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"Believe me, one imperceptible tiny biplane, armed with a front machine gun and a self-explosive unit is sometimes capable of more than a squad of professionals. Yes, this “drone” looks very old-fashioned and the sound of its toy propeller is as annoying as the buzz of a bee, but it will catch any of your enemies off guard while you relax at a table in the nearest Bean Machine café."
Elitás Travel description.

The RC Baron is a miniature remote controlled airplane that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Design

3D Universe

The RC Baron is designed as a model bi-plane with a red body; this design trait, coupled with its name, suggests the plane is inspired by Manfred von Richthofen, also known as the Red Baron, a German ace pilot who took out 80 enemy planes by himself during World War I.

In its first appearance in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the RC Baron originally featured landing gear wheels derived from sports cars in the game. In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, however, the landing gear was modified to fit the plane' scale, which are miniature wheels also used on other land-based RC vehicles. The Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rendition also comes with a functional machine gun and blinking lights on the wing, similar to an actual plane in the game.

HD Universe

The RC Baron in Grand Theft Auto Online looks pretty similar as one in 3D Universe. It reminds a miniature Duster. There is also miniature paintable pilot doll in the cabin.

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Performance

3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, due to its nature as an RC vehicle, the handling is sensitive on land, where the vehicle will lose control easily when steering it on a side. After taking off, however, the plane becomes more controllable and can reach moderate speeds while airborne. Its low mass also means that even with the slightest hit will result in the plane falling to the ground.

The Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rendition suffered from downgraded performance, but makes up for being more controllable and easier to recover if the plane crashes on an obstacle. The plane seems to retain the same top speed. According to the handling.cfg, the RC Baron is lighter than the Vice City rendition, as well as the "drivetrain" set to front-wheel drive, opposed to the previous iteration's all wheel drive. The fact that its engine is "Petrol" instead of "Electric" suggests that it is powered by gasoline or methanol ("nitro" in RC terminology).

HD Universe

The RC Baron in Grand Theft Auto Online handles pretty well both on the ground and in the air. The vehicle has weak engine but despite this it can do sharp turns and maneuvers.

Weaponry
  • The vehicle comes with usual machine gun on the front.
  • The RC Baron can be used as a remote explosive. By installing a remote bomb, it can have two Sticky Bombs on its sides, behaving like the Car Bomb available for normal-sized vehicles, as well as the self-destruct feature of the RC Bandito and the Terrorbyte's drones.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

The RC Baron has been adopted for use in several missions in both of its appearances. In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas the player can get the RC Baron during Air Raid.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Baron is used in two missions for Zero: "Air Raid", where it is used against Zero, and "Supply Lines...", where CJ uses it in order to help Zero to destroy Berkley's delivery service. The Baron is also used in an optional "Beefy Baron" side-mission for the same purpose as "Supply Lines...". The Baron has a self destruct capability along with a fuel meter in the latter two missions.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Can be purchased from Elitás Travel for $1,810,000.
    • The vehicle will be available to request via the Interaction Menu and may have a cooldown timer once it is used (or either destroyed by an enemy or self-destroyed by the player if rigged with an explosive).

Trivia

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Rarely, while driving on streets of Vice City, the RC Baron spawns, and while the player controls the vehicle, they are controlling the plane too (iOS confirmed).
  • It is possible to obtain this RC Baron by either duplicating the mission and destroying one of the RC Barons in water, which will let you fly it, or by using a clothes replay glitch.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • If the player flies the RC Baron into any body of water, the vehicle will instantly enter the Blue Hell. This is possibly due to the float value of the RC Baron being set to a negative number within the game's code.
  • The player can obtain the RC Baron during Air Raid! by starting the mission with OM0, and using a Dozer to push it into a garage.

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