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Skystriker



File Name: Alexander P. Russo of Providence, Rhode Island.
Grade: Air Force O-5 (1988)
SN: 780-45-9887
Notes: Providence, the state capital, is located at the mouth of the Providence River. Ace, Bullhorn, Dee-Jay, Dogfight, Ice Cream Soldier, and Major Storm also come from Providence. Hasbro's headquarters is in nearby Pawtucket, which is why so many Joes come from this state.



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Animated Appearances

To my knowledge, Skystriker was never animated.

Headcanon

Born January 27, 1951. Skystriker joined the Joe Team in March 1986, and his appearance is represented by Version 1. He was with the team until it was disbanded in December 1989 but was not recalled when the Joes were reactivated in 1991.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1988 (Tiger Rat)    
Version 1: 1988 Tiger Force boxed Tiger Rat vehicle
Fig. #0197: Tiger Rat PilotMOS 1: Tiger Rat Pilot [11F4/B]
MOS 2: Combat Tactician
  • head: Thunder (84), Skystriker (88), Thunderwing (98)
  • arms: Wild Weasel (84), Skystriker (88)
  • torso: Wild Weasel (84), Skystriker (88)
  • waist: Wild Weasel (84), Skystriker (88)
  • legs: Wild Weasel (84), Skystriker (88)
Accessories: reddish brown helmet (standard, with visor holes); reddish brown headset (84 Thunder's antenna); clear visor (84 Thunder's)
You might say that flying is in SKYSTRIKER's blood. He grew up on an Air Force base in Maryland where his father was in charge of flight operations. Fascinated with fighter jets, Skystriker decided to make a career for himself in the Air Force. Upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy, he went to Officer's Flight Training School to become a pilot. After he received his "wings," Skystriker flew X-30 fighters during several G.I. Joe attacks on Cobra Island! He shot down over 15 Cobra Mamba copters, severely crippling Cobra's island defenses! Skystriker was tapped for duty on Tiger Force because of his fearless attitude in the face of danger!
"The man was born to fly! I saw Skystriker pull off a double-looped nose dive in front of two enemy fighters, then shoot them down before they could pick him up on their radar scopes! It was unbelievable! When it comes to combat acrobatics, this 'fly-boy' takes the cake!"
Toy Notes: Item #6673.
Re-releases: Bagged with Rock-Viper's rifle and pistol at a 1993 convention, but identified as Thunder.