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"The Shamal is a mid-size business jet known for its climb and cruise performance, balanced handling and economical fuel consumption. At current gas prices, you can fly a Shamal coast to coast for just $50,000, without even a second thought for the Ozone layer."
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The Shamal is a multi-role jet-plane in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and a commuter jet in Grand Theft Auto V. It is manufactured by Buckingham in GTA V.

Similar business jets also makes multiple appearances in other Grand Theft Auto games, although they are uncontrollable and are only used as props.

Design

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The aircraft model is based on the Learjet 55. The aircraft nose is considerably longer than most Learjets, also resembling a later model. It has a light grey paint job.

The Shamal's interior can be seen during Freefall. The size of the interior appears larger than usual for an aircraft with a relatively small fuselage, and the interior incongruously features 16 windows (9 on the left and 7 on the right) when the plane features only 8 outside.


Grand Theft Auto V

The Shamal appears in the first trailer and later in one of the screenshots for Grand Theft Auto V, implying that it would most likely return as a functional plane. This was eventually confirmed by the gameplay trailer, that showed the Shamal being flown over the Land Act Dam.

The Shamal is based on the Learjet 45, Embraer ERJ 145, and Cessna CitationJet, especially around the cockpit, although the Citation is much to short. and has 16 passenger windows in total (8 on each side). The role of the aircraft is now different though — instead of being a business jet, like in GTA San Andreas, it is now a commuter jet, being owned by multiple airliners for short regional flights. The role of a private jet is now attributed to the Luxor, a plane very similar to the Shamal (only with a black paint scheme and a slightly different pitch of engine sound) also manufactured by Buckingham.

The Shamal has one window on either side that are marked with red outlines, indicating the cut-out zone in event of emergency.

When converted into a personal aircraft, the player is only able to change the plane’s livery, the primary color cannot be changed, which is only available in an Ice White color.

This article or section refers to "enhanced version" content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V and/or Grand Theft Auto Online, that is absent on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.
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In the enhanced version of the game, the Shamal was changed after the After Hours update. While the bodywork remains intact, three of the Shamal's liveries were removed, leaving only the MyFly livery available. The reason for their removal is unknown.

Current Design Gallery


Version History Gallery

Performance

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Shamal is available to the player at the beginning of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, in Los Santos International Airport, acquirable by trespassing over the security booth if the player still hasn't got the pilot's licence. It is a considerably fast jet, being on par with the Rustler, and due to its availability, the Shamal is a good choice for players who are just learning to fly jets, as its handling is balanced and it's easy to land on runways. Also, despite it visually having a large passenger capacity, it can transport only the player. The Shamal is somewhat decently agile in terms of maneuverability, and its availability to the player early in the game provides an easy way to grind their Flying Skill stat before even reaching Verdant Meadows Airfield much later in the storyline.

GTA San Andreas Overview


Aircraft Statistics - 3D Universe
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 124 / 200 / 108 Petrol N/A 15000 / 33069
Observed
N/A N/A Twin turbofan/ turbojet engines Rear section Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Shamal is now a much faster aircraft, beating any propeller-powered plane in the game and being on-par with the Luxor as the fifth fastest aircraft in the game, beaten by the Vestra, the BesraP-996 LAZER and the Hydra. Similar to San Andreas, it is also available from the start in Los Santos International Airport and, due to having a great and responsive handling, it remains as a great plane for learning to pilot and similar to the Luxor, players can easily evade police attention if they didn't purchase a hangar yet. In the hands of a moderately skilled pilot, it can easily win any multiplayer races. Thanks to the speed and handling of the aircraft, it also has a great capability for performing stunts, being able to steer and perform aileron rolls extremely fast.

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
(ft/min)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta
N/A 87 / 140 / 76 N/A N/A N/A 6400 / 14110 65
Website Statements [?]
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A N/A Twin turbofan / turbojet engines Rear section Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
Shamal-GTAV-RSCStats
Speed
99.259506%
Acceleration
81%
Braking
25%
Agility
35%

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto Online

In the enhanced version, the Shamal can be transferred from a Pegasus vehicle into a Personal Aircraft by entering the player's personal Hangar. Unlike other aircraft, the player is only able to change the livery and isn't able to change the aircraft's color. After the After Hours update, however, liveries are not changeable due to the removal of three out of all four of them.[vague]

Liveries

Grand Theft Auto V

In Grand Theft Auto V, similar to the Jet, the Shamal bears the liveries of multiple airlines such as MyFly, Air Emu, Air Herler, and FlyUS. As already noted, however, the three commercial airline liveries (Air Emu, Air Herler and FlyUS) are removed, albeit in the enhanced version only, after the After Hours update.

Notable Owners

Similar Jets

Main article: Static Planes

Despite none being named as "Shamal" or even accessible to the player, many similar private jets appear as an uncontrollable and, in most cases, stationary aircraft in the series.

Image Gallery

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V

  • A Shamal has to be chased down during Caida Libre, where it crash lands in a field near Grapeseed.
  • A Shamal is provided as a getaway vehicle in the mission Legal Trouble.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Los Santos International Airport, one parked in the northwest corner, just north to the runway (near the western border of the area)
  • Easter Bay International Airport, two of them next to southeastern access road, another one next to the fuel tanks, where the Stinger can be also obtained. Notice the plane is locked and only unlocks after completing the mission Learning to Fly.
  • Las Venturas Airport, two of them between the two sets of ramps, west of the runway. During the mission Saint Mark's Bistro there is another one at the northern end of the runway, which is supposed to serve CJ as transport to Liberty City and back.
  • During the mission Freefall, a Shamal flies to Las Venturas and CJ is supposed to hijack it with a Dodo, eliminate the strike team, take control of the plane, and land the plane at Las Venturas Airport. It can be kept after the mission.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Available for purchase for $1,150,000 on Elitás Travel.
  • Can be found at various areas in the Los Santos International Airport:
    • One parked next to a Luxor in the southeast corner, where a Jet usually parks.
    • Two parked north to the two runways, facing the buildings, west to Devin Weston's hangar.
    • One (AI-controlled) will often land on the third runway (northward), and park next to a Luxor near the two Jets, west from the two mentioned above.
    • One (AI-controlled) may appear on the tarmac and will park in front of Michael's hangar. Sometimes it will be a Luxor instead.
    • One (AI-controlled) can frequently spawn flying mid-air above Palomino Highlands when flying over the area, however, it can not be hijacked. This is quite rare due to Shamals never really seen flying anywhere else around the map, other than landing on the North-West runway of LSIA.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Available for purchase for $1,150,000 on Elitás Travel, and will be available through Pegasus Lifestyle Management.
    • In the enhanced version, the player can store a Shamal in their personal Hangar and it will become a Personal Aircraft. It will be classed as a Medium aircraft.

Trivia

General

  • In Arabic, Shamal means "North".
Shamal-MaxPayne3-Pictures

The pictures found in Max Payne 3.

  • Pictures of the Shamal, amongst other planes, can be seen in the Max Payne 3 multiplayer map Tiete River Docks.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The Shamal can be seen on the TV show, I'm Rich, possibly suggesting that it was cut from the game.
    • It is notable that the Shamal featured in the show was colored gold.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • In Grand Theft Auto V, the Shamal and the Luxor cannot be bought as Trevor, because Trevor's hangar is unable to fit these jets.
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, despite the plane being able to sit 10 people including the pilot in Online mode, it cannot sit more than 2 people in singleplayer. If one reunites all three protagonists and enters a Shamal, one of the two will sit next to the player and the third will stand out of the plane.
  • The Shamal's real life counterpart is revealed in the files for the audio of Caida Libre, where it is named "lear_jet".[2]

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • It is classed as a Medium-sized vehicle when stored in a Hangar.

See Also

References

  1. Blips-GTAO-GenericPlaneSeen when parked or when another player is flying a Shamal.
  2. File:x64\audio\sfx\STREAMS.rpf\mar1_lear_jet_hit_1.awc


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