- "It's a Bugatti spaceship!"
- ―Young Oakland Kid
In 1992, King T'Chaka traveled in the Royal Talon Fighter to visit his brother, Prince N'Jobu, at his apartment in Oakland, California. T'Chaka intended to arrest the prince for aiding Ulysses Klaue's theft of Vibranium. However, when N'Jobu attempted to kill the War Dog Zuri for exposing and betraying him, T'Chaka killed the prince, but left his body in Oakland to sell the lie that the prince disappeared. Across the street, N'Jobu's son, Erik, witnessed the Royal Talon Fighter flying away from the apartment before discovering his father's body inside.
In the weeks following the death of his father T'Chaka at the Bombing of the Vienna International Centre, T'Challa and Okoye used the Royal Talon Fighter to travel to the Sambisa Forest to extract Nakia from a convoy of traffickers. Arming himself with several EMP Beads, T'Challa jumped from the craft and disabled the convoy's vehicles before landing, where he took down the traffickers before explaining his father's death to Nakia. As they flew back to the Golden City, Okoye piloted the Flyer while Nakia consoled T'Challa until they arrived at the city's center, where Ramonda and Shuri awaited them. Later that evening, T'Challa was transported in the Flyer to Warrior Falls to face the Wakandan Tribes' challengers for the title of King of Wakanda.
T'Challa, Okoye and Nakia took the Royal Talon Fighter to Busan, South Korea in a mission to arrest Ulysses Klaue, one of Wakanda's greatest enemies for his role in stealing Vibranium years earlier. The mission ultimately failed, and the Wakandans returned home with Everett Ross, a CIA operative who was shot in the spine, in the Royal Talon Fighter.
During the Battle of Mount Bashenga, Shuri planted a Remote Access Kimoyo Bead on the Royal Talon Flyer so that Ross, who remained in Shuri's Lab, could remotely control the aircraft and chase two ships carrying Vibranium weapons sent by Erik Killmonger and escorted by Dragon Flyers.
Ross successfully took down the first two ships, which caught the attention of the Dragon Flyers. Despite being attacked both with damages caused directly on the ship and with one Dragon Flyer attacking the lab from which Ross controlled the Royal Talon Fighter, Ross was able to take down the two Dragon Flyers restraining the Royal Talon Fighter by using the aircraft's sonic overload. He then flew the Royal Talon Fighter right into the last transport ship, destroying both aircrafts.
Journey to Oakland
Another Royal Talon Figher was built and taken by both T'Challa and Shuri to go to Oakland, where T'Challa planned on building the first Wakandan International Outreach Centre. Before they departed from Oakland, T'Challa deactivated the ship's cloaking while it was landed, revealing to the eyes of nearby children who expressed their amazement after seeing the advanced aircraft.
Design and Capabilities
The Royal Talon Fighter is an advanced aicraft with a triangular shape with round angles. The aircraft is capable to fly at high velocities. It also features a cloaking technology rendering it invisible to the naked eye. Moreover, the Royal Talon Fighter is extremely resistant, with the hull being able to withstand shots from Dragon Flyers.
The Royal Talon Fighter is equipped with several weapons, including dual cannons and the ability to unleash a sonic overload powerful enough to destroy nearby aircrafts. However, this particular weapon triggers the reboot of the flight systems, causing the aircraft to be uncontrolled and free falling for a few seconds.