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An aerial view of Fort Baxter in GTA Vice City.


Fort Baxter's sign located at the main entrance.


Military personnel as seen in GTA Vice City Stories at Fort Baxter

Fort Baxter Air Base is a national guard military base in Vice City in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

GTA Vice City

Fort Baxter Airbase first appeared in GTA Vice City, located just north of Escobar International Airport.

There are large numbers of troops armed with M4's guarding the area, making it extremely dangerous to try and gain access to the base. The soldiers have a shoot-on-sight policy and will occasionally attack Tommy Vercetti when he passes by in the street outside, even though the player is technically not trespassing on the base itself, and regardless of whether or not the player is armed. The troops behave as a hostile gang and attacking one soldier will cause all the soldiers to attack the player. For this reason, extreme caution should be used when in the area.

It is worth noting that Fort Baxter, like the police station in Washington Beach, can be entered freely if the player is wearing the police uniform or army fatigues (the latter only in Vice City Stories), giving very easy access to military vehicles located inside. A strange thing is that soldiers patrolling Fort Baxter Air Base never participate in law enforcement activity; if the player is wearing a cop uniform or army fatigues and enters the base with a wanted level; only the law enforcement officers that enter from outside will try killing the player.

There are no hidden packages within the base (except for a package behind the sign in GTA VC), but there are accessible military vehicles, including the Rhino and the Hunter. Even so, stealing them with so many soldiers in the vicinity is no mean feat. The Hunter is particularly secure, as it is located at the rear of the base, behind many fences that need to be circumvented. Landing a Maverick next to the Hunter and then quickly jumping on board is one tactic to obtain the coveted attack helicopter.

GTA Vice City Stories

Fort Baxter Airbase is also featured in GTA Vice City Stories. Set two years before GTA Vice City, the airbase's internal layout is significantly different. In Vice City, the base is accessible by breaking through the barriers at the main gate or jumping over it, while in Vice City Stories, the gates open automatically, are more substantial and cannot be broken. Corporal Victor Vance was stationed at Fort Baxter until his dishonorable discharge when Sergeant Peppah found marijuana hidden under Victor's bed.

After re-unlocking the Army Fatigues, Victor Vance can enter the base any time and he gets the same treatment as he did during his time in the army that includes aiming at soldiers and killing them until the limit of 3 is reached and then every new set of soldiers spawning will start shooting at him.

Like Vice City, Vice City Stories also has accessible military vehicles but this time they're available from the start of the game except the Rhino which is only unlocked after the mission Over the Top.

Ghost Tower


The ghost tower (top right) is nothing more than a pre-loaded LOD texture. This image shows the preloaded texture (top) with the loaded map (bottom).

The "Ghost Tower" refers to an air traffic control tower that was originally intended to be located within Fort Baxter in GTA Vice City. In GTA Vice City Stories however it is unknown if the tower was cut again or possibly just a left over from GTA Vice City. It was removed prior to the game's release. The tower was going to serve a runway at the base that was also cut pre-release. The texture can still be viewed before entering the mainland, as when the mainland is entered the map fully loads and the tower can't be viewed up close. However with the help of an in-game trainer the tower can be viewed while on the mainland provided the player has a sufficient amount of altitude. It is visible in both GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories.


Name Present Soldier Former Soldier
Jerry Martinez No Yes
Beverly McFadden Yes No
Private Parts Yes No
Sergeant Peppah No Yes
Private Places Yes No
Victor Vance No Yes
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The Army in GTA Vice City

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Training place in Fort Baxter GTA Vice City


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