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Airborne

(aka Sergeant Airborne; not to be confused with 1990's Airborne)

File Name: Franklin E. Talltree of Navajo Reservation, Arizona.
Grades: Army E-5 (1983-2008)
various SNs: RA030446233; 30-44-TT62; 030-44-TT62
Notes: The Navajo Nation covers 26,000 square miles in the Four Corners region, including all of northeastern Arizona.




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Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Peter Cullen18529 seconds46397

Notes: Sunbow's Airborne had two animation models. The first featured a dark grey helmet and long-sleeved light blue collared shirt with a black diagonal chest strap. The shirt had a centered vertical gold stripe, with gold on the shoulders, wristbands, codpiece, and kneepads. He wore light blue pants with grey boots and a plain black belt with round, silver buckle. Beginning in The Synthoid Conspiracy, his appearance was nearly identical to his 1983 outfit, though with green-tinted goggles on his helmet. Without his helmet, Airborne initially had brown hair, but it was black in Lasers in the Night.

 

A Real American Hero Opening4 seconds (silent)
A Real American Hero, Part 19 seconds (silent)
A Real American Hero, Part 415 seconds2 lines
A Real American Hero, Part 519 seconds (silent)
Cobra Soundwaves62 seconds7 lines
Operation Mind Menace257 seconds30 lines
The Phantom Brigade21 seconds (silent)
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 242 seconds2 lines
Spell of the Siren1 second (silent)
Twenty Questions9 seconds (silent)
Where the Reptiles Roam12 seconds (silent)
Lasers in the Night15 seconds (silent)
Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent1 second (silent)
Eau de Cobra30 seconds5 lines
The Pit of Vipers23 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 12 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 33 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 54 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Born January 29, 1953. Airborne was one of the first additions to the Joe Team, joining in March 1981. His appearance is represented by Version 4. Airborne served with the Joes through the spring of 1986, and he was among the Joes reactivated in June 1991, with his Version 3 appearance.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1983
2. 2003 (Spy Troops)
3. 2004 (Sky Sweeper)
4. 2008 (post-25th Wave 11)
 
Version 1: 1983 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0019: Helicopter Assault TrooperMOS 1: Airborne Infantryman [prob. 11B]
MOS 2: Helicopter Gunship Gunner
  • head: Airborne (83)
  • arms: Airborne (83), Scrap-Iron (84)
  • torso: Airborne (83), Steel Brigade (87 A-B)
  • waist: Airborne (83)
  • upper legs: Airborne (83), Steel Brigade (87 B-C-D-F)
  • lower legs: Airborne (83), Scrap-Iron (84), Steel Brigade (87)
Accessories: light green helmet (new, with goggles); tan backpack (new, with engraved shovel); dark grey assault rifle (new, Car-15 with L-shaped stock)
Airborne's parents are oil-rich Navahos who indulged their eldest son with sky-diving lessons. Talltree also studied law and passed the Arizona State Bar exams. Joined the army and opted for airborne training, commenting, "I'd rather jump out of airplanes than write legal briefs." Graduated top of class from Airborne School, Fort Benning. Qualified Expert: Hughes Helicopter Chain Gun, M-16, M-60 and M-1911A auto pistol.
Airborne jokes around and gets loose, but he's serious too . . . dead serious. You look at him and sometimes he's looking right through you. Must be the Indian in him. The Navahos call it "the far-seeing look." Spooky!
Toy Notes: Item #6411. Featured in 1983's Polar Battle Bear and SkyStriker commercials. His name appears beside the co-pilot's seat in the Dragonfly (83).
Re-releases: Given the J.C. Penney's exclusive three-pack releases for all other 82-83 carded Joes, there should have been one with Airborne, Doc (83), and Gung-Ho (83), but I haven't heard mention of one. Airborne was also available through the mail offer Original Adventure Team in 1986. Slightly recolored versions were released in Argentina and Brazil as Condor. A Python Patrol version was also released in Brazil as Gatilho.
Version 2: 2003 Spy Troops Wave 8 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0782: Helicopter Assault Trooper
Sergeant Airborne
MOS 1: Airborne Infantryman [prob. 11B]
MOS 2: Helicopter Gunship Gunner
  • head: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04)
  • arms: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04)
  • torso: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Cobra Night Viper (08)
  • waist: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Cobra Night Viper (08)
  • upper legs: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II), Cobra Night Viper (08)
  • lower legs: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
Accessories: green helmet (new, "Copperhead" diguise with yellow trim); green vest (new, soft plastic with red Cobra emblem); black belt (new, criss-cross design, attaches to body); black backpack (new, pouch with handle); silver pistol (88 Shockwave's); black assault rifle (03 Sand Viper's G36)
SGT. AIRBORNE was indulged by his parents with skydiving lessons at an early age. He studied law and passed the bar exam in Arizona, but his first love - skydiving - had a firm grip on him. He combined his quest for justice and his crazy desire to jump from airplanes by joining the Army and opting for airborne training. He jokes around and gets loose, but when he turns serious, it seems as if he's looking right through you. The Navajo call it "the far-seeing look." That skull-piercing gaze can make even his G.I. JOE team members uncomfortable, so you can imagine how a captured COBRA enemy starts to squirm when he's being interrogated by SGT. AIRBORNE and feels as if the G.I. JOE trooper is seeing right inside his head.
"I'd rather jump from planes than write legal briefs - the view's better."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Tele-Viper (03). Item #55454. In the original release of this pack, this figure was identified as Halo Jumper (=Rip Cord) with a different filecard. The figure itself is the same.
Version 3: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 5 boxed Sky Sweeper Jet vehicle
Fig. #0938: Air Assault Trooper
Sergeant Airborne
MOS 1: Airborne Infantryman [prob. 11B]
MOS 2: Helicopter Gunship Gunner
  • head: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04)
  • arms: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04)
  • torso: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Cobra Night Viper (08)
  • waist: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Cobra Night Viper (08)
  • upper legs: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II), Cobra Night Viper (08)
  • lower legs: Halo Jumper (03), Sgt. Airborne (03, 04), Copperhead (07, 09/II)
Accessories: black helmet (03 Sgt. Airborne's, with grey trim); grey belt (03 Sgt. Airborne's)
SGT. AIRBORNE was indulged by his parents with skydiving lessons at an early age. He studied law and passed the bar exam in Arizona, but his first love - skydiving - had a firm grip on him. He combined his quest for justice and his crazy desire to jump from airplanes by joining the Army and opting for airborne training. He jokes around and gets loose, but when he turns serious, it seems as if he's looking right through you. The Navajo call it "the far-seeing look." That skull-piercing gaze can make even his G.I. JOE team members uncomfortable, so you can imagine how a captured COBRA enemy starts to squirm when he's being interrogated by SGT. AIRBORNE and feels as if the G.I. JOE trooper is seeing right inside his head.
"I'd rather jump from planes than write legal briefs - the view's better."
Toy Notes: Item #55487. (The Sky Sweeper Jet was previously available in 2003 in Spy Troops packaging without a figure.)
Version 4: post-25th Anniversary Wave 11 carded assortment
Fig. #1342: Air Assault Trooper
Sergeant Airborne
MOS 1: Airborne Infantryman [prob. 11B]
MOS 2: Helicopter Gunship Gunner
  • head: Sgt. Airborne (08)
  • arms: Sgt. Airborne (08)
  • body: Snake Eyes (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/IV, 08/VII, 08/IX, 09/I, 09/III, 09/IV), Sgt. Stalker (07, 08/I, 08/II), G.I. Joe Hawk (08/I), Cpl. Breaker (08/I, 08/II), Ssgt. Rock 'n Roll (08/I, 08/II), Grunt (08), Duke (08/IV), Steeler (08/I, 08/II), Double Clutch (08), G.I. Joe Trooper (08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV), Sgt. Airborne (08), Short-Fuze (08), Outback (09)
  • upper legs: Gung Ho (07, 08), Dreadnok Torch (08, 09), Sgt. Airborne (08)
  • lower legs: Gung Ho (07, 08), Sgt. Airborne (08)
Accessories: light green helmet (new, with blue goggles and grey mic); blue vest (new, with green straps); tan pouch backpack (new, large with green pentagonal pocket); black pistol (07 Flint's 9mm); black assault rifle (new, M4 with silver-bladed bayonet)
The oil-rich Navajo parents of SGT. AIRBORNE indulged their eldest son with skydiving lessons. Also having an interest in the legal system, he studied law and passed the Arizona State Bar exams. He joined the Army and opted for airborne training. SGT. AIRBORNE jokes around and gets loose, but he's serious too...dead serious. You look at him and sometimes he's looking right through you. It must be the Native American in him. The Navajos call it "the far-seeing look." He graduated at the top of his class from Airborne School, Fort Benning. Qualified expert: Hughes Helicopter Chain Gun, M-16, M-60 and M-1911A auto pistol.
"I'd rather jump out of airplanes than write legal briefs - the view's better."
Toy Notes: Item #36411.