Based on the North American P-51 Mustang (wings, canopy, fuselage) with features derived from the Curtis P-40 Warhawk (empennage, propeller, air scoop), the Rustler is evidently designed as a World War II-era, single-propeller fighter plane.
As expected from a fighter plane, the Rustler is fast and very maneuverable, but is very delicate, as even gently scraping a wing against an object can cause the plane to explode. The plane also comes equipped with six wing-mounted machine guns (three on both sides); unlike other planes with mounted machine guns, the Rustler's machine guns do not automatically lock onto a target. This makes it more difficult for the Rustler to hit vehicles, even more so when the Rustler is moving quickly and will probably not have enough time to finish off the vehicle.
- It is possible to find a Rustler in the bottom floor of the police impound lot in Roca Escalante (alongside a Leviathan and a Hydra). As the plane intersects the ground, it is impossible to even enter the plane.
- Like most other aircraft in GTA San Andreas, the Rustler plays K-DST by default.