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Not to be confused with the Alpha, a 2-door coupé.
Engine: four cylinder, fixed pitch.
Wing area: 66 square feet.
Cockpit size: matchbox.
Cabin temperature: hotter than Satan's taint.
Chances of survival if you hit anything more than a light crosswind: none whatsoever.
Top Speed: routinely fatal.
Customer satisfaction: are you still there? Did you read the part about the top speed?
Please note: This aircraft is excluded from Pegasus Lifestyle Management and must be stored in a personal hangar.
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The Buckingham Alpha-Z1 is a fixed-wing aircraft released as part of the Smuggler's Run update for Grand Theft Auto Online.


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The Alpha-Z1 appears to be based on a Reberry 3M1C1R, seen in the wide nose and the positioning of the main landing undercarriage.

The aircraft is depicted with a seemingly small fuselage similar to the Mallard, where the front has a two-bladed propeller and a rather long nose with two protruding intakes on either side, together with an additional front intake and rear-facing exhaust on the underside. Around the main section, there is a small cockpit with a sliding canopy, as well as two wings mounted below (low-wing setup), which house bulky sections for the main landing wheels and the two square taxi lights, along with the aerobatic horizon reference devices on the wingtips. Towards the tail boom and empennage, there is an elevated section behind the cockpit that gradually decrease in height towards the vertical stabilizer, while the horizontal stabilizers and tail landing wheel can be seen on the end. The interior of the aircraft is very compact, having a small flight instrument panel with the functional dials on the upper section.

The primary color of the aircraft is applied on the spinner, most of the fuselage, wings and stabilizers, while the secondary one is applied on part of the nose/engine compartment, the bulky sections on the wings, part of the horizontal stabilizers and the control stick. It uses a set of industrial wheels similar to the ones found on industrial vehicles like the Benson, the Mule and the Phantom. The rims are also affected by the primary color, resulting in a slightly darker tint/shade of the choosen primary color.

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As predicted by the website, the Alpha-Z1 is practically one of the fastest piston-powered aircraft in the game (even surpassing jet-powered aircraft like the Hydra and P-996 LAZER), possesing great speed and short take-off distance. However, its handling may be rather sensitive, as an erratic movement could simply roll the plane more than intended, being a dangerous maneuver when flying low. This issue, combined with the high speed and the low clearance, would cause the player to experience problems when attempting to land even in a flat runway, as the plane will be also sensitive to hard impacts, causing it to disrupt the landing sequence.

The Alpha-Z1 is stated to be powered by a 4-cylinder engine, which, given the proportions of the nose, would have an horizontally-opposed (flat) configuration. Its sound appears to be similar to the one from most small aircraft, albeit having a higher pitch when revving the engine at full speed.


The vehicle can be fitted with countermeasures to improve its defensive capabilities against homing missiles, each one with their own attributes:

  • The Chaff countermeasure disrupts the targeting system from missile launchers, rendering them unable to lock on the aircraft for five seconds. They have a delay of five seconds before being used again and only have 10 uses.
  • The Flare countermeasure drops various flares from around the rear of the aircraft, which can "disorient" the homing missile in order to avoid chasing the aircraft. They have a delay of three seconds before being used again and only have 20 uses.
  • The Smoke countermeasure creates a trail of smoke that can disorient the enemy pilot, but its effectiveness is very limited, as the trail is large enough for a standard cockpit and the enemy pilot would just need to move away and follow the smoke trail. It has no delay between uses and can be used indefinitely.

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Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto Online
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Vertical Climb/ Descent Rate
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 114.6 / 184.4 / 99.6 N/A N/A N/A 450 / 992 65
Website Statements [?]
N/A N/A N/A 4-cylinder N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A N/A Single piston engine, 2-bladed propeller Front Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Category Modification Cost Image
Armor No Armor $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000
Countermeasures None $700
Chaff (10) $70,000
Flare (20) $110,000
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Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Handling Stock Handling $1,000
Smooth Handling $20,000
Sport Handling $27,000
Race Handling $35,000
Livery None $11,400
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Play Outside $19,380
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Sludgie 'Fruity Ice' $22,800
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Ron Gas Stations 'Stop n Go' $23,939
Flow Water $24,510
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  • Can be purchased on Elitás Travel for $2,121,350 or for $1,595,000 (after completing 9 Air Freight Cargo source missions), provided the player already owns a Hangar.
    • It is classed as a Small aircraft.


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See Also


  1. Blips-GTAO-AlphaZ1.png Seen when parked or when another player is flying an Alpha-Z1.
  2. Slingsby T67 Firefly G-RAFG, as seen in Come Outside