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"I heard about something to do with Merryweather. A big cache of weapons they got coming in, so I thought you might want to, err...requisition it."
―Ron Jakowski.

Minor Turbulence is a mission in Grand Theft Auto V that protagonist Trevor Philips performs independently. Despite being one of Trevor's missions, the mission can only be triggered at the De Santa Residence by Franklin Clinton.

Mission

Franklin arrives at Michael De Santa's house looking for him. After discovering the house is empty, Franklin phones Michael, who explains that he and Trevor are currently exiled in Sandy Shores after Trevor's kidnapping of Martin Madrazo's wife Patricia. Once their conversation ends, Michael speaks with Trevor, Patricia, and Ron Jakowski. Trevor asks Ron about Trevor Philips Enterprises. Ron tells Trevor about a potential plot involving Merryweather Security and a large cache of weapons.

Trevor and Ron drive to McKenzie Airfield in Grapeseed, where Trevor takes control of a Duster. Trevor flies towards a Merryweather cargo plane circling near Fort Zancudo. In order to avoid the fort's radar, Trevor must keep the Duster low to the ground as he approaches the plane and as he follows it along the northern shore of San Andreas. Once Trevor clears the fort's airspace at Braddock Pass, he approaches the cargo plane.

As Trevor nears the plane, the pilot asks Trevor to divert several times before engaging. Eventually, they open the plane's rear cargo bay doors and begin shooting at the crop duster. Trevor crashes the Duster into the cargo bay, then fights his way past Merryweather mercenaries and sliding Merryweather Mesas to the plane's cockpit where he kills the pilot. Trevor takes control of the aircraft and attempts to fly it back to McKenzie Field. However, he is soon intercepted by two US Air Force fighter jets, who have been sent to escort Trevor to Fort Zancudo. Trevor refuses to obey the pilots' demands, resulting in the jets firing missiles at the cargo plane and destroying one of its starboard engines. Forced to bail out, Trevor either uses the Merryweather Mesa or jumps off to get off from the still open cargo doors and parachutes to safety as the plane crashes into the Alamo Sea.

Mission Objectives

  • Get in the plane.
  • Fly to the cargo plane.
  • Fly close to the rear of the cargo plane.
  • Fly inside the cargo plane.
  • Take out the guards.
  • Fly the cargo plane back to McKenzie Field.
  • Jump from the plane.
  • Parachute to safety.

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Accuracy - Finish with a shooting accuracy of at least 80%.
    • Using a shotgun will allow Trevor to land hits easily.
    • Staying alive is also important, as being wasted will send the player back to a checkpoint, voiding the objective in the process. Three tips below help
      • Use Trevor's special ability.
      • Have full armor. This can be obtained for free next to Sandy Shores Medical Center, or it can be bought at Ammu-Nation.
      • Be cautious around cargo. Mesas and boxes may slip out of position and hit Trevor causing death.
  • Four Wheel Flier - Exit the cargo plane in the Mesa.
    • The player should exit the Mesa and parachute after jumping out of the plane, as the Mesa will explode during impact with the ground, killing the player if still inside.
    • Note that the Mesa closest to the cockpit will not fall out the plane. The player should not attempt to save a Mesa from falling.

Aftermath

  • It is possible for Michael to call Jimmy and tell him off for drugging and abandoning him, where as Jimmy tells him that drugging him was a symptom of Michael's own problems and so Michael threatens Jimmy, which leads to him cutting off before telling him to "get some help".
  • It is possible for Trevor to call Jimmy and inform him that Michael is living with him, where as he lies saying that he lost interest in his family and wishes to be with Trevor.
  • It is possible for Trevor to call Wade and inform him that he is back in Shandy Shores helping Ron and so Wade should stay in Los Santos and inform anyone who asks for Trevor's whereabouts that he simply does not know where he is.

Weazel News (Radio)

"The U.S. Air Force has shot down a Cargo Plane believed to be carrying a large shipment of weapons for controversial private security firm Merryweather. The reasons for engagement are unclear, but some in congress will doubt the wisdom of allowing Merryweather to operate on U.S. soil."

Public Liberty Online newspaper

"Merryweather might just have found an unlikely enemy in their domestic expansion plans: The U.S. Air Force. The news that a Cargo Plane carrying Merryweather operatives and weapons was shot down by military jets certainly suggests that the two perhaps aren't coexisting as harmoniously as the government would like us to believe. Our doubts about private sector security are being fully realized."

Lifeinvader Posts

(Trevor Lifeinvader)

  • Ron Jakowski - "Great to have you back, Trevor. The dream team! And I'll get you that gasoline."

(Michael Lifeinvader)

  • Lester Crest - "Hope you're enjoying your vacation, idiot. I hear Mexico is lovely at this time of year?"

Bleeter Posts

  • @pickledanyan2 - "whole place gone mad either im dreaming or I just saw a cargo plane shooting rockets at an old crop duster plane"
  • @dontelford_ff - "Shudder to think what would have happen if the army hadn't gunned down that cargo plane. Proud to be an American. And scared."

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Trivia

  • This plane in the mission, like the Cargobob in The Merryweather Heist (Offshore method), loses its ramp once it opens.
  • This missions bears similarities to the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas missions N.O.E., Stowaway and Freefall:
    • N.O.E., as the player is forced to fly at low altitude to avoid military detection
    • Stowaway, as the player boards a cargo airplane, fights those aboard and then jumps back out
    • Freefall, as the player must hijack an aircraft in mid-flight
  • The dialogue between Trevor and Ron at the beginning of the mission will change, depending whether or not the player has bought the McKenzie Field Hangar before this mission.
  • When Trevor gets into his Bodhi outside his trailer, the radio will be tuned to Channel X and "Lexicon Devil" by The Germs will always play.
  • During the flight to the Cargo Plane, Trevor receives a text from Franklin warning him that he's seen people asking about him. These people are the O'Neil Brothers who survived the events of Crystal Maze looking for revenge. This text foreshadows the events of Predator.
  • Trevor mentions Hove Beach during the mission, a neighborhood in Liberty City.
  • Unlike normal gameplay, the Duster will loose its wings when crashing into the rear of the Cargo Plane, which is similar to other jet-planes, such as the Shamal.
  • While the routes of the P-996 LAZERs are scripted, the player is able to hit the jets with the wings of the Cargo Plane. Doing so will simply cause the jets to gain turbulence, and will not destroy them.
  • The plane seems to travel significantly more distance once hijacked - the plane is entered just north of the Los Santos County-Blaine County border, and will be flying east of Los Santos International Airport when the player gains control.
  • No matter how low the plane is flown (albeit as long as it meets the game objective), the Cargo Plane will always be flying above the clouds and above the Alamo Sea upon parachuting out. This is done so the plane can enter its animation of crashing into the sea. Note that, during said animation, the plane cannot be destroyed before impact.
  • It is impossible to get close to the Cargo Plane until Ron informs Trevor that they have cleared the Fort Zancudo airspace.
  • The siren heard when the engines are hit by the rockets is the same as that heard in the Titan in an Online Flight School mission.
  • On approach to the cargo plane while in the Duster, Ron claims the cargo plane has four jets. However, the plane instead has four pods each containing two jets, giving the plane a total of 8 jets.
  • If the player manages to fly into the Rocket Launcher shots fired from the rear, they will not destroy the plane, as the rockets are scripted to miss the plane. The Merryweather unit will only fire 4 shots.
  • As seen during the GTA V trailer, the plane was originally carrying Crusaders, which where used to bail out.
  • After this mission, the player can dive in the Alamo Sea to collect the gear that was inside the plane. The crash site is almost directly northeast of the Stab City trailer park. The site usually contains an RPG, a Grenade Launcher, a Combat MG, a Sniper Rifle, Body Armour, and Sticky Bombs. The location can be seen here.
    • The Rail Gun also spawns here in the enhanced version of the game if the player has previously played the original version.
    • These weapons will continuously respawn when leaving the area and returning, giving the player opportunity to stock up on ammunition of said weapons.
    • Sometimes, after the mission, the player may switch to Trevor to find him searching the area for weaponry.
  • Trevor states that he will land the plane at the McKenzie Field Hangar, however the runway is much too short for the plane to possibly land there. The pilot of one of the fighter jets will tell him to land the plane at Fort Zancudo, which is again still too small for the plane to land at.
  • After the mission, Amanda De Santa calls Franklin to ask about Michael's situation. Michael will also receive an email from his daughter asking how he's doing, asking him not to divorce Amanda, and revealing that she's decided to change her first name to Traci.
  • If Michael hasn't followed up on Dr. Friedlander's request for a phone session yet, if he calls him after the mission they will talk at length about Michael's exile to Sandy Shores and the kidnapping of Patricia Madrazo.
  • If the player doesn't pull the cargo plane up and allows the jets to fly alongside, a brief cutscene will play, where the fighter pilot and Trevor exchange hand signals.
  • The cutscenes near the end of the mission and the actions are loosely similar to the ending of the movie Air Force One (1997).
  • Once Trevor takes control of the Cargo Plane, the radar's map has a very high zoom level. Restarting the mission may fix this.
  • Failing to bail out of the plane causes the engines to malfunction, destroying the plane and killing Trevor.

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