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―Young Oakland Kid[src]

The Royal Talon Flyer[1] is T'Challa's personal aircraft.[2]

History

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Assassination of N'Jobu

N'Jobu's House

T'Chaka departs in the Royal Talon Flyer.

In 1992, King T'Chaka visited his brother, Prince N'Jobu, at his apartment in Oakland, California, where he attempted to arrest the prince for aiding Ulysses Klaue's theft of Vibranium. However, when N'Jobu attempted to kill the War Dog Zuri for 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 Flyer flying away from the apartment before discovering his father's body.[3]

Incoronation of T'Challa

In the weeks following the death of his father T'Chaka, T'Challa and Okoye used the Royal Talon Flyer 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.[3]

Arrest of Ulysses Klaue

T'Challa, Okoye and Nakia took a Royal Talon Flyer to Busan in a mission to arrest Ulysses Klaue. The mission ultimately failed, and the Wakandans returned home with a heavily wounded Everett Ross in the Royal Talon Flyer.[3]

Battle of Mount Bashenga

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 Flyer, Ross was able to take down the two Dragon Flyers restraining the Royal Talon Flyer by using the aircraft's sonic overload. He then flew the Royal Talon Flyer right into the last transport ship, destroying both aircrafts.[3]

Journey to Oakland

Another Royal Talon Flyer 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 amazement to the aircraft.[3]

Design and Capabilities

The Royal Talon Flyer 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 Flyer is extremely resistant, with the hull being able to withstand shots from Dragon Flyers.

The Royal Talon Flyer 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.

Like other Wakandan vehicles, the Royal Talon Flyer can be remotely piloted using Remote Access Kimoyo Beads.

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