Airborne (G.I. Joe)
|G.I. Joe character|
Airborne as seen in the Sunbow G.I. Joe cartoon.
|Voiced by||Peter Cullen (Sunbow)|
|Specialty||Helicopter Assault Trooper|
|File name||Talltree, Franklin E.|
|Birth place||Navajo Reservation, Arizona|
|Primary MOS||Airborne Infantryman|
|Secondary MOS||Helicopter Gunship Gunner|
His real name is Franklin E. Talltree, and his rank is that of sergeant E-5. Airborne was born in a Navajo Reservation in Arizona. His primary military specialty is an airborne infantryman, while as his secondary military specialty he is a helicopter gunship gunner.
Airborne's parents are oil-rich Navajos who indulged their eldest son with sky-diving lessons, forever setting his love for being in the air. In college he also had interest in the legal system. He studied law and passed the Arizona State Bar exams. He later joined the army and opted for airborne training. He graduated at the top of his class from Fort Benning Airborne School. He is an expert in using Hughes Helicopter Chain Gun, M-16, M-60 and M-1911A auto pistol.
A new version of Airborne was released as part of the Spy Troops series in 2003. He is renamed Sgt. Airborne and carded together with the new Tele-Viper action figure. A cause for confusion, was that this figure was also packaged with the Tele-Viper as "Halo Jumper". The cardback, figures, accessories, and instructions are the same for both versions. This version was also recolored in 2004, and packaged with the "Sky Sweeper" jet, as part of the Valor vs Venom line.
Marvel Comics 
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Airborne first appeared in issue #11 of the Marvel Comics series. He flies a glider against Cobra forces threatening the Alaskan Pipeline. Airborne has a cameo in issue #24, as part of the cargo crew for a Joe transport plane. He later assists Spirit in a supervisory mission to safeguard Snake Eyes. This turns into a running battle with Cobra officers Destro, Firefly and "Fred", one of the many Crimson Guardsmen. Airborne and the other Joes are assisted by the ninja known as the Soft Master, who treats Airborne's bullet wounds.
In the episode "Operation: Mind Menace", Airborne joined Flash in tracking down Cobra to a base on Easter Island, after they kidnapped a Hawaiian girl who possessed psychic abilities. Airborne's brother Tommy was being kidnapped at the same time; the two brothers shared a psychic bond, allowing them to sense when the other is in danger, and the trauma of the event affected the psychic link Tommy and Airborne shared. The Joes were captured by Cobra, and Cobra Commander used Tommy's abilities to attack the Joes, by transforming two Easter Island heads into giant stone warriors. Flash and Airborne fought off their attackers, until they were rescued by Duke and Lady Jaye.
Airborne also appeared in the following episodes in the series:
- Arise, Serpentor, Arise
- Bazooka Saw A Sea Serpent
- Cobra's Soundwaves
- Phantom Brigade
- The Pit of Vipers
- The Synthoid Conspiracy
- Twenty Questions
- Where The Reptiles Roam
Sky Patrol Airborne 
|G.I. Joe character|
|Voiced by||Phil Hayes|
|Specialty||Sky Patrol Parachute Assembler|
|File name||Six, Robert M.|
|Birth place||Lake Geneva, Wisconsin|
|Rank||E-7 (Sergeant First Class)|
|Primary MOS||Sky Patrol Parachute Assembler|
|Secondary MOS||Battlefield Medic|
A second Airborne was released as part of the Sky Patrol line in 1990. His real name is Robert M. Six, and he was born in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He is the "Sky Patrol" parachute assembler, and once the patrol is safely on the ground, he becomes their combat medic.
DiC Cartoon 
- Hama, Larry (1987). In Howard Mackie. G.I. Joe Order Of Battle. Marvel Entertainment Group. p. 3. ISBN 0-87135-288-5.
- Bellomo, Mark (2005). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-89689-922-3.
- Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 98. ISBN 0-87341-301-6.
- Bellomo, Mark (2005). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-89689-922-3.
- "SGT. AIRBORNE (v1), YOJOE.COM | YoJoe.com: Dedicated to the G.I.Joe of the 80's, 90's and beyond!". YoJoe.com. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
- "SGT. AIRBORNE (v2), YOJOE.COM | YoJoe.com: Dedicated to the G.I.Joe of the 80's, 90's and beyond!". YoJoe.com. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #11 (May 1983)
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #24 (June 1984)
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #31-32 (Jan.-Feb 1985)
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #49
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #74-75
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #96
- "Airborne". G.I. Joe Character List. Joe Headquarters. Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
- "Operation: Mind Menace". G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
- Bellomo, Mark (2005). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-89689-922-3.
- Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 128. ISBN 0-87341-301-6.
- "Airborne 2". yojoe.com. Retrieved 22 March 2011.