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This article is about the helicopter, for the mission in Grand Theft Auto V, see Cargobob (mission).
"It's the flying bus you always dreamed of! The Cargobob is a twin-engine, tandem-rotor tactical transport helicopter that you'll recognize from the melodramatic airlift scene of every war film ever made. Maximum airspeed of 200 mph with a normal cruise speed of 150 mph, depending on how many pounds of cocaine or prisoners of war you have in the back. "
Warstock Cache & Carry description.

The Cargobob is a military and civilian cargo helicopter present in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto V. It is manufactured by Western Company in GTA V.

Design

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Cargobob is among the largest and heaviest helicopters in the game (on par with the Leviathan). Its fuselage is most reminiscent of a CH-47 Chinook (bulging fuel tanks, engine, cockpit/nose design, rear loading ramp); however, it has been given a different configuration resembling the smaller Sikorsky S-92. It also features a Fenestron-style tail rotor. It will always spawn with a desert camouflaged livery; coincidentally, it spawns only in the Bone County, Las Venturas area.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Cargobob returns in Grand Theft Auto V, being a mix of the Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight with its tail boom and twin rotor layout, Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low and Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion with its nose and twin side mounted fuel tanks. Contrary to popular belief, it does not resemble a CH-47 Chinook, but in fact most resembles the CH-46 Sea Knight which, like the Chinook, has a twin rotor layout, but it is much shorter and has a three wheel undercarriage, as featured on the Cargobob.

It is operated by the United States Marine Corps and appears in the usual desert camo with "Marines" stencils, as well as the star emblem seen on other military vehicles.

Current Design Gallery


Version History Gallery

Performance

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Although the Cargobob features an open rear loading compartment, it cannot carry other vehicles due to the ramp from the back being inoperable. Its huge weight causes the Cargobob to be incredibly slow, as well as making it very difficult to adjust altitude, turn, or conduct other evasive maneuvers. Although a military helicopter, it does not come equipped with flares. The Cargobob does, however, have very strong armor — it can take over 12 missiles before catching on fire. The fact that it only holds two people, along with other disadvantages, places the Cargobob among the least appealing aircraft in the game.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Cargobob is a relatively slow helicopter and is easily less maneuverable than most helicopters in the game, though still easier to control than the Skylift, given its shorter profile and the fact that this helicopter does not use a tail rotor, but two main rotors in a tandem layout. Given its low speed and the large profile, the Cargobob is highly vulnerable to gunfire, rockets and, especially, weaponized aircraft.

Pressing right on the D-Pad or E on a keyboard deploys a grappling hook, which allows for it to carry vehicles (it can also carry some objects, such as certain shipping containers). When the grappling hook hovers over the car or another vehicle, it will automatically attach. The helicopter's maneuverability is affected by the vehicle that one will try to attach (a car could be easy, but a truck could be heavier to take off) and the winch can snap off if it is severely damaged. Note that the hook cannot be retracted and thus, will be deployed permanently unless it snaps off or when respawning the vehicle through the use of the helipad.

GTA V Overview

Source Take-Off Speed
(0 - 60 knots)
Top Speed
(knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(Kg / lb)

Defined/Claimed
(i.e. game data definitions)

n/a 174 (200mph) (Website)

Twin engine, 4-bladed tandem rotor (Website)

n/a

n/a

Observed/Tested
(i.e. recorded on Airspeed Indicator)

n/a n/a

2 side engines, 4-bladed tandem rotor

Front/Middle

Mass cannot be observed.

Variants

Cargobob Jetsam

Main article: Cargobob Jetsam

A Cargobob with a Jetsam livery can be seen during the mission Monkey Business. The helicopter comes in a white/red paint scheme with "Jetsam" liveries and a smoother nose on the front (lacking the usual equipment seen on any military Cargobob). This Cargobob variant can be spawned and used within the Content Creator and jobs.

It can also be bought in Warstock Cache and Carry alongside the default Cargobob in GTA Online following the release of the Further Adventures in Finance and Felony update. Since the update, the vehicle is renamed Cargobob Jetsam.

Special variants

  • A Cargobob with a full black paint job can be seen when buying it on Warstock Cache & Carry in GTA V. This will make the stencils barely visible at nightime or when there is no light on the environment (i.e. when raining).
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A variant of the Cargobob appears in the GTA Online: Executives and Other Criminals update for Grand Theft Auto Online. It is distinguished by having closed rear doors, although it appears like if these are just plain panels covering the vehicle's bay. This variant has been left unused until the release of the January 2016 Update, where it is used as a skydiving helicopter in Drop Zone Adversary Modes. It is not meant to be flown by the player, as the helicopter's handling is unstable, greatly noticeable when the helicopter is on the ground.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Heists

Adversary Modes

  • In Drop Zone the teams will parachute from the variant with closed doors to reach the drop zone.

Image Gallery

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • On the helipad of the K.A.C.C. Military Aviation Fuel Depot, in northeast Las Venturas. The depot can be entered by driving a military vehicle (Patriot, Rhino or Barracks) or flying above the fence.
  • Inside the Area 69 airfield, on the small airstrip near the Hydras. Area 69 attracts a 5-star Wanted level upon entry, and the airspace above it is guarded by SAMs, making acquisition of this Cargobob very dangerous.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Can be seen flying around Fort Zancudo.
  • Can be found on a helipad near the Barracks's spawn point. The helicopter always is almost ready to take-off, so the player needs to shoot at the pilot in order to scare him and obtain it.
  • Can be bought for $2,200,000 from Warstock Cache & Carry. Sometimes, a livery-less variant will be delivered.
    • This glitch has been mostly patched as of update 1.16, meaning if the player has a livery-less Cargobob, it is unique. Such glitches can still occur, albeit not as frequently.
  • Can be obtained and kept during the Cargobob mission. The player has to land it on Sandy Shores Airfield's helipad instead of the yellow marker. Then exit the helicopter and run away. This will cause the mission to fail, which is when the player should refuse to retry. The player, as Trevor, will now be spawned near to one of the entrances to Fort Zancudo and after returning to the airfield, the Cargobob will be still saved on the helipad.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Can spawn at various helipads after level 22.
  • Parked at Los Santos Naval Port.
  • Can be found flying around Fort Zancudo and occasionally taking off east to the runway.

Notable Owners

Trivia

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Cargobob is almost as resistant as the AT-400. It can stand large amounts of SAMs (around Area 69) before catching on fire. However, on the iOS port, its health has been reduced to Raindance-level.
  • The Cargobob has a small rear bay, but it cannot be accessed.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The Cargobob is the first and only tandem rotors helicopter to appear in the Grand Theft Auto series.
  • Unlike the Skylift, the Cargobob can carry vehicles out of missions.
  • On the sides, a specification reads: "Max Load Capacity - 15000kg", meaning that the Cargobob can carry 15 tons. Despite this, it can only comfortably carry up to just about 3 tons. At 4 tons it needs careful handling or it will lose altitude, and at 6 tons it will seriously struggle to leave the ground. The Insurgent, weighing in at 8 tons, cannot be lifted and will only be dragged, which puts the helicopter at high risk of being whipped onto its side and destroyed.
    • Despite the claim that the Rhino tank weighs 60 tons, the Cargobob has no problem lifting it, and can easily carry it as if it weighted less than 3 tons.
    • The TPE Cargobob labels "No Fatties" over the same spot.
  • After the I'm Not a Hipster Update patch, there was a glitch that caused the invisible wall that prevent vehicles to enter the bay to always appear, preventing players to enter and explore it. It was patched after the Independence Day update patch, however, it also patched the door from opening altogether, rendering it impossible to store vehicles.
  • The Cargobob can carry all land vehicles, watercraft, containers, port-a-potties, rocks, etc., but cannot carry aircraft or railway vehicles, it should be noted that some objects will disappear when flying too far from the area where they were picked up.
  • The Marine version of the Cargobob has the tail number 435. The Jetsam version has the number N-LS69 (another reference to the 69 sex position).
  • It is possible to stand on the side-mounted pontoons while it is in flight. This can be achieved by parking a car next to the pontoon when the Cargobob is on the ground, climbing onto the car and then onto the pontoon. Simply park a car next to the pontoons and climb onto the side via the car to achieve this.
  • The cockpit window is bulletproof to a certain extent.
  • The Cargobob is able to take a few explosive rounds or bombs before being completely destroyed. However, keep in mind that the first instance of an explosive hitting it will already deal enough damage to make the engine puff smoke and flame out several times, before failing completely.
  • A one-time rare Trevor Philips Industries Cargobob can be obtained after completing the Cargobob mission. It will be at the Sandy Shores Airfield and is locked, however can be exploited and unlocked. This can be done in two ways:
    • Use Snapmatic on the phone, wait a few seconds and go out, it will then be unlocked.
    • Place 2 vehicles right next to the Cargobob and press Y (Xbox 360) or Triangle (PS3), it can be achieved, but is tough.
  • The Black variant still has its Marines badging, as when the player looks very closely with broad daylight, one can see "MARINES" on its fuel tanks on both sides, as well as the number and the warning sign on the sides. This means that this is just a Marines model with black paint job, turning it to black, unlike the Jetsam variant which has unique paint job and decals.
  • The TPE variant, compared to the Marines and the Jetsam variants, has its fuel tanks slightly moved to the rear.
  • Throughout the events of GTA Online and GTA V, Trevor Phillips acquires three separate Cargobobs. The first one is delivered to him by the online protagonist, the second stolen only if the offshore approach is chosen for the Merryweather Heist, and a Jetsam variant bought for Monkey Business. Strangely, not one Cargobob is kept after its respective mission.
  • After a certain update, the Cargobob was made extremely ineffective in regards to DLC vehicles and Rhino Tanks. The Cargobob can only carry these vehicles a short distance before they become unhooked.

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