Thunderclap' Cannons: mounted on a chin turret immediately beneath the Sky Hawk's pilot, this set of two 20mm cannons can fire a short burst of lead to inflict Excellent (20) Shooting damage, or +1 CS damage in a sustained stream of fire.
Vulcan 20mm Rotary Cannons: these twinned, rotary cannons are mounted in recessed cavities on the sides of the Sky Hawk. They can only hit whatever is in front of the Sky Hawk, but their high rate of fire allows them to inflict +1 CS damage beyond that of the previous guns.
the Dreadnok Air Assault VTOL Copter
Lightweight and easily portable, the Sky Hawk is occasionally susceptible to theft by the Dreadnoks. They like to swipe a few of these aircraft at a time, and repaint them in a garish, green and burgundy color scheme. Other than that, they are functionally identical.
the Sky Hawk 2
After half a decade of use, GI Joe overhauled their remaining fleet of Sky Hawk aircraft for use by the Sky Patrol. A perfect fit for that outfit, these battle-tested vehicles now benefit from the following ability, in addition to their standard functionality:
Invisibility to Radar: the Sky Patrol Sky Hawks have been fitted with a new, chromium-based technology that deflect radar signals at oblique angles as opposed to sending them back to their source, effectively making them invisible to radar systems at Amazing (50) rank.
the Steel Brigage Sky Hawk
Like the Dreadnoks before them, the GI Joe Steel Brigade acquired several Sky Hawks for their own use. Instead of leaving them as is, though, they repainted them in something akin to a cloudy camouflage color scheme. They're otherwise identical to the original model, however.
the Ghost HAWK
A modernized version of the original Sky Hawk, the Ghost HAWK (the acronym doesn't seem to stand for anything) is something of a reset for this vehicle. Restored to its basic functionality, albeit with modern materials and electronics, it still works exactly the same!
the Ghost Hawk
Fitted with lighter, more advanced engines, the second Ghost Hawk (note that the acronym was dropped) can perform the same duty as the previous model. Of course, it can do so utilizing a fraction of the fuel its predecessors required, so there's that.
the Steel Brigade Ghost Hawk
As they did with the previous model, GI Joe's Steel Brigade acquired several samples of the Ghost Hawk, and put them to use in their own operations. While the Ghost Hawk was dark gray in hue, the Steel Brigade's version has a light gray frame, though otherwise works the same.
the Ghost Hawk
Though it took six years, the Ghost Hawk finally lives up to its name, having an Arctic weather, white and light gray camouflaged color scheme, along with blue-tinted windows. Retrofitted for cold weather operations, the latest Ghost Hawk has this additional capability:
Resistance to Cold: operating aircraft for long periods of time is difficult below zero - particularly when they're VTOL aircraft! Thus, the 2015 model of Ghost Hawk has been designed with such harsh conditions in mind, and can handle up to Amazing (50) cold just fine.
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