G.I. Joe character
Airborne as seen in the Sunbow G.I. Joe cartoon.
Affiliation G.I. Joe
Specialty Helicopter Assault Trooper
File name Talltree, Franklin E.
Birthplace Navajo Reservation, Arizona
SN RA030446233
Rank E-5 (Sergeant)
Primary MOS Airborne Infantryman
Secondary MOS Helicopter Gunship Gunner
Voiced by Peter Cullen (Sunbow)
Year introduced 1983

Airborne 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 helicopter assault trooper and debuted in 1983.


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.[1]


  • A Real American Hero (1983)
Airborne was included in the 1983 edition of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toys.[2][3]
  • Spy Troops (2003)
Airborne is part of the Spy Troops series. He is renamed as Sgt. Airborne and carded together with the new Tele-Viper action figure. This version is also a cause for confusion as the same figure mold and color were used for Halo Jumper. Halo Jumper is also packaged with Tele-Viper.[2]
  • Valor vs. Venom (2004)


Marvel Comics

Airborne first appeared in issue #11 of the Marvel Comics series. He flies a glider against Cobra forces threatening the Alaskan Pipeline.[4] Airborne has a cameo in issue #24, as part of the cargo crew for a Joe transport plane.[5] 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.[6]

He is the co-pilot for Wild Bill in the Dragonfly, when the Joes attacks the Cobra controlled town of Springfield.[7] Airborne also participates in the first Cobra civil war.[8]

He is again a co-pilot, this time in the Tomahawk, when he assists in rescuing Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow from the Cobra Consulate in New York City.[9]

Devil's Due

Airborne appears in the Devil's Due G.I. Joe comic series. He works with the Joes in their facility known as "The Rock".[citation needed] He utilizes his law training to advise fellow Joe Barrel Roll.[citation needed]



Airborne appeared in the Sunbow G.I. Joe cartoon voiced by Peter Cullen. Airborne has a psychic bond with his brother.[10]

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.[11]

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
Affiliation G.I. Joe
Specialty Sky Patrol Parachute Assembler
File name Six, Robert M.
Birthplace Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Rank E-7 (Sergeant First Class)
Primary MOS Sky Patrol Parachute Assembler
Secondary MOS Battlefield Medic
Subgroups Sky Patrol
Voiced by Phil Hayes
Year introduced 1990

A second Airborne was released as part of the Sky Patrol line in 1990.[12] 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.[13]

DiC Cartoon

Airborne appeared in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon, voiced by Phil Hayes.


  1. Hama, Larry (1987). Howard Mackie. ed. G.I. Joe Order Of Battle. Marvel Entertainment Group. p. 3. ISBN 0-87135-288-5. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Airborne (Talltree)". Joepedia. Wikia. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  3. Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 98. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  4. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #11 (May 1983)
  5. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #24 (June 1984)
  6. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #31-32 (Jan.-Feb 1985)
  7. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #49
  8. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #74-75
  9. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #96
  10. "Airborne". G.I. Joe Character List. Joe Headquarters. Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  11. "Operation: Mind Menace". G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
  12. Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 128. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  13. "Airborne 2". Retrieved 22 March 2011. 

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