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"Low wing, very light jet aircraft for the business traveller. Perfect for ferrying your favorite hookers out to meet you in Las Venturas, picking up uncut blow south of the border, or doing the school run. Doesn't come cheap, but be honest, you're getting this so people know how rich you are."
Elitás Travel description.

The Buckingham Vestra is a fixed-wing very light jet appearing in The Business Update for Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Design

Grand Theft Auto V

The Vestra takes the form of a small personal very light jet, being the smallest jet-powered plane in the series. It is heavily based on the Cirrus Vision SF50, while its nose, engines, and windows seem influenced by the Eclipse 500. The Vestra has a V-shaped tail, often called a ruddervator, considered practical in real aviation by many pilots due to its decreased parasite drag (resulting in increased cruise speed over a conventional 3 surface empennage), yet these often result in a decrease in stability, thus making the aircraft harder to recover once departed from the normal flight envelope. Oddly, it is only capable of carrying two passengers, even though the interior features four seats.

Its fuselage design is somewhat similar to the Velum, but the engines and empennage obviously differ. Compared to the Velum, the Vestra is also faster and easier to enter. The Vestra can appear in two-tone paint schemes; one color for the upper side (from the nose to the beginning of the empennage) and another for the rest of the aircraft.

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Performance

Grand Theft Auto V

The Vestra seems to have smaller sized jet engines than the Luxor or the Shamal, however that doesn't make them any less powerful. The engines, combined with the small size of the aircraft, make the power to weight ratio impressive, resulting in an extremely fast and lightweight aircraft. This makes it the fourth fastest plane in the game, beaten only by the Hydra, P-996 Lazer, and the Besra.

Additionally, the Vestra is also one of the most maneuverable aircraft in the game, being even comparable to the Mallard. Its short wingspan makes it very agile, and it glides better than expected thanks to its light weight. With responsive controls, it changes direction and does aileron rolls extremely fast. Its great acceleration and small wingspan make the Vestra ideal for air races, stunts or flying through the middle of the downtown area. It is also surprisingly resistant, being able to take up to three Buzzard missiles in-flight before being completely destroyed.

Unlike other fixed-wing aircraft in the game, the Vestra can not be flown upside down more than momentarily, as the ruddervator does not have enough aerodynamic authority to raise the nose while inverted.

GTA V Overview


Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Landing System Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.dat
N/A 88 / 141 / 76 N/A N/A N/A 5000 / 11023 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 Twin turbojet/ turbofan engines Rear section Retractable landing gears (1 nose gear and 2 wing gears) Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Acceleration
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Agility

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Locations

Grand Theft Auto V

Original version
  • Automatically added to all of the protagonists' hangars in as soon as The Business Update is installed. It is only available in a black scheme.
Enhanced version

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Purchasable from Elitás Travel for $950,000.

Trivia

General

  • Vestra is a Latin term for "Yours."
  • The Vestra is the first aircraft to be added in an update.
  • The Vestra is the only aircraft in the entire series to feature a ruddervator, or 'V-tail'.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Like the Cuban 800 and the Mammatus, the Vestra possesses high-intensity lights, but on the Vestra these are placed on its main landing gear struts (similar to the Shamal and Luxor). The lights become invisible when the gear is retracted, given that the wings are completely opaque. They can still be toggled on and off if the gear is retracted.
  • The placement of the ruddervator directly behind the jet turbines would be implausible, because in theory, the heat and force of the thrust coming from the jet engines would come into contact with the ruddervator and place enormous amounts of pressure on them. The rear wings would also disrupt the engines' thrust.
  • When pressing the rudder buttons, the nose gear does not turn. Also, there is no clear sign of ruddervator movement. This may be an oversight by Rockstar.

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