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- This is the VTOL: the Vertical Take-Off and Landing jet... And it wouldn't be Saints Row if it didn't have plenty of ultra-cool weapons, so we've added microwave lasers... and homing missiles as well.
The VTOL is an aerial vehicle used by STAG. STAG and their associated vehicles appear after the Morningstar arc of missions is completed in Saints Row: The Third, specifically during the mission "Gang Bang" where F-69 VTOLs appear attacking a building containing The Protagonist.
The VTOL has the ability to transform between a hover mode and a jet mode. Hover mode makes the F-69 handle much like a helicopter and the jet mode makes it fly like a jet, which allows the player to move across the city of Steelport quickly and efficiently.
Cyrus Temple owns a unique black F-69 VTOL, which is used by him in the last mission in hopes of eliminating the player, so long as you choose to kill Killbane. It is unlocked upon completion of "STAG Film".
There is also "test" variant in both games, but it is not used in any mission.
In Saints Row IV it appears again as a hunter vehicle in the multiplayer diversion Cat & Mouse.
Saints Row: The ThirdEdit
- Complete "Convoy Decoy" to unlock F-69 VTOL in the Garage
- Complete "STAG Film" to unlock Cyrus' black F-69 VTOL in the Garage.
- Trigger high-level police Notoriety any time after "Gang Bang", and use Upgrade Level 4 RC Possessor.
- Spawns at the STAG base in Sunset Park after STAG arrive, including after the end of the game. It is usually unguarded between missions and can be taken at leisure.
- Purchase and call VTOL Homie.
Saints Row IVEdit
- The 'unlockitall' Cheat adds Cyrus' black F-69 VTOL to the Garage.
- The white F-69 VTOL is an attack vehicle in Cat & Mouse, and can be kept.
This is the standard white variant/
After completing the final mission of the game, "STAG Film", Cyrus Temple's F-69 VTOL is unlocked in the garage and is accessible from any helipad. The VTOL is similar to its normal counterpart but has a sleek black finish.
The Saints VTOL is a separate vehicle based on the F-69 VTOL, and is part of the Special Ops Vehicle Pack DLC. The variant is purple and has 3rd Street Saints-themed decals, including multiple fleurs-de-lis.
This vehicle is unused in Saints Row IV and can be spawned with help of cheating devices.
- The Cheat for this vehicle is "givevtol".
- Like all STAG aircraft, the F-69 VTOL can only land in hover mode; in jet mode, any attempt at landing results in crashing the aircraft.
- Clipping the wings on objects eventually causes them to break off. While this does not affect the VTOL's performance in hover mode, losing one wing severely affects its maneuverability in jet mode, whilst losing both renders the aircraft totally uncontrollable.
- Most of the F-69 VTOLs in "Gang Bang" are scripted and cannot be controlled or targeted by the RC Possessor. This is also true of the two F-69s at the end of "STAG Party".
- The F-69 VTOL was first introduced in the "Power" trailer.
- The '69' is a reference to the 69 position.
- The VTOL appears to be at least partly inspired by the real-life F-35 Lightning II VTOL and the Sukhoi Su-47 technology demonstrator.
- The sound effect for transitioning from vertical to horizontal flight very closely resembles the transforming sound used in Michael Bay's Transformers film series.
- When switching flight modes, a robotic voice can be heard saying "Hover/Flight mode engaged". The same voice says "Initating startup sequence" or "Powering down" when entering or exiting the VTOL respectively.
- The VTOL also has the text "VTOL01GSX" on the side.
- The Aegean, a vehicle from the Gangstas in Space DLC, functions and controls remarkably similar to the VTOL.
- The VTOL will make an alarm sound when badly damaged, like most STAG vehicles.
- Approaching the ground in Hover mode will cause the landing gear to automatically drop.
- The F-69 VTOL may have borrowed assets from the Destroy.
- During "Convoy Decoy", several of The Protagonist's lines are references to Top Gun.
- Despite being a jet plane-style aircraft, VTOLs may only be stored/accessed from helipads. They cannot be stored/accessed at the Airplane Hangar crib.
- When requesting the delivery of a VTOL, care must be taken that The Protagonist is in a clear area, with a wide enough street or field for the VTOL to land on. If buildings, street lights, etc are to close, or if there is too much traffic, the VTOL will be unable to land and will remain hovering over the area instead of landing.
- As with all of the content of the Special Ops Vehicle Pack, the Saints VTOL is already stored on the disk in the released version of the game and can be accessed through modding on the PC.
Male 1: "Hover AND a jet mode? It's like a helicopter that doesn't suck."
Male 2: "I should steal military hardware more often..."
Male 3: "Oh, it's like a helicopter fucked a jet."
Female 1: "This is so fucking cool!"
Female 2: "I can fly in hover or jet mode? This machine was built for me!"
Female 3: "This is like straight out of the future..."
- — Changing flight mode during "Convoy Decoy"
Male 1: "Woooo! Talk to me Goose!"
Male 2: "Woohoo! I AM DANGEROUS!"
Male 3: "Let's try spinning. That's a good trick."
Female 1: "Wooo! Jester's dead!"
Female 2: "*psh* In my country planes do 4G negative dives."
Female 3: "Wooo, DANGER ZOOOONE!"
- — During "Convoy Decoy"
- ↑ YouTube: Saints Row The Third - Fighter Jet Gameplay
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 YouTube: Saints Row: The Third - Power CG Trailer, retrieved 1st August 2011
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 YouTube: Saints Row: The Third - Open World Gameplay Developer Commentary, retrieved 1st August 2011
- ↑ Saints Row website: Developer Blog: Vehicular Improvements for SR:TT, retrieved 14th September 2011
- ↑ Saints Row website: Special Operations DLC Pack!
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- ↑ An inspection of the game data file "SP_VTOL01_VEH.XTBL", reveals references to Destroy variants "Ufo_red", "chrome", "Platinum".
- ↑ Youtube: Saints Row The Third: Saints VTOL Fighter Jet and Ultor Interceptor Flying bike
- ↑ This line is from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace