the Falcon Glider

The Falcon Glider is a simple, basic glider that was adopted by the Joe team for use in missions where air support is required, but powered vehicles are simply not available - or not an option. Of course, the Falcon can also be utilized for emergency air insertions or other missions where stealth is key. The Falcon Glider is equipped with the following vehicular statistics and special features:

C
Ty 6
S
Ty 6
B
Fe 2
P
Sh 0

As you can see from these vehicle ratings, the Falcon Glider can be used to soar about at ninety miles per hour, though this is rarely along a horizontal path. This is because, like all gliders, the Falcon Glider loses one story of altitude per turn. Of course, by passing a Control FEAT, the wielder of the Falcon can maintain (or gain) altitude by using thermals.

The glider itself is a short, wide affair, covered in the standard Joe camouflage pattern - if green and blue - and marked with a bold, powerful GI Joe logo across the back. Also, like its Cobra counterpart, the Falcon is equipped with two rapid-fire, 30mm cannons in the control rig that can be fired to inflict Excellent (20) Shooting damage per deadly burst - but have only a few turns worth of ammunition.

Furthermore, the Glider's harness is constructed so that the pilot can fly it one handed, and fire a personal weapon with his or her other hand; this inflicts a -1 CS penalty on Control FEATs, however. Usually, the highly trained pilots of these attack gliders don't bother to attempt this maneuver until they've expended the ammunition contained within the glider's inherent weapons, in that it's easier to attack a foe with those first.

1983 Variations

the Viper Glider

As indicated above, Cobra has its own version of the Falcon glider, which it has named the Viper glider. Built from stolen GI Joe technical data, the Viper glider is functionally identical. However, it is covered in a blue and black camouflage pattern instead of GI Joe's blue and green, and has two large Cobra logos painted onto the top. This sort of defeats the purpose of camouflage, but it at least looks impressive!

Extra Goodies:

Falcon Universal Heroes Text File Download

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Falcon Glider:

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Cobra directories featuring a version of the Falcon Glider:

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