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Inspired by the USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II, it originally appeared in 1984 as the primary attack plane of the terrorist organization Cobra. The toy came with a mercenary Cobra pilot codenamed "Wild Weasel" and was intended as Cobra's answer to the "G.I. Joe Skystriker," which had been added to the toyline a year earlier (which was itself a virtual copy of the USN F-14 Tomcat -- the Skystriker was designated as an "XP-14F").

As mentioned, the Cobra Rattler was clearly based on the A-10 Thunderbolt II. Primary modifications included moving the A-10's fuselage-mounted engines to the wings (in order to facilitate a VTOL system in which the Rattler's wings pivoted on their axis to redirect engine exhaust downwards),[2] the addition of a third engine, mounted on the back of the plane between the vertical tail stabilizers, and the addition of a dorsal-mounted, manned gun turret.[3]

Although ostensibly remaining a ground-attack aircraft like the A-10, in both the cartoon and comic book the Rattler was often depicted more as a fighter. This was undoubtedly due in part to the lack of a more appropriate Cobra fighter being produced by Hasbro early on in the toyline; however, it was also likely due to the rivalry, depicted in both the comic book and cartoons, between the Rattler pilot "Wild Weasel" and the Skystriker pilot "Ace". This rivalry began with one of the Rattler's earliest appearances in the comic book, issue #34 ("Shake Down!"), when Wild Weasel ambushes Ace, initiating a dog fight over suburban New Jersey. Regardless, the plane would become Cobra's primary aircraft throughout most of the original cartoons and comic books, and indeed perhaps one of the most iconic and well-remembered models from the toyline.

The original toy version of the Cobra Rattler came armed with dorsal-mounted dual machine guns turret, a nose-mounted anti-tank gatling gun, four air-to-air missiles, two large anti-tank bombs, two anti-tank bombs with detachable warheads, and two bomb racks with three bombs each.[4]

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The mold used for the Cobra Rattler was reused in 1988 to make the "Tiger Rat" as part of the G.I. Joe special missions force "Tiger Force" (with pilot "Skystriker"), in 1997 as the "A-10 Thunderbolt" (with pilots "Ace" and "General Hawk"), and once again in 2002 as the "Cobra Rattler" with pilot "Wild Weasel." Each new version has included a new paint job and new pilots. The 2002 model also included slight modifications to include electronic sound.

Also, the "Rattler" name has also been used for a 1998 repaint of the Cobra "Stinger" Jeep.
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RedWolf5207 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
First of all, I like to say thanks for all your artwork, especially those involving real world and fictional aircraft from various TV, movies, cartoon and anime series (including reimagined versions).

For the GI JOE series, I liked how you gave your own interpretation of some GI Joe and Cobra aircraft like the X-30 Conquest and the Cobra Liquidator/Mirage III.

Anyway, I recalled in the 1990s series there was supposed to be a new Cobra VTOL-capable fighter called the Hurricane. Of course, its design doesn't make sense like the Cobra Condor bomber since the toy designers were thinking more on cool looks rather than realism.

However, I recalled there was a Russian VTOL supersonic fighter design called the Yakovlev Yak-141. It was developed before the F-35B VTOL variant.

In fact, I believe it pioneered the VTOL design used in the F-35. In the early 1990s Lockheed Martin entered into partnership with Yakovlev Design Bureau for further development of the Yak-141. Results of this partnership is unknown, however Lockheed Martin possibly used experience gained from this project developing their own F-35 multirole fighter.

It is worth mentioning that the F-35B Lightining II VTOL variant with supersonic speed and VTOL capability, uses a very similar VTOL design like that of the Yak-141, developed more than 20 years ago.


My suggestion is what if Cobra and/or MARS acquired the Yakovlev Yak-141 design and further developed it for their own purposes?
Airforce1985 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
The Cobra Rattler toy I have is red & it's engines are located towards its tale; like my da's A-10!!
TopGunSGA Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Excellent. I had one as a kid
ramaeschlimann Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
I had this awesome aircraft when I was a kid. I played several hours with it!

I was a GI Joe fan!

Well done. :thumbsup::D
RAFE12 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
I honestly dont think something like this attack aircraft would have been possible, but when it comes to fiction, anything can be done
edwardrigaud Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This brings back memories
Roguewing Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Preferred the Night Raven myself, but my brother had one of these...and the Skystriker.
Those toys were actually fairly well done for the day.
Your schematic is good, as usual
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
working on both versions of night raven shod have older one sometime on weekend

the new one bit later new ones more firefox than sr-71
Roguewing Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I look forward to both.
New one looks like the Blackbird and Firefox had a kid (at least to me)
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
guy that design new night raven designd firefox for movie he also did drop ship from Aliens it way i think cobra gunship looks like kissing cousin to Aliens Dropship
Roguewing Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably right, now that I think about it
DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the rattler rocks!!! X3
AerospacerJ Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
I had one of those.
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