Air Steelport
Air Steelport complete
"Air Steelport" mission completion screen
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"Air Steelport" is a mission in Saints Row: The Third.

Viola: "There's probably an easier way to do this!"
Playa: "No doubt!"
Air Steelport intro
Viola DeWynter and Playa, before the latter dives onto the STAG cargo plane.


Playa calls Kinzie to ask if she has picked up any new intel on STAG; STAG are flying in new gear and troops with an air convoy. Playa asks Kinzie to call Viola DeWynter and request Phillipe Loren's private Gawalek A36, which is now in her possession, urgently. Once in the air, Playa jumps from the jet towards one of the incoming STAG planes. After missing the cockpit window, Playa grabs the only hatch on top of the plane and enters it from above.

Inside the plane, Playa, after looking through a couple of weapon crates, finds a weapon called the Sonic Boom. While trying to gain access to the cockpit, Playa uses the weapon on the locked door, which results in the entire destruction of the cockpit. Playa is forced to flee the plane but, seeing no parachutes, hijacks a Crusader in the cargo area and takes it downward.

During the plummet, Playa fights off waves of STAG enemies from their tank, including Commandos armed with Annihilator RPGs, other Crusaders, and F-69 VTOLs. Playa crashes down onto Arapice Island, but all the debris and corpses that resulted from the plane's destruction and the ensuing battle also land on the island, destroying some containers stored at the Ultor Chemical and Waste Disposal Plant. As the streets quickly fill with a green smog, the dead begin to rise as Zombies, and Playa drives the Crusader away.


Air Steelport - Destroy Door with Sonic Boom objective
Go to the airport
Open door

Aboard the Gawalek A36 cargo plane, head immediately forwards and attempt to kick open the door.

Search the weapon crates

Turn around and head into the cargo area; there are three weapon crates in here and the one at the back contains the Sonic Boom needed to get past the door.

Destroy door with Sonic Boom

The cargo bay is protected by STAG Commandos, who are incredibly resistant to damage and have a lot of health. Be patient in taking them down. Like the Cyber Buster, the Sonic Boom can (and must) be charged; it can kill these troublesome Commandos in one hit and, despite what the player might initially think, it has a surprising range to it.

With the Sonic Boom, head back to the door, blast it open with the weapon, and then head to the cockpit after dealing with the Commandos along the way.

Escape the plane

Using the Sonic Boom on the locked door destroys the cockpit, and there is one minute to go back to the cargo area and get in the Crusader tank.

Kill the STAG attackers

There is not a lot of time here, so ignore and run past the Commandos.

Bail out of the tank

Once inside the Crusader, the final part of this mission has the player plummeting down towards Steelport whilst under fire from STAG. Deal with the constant threat as best as possible and, after being struck by the second F-69 VTOL, the Crusader catches fire.

Not long after, the player must bail out towards another incoming plane.

Steal the tank

After that spontaneous plan goes awry, fall towards and get inside the new Crusader to complete this relatively short mission.


  • STAG Tank unlocked
  • Sonic Boom unlocked
  • Cash awarded at the end of the mission


Main article: Newscasts
Air Steelport radio newscasts media 00034
Jane Valderamma: "The explosions heard in the sky over Steelport were not, in fact, evidence of an alien invasion; STAG has confirmed that some of their cargo aircraft were involved in a... "suspicious incident" that damaged or destroyed several planes. This... "incident" resulted in a large amount of wreckage, including bodies, raining down over parts of Steelport. The exact cause of the... "incident" is unknown, but wild rumours of a superhero-like figure smashing the flying planes with a bare fist can surely be discounted. At this time we cannot estimate the extent of damages caused by this... "incident". This is Jane Valderamma with your Steelport Air Safety Report."


  • After the completion of this mission, all bridges into Arapice Island are raised and the island overrun with zombies that attack any human in sight. As with the raised bridges into Downtown, all of the bridges are Stunt Jumps.
  • When Playa bails out of the cargo plane in the Crusader tank, the music that plays until the ending cutscene is "Just For Today" by Hybrid.
  • There are enough STAG Commandos in this level to complete the "Kill STAG Commandos" Challenge (25 must be killed).
  • The final part of the mission features a tank plummeting towards Steelport with Playa inside, which is very similar to the 2010 film The A-Team.
    • While falling, Female Voice 3 says, "I love it when a plan comes together", a further reference to The A-Team.
  • During the falling segment, the VTOLs will trigger even if you don't kill any enemies.
  • If the player shoots the doors before acquiring the Sonic Boom, the "Cockpit Door" dialogue will repeat.
  • Air Steelport the only non-activity non-cutscene mission where the character pictured in the Cellphone is not present in either the mission or cutscenes.



Playa - Male 1: "Kinzie, there been any chatter from STAG?"
Kinzie Kensington: "An air convoy is flying into Steelport."
Playa - Male 1: "Then call Viola and tell her to meet me at the airport. I'll need her jet."
— Pre-mission phone call (Male 1)

Playa - Male 2: "How's my favorite computer..."
Kinzie Kensington: "Don't finish that sentence if you want to hear the information I have."
Playa - Male 2: "I was gonna say "girl"."
Kinzie Kensington: "Sure you were."
Playa - Male 2: "So what'd you find out?"
Kinzie Kensington: "That a shipment of equipment for STAG is headed towards Steelport."
Playa - Male 2: "Good, let's take it. What pier's it arriving at?"
Kinzie Kensington: "It's coming in by cargo plane, with an escort of VTOLs."
Playa - Male 2: "Well shit. They'll have the airport locked down tight when it lands."
Kinzie Kensington: "Scrap the information then?"
Playa - Male 2: "Hell no. Just cause we can't hit it on the ground doesn't mean we can't hit it. Tell Viola to meet me at the airport."
— Pre-mission phone call (Male 2)

Kinzie Kensington: "Do you know what a flock of birds is?"
Playa - Male 3: "A... bunch of... birds?"
Kinzie Kensington: "A convoy of planes. All accompanying a STAG cargo plane."
Playa - Male 3: "Next time, start with that explanation."
Kinzie Kensington: "They're scheduled to enter steelport airspace not long from now. Probably bringing in new weapons and equipment for STAG."
Playa - Male 3: "Doubt we could get to them before they land. We'll have to hit them on the ground."
Kinzie Kensington: "Viola said you could use the Syndicate's jet if you need to."
Playa - Male 3: "Well that opens up a whole new set of possibilities..."
Kinzie Kensington: "Want me to send their location?"
Playa - Male 3: "Send it to Viola and tell her to get the plane ready."
— Pre-mission phone call (Male 3)

Playa - Female 1: "So what's next, Kinzie?"
Kinzie Kensington: "Why do you assume I have something?"
Playa - Female 1: "Because you're... dedicated to finding information."
Kinzie Kensington: "STAG cargo plane being escorted into Steelport airspace."
Playa - Female 1: "Now that's something I can work with."
Kinzie Kensington: "You're welcome..."
Playa - Female 1: "Have Viola get her plane ready. We'll need it."
— Pre-mission phone call (Female 1)

Playa - Female 2: "Kinzie, you been keeping tabs on STAG?"
Kinzie Kensington: "Among other things."
Playa - Female 2: "Anything we can use?"
Kinzie Kensington: "There's a cargo plane flying in, escorted by some of their VTOLs."
Playa - Female 2: "Think you can tell Viola to get to the airport?"
Kinzie Kensington: "Why? So she can blow it out of the sky for you?"
Playa - Female 2: "No, so she can fly me up there so I can take STAG's plane in the air."
Kinzie Kensington: "I don't... oh, I hadn't considered that. Try not to die."
— Pre-mission phone call (Female 2)

Kinzie Kensington: "You're early."
Playa - Female 3: "Sorry?"
Kinzie Kensington: "I was going to call you with some information on a STAG aircraft convoy heading towards Steelport."
Playa - Female 3: "Why'd you wait?"
Kinzie Kensington: "Was trying to figure out how to get the plane down without crashing it."
Playa - Female 3: "And you can't do that?"
Kinzie Kensington: "No. I can't remotly hijack a military plane and safely land it using a laptop. Also, I can't catch a bullet with my teeth, or drink a gallon of milk in an hour."
Playa - Female 3: "Then I'll just have to get on the plane."
Kinzie Kensington: "I'll call Viola, you can use her plane..."
Playa - Female 3: "Sounds good."
— Pre-mission phone call (Female 3)

Kinzie Kensington: "What do you two need?"
Playa - Zombie: "Garbled"
Kinzie Kensington: "I thought you'd be with Viola by now. She mentioned something about a STAG air-convoy."
Playa - Zombie: "Groans"
Kinzie Kensington: "Skyjack it...I thought that was obvious."
Playa - Zombie: "Grunts"
Kinzie Kensington: "Viola has her own jet. Would you like me to tell her to get it fueled and ready?"
Playa - Zombie: "Snarls"
Kinzie Kensington: "Of course I'm useful."
— Pre-mission phone call (Zombie)

Cutscene #1Edit

Viola: "There's probably an easier way to do this!"
Playa: "No doubt!"
Trooper: "I heard gunfire, this way!"
— "cutscene In"


Playa - Female 1: "The pilots have the door locked."
Playa - Female 2: "They have locked the cockpit from the inside."
Playa - Female 3: "They locked the door from the inside."
Playa - Male 1: "Damn door's locked from the inside."
Playa - Male 2: "The pilots got this shit locked tight."
Playa - Male 3: "Bloody door's locked from the inside."
Playa - Zombie: "Grumbles"
Viola DeWynter: "You're in a supply plane for the military. There has to be something you can use."
— "Cockpit Door"
Viola DeWynter: "How guarded is the cargo?"
Playa - Female 1: "The gunfire isn't tipping you off?"
Playa - Female 2: "I won't be getting lonely."
Playa - Female 3: "It's STAG. What do you think?"
Playa - Male 1: "Well, STAG doesn't skimp on people."
Playa - Male 2: "Oh you know, small army..."
Playa - Male 3: "STAG doesn't skimp on security."
Playa - Zombie: "Garbled"
Viola DeWynter: "Will there be any problems getting to the cockpit?"
Playa - Female 1: "Nothing a few bullets can't handle."
Playa - Female 2: "A few inconveniences, perhaps. Nothing serious."
Playa - Female 3: "I don't know... quit asking so many questions!"
Playa - Male 1: "Viola, little busy here..."
Playa - Male 2: "Can I get back to you on that?"
Playa - Male 3: "There will be if you don't keep quiet."
Playa - Zombie: "Grunts"
— "Plane Combat"
Viola DeWynter: "Almost forgot."
Playa - Female 1: "Is it important?"
Playa - Female 2: "Is there something on your mind?"
Playa - Female 3: "...yeah?"
Playa - Male 1: "Yeah?"
Playa - Male 2: "Is it important?"
Playa - Male 3: "Yeah?"
Playa - Zombie: "Grumbles"
Viola DeWynter: "Try to actually stay IN the plane for once."
Playa - Female 1: "So that's a no, then."
Playa - Female 2: "I will remember that."
Playa - Female 3: "That's clever."
Playa - Male 1: "Oh ha ha..."
Playa - Male 2: "*sigh*"
Playa - Male 3: "That's hilarious."
Playa - Zombie: "Growls"
— "Falling Out is Bad"
Playa - Female 1: "This thing won't get the job done."
Playa - Female 2: "This is not working."
Playa - Female 3: "Well, that won't open it."
Playa - Male 1: "Well, this isn't opening it."
Playa - Male 2: "Don't think this'll work..."
Playa - Male 3: "This isn't working."
Playa - Zombie: "Grumbles"
Viola DeWynter: "There anything else to try?"
— "Not Working on Door 1"
Playa - Female 1: "I don't even know what this is."
Playa - Female 2: "Hmm. I need something more powerful."
Playa - Female 3: "Not this one either."
Playa - Male 1: "Not this either."
Playa - Male 2: "This ain't gettin' it done..."
Playa - Male 3: "Not this either."
Playa - Zombie: "Moans"
Viola DeWynter: "Well, keep looking."
— "Not Working on Door 2"
Playa - Female 1: "Here we go, some high-tech weapon thing."
Playa - Female 2: "I have not seen technology like this before. It might work."
Playa - Female 3: "This might have enough power to blast through the door..."
Playa - Male 1: "Found this strange piece of tech. Might be able to blast through the door with it."
Playa - Male 2: "Alright, got some high-tech gun thing here."
Playa - Male 3: "Some sort of gun here... Might be able to blast open the door."
Playa - Zombie: "Mumbles"
Viola DeWynter: "Then use it so we can land these things already."
— "Sonic Gun"
Playa - Female 1: "Am I doing something wrong here?"
Playa - Female 2: "Surely this device has the power..."
Playa - Female 3: "Yeah, this should work..."
Playa - Male 1: "Seems like this should work..."
Playa - Male 2: "Why the hell isn't this working?"
Playa - Male 3: "Seems like this should work..."
Playa - Zombie: "Grunts"
Viola DeWynter: "You getting close enough?"
— "Not Close Enough"
Playa - Female 1: "Think maybe they know I'm here..."
Playa - Female 2: "That could have gone better."
Playa - Female 3: "So much for the element of surprise."
Playa - Male 1: "So much for surprise."
Playa - Male 2: "Guess stealth's out..."
Playa - Male 3: "So much for the element of surprise."
Playa - Zombie: "Groans"
Viola DeWynter: "At least you're inside."
— "Mission Start"
Playa - Female 1: "Not cool, plane!"
Playa - Female 2: "That... could be a problem."
Playa - Female 3: "Shit. That wasn't supposed to happen."
Playa - Male 1: "Oops."
Playa - Male 2: "Hey...Viola"
Playa - Male 3: "Bollocks"
Playa - Zombie: "Snarls"
Viola DeWynter: "Oh god, what did you do..."
Playa - Female 1: "The cockpit's kinda... gone."
Playa - Female 2: "The cockpit is now gone. I need a new plan..."
Playa - Female 3: "The uh... Cockpit's gone. Plan B!"
Playa - Male 1: "Cockpit's gone, going to plan B."
Playa - Male 2: "The cockpit is, uh...gone."
Playa - Male 3: "Cockpit's gone, going to plan B."
Playa - Zombie: "Sneers"
Viola DeWynter: "Gone? What do you mean gone?"
— "Cockpit Gone"
Playa - Female 1: "This thing's great."
Playa - Female 2: "This is a very useful device."
Playa - Male 1: "This thing clears a nice path."
Playa - Male 2: "Out of the way!"
Playa - Zombie: "Moans"
— "Blast Container"
Playa - Female 1: "Fuuuuck!"
Playa - Female 2: "Very impressive!"
Playa - Female 3: "Oh my god... Oh. My. God."
Playa - Male 1: "Holy shit!"
Playa - Male 2: "OH SHIT!"
Playa - Male 3: "My god..."
Playa - Zombie: "Babbles"
— "Gooing People"
Playa - Female 1: "I hate turbulence..."
Playa - Female 2: "I can't blame the pilot this time."
Playa - Male 1: "Dammit, I hate walking in these planes..."
Playa - Male 2: "Quit rockin' the plane."
Playa - Zombie: "Snarls"
— "Damn"


Playa - Female 1: "I'm gonna regret this..."
Playa - Female 2: "Not my best plan..."
Playa - Female 3: "Oh God..."
Playa - Male 1: "Oh God..."
Playa - Male 2: "Oh not again..."
Playa - Male 3: "Oh shit."
Playa - Zombie: "Grunts"
— "Beginning of Tank"
Playa - Female 1: "Quit shooting my tank."
Playa - Female 2: "I'm, taking a lot of damage."
Playa - Female 3: "The tank's not looking so hot..."
Playa - Male 1: "Tank's taking a beating."
Playa - Male 2: "Hope this thing holds up..."
Playa - Male 3: "Tank's taking a beating."
Playa - Zombie: "Growls"
Playa - Female 1: "Hold together, baby."
Playa - Female 2: "They are determined to destroy this tank."
Playa - Female 3: "Not now, dammit!"
Playa - Male 1: "This could be going better..."
Playa - Male 2: "Keep together, baby..."
Playa - Male 3: "Really not good..."
Playa - Zombie: "Grunts"
Playa - Female 1: "Ok, getting worried..."
Playa - Female 2: "I don't think this tank can take much more."
Playa - Female 3: "Can't SOMETHING go according to plan?"
Playa - Male 1: "Ok, now I'm a little worried."
Playa - Male 2: "Alright, little worried..."
Playa - Male 3: "Hold together, girl..."
Playa - Zombie: "Growls"
— "Tank Health"
Playa - Female 1: "Maybe not my best idea."
Playa - Female 2: "Shaundi will think I made this up."
Playa - Female 3: "Now that's some serious firepower."
Playa - Male 1: "Seemed like a good idea at the time."
Playa - Male 2: "Maybe this wasn't the best idea..."
Playa - Male 3: "Seemed like a good idea at the time."
Playa - Zombie: "Groans"
Playa - Female 1': "I don't have insurance on this thing."
Playa - Female 2: "Perhaps they want their tank back."
Playa - Female 3: "I love it when a plan comes together."
Playa - Male 1: "Hey, watch the paint..."
Playa - Male 2: "Why you guys gotta fuck with me?"
Playa - Male 3: "Scuse me."
Playa - Zombie: "Moans"
Playa - Female 1: "Next time I'll take a parachute..."
Playa - Female 2: "Steelport looks good from the air."
Playa - Female 3: "Who needs a parachute?"
Playa - Male 1: "Parachutes are overrated..."
Playa - Male 2: "Fuck parachutes..."
Playa - Male 3: "It's not the fall I'm worried about..."
Playa - Zombie: "Gargles"
— "Generic Tank"
Playa - Female 1: "I'm falling through the air... again..."
Playa - Female 2: "At least I have a tank this time."
Playa - Female 3: "Here we we go again..."
Playa - Male 1: "Why does this shit always happen to me..."
Playa - Male 2: "Fuck me..."
Playa - Male 3: "How does this keep happening?!"
Playa - Zombie: "Sneers"
— "Falling Yet"
Playa - Female 1: "You were not clear for a flyby!"
Playa - Female 2: "That was too close."
Playa - Female 3: "Hope that doesn't happen again."
Playa - Male 1: "Shit that was close."
Playa - Male 2: "They almost fuckin' hit me!"
Playa - Male 3: "Little too close..."
Playa - Zombie: "Sneers"
— "VTOL Hit"
Playa - Female 1: "How long's it take to hit ground?"
Playa - Female 2: "UFO watchers will love this."
Playa - Female 3: "Why haven't I tried this before?"
Playa - Male 1: "You'd think this thing would fall faster."
Playa - Male 2: "That ground even gettin' closer?"
Playa - Male 3: "Just a nice relaxing day..."
Playa - Zombie: "Groans"
Playa - Female 1: "Yep... still falling..."
Playa - Female 2: "I think people would pay to do this."
Playa - Female 3: "Aaaand I'm still falling..."
Playa - Male 1: "It never ends..."
Playa - Male 2: "Where do they get these things?"
Playa - Male 3: "It never ends..."
Playa - Zombie: "Grunts"
— "Generic Tank"
Playa - Female 1: "I shouldn't have eaten first..."
Playa - Female 2: "I am sitting duck in here!"
Playa - Female 3: "This is some messed up shit."
Playa - Male 1: "This is a fucked up ride."
Playa - Male 2: "Not a fan of this shit..."
Playa - Male 3: "This is one fucked up ride."
Playa - Zombie: "Garbled"
— "VTOL Hit"
Playa - Female 1: "I hope Viola is recording this shit."
Playa - Female 2: "I did not think I was that high up..."
Playa - Female 3: "Pierce is gonna be jealous."
Playa - Male 1: "Pierce'll be pissed he missed this."
Playa - Male 2: "Pierce ain't gonna believe this shit."
Playa - Male 3: "And me without my camera..."
Playa - Zombie: "Babbles"
— "Generic Tank"

Playa - Female 1: "Great place for a plane!"
Playa - Female 2: "An airplane. That will work nicely."
Playa - Female 3: "Nothing wrong with a little skyjacking."
Playa - Male 1: "Looks like I'm stealing a plane after all."
Playa - Male 2: "Alright, I'll land in the plane..."
Playa - Male 3: "How convenient..."
Playa - Zombie: "Growls"
— "Steal Plane"
Playa - Female 1: "On to plan C."
Playa - Female 2: "I should get out while I can."
Playa - Female 3: "Enough of this shit."
Playa - Male 1: "Time to get the hell out of here..."
Playa - Male 2: "Time to bail."
Playa - Male 3: "Time to bail!"
Playa - Zombie: "Moans"
— "Exit the Tank"

Playa - Female 1: "Or I could be wrong..."
Playa - Female 2: "Tanks, yes, tanks are good too."
Playa - Male 1: "Or maybe I'll stick to tanks..."
Playa - Male 2: "Well, there goes that..."
Playa - Male 3: "Just my luck."
Playa - Zombie: "Babbles"
— "Plane Blows Up"

Playa - Female 1: "Here goes nothing!"
Playa - Female 2: "Shame about the plane."
Playa - Female 3: "I'm going for it!"
Playa - Male 1: "Fuck it..."
Playa - Male 2: "WHOOOOOO!"
Playa - Male 3: "Fuck it..."
Playa - Zombie: "Snarls"
— "Dive Through Plane Wreck"
Playa - Female 1: "Fuck right!"
Playa - Female 2: "Nice day for it."
Playa - Female 3: "WOHOOOO!"
Playa - Male 1: "WHOOOO!"
Playa - Male 2: "Aw yeah, you see that shit!"
Playa - Male 3: "WHOOOO!"
Playa - Zombie: "Sneers"
— "While Skydiving"
Playa - Female 1: "I love it when plan B comes together."
Playa - Female 2: "Pierce is going to be so jealous."
Playa - Female 3: "I'm like a badass action hero!"
Playa - Male 1: "They should use this in a movie..."
Playa - Male 2: "I feel like I've been here before..."
Playa - Male 3: "The stop is what I'm worried about."
Playa - Zombie: "Sneers"
Playa - Female 1: "So what's the in-flight movie?"
Playa - Female 2: "These tanks are not very comfortable."
Playa - Female 3: "This is better than regular skydiving."
Playa - Male 1: "This thing needs a stewardess."
Playa - Male 2: "Why's this shit always happening to me..."
Playa - Male 3: "I could use a stewardess or three..."
Playa - Zombie: "Sneers"
— "Generic Tank"

Cutscene #3Edit

Fuck my life.
— Playa, surrounded by Zombies


  • Air Steelport - rear of the Gawalek A36 jet
  • Phillipe Loren's Gawalek A36, which now belongs to Viola DeWynter
  • Gawalek A36 contains boxes which all fell out during I'm Free - Free Falling
  • Viola DeWynter and Playa watch over STAG's air convoy from the back of the plane
  • Playa dives towards the cargo plane
  • Air Steelport - approaching the Gawalek A36 at high speed
  • Air Steelport - hanging from the hatch
  • A STAG Commando patrols the cargo plane inside
  • Playa lands behind the STAG Commando and aims a handgun at him
  • ...killing him with a headshot instantly
  • Air Steelport - cockpit gone
  • Air Steelport - Steal the Tank objective
  • Playa escapes the plane in a Crusader tank
  • Air Steelport closing cutscene - crashed plane present before tank lands
  • Air Steelport closing cutscene - a lone protester on Arapice Island, with several scattered canisters
  • Air Steelport closing cutscene - scattered containers behind protester
  • The tank lands in Arapice Island, crushing the protester
  • Air Steelport closing cutscene - a falling Crusader and several STAG Commando corpses
  • The debris and bodies from the battle above cause toxic waste to spill, causing an outbreak of zombies on the island
  • The debris and bodies from the battle above cause toxic waste to spill, causing an outbreak of zombies on the island
  • Air Steelport - STAG Commando reanimates into a zombie
  • Zombies begin to crowd around Playa's Crusader
  • Zombies crowd around Playa's Crusader
  • After "Air Steelport", Arapice Island is permanently covered with a thick green smog
  • After "Air Steelport", Arapice Island is permanently covered with a thick green smog
  • The final image used at the end of the mission
  • Save image after this mission
  • Air Steelport - Destroy Door with Sonic Boom objective

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