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"Special edition lightweight, twin-engine, four-seat multi-purpose helicopter. For this collaboration with clothing and lifestyle brand Flying Bravo we've added rhodium stitching to the panda leather seats... and a couple of zeros to the price tag. There's no better way to sacrifice your pay check at the altar of luxury marketing."
Elitás Travel description.

The Buckingham Swift is a luxury helicopter featured in The Ballad of Gay Tony and, as part of the San Andreas Flight School Update, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Design

The Ballad of Gay Tony

"The preferred method of transport for Liberty City high-fliers, the turbo shaft powered Swift shuttles its precious cargo in speed and comfort."
―TBoGT Official Website
The Swift is heavily based on the AgustaWestland AW109S Grand (undercarriage arrangement, slide doors, four-blade rotor and tail boom with a strike guard on the back), with some elements taken from the the Bell 222 (winglets on the tail, vents near the rotor and shapes on the upper side). The side engine intakes were borrowed from the Bell 430.

The Swift is considered a private shuttle helicopter and also makes use of marvelous aerodynamics, living up to its name. It spawns in a white primary color for the fuselage and the tail boom, a secondary color for the engine compartment, lower rear portion, part of the tail boom and the fins, and a blue pearlescent color, together with the Santo Capro livery on it. The vehicle always comes with open side doors, while a closed side doors spawns in a rare occurrence (explained below).

Grand Theft Auto V

The Swift returns with the same design as in TBOGT, but it is re-elaborated in terms of details. It now features a retractable landing gear system just like its real-life counterpart, along with working lamps added to the sides. The windscreen is now of a lighter tint to make it more luxurious and side sliding doors can be opened and closed with a different animation.

The Swift is available in two versions:

  • A "classic" version which spawns prominently in a black primary color for most of its fuselage and a grey secondary color in the form of stripes on the sides of the vehicle and most of the tail boom.
  • A Flying Bravo version which spawns in a green/red livery with the brand's markings around the nose, engine compartment and the tail boom.

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Performance

The Ballad of Gay Tony

In terms of performance, the Swift is slightly faster and more maneuverable than other large helicopters, such as the Maverick. While it is not as fast and armed as the Annihilator or the Buzzard, the Swift makes up for it with its handling, which proves to be efficient when landing in a hurry, as well as having a decent take off speed.

TBoGT Overview


Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 99 / 160 / 86 N/A N/A 3800 / 8378
Website Statements
N/A N/A Turbo Shaft (TBOGT official site) N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Twin turboshaft engines, 4-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Swift is one of the fastest and most maneuverable helicopters available, with a top speed of 150 knots (higher than the Buzzard) and very fast acceleration. The helicopter is incredibly responsive to being able to quickly correct its flight path. The Swift can carry up to four players, with players in the back seats having access to rifles and machine guns.

But this comes at the expense of build quality. The Swift's armor cannot be upgraded, making it just as vulnerable as other helicopters. While the pilot is relatively protected, the helicopter's engines will begin to fail after a small amount of gunfire, and it takes only one explosive round to destroy the Swift. For that reason, the Swift is best suited for transportation rather than combat.

The Swift is also quite fragile, and it can sustain heavy damage like severe deformation or engine damage during rough landings - parts like the nose gear and even the tail also break off easily.

GTA V Overview


Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Vertical Climb/ Descent Rate
(ft/min)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta
N/A 99 / 160 / 86 N/A N/A N/A 6500 / 14330 100
Website Statements [?]
N/A N/A N/A Twin engine (Website) N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A N/A Twin turboshaft engines, 4-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
Swift-GTAV-RSCStats
Speed
76.751122%
Acceleration
99.107147%
Braking
Agility
95.338516%

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto Online

This article or section refers to "enhanced version" content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V and/or Grand Theft Auto Online, that is absent on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.
V

Upon being converted into a personal aircraft, the classic Swift can be repainted with a primary color and a secondary color, The Flying Bravo Swift, however, cannot be repainted due to the permanent green/red texture.

Category Modification
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors
Remove Remove Aircraft

Image Gallery

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

Videos

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Variants

Swift Deluxe

Grand Theft Auto V & Grand Theft Auto Online
SwiftDeluxe-GTAV-front
The Swift Deluxe in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)
Description

The Swift Deluxe is the "Deluxe" version featured as part of the Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 update. It has a gold paintjob and additional features on the interior, as well as the ability for the player to drink champagne and browse the internet via this vehicle.


Prominent Appearances in Missions

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto Online

Locations

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • The Swift is available at the west Algonquin helipad near the West River during the beginning of the game to the end of the game. After the completion of the game, the Gold Buzzard will replace the Swift instead.

Obtaining after game's completion

Swift with side doors closed

From the "Missions" menu on Luis' phone, choose the mission Caught with your Pants Down and meet Yusuf Amir at Star Junction. Get in his helicopter and fly to any GTA IV/TLAD/TBoGT safehouse and land the helicopter in the parking space. Immediately kill Amir and the player. The mission will fail, spawning Luis at the hospital. The Swift will now be at that current safehouse for you to obtain.

The player can also obtain the Swift with side doors closed by doing the club management mission featuring Bruce Spade. One can either complete the mission and keep the helicopter, or kill Bruce and fly away. The player have to take it to any parking space to save. The player cannot, however, redo club missions after they are completed, so it is only available at one point.

Swift with side doors open

From the "missions" menu on Luis' phone, select the mission ...Blog This! and meet Gay Tony at the helipad. Immediately, the player has to kill Tony and then The Celebinator (killing The Celebinator first will fail the mission and Tony will fly away). The mission will fail and the player will now have a Swift at their disposal. One have to save it at any parking space if they want to keep it.

Grand Theft Auto V

Original version
  • Available on the protagonists' helipads after downloading the DLC. It will spawn either in a Classic black scheme or in a Flying Bravo red/green livery. However, the last one spawns frequently when selected in the helipad.
Enhanced version

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Can be bought for $1,500,000 (Classic) or $1,600,000 (Flying Bravo) on Elitás Travel, and will be available through Pegasus Lifestyle Management.
    • In the enhanced version, it is classed as a Medium aircraft when stored in a Hangar.
  • Included in the purchase of an Pisces Yacht. Though it would function more like a Swift Deluxe. [citation/verification needed]

Trivia

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • Yusuf Amir's Swift bears a "Santo Capro" livery ("Santo" meaning "Holy" in Italian and Spanish and "Capro" being Italian for "Billygoat") with an emblem resembling a Sea Goat (Capricorn) and the year 1898. The same emblem can be seen on Yusuf's tracksuit jacket that he wears. Combined with the fact that he owns the helicopter, and wears the jacket, Santo Capro might be a company that the Amir estate runs.
  • When the blades of the Swift rip apart, they will turn black instead of white and before they rip apart, one blade will be of darker colour and will be twisted. This explains that the "white blades" are actually blades with white color, as part of the entire color scheme.
  • This version of the Swift can only hold two people, however in ...Blog This!, Luis, Tony, and The Celebinator all ride in one.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • When a NPC lands a Swift they won't always lower the helicopter's landing gear, and as a result land on the Swift's undercarriage, sometimes tipping over and exploding as a result.
  • The yellow tips on the Swift's main rotors cannot be seen when the blades are spinning, unlike other helicopters.
  • The Rockstar Games Social Club image of the Swift shows a blue and gray version of the Classic livery, despite this version only spawns with the black and gray color.
    • However, it is possible to paint a Classic Swift to resemble this particular version via the Hangar customization, in the Smuggler's Run update on Grand Theft Auto Online (enhanced version).

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