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"One moment you're on the runway slowly inching into position, wondering what all the fuss was about. The next, you're 200 feet in the air and rising, a shrieking human speck on the front end of a blazing rocket trail making straight for the stratosphere. Why are you doing this? How do you get down? What happens if you start crapping out heavy munitions at this speed? Honestly, we're hoping you tell us.
Please note: This aircraft is excluded from Pegasus Lifestyle Management and must be stored in a personal hangar.
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The LF-22 Starling is a rocket plane featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Smuggler's Run update.


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The LF-22 Starling is compact fighter plane closely based on the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, which sports a rocket engine mounted in the rear, while the propeller on the front is most likely attached to an emergency generator similar to that used on its inspiration, but has a framed cockpit. The cruciform tail setup appears to be similar to that of the Messerschmitt Me 262, but retaining the vertical stabilizer shape of the aforementioned Me 163 (but with the rudder mounted over the stabilizer rather than from the rear side). The machine guns positioning appears to be similar to that of the Mitsubishi J8M.

The Starling features enough space for the pilot and a small hatch on the underside for the bomb bay.

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The Starling's performance is similar to that of a modern-day fighter jet, as opposed to its real-life intention. The plane's small, compact design also makes it very easy to handle, almost too easy - the pitch remains stable, however rolling the plane can sometimes result in overestimating the amount of roll needed to perform a turn, in a similar way to the Howard NX-25's roll and pitch behavior. Nevertheless, the plane is still easily one of the best performing planes in the game. Speed-wise, however, is considerably sluggish without its Booster ability.

At 8100 FT/2400 M (maximum altitude) the Starling can glide a distance of approximately 9.5 Mi/16 KM (from Paleto Bay to LSIA and halfway back again landing somewhere in the Zancudo region) with its engines off.

Unusually, the LF-22 Starling features a single main gear wheel and a tailwheel, which makes it difficult to land, as the plane tends to lose its balance easily upon contact with the ground. Extra precaution is needed when attempting to land the vehicle on a flat runway.


In terms of defensive capabilities, the plane lacks considerably compared to other planes, especially for its high cost. Nonetheless, its speed provides the player with enough force to evade attackers from both ground and in air (although this advantage can be considerable when equipping countermeasures).


The LF-22 Starling sports a rocket booster on the rear of the vehicle, which can be used for both take offs and cruising flight. The rocket booster provides a huge amount of acceleration, surpassing even the Hydra, Besra and P-996 LAZER. It is important to note that the rocket must recharge, however unlike regular JATO boosters found on other planes, it can recharge in mid air, although it will recharge quicker while on ground. Combined with the countermeasures, it can be a great advantage for getaways or quick bombing runs.

  • The plane is equipped with two built-in machine guns found on either wing, which provide small defense against enemies in flight.
  • By default, lacks missiles, but can be added via customization, adding six units on either wing (three per wing).
  • It also features a small bomb bay to deploy up to 50 bombs (if added via customization).

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N/A N/A N/A Single rocket engine  Mid-Rear 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
  • White
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Red
  • Pink
  • Cyan
Bombs (50) None $700
Explosive $75,000
Incendiary $85,000
Gas $95,000
Cluster $120,000
Handling Stock Handling $1,000
Smooth Handling $20,000
Sport Handling $27,000
Race Handling $35,000
Livery None $11,400
Winter Spray $18,240
Stars 'n Stripes $19,380
Dazzler $20,520
Falcon I $21,660
Falcon II $22,800
Air Force Display $23,370
Redwood Racer $23,939
Sprunk Xtreme $24,510
Stargazer $25,080
Mr. Unicorn $25,650
Respray -
Weapons Stock Weapon $700
Homing Missiles $195,000
Sell Sell Vehicle
Thrust None $700
Rocket Boost Upgrade $200,000

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  • Can be purchased on Warstock Cache & Carry for $3,657,500 or for $2,750,000 after completing 15 Steal Cargo missions, provided the player already owns a hangar.
    • It is classed as a Small vehicle when stored in a Hangar.



  • Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds commonly found in Europe and several other continents, referencing the plane's compact design and German origins.
  • Under the designation system of USAF, the designation "LF" could possibly stand for "Fighter (F) Equipped for Cold Weather Operations (L)", though this is inaccurate, as neither inspirations are tasked for such purpose and "L" can simply mean "Light", resulting in the designation "Light Fighter".
    • However, the designation "VF" from the liveries may be more accurate, as it stands for "Vertical/Short take-off (V) Fighter (F)", which the Starling is capable of, especially when the rocket booster is fitted.

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  • When applying a livery, a registration code appears on either side of the rear, which, as with other aircraft of the same update, will vary with each livery set. However, if the "Falcon I" livery is applied, the registration will be "VF-10A", but on the right side, the "A" is practically cut, as it is set behind the right wing root.

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