A Skylift in The Ballad of Gay Tony..
A Skylift in The Ballad of Gay Tony..
A Skylift in The Ballad of Gay Tony..
Appearance(s) The Ballad of Gay Tony
Vehicle type Civilian aircraft
Body style Two-door helicopter
Capacity 2 (driver and one passenger)

The Skylift is a very large heavy-lift helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto IV's episode The Ballad of Gay Tony and Grand Theft Auto V. It resembles a S-64 Skycrane/Aircrane. It is first seen in the mission Caught with your Pants Down, where it is being used to transport an APC across Algonquin, in which Luis Fernando Lopez must shoot the chains holding it up to send the APC crashing to earth in order to steal it for Yusuf Amir. It is also seen in the mission For the Man Who Has Everything, where Yusuf fly's one in order to hijack a train-car from the Liberty City Rail System. The helicopter is very large, resulting in slow movement.

Even though the Skylift is addressed as unobtainable, the helicopter can still be obtained with a minor exploit involving chasing Yusuf Amir and retrieving the Skylift after the mission For the Man Who Has Everything, but this trick is difficult to exploit, involving the "helicopter sniping trick"[1].

When the Skylift is obtained it can be saved at a safehouse as long as it has a lot space. The magnet doesn't work, simply because it isn't intended to be obtainable, so there is no animation for it working (except during 'For the Man Who Has Everything')


  • Luis refers the Skylift as "aircrane" while flying towards the Skylift holding the APC during Caught With Your Pants Down.
  • Yusuf states when he first sees the Skylift that he wanted it. Its possible he did steal this Skylift for when Luis steals the Subway Cart during For The Man Who Has Everything.
  • Although there are no badging on the Skylift , it is manufactured by HVY, as can be heard on the police radio.
  • The beta version of the Skylift was white instead of blue. It also bore a different design to the final product.