File Name: Matthew W. Smithers of Bismarck, North Dakota.
Grade: Army O-3 (1990)
Notes: Bismarck (misspelled Bismark on the filecard) is the state's capital, in the central part of the state.
Previous character: Vapor
Next character: Decimator
To my knowledge, Updraft was never animated.
Born March 24, 1954. Updraft joined the Joe Team in March 1987, 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.
||1. 1990 (Retaliator)
|Version 1: 1990 boxed Retaliator vehicle
|Fig. #0268: Retaliator Pilot||MOS 1: Retaliator Pilot [15A]|
MOS 2: Weapons Systems Officer [91A]
- head: Updraft (90)
- arms: Updraft (90)
- torso: Updraft (90)
- waist: Updraft (90)
- legs: Updraft (90)
|Accessories: dark grey helmet (new, with silver double visor); dark grey pistol (new, oversized with scope)
|UPDRAFT led the American team to victory two years in a row at the World Helicopter Championships and was a special instructor at the Flight Warrant Officer's School at Fort Rucker before being selected for duty with G.I. Joe. His "hands-on" experience played an integral role in the final design of the Retaliator helicopter. Updraft's input greatly added to the copter's maneuverability, heavy-lift capability, and battlefield survivability.|
"Updraft molds the Retaliator to him the way he would a new suit. The machine becomes a part of him and even takes on his body language. If the G.I. Joes are in a hot situation, they'd like to see Updraft fly in to lay down cover fire and get them out of there!"
|Toy Notes: Item #6335. The character art suggests a green outfit instead of dark grey.