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Air-Viper











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Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Air-Vipers were never animated.

Headcanon

Air-Vipers were introduced to Cobra's forces in late 1982 as Vipers in the Air Corps who were still in training to serve as combat pilots, and thus on their way to becoming AVACs, Strato-Vipers, and later Gyro-Vipers and Vapors. They ranked in the fourth tier of Vipers, alongside generics. Their appearance during high-altitude/high-G training is represented by Version 1.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 2003 (Convention)    
Version 1: 2003 special Convention release
Fig. #0734: Cobra Air Force Trainee
  • head: Vapor (90), Air-Viper (03)
  • arms: Vapor (90), Air-Viper (03)
  • torso: Vapor (90), Air-Viper (03)
  • waist: Vapor (90), Air-Viper (03)
  • legs: Vapor (90), Air-Viper (03)
Accessories: black backpack (87 Jinx's) with attached black parachute
AIR-VIPER members are pilots in training at the Air Force station on COBRA Island. Their ranks consist of various military and civilian flight school drop-outs. By joining COBRA, they have the opportunity to earn their "wings" and triple their salary at the same time. However, before they are allowed to fly COBRA aricraft, they must be put through a rigorous parachute training course from an A.V.A.C. (Air-Viper Advanced Class) jumpmaster. Each trainee is outfitted in a specially designed flight helmet which includes built in oxygen mask, optical display screen, and digital altimeter that alerts them exactly when to "pull the chute." Their training consists of parachute free falls and ejection seat launches over treacherous drop zones.
Qualified candidates must then log over 1,500 hours of flight time and be familiar with the vast arsenal of aircraft that COBRA has to offer. This encompasses everything from one-man gliders, "Trouble Bubble" flight pods, fixed-wing, and multi-engine aircraft. Upon graduation, they are given an option to undergo a surgical procedure necessary to make them more resistant to hypoxia, hyperventilation, and othe rdecompression sicknesses.
From COBRA COMMANDER's files: "Although these pilots are taught how to bail out of a burning craft, I'm only concerned that the flight helmets are returned in one piece!"
Toy Notes: Bagged as a parachute-drop exclusive at the Operation Anaconda-themed 2003 Convention. This figure is considered a moderately high-demand item.