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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."
ElitasTravel.com 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

The Vestra takes the form of a small conceptual business aircraft, 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. It has an infamous "doctor killer" v-shaped tail, considered practical in real aviation by many pilots due to its decreased form 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 cab design is somewhat similar to the Velum, but the engines and tail emplacements obviously differ. Compared to the Velum, the Vestra is also faster and easier to enter. It will appear in 2 color combinations, one color for the upper side (from the nose to the cab, before reaching the engine's emplacements) and another for the rest of the aircraft.

Performance

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 light weight and short wingspan make it very agile, and its controls are responsive. It changes direction and does aileron rolls extremely fast, and with the addition of its great acceleration and small wingspan, it is ideal for either air races, performing 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 or else it will aerodynamically stall. Attempting to pitch the nose skyward will not prevent the stall, despite the engines still running correctly.

Locations

GTA V

  • Automatically added to all of the protagonists' hangars in as soon as The Business Update is installed(XB360/PS3). Only available in a black scheme.
  • Purchasable from ElitasTravel.com for $950,000 (Enhanced version).
  • Often spawns in Michael's LSIA hangar when playing as a different character (Enhanced version).

GTA Online

Trivia

  • Vestra is a Latin term for "Yours."
  • The Vestra is the first aircraft to be added in an update.
  • 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 Vestra is the only aircraft in the entire series to feature a V-tail, also known as the "doctor killer" tail.
  • The placement of the vertical stabilizers 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 vertical stabilizers and place enormous amounts of pressure on them. The rear wings would also disrupt the engines' thrust.
  • Somehow, when pressing the rudder buttons, the nose gear wont turn. Also, there is no clear sign of rudder movement. This may be an oversight by Rockstar. Despite this, Planes with this tail setup use a combination of the Rudder and elevator which is called the "Ruddervators" to turn

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