The Sky Patrol is an aircraft that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It is a flying aircraft constructed by Rotor the Walrus and Miles "Tails" Prower (with Tails also insisting on the name). It serves as the Freedom Fighters' mobile base of operations.
Creation and Countdown to Chaos
Rotor explained that Sky Patrol was created to serve as an answer to the Death Egg and any other aircraft that Dr. Eggman built. The Freedom Fighters constructed the Sky Patrol in utmost secrecy near the Mystic Ruins in order to prevent Eggman and his minions from locating it, with Amy Rose and Big the Cat standing guard. Its development continued as Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails searched for the scattered Freedom Fighters, and was constructed to accommodate a complement of twenty-four. Later, once the Freedom Fighters had been reunited, the Sky Patrol was launched on its maiden voyage in a rush to escape the effects of the Shattered World Crisis.
Shattered World Crisis
The Sky Patrol was subsequently used by the Freedom Fighters to catch up to the Bullet Train carrying Professor Charles the Hedgehog and Professor Dillon Pickle. The two professors were brought aboard the craft to transport them to safety, and during their brief stay they discussed what they had learned about current crisis and its connections to the legend of Dark Gaia. Around this time, the Freedom Fighters participated in a training exercise in the simulation room. In pursuit of the Gaia Temples and Chaos Emeralds needed to return their world to normal, the Freedom Fighters used the Sky Patrol to travel to Crystal Cave and Meropis, where they managed to recover an Emerald and meet new allies. They then traveled to Soumerca, where they continued disaster relief efforts and also set out to claim another Chaos Emerald. At about this time, Dr. Eggman launched an attack on the Sky Patrol with his new Badnik Horde Commander, War Walrus, but was defeated by the Sky Patrol's defense systems. However, he immediately began preparing for a future attack, this time using a Tails Doll.
Eggman's chance soon came when the Sky Patrol arrived in the Sand Hill Zone in search of another Chaos Emerald, this time without Sonic. Both Team Freedom and Team Fighters were deployed, only to run into a dual set of traps set for them. This forced Cream the Rabbit to lead a small squad of reserves to their rescue, unaware that their departure opened a window for the Tails Doll to board the ship. The Freedom Fighters managed to return to the Sky Patrol without recovering the Emerald, but were rejoined by Sonic. Upon learning of the Chaos Emerald Championship set up by Breezie the Hedgehog, the Freedom Fighters registered Team Fighter for the tournament. Sally contacted both her father King Acorn and Breezie as part of an effort to purchase the Emerald rather than risk losing it in the tournament, but Breezie refused to part with it any other way. The remaining Freedom Fighters, who were unable to register, watched the tournament from the Sky Patrol, and later welcomed Knuckles the Echidna and Chip aboard. At about the same time they were contacted by Gregorios, which led to them sending scouts to Apotos. After an attack by Dark Gaia Creatures, Sally led a team to Isolated Island to check up on Dr. Ellidy, and later contacted Rotor on the Sky Patrol while there. The group soon rejoined the ship and set out for Apotos, where they made contact with Gregorios and learned of the Gaia Keys. Afterwards, the ship traveled to the Crystal Desert Zone to pick up another Chaos Emerald, which the group managed to do after tangling with Metal Sonic.
The Freedom Fighters continued their search for the objects needed to restore the world, but the Sky Patrol was soon taken to Mobotropolis when word reached them of an attack. The Freedom Fighters, Knuckles, and resident Gemerl ended up battling M'egga Man of the Roboticized Masters, only to be defeated. The Unity Engines set up by M'egga Man and his counterpart Sonic Man on Sonic's World and Mega Man's World in the year 20XX were then activated, and began merging the two worlds together.
The Sky Patrol then became the base of operations for the following heroes: the Freedom Fighters, Knuckles, and Gemerl; Light Labs' Dr. Light, Light Robot Masters and reformed Wily Robot Masters; the Maverick Hunters; and Team Sticks. As the heroes coordinated their plans for thwarting the evil Sigma, the villain responsible for the plight of their worlds, they were unexpectedly joined aboard the Sky Patrol by Eggman, Dr. Wily, and Xander Payne, courtesy of a Genesis Portal created by the latter. With information provided by the villains, the Sky Patrol set course for the Lost Hex and Sigma's base. The Sky Patrol was destroyed by Sigma while those aboard abandoned the ship in an escape shuttle with Metal Sonic's help. The events involving Sigma would later be erased from history by Xander Payne, thus returning the Sky Patrol to its pristine state.
The Sky Patrol was soon used to drop off Sonic and the Freedom Fighters to various regions to obtain the Gaia Keys: Holoska, Thunder Plains Zone, Stone Stormlands Zone, Shamar, Mazuri, Spagonia, Chun-Nan, and Adabat. After obtaining all seven Gaia Keys, Sonic and Sally made a worldwide broadcast to their allies, revealing their plan to repair the planet.
- Bridge: The command center of the Sky Patrol. It contains four command centers and the captain's chair.
- Meeting Room/War Room
- Hangar: The launch base and storage area for the Freedom Fighters' aircrafts.
- Engine Room
- Simulation Room
- Medical Bay
- Zen Garden
- Comic book and video game library
- Kitchen: Has an entire corner devoted to chili dogs.
- Laser Blaster
- Particle Beam Cannon
- Omochao Gun
- Sonic Power Cannon
- Anti-air Missiles
- Volkan Cannon
- The Sky Patrol's name is a reference to the Sega Game Gear video game, Tails' Skypatrol.
- The Sky Patrol's design is based off the Springs and Bumpers gimmicks from the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
- Each of the Sky Patrol's weapons systems is taken from Sonic-related media outside the Archie Comics:
- The Laser Blaster is an optional Level Up Item for Dr. Eggman in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.
- The Particle Beam Cannon is a weapon utilized by the Heavy Dog and Blue Falcon in Shadow the Hedgehog.
- The Omochao Gun is an unlockable weapon from Shadow the Hedgehog for Shadow.
- The Sonic Power Cannon is the main weapon of the Blue Typhoon from the anime series Sonic X.
- The Anti-air Missiles are a Special Item from Tails Adventure.
- The Volkan Cannon is a weapon/attack used by Tails' Cyclone and Eggman's Eggwalker in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.
- The Sky Patrol's escape shuttle is based on Opa-Opa, a SEGA character from the Fantasy Zone game.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #253, "Countdown to Chaos Part One: The Builder"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #256, "Countdown to Chaos Finale: The Princess and the Hammer"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #257, "Damage Control"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #258, "The Chase: Part One"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #259, "The Chase: Part Two"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Sonic/Mega Man Free Comic Book Day 2014, "Sonic Comic Origins: Sally--The Exiled Leader"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #260, "Waves of Change Part One: First Ripples" and "The Light in the Dark: Part One"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #261, "Waves of Change Part Two: Current Events" and "The Light in the Dark: Part Two"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #262, "Waves of Change Part Three: Terror in the Deep" and "The Light in the Dark: Part Three"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #263, "Waves of Change Part Four: Divine Waters"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #265, "Control Part Two: Unleashed!"
- ↑ 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 Sonic the Hedgehog #265, "The Grand Tour"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #266, "Ambushed! Part One"
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #267, "Ambushed! Part Two"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #268, "Champions Part One: The Gang's All Here"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #269, "Champions Part Two: Climbing the Brackets"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #270, "Champions Part Three: Raising the Stakes"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #271, "Champions Finale: The One Left Standing"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #71, "Spark of Life Part One"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #72, "Spark of Life Part Two"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #73, "Spark of Life Part Three"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #74, "Spark of Life Part Four"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #272, "Ray of Hope"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #75, "Fury"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #76, "Worlds Unite! Part One: Across Time and Space"
- ↑ Sonic Boom #8, "Worlds Unite Part Two: Broken Heroes"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #273, "Worlds Unite Part Three: Clash of the Corrupted"
- ↑ Mega Man #50, "Worlds Unite Part Four: Death and Destruction"
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 29.2 Sonic Universe #77, "Worlds Unite! Part Five: Everybody in the Same Boat"
- ↑ Sonic Boom #10, "Worlds Unite Part Ten: Justice Across Worlds"
- ↑ Mega Man #52, "Worlds Unite Part Twelve: Last Rights"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #276, "Cold Hearted"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #277, "Thunder, Rain, and Lightning"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #277, "Hidden Costs Part One"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #278, "Face of the Enemy Part One: Friends in Need"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #280, "Keys to Victory"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #280, "A Special Occasion"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #281, "Wings of Fire Part One: Slow Burn"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #281, "Homesick"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #283, "The Mission"
- ↑ 41.0 41.1 41.2 Sonic Super Special Magazine #10, "News Flash"
- ↑ 42.0 42.1 Sonic Super Special Magazine #9, pg. 5.