the Ghoststriker X-16

The GI Joe team's final fighter jet in its original incarnation, the Ghoststriker is definitely one way to go out with a bang. This air to air combat vehicle makes use of an experimental engine and frame that allows it to, for short periods of time, reach Mach 10.

That's right, the Ghoststriker can reach a level of speed equal to ten times the speed of sound! This is rough on the vehicle, so it only does it for limited period of times, but this capability allows the Ghoststriker to dominate air battles. It has these other capabilities, too:

C
Ex 20
S
Class 1000
B
Ex 20
P
Gd 10

Anti-aircraft guns: the wings of the Ghoststriker each have a cannon for air to air combat. These guns fire in tandem to inflict Excellent (20) Shooting damage in a short burst, raised to Remarkable (30) Shooting damage if the pilot opens up full-auto.

Communications Array: the Ghoststriker is equipped with a gigahertz frequency, frequency wobbler clandestine operations radio system. This makes for Good (10) communications power (with a 2,500 mile range) that is enhanced with Remarkable (30) complexity signal encryption.

Flight: the Ghoststriker's hypersonic air frame and scramjet engines allow it to achieve speeds equal to ten times the speed of sound, or Mach 10. This Class 1000 flight is a bit rough on the craft however, so it usually sticks to half that ('mere' Shift Z flight).

Passenger: the Ghoststriker X-16 has room for more than just its pilot. In fact, the aircraft also has room for an additional operator, usually a navigator or gunner, who helps to handle things while the pilot is concentrating on flying the thing.

Phoenix Missiles: the Ghoststriker carries four Phoenix missiles into conflict. These thirteen foot long projectiles have a top speed in excess of 3,000 miles per hour (Mach 4), and a range of over 100 miles. These missiles add +1 CS damage for each doubling that hit at once:

C
Ex 20
S
Sh Z
B
Ex 20
Damage
Remarkable (30) Edged Attack (fragmentary)

Radar Unit: this nose cone mounted radome is an active system that feeds data to the pilot about everything in his vicinity, working with Shift X (150) ability. It thus lets him track targets within ten miles of the Ghoststriker X-16 aircraft.

Sidewinder Missiles: the Ghoststriker's missile bank includes two heat-seeking, air to air Sidewinder missiles. These have a 1.1 mile range and a top speed of Mach 2.5, but this is enough to handle most aircraft (who are slower than the Ghoststriker as well). They have these characteristics:

C
Ex 20
S
Sh Y
B
Ex 20
Damage
Remarkable (30) Edged Attack (fragmentary)

Extra Goodies:

the Ghoststriker X-16 Universal Heroes Text File Download

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Ghoststriker X-16:

  1993