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Sandy Shores Airfield

The Sandy Shores Airfield is a regional airport located on Panorama Drive, southwest of Sandy ShoresBlaine County.

It is based on the Salton Sea Airport, located south of the Salton Sea (just like the in-game airfield is located south of the Alamo Sea).

Description

Airfield map

Airfield as seen on the map

The airfield consists of three runways: two large parallel runways that run east to west and a smaller runway that runs northeast to southwest. The runways are large enough to easily land any in-game plane (with the exception of the Cargo Plane, which can be landed here but with much difficulty). The airfield also contains a hangar large enough for one plane that is equal to or smaller in size than a Shamal. Additional structures include a helipad, a small control tower, and a Globe Oil gas station called Flywheels which is not interactive. 

At the start of GTA V, the airfield is run by the Lost MC. However, it is soon taken over by Trevor Philips in the mission Nervous Ron. When playing as Trevor, airplanes and helicopters purchased from the Elitas Travel website, helicopters and Rhinos ordered from the Warstock Cache & Carry website, or aircraft that the player has landed will be stored in the hangar or helipad.

For owners of the Special and Collectors Edition, the Stunt Plane Trials can be found at this airfield. The player can trigger them by entering the Mallard in front of the smaller hangar.

Events of GTA V

The Sandy Shores Airfield was run by The Lost MC at the beginning of the game. However, Trevor Philips and Ron Jakowski both infiltrate the airstrip quietly during the night. Trevor manages to snipe several guards, before deciding to attack the airstrip loud and clear. The two men manage to steal two Cuban 800s, all the while blowing up several structures and gunning down many Lost bikers. At this point, the Sandy Shores Airfield is now property of Trevor Philips Enterprises. Unlike other properties, Trevor acquires the airfield at no cost; it does, however, disqualify him from purchasing a hangar at Los Santos International Airport.

As the story progresses, the airstrip is used many times. For The Merryweather Heist, if the offshore method is chosen, Trevor uses a Cargobob to deliver a Submersible to the Pacific Ocean. The submarine is then brought back to the airfield, where it is discovered that they stole a super weapon. During a raid on the Humane Labs and Research, the crew uses a Cargobob to extract Michael and Dave out of the area. The Cargobob lands safely at the airfield.

Events of GTA Online

In GTA Online, the Sandy Shores Airfield appears to be unclaimed by any gang or faction. This could explain why various missions take place at the airfield, even though those missions are given by many different people. The airfield is used to deploy aircraft for the GTA Online Protagonist along with being used to store stolen aircraft from enemies.

Mission Appearances

GTA V
GTA Online

Vehicles

NPC aeroplanes

Some aeroplanes, piloted by NPCs (typically rednecks), can be found landing or taking off from the airfield in the day. Landings happen only once a day in clear weather; if the player stations themselves at the west threshold of the runway, they are somewhat guaranteed to spawn.

  • Cuban 800 - Spawns most frequently.
  • Mammatus
  • Mallard - Typically the Sprunk variant, though Mallards of other colours may spawn from time to time.

Trevor's aircraft

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Trevor's custom Frogger.

GTA Online

  • Velum - sometimes spawns next to the helipad and in the hangar however the rudder will hit roof of the hangar.
  • Buzzard  (Armed variant) - Spawns after Level 43.
  • Cargobob - Spawns after Level 20.
  • Maverick - Commonly spawns on the helipad.
  • Mammatus - Commonly spawns in front of the helipad and inside the hangar.
  • Luxor - spawns after level 50
  • Titan - commonly spawns outside the helipad.
  • Due to a recent glitch, a large quantity of sedans will spawn and drive across to the hangar before stopping to the left of it, if the player remains there and prevents them from de-spawning they will line up creating a large queue. This glitch also causes multiple Mammatuses to spawn several times.

Collectibles

  • Letter Scrap - atop a large, three-tiered rock located to the southwest of the airfield. The player must climb to the top of the rock.
  • Health Pack - inside the hangar

Gallery

Trivia

  • Throughout the game's progress, the player may find an abandoned Surfer near this airfield during an abandoned vehicle Random Event.
  • In GTA V, a dog may occasionally be seen being walked by a man during daytime in front of the hangar. If the dog is killed, it will be back the next time the player comes. 
  • The airfield is a bit similar to Verdant Meadows from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, both located in a desert and owned by a protagonist (CJ and Trevor respectively).
  • It is called the Sandy Shores Airfield, but it in fact is closer to Harmony than Sandy Shores.
  • The sign in front of the airfield by the road is not solid, and can be shot through with any weapon. This is most likely a glitch.
  • The Runways are not numbered in the airfield, neither are they in the Grapeseed strip, however the latter is a privately owned strip (Trevor Philips') and is not 'officially' active like a standard airport in GTA is, so it would not require the use of numbering.
  • Various small airplanes, like the Mammatus, can sometimes be seen taking off and landing from the airfield.
  • Oddly enough, you can select a Miljet but you can't buy a Shamal or a Luxor when playing as Trevor.

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