Slip Stream (G.I. Joe)

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Slip Stream
G.I. Joe character
Slip Stream as seen in the Sunbow/Marvel G.I. Joe cartoon.
First appearance1986
Voiced byDan Gilvezan (Sunbow/Marvel)
AffiliationG.I. Joe
SpecialtyConquest X-30 Pilot
File nameBoyajian, Gregory B.
Birth placeProvo, Utah
RankO-2 (First Lieutenant)
Primary MOSFighter Pilot
Secondary MOSComputer Technology

Slip Stream is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series. He is the G.I. Joe Team's Conquest X-30 pilot and debuted in 1986.


His real name is Gregory B. Boyajian, and his rank is that of 1st Lieutenant, USAF O-2. Slip Stream was born in Provo, Utah.

Slip Stream's primary military specialty is fighter pilot, and his secondary military specialty is computer technology. Slip Stream was an expert video game player and computer hacker until he discovered flying. As a teenager he joined the Jr. Civil Air Patrol, and then got his Air Force commission through the R.O.T.C., finishing at the top of his class in flight school. Slip Stream speaks Armenian, Greek, and French, and specializes in aircraft with computer assisted control surfaces, where his knowledge of computers and lightning reflexes give him a competitive edge. He is also known to play table tennis, and has a reputation as an unrepentant joker and mimic.[1]


Slip Stream was first released as an action figure in 1986, packaged with the Conquest X-30.


Marvel Comics[edit]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, Slip Stream debuted in issue #49 (July 1986).[2] He made ten appearances in the Special Missions spinoff series, second only to Wild Bill (eleven), with his first coming in issue #3 as part of a ground team sent in to steal an advanced fighter jet.[3] He has another ground-based mission later. He works with Lt. Falcon and Psyche-Out; they rescue three Russian soldiers from an Afghanistan prison. Multiple layers of lies get the Russians to act as Joe agents and rescue a C.I.A. chief from an Iranian group.[4]

Slip Stream is one of the Joe pilots selected to make a recon raid over Cobra Island to find out why so much equipment is being moved. He and his fellow pilots shoot down many Cobra pilots.[5] He has a cameo as the co-pilot four issues later.[6]

Slip Stream serves as a co-pilot for Ghostrider on a mission over the fictional country of Benzheen. Their craft does not survive but they achieve their objective, photographs of the Terror Drome being built in the middle of Benzheen City. Halfway through the issue, Slip Stream is erroneously referred to in the text as Dogfight, another Joe pilot featured in the first few pages of the issue.[7]

Devil's Due[edit]

He appears in the Devil's Due 'Real American Hero' series in issue 25. He is one of many Joes sent to intervene in Cobra's second Civil War. He is seen on Cobra Island, in hand-to-hand combat with an enemy soldier.[8]



He first appeared in the Sunbow G.I. Joe animated series in the second-season episode "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!: Part I", voiced by Dan Gilvezan.[9] He is forced to undergo basic training again with his fellow Joes due to incompetence.[10] He is featured in the episode "In the Presence of Mine Enemies" in which he confronts a female Cobra pilot. This episode is discussed in the non-fiction book 'Powerplay'.[11]

G.I. Joe: The Movie[edit]

Slip Stream also appeared briefly in the 1987 animated film G.I. Joe: The Movie.[12]


  1. ^ Hama, Larry (1987). Howard Mackie, ed. G.I. Joe Order Of Battle. Marvel Entertainment Group. p. 94. ISBN 0-87135-288-5.
  2. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #49 (July 1986)
  3. ^ "G.I. Joe Special Missions" #3
  4. ^ "Special Missions" #9 (February 1988)
  5. ^ "G.I. Joe Special Missions" #16 (December 1988)
  6. ^ "G.I. Joe Special Missions" #20 (April 1989)
  7. ^ "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" Vol1 #115 (August 1991)
  8. ^ "G.I. Joe A Real American Hero" #25 (2003)
  9. ^ "Roll Call". G.I. Joe Roll Call. Joe Headquarters. Retrieved 2008-06-13.
  10. ^ "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!: Part I". G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
  11. ^ Fleming, Dan (1996). Powerplay: toys as popular culture. Manchester University Press ND. p. 108. ISBN 0-7190-4717-X.
  12. ^ G.I. Joe: The Movie (Motion picture). De Laurentiis Entertainment Group. April 20, 1987.

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