|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
GTA 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 Las Venturas area.
Although the Cargobob features an open rear loading compartment, it cannot carry other vehicles, as the ramp from the back cannot be operated. It is very slow due to its weight. As it is very heavy, it is difficult to adjust altitude, turn, or conduct other evasive maneuvers; it also lacks any form of defense. It is, however, very strong — it can take over 12 missiles before catching on fire. Having only two doors, it is only capable of seating two. The Cargobob is then a poor choice as a helicopter.
The Cargobob returns in Grand Theft Auto V, being a mix of the Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low and Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion with its nose and twin side mounted fuel tanks. Also, the tail boom and rotor appear to be inspired by the Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight. 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 can be landed on the water. However, it will sink if left while floating or if landed rapidly in water.. It also has a fully-textured cargo bay. In GTA V, it is operated by the United States Marine Corps and Jetsam.
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 you 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 you reload the Cargobob model through the use of the helipad. To do this, select any helicopter by pressing right on the D-Pad then get any helicopter except for the Cargobob, then switch back to it and its model will have reloaded.
While the GTA San Andreas rendition of the Cargobob has only one possible livery, the GTA V rendition has a total of 3 possible liveries. These are a black livery (obtained by buying it on Warstock Cache & Carry in singleplayer by Trevor), a Marines livery (found in Fort Zancudo, on helipads in GTA Online, obtained by buying it on Warstock Cache & Carry in singleplayer by Franklin and Michael), and a Jetsam livery (can be stored using a method during Monkey Business). There is also an extra livery, a Marines Cargobob with Trevor Philips Enterprises paintings, used in The Merryweather Heist (Offshore method), that can be acquired using a method.
Prominent Appearances in Missions
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GTA San Andreas
GTA 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.
- 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 black variant will be delivered.
- As of update 1.16, it will now be the military variant, meaning if the player has one, it is unique. This works for all characters.
- 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.
- The Jetsam variant can be obtained by doing the same method above, except the player has to kill themselves after parking the Cargobob.
- 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.
Note: Only the Marines livery may appear in GTA Online.
GTA 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.
- 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, can not be lifted and will only be dragged, which puts the helicopter at high risk of being whipped onto it's 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 weighed 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.
- 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 Jetsam variant lacks the nose equipment found on the black and Marine variants, possibly because being a civilian aircraft, it does not need that equipment. This results in a smoother nose resembling earlier versions of the CH-53 Sea Stallion or even the SH-3/S-61 Sea King.
- 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 off-shore 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.
- Leviathan, a heavy amphibious helicopter in GTA San Andreas.
- Skylift, a heavy helicopter capable of lifting vehicles in The Ballad of Gay Tony and GTA V.