|Vehicle type||Civilian fixed-wing aircraft|
|Body style||Jumbo Jet|
|Capacity||1 (pilot), and at least one passenger.|
|Appearance(s)||Grand Theft Auto V|
The Jet (more commonly referred to as the 747) is an airliner featured in Grand Theft Auto V. It is the first controllable wide-body aircraft in the HD Universe, and the second in the series after the AT-400 in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The Jet is only present in single player but not in Grand Theft Auto Online.
It is used by multiple airlines and can be frequently found servicing and stationary in Los Santos International Airport.
A similar jet also appeared in Grand Theft Auto IV, yet it only serves as a scenery prop and isn't controllable in any way.
Taking the appearance of a Boeing 747-400, it is the second largest controllable vehicle in the game, only smaller than the Cargo Plane. Unlike its predecessor, the AT-400, the jet bears the liveries of multiple airliners present in the HD Universe (See the liveries section).
The aircraft doesn't have any functional doors and can be accessed by pressing (PlayStation 3) or (Xbox 360) standing anywhere under the plane. The player will then warp inside of the airplane and take control of it. This is possibly because, since the door is located a good distance off the ground, there isn't an easy way to animate entering it.
Given the Jet is a commercial airliner, it might be no surprise that, even with its weight, it still remains as one of the fastest airplanes in the game. It's faster than all propeller powered planes, like the Cuban 800 or the Velum, and, in terms on speed, it can be considered on-par with the Shamal.
While it is obviously heavier, and thus harder to maneuver than most small aircraft, its handling is surprisingly light and unrealistic for an airliner. In comparison to the aforementioned Cargo Plane or the Titan, other two large aircraft in the game, it feels lighter than both of them, being even able to easily make barrel rolls, its larger wing also make it one of the most stable planes in the game.
On the other hand, due to its size, it's not the most convenient airplane for transporting the player around Los Santos. Given that Fort Zancudo is a heavily secure military base and that the McKenzie Field Hangar airstrip is obviously way too small for the plane to fit in, you can only safely land it in Los Santos International and in the Sandy Shores Airfield, and even in the latter it might be considerably challenging, since fences or large rocks might hit the engines and destroy the plane. It is advisable to land on the middle runway as there are very few rocks.
Incidents and accidents
Two dismantled Jets, bearing older FlyUS and Air Herler liveries, can be found wrecked in the Thomson Scrapyard. A small part of both's fuselage is enterable, yet there isn't much to do inside since it is completely empty. A small section of the fuselage of a Jet can be found in the Los Santos International Airport, propped up on some stands. Much like in real airports, it is a firefighter training aircraft, therefore having a blackened and burnt fuselage. It has no visible livery.
A crashed Jet bearing the older FlyUS livery (The same as in the scrapyard) can be found in the bottom of the ocean near the Paleto Bay shore. It doesn't have many accumulated coral parts around it, which suggests the crash might have been recent and therefore not much before the game's events. It doesn't play any role in the main storyline, but three submarine parts for the Death at Sea side mission can be found in there.
Another sunken Jet can also be found east of the Port of Los Santos and south of the Murrieta Oil Field. It is, unlike the previous one, filled with corals around the fuselage, doesn't have any recognizable liveries and has a few acquirable weapons surrounding it, hinting to a possible hijacking or smuggling operation. This theory is also reinforced by the fact that the cockpit window is full of bullet holes. Like the FlyUS sunken one, it also doesn't play any role in the main storyline, and three submarine parts for the Death at Sea side mission can also be found in there.
After you land the Jet in either the Airport or an Airfield, get out of the Jet, then switch with another character and switch back to the character who you were controlling the Jet before switching, the Jet will now float in the air above the same place you parked it.
Unlike previous airliners in the series, the Jet features multiple liveries belonging to different airlines.
Multiple Jets can be found and entered in Los Santos International Airport at the very beginning of the game:
- Three frequently spawn around the main terminal
- Sometimes other two spawn in the south hangars
- Multiple are seen taking off, landing, and taxiing around the tarmac, and sometimes they also park in the south hangars
They can be hard to obtain though, since entering the airport gives the player a 3 star wanted level, and multiple police vehicles invading the tarmac might slow down and, if the engines are shot, potentially damage the Jet. On the other hand, the wanted level can be avoided if the player has purchased one of the hangars or if playing as Trevor, making it much easier to obtain the plane without any trouble. The Jet can also be obtained by the player if he/she didn't purchase the hangar yet, it requires moderated skills for the player to obtain one with police attention, since you will need to enter the plane without the police noticing you entering the plane, then you can leave the airport with the plane freely.
- This is the first time so far that a wide-body airliner has been controllable in the HD Universe. The Shamal also serves as a regional passenger plane in GTA V, yet it is a small business jet instead of a wide-body aircraft.
- Multiple 747-based planes are found in GTA IV's Francis International Airport bearing FlyUS liveries, but none of them are pilotable. They can be seen taxiing, parked in the terminals and flying around Liberty City, but never taking off or landing.
- Its lack of an entering animation, the unrealistic handling and its rather simplistic name suggest that the Jet might not have been planned to be pilotable at first and only added later in development. It may have been added in as an Easter Egg.
- The windows on the plane light up at night.
- The Jet can't be stored in any hangar - Yet, it really isn't necessary, taking in account how there are so many parked around the airport, where Michael and Franklin's hangars are located.
- The Boeing 747 appears to be the 400 model, the only differences being its larger, less angular windscreen, and the presence of chrome rims on its engines.
- It can take many missiles or shoots to destroy the plane, unless the engine is hit.
- Attacking one of the engines of a Jet (or any other plane) that is piloted by an NPC (like the ones that periodically fly in and out of the airport) will result in a three star wanted level. This could be because the attack on a plane could be interpreted as an act of terrorism, despite the pilots or passengers not really being affiliated with law enforcement.
- The plane can be destroyed by crashing a vehicle into it.
- If you parachute out of the plane, it will result in a one-star wanted level because it's presumably considered an act of terrorism.
- The Jets flown by NPCs don't have any pilots, and can be taken by the player after they park near the hangars, in fact, Jets not piloted by the players control themselves.
- Jets parked by NPCs will sometimes disappear off-screen and will reappear when the player leaves the area, either taking off, taxiing or landing, even when Jets are landed by the player, they can disappear off-screen, and re-spawn in the airport.
- The Jet, along with the Cargo Plane and the Train, are not listed in the BradyGames guide, strengthening the theory that the Jet might have been added as a late easter egg. The absence of the ability to control jets in GTA Online also adds as evidence.
- When you crash the Jet into the ocean (if your lung capacity is good), once you begin to lose health after the plane is going deeper into the water, and you exit the plane, you will spawn to the nearest land.
- If you hit a Jet piloted by a NPC with another plane, the Jet will go out of control and not move anywhere else after that, the player can freely take the Jet after that.