"The most iconic and leisurely aircraft in the Los Santos skies."
Rockstar Games description.

The Atomic Blimp is a blimp featured in Grand Theft Auto V.


It is the first controllable blimp in the series, and the second one featured in Grand Theft Auto, after The Gash Blimp. It can be seen flying over Los Santos, and it is also available to fly for those who pre-ordered the game or have Special/Collector's Editions or the enhanced version. It can be used by calling the blimp contact on the phone and then going to the location in which it spawned.


Grand Theft Auto V

The Atomic Blimp is based on the GZ-20 blimp, manufactured by Goodyear Aerospace, the aeronautic subsidiary of the tires company Goodyear, on which Atomic, which manufactures the Atomic Blimp in-game, is based on. The Atomic Blimp bears a heavy resemblance to its real-life counterpart, bearing Atomic decals nearly identical to the Goodyear blimp (as seen on this photo).

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Grand Theft Auto V

Despite being a blimp, it is quicker and more agile than the vehicle type suggests. Its handling is comparable to that of a helicopter. It has good maneuverability and modest acceleration, and it has very little turbulence in-flight, making it a very good choice for flying around San Andreas. The Atomic Blimp, despite being considered an airplane, shares the same control setup and flight style as a helicopter. When pressing PS3 R2 (PlayStation) or Xbox RTrigger (Xbox), the engine speed increases. But interestingly, instead of what should technically happen (which would be the blimp moving forward), it actually climbs vertically.

The Blimp's main weak point, however, is that it is very weak. Simply bumping into a building or a car will cause the Blimp to explode. Extra care must be taken when piloting it. Bullets will also do short work of it.

GTA V Overview

Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Vertical Climb/ Descent Rate
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 99 / 160 / 86 N/A N/A N/A 12000 / 26455 100
Website Statements [?]
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A N/A Twin 2-bladed propellers Side-mounted Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto V

  • Can be ordered on a special in-game app after completing Franklin's intro mission. Has to be picked up at the location given on the map. These locations are the Vinewood Racetrack and Los Santos International Airport (on consoles).
  • NPC-controlled Blimps can be hijacked by landing on the top of it, and pressing Y/Triangle. This feature is only available to players who pre-ordered the game on Xbox 360/PS3, or for returning players on Xbox One/PS4/PC.
  • Initially, access to the Blimp was only offered to those who redeemed a code published in the official game strategy guide for GTA V. The Xbox One/PS4/PC has the blimp available by default.



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GTA 5 - Atomic Blimp airship flight - HD 720p


Xero Blimp

Grand Theft Auto V

The Xero Blimp in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)


The Xero Blimp is another variant of the Atomic Blimp sporting the Xero livery, with updated performance. It is seen in a red paintjob. The Xero Blimp was added in the enhanced version of the game.


Grand Theft Auto V

  • Shooting the blimp five times with the Heavy Sniper from any distance will blow it up.
  • Shooting down an NPC-controlled blimp will give the player an instant 3-star wanted level.
  • Unlike most vehicles, the blimp will remain afloat if crashed into the water.
  • The Atomic Blimp is classified as a fixed-wing aircraft in the game's internal files, despite the fact that its handling is more similar to a helicopter's.
  • When shooting out the pilot, it will play the same sound as the helicopter sound (when falling from driver death), and will interestingly start to turn to the left when going down, similar to how the helicopter will spin out of control when there is no pilot.
  • Despite the wreckage of the blimp holding some of its shape, the nose is visually separated from the middle section of the wrecked frame, giving the impression that the front part is floating.


Grand Theft Auto V

  • The player may see a second blimp flying around the city. The second blimp may be flying around Los Santos at a higher speed than normal. Turning the in-game camera around and back will result in the blimp not being in the sky anymore.
  • The blimp will be parked in a weird position if the player lands it in the parking lot of the Los Santos Country Club and plays golf.