Vertical Bird

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Vertical Bird
Carl Johnson heads off to meet Mike Toreno after listening to Madd Dogg's recording session with Kent Paul and Maccer

Carl Johnson heads off to meet Mike Toreno after listening to Madd Dogg's recording session with Kent Paul and Maccer
Game GTA San Andreas
For Mike Toreno
Target Spy Ships
Location Mulholland, Los Santos, San Andreas
Fail Plane destroyed
Reward $50,000
Hydra spawns at Verdant Meadows
Unlocks Home Coming
Unlocked by A Home in the Hills

Vertical Bird is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, given to protagonist Carl Johnson by government agent Mike Toreno from Madd Dogg's Crib in Mulholland, Los Santos, San Andreas.


Carl drops by Madd Dogg's Crib in Mulholland, his "new" home, and listens to Madd Dogg while he's rapping after having recovered from the suicide attempt. All of a sudden, all the audio is cut off and Mike Toreno's voice is heard. He tells Carl to come out of the mansion. He does so, and finds Toreno. He gets inside the car with Toreno, who has one more job needing to be done. This job is to steal a military jet off an aircraft carrier, and to use the jet to destroy a flotilla of spy ships. Toreno says if he does this job, his brother Sweet will be released from prison. CJ agrees and hops on a speedboat docked on the water with a knife and a Silenced 9mm in it.

He heads over to the Easter Basin Naval Station in Easter Basin, San Fierro, all while Toreno is guiding him, telling him to sneak inside the carrier. Carl then gets off the boat and swims inside the carrier, but now, Toreno cannot help him. (Once inside, the player can choose to either stealthily and silently make their way to the carrier deck, or loudly blast their way there). Carl makes his way towards the flight deck, and disables the S.A.M. sites. Carl then kills the remaining soldiers and proceeds to steal a Hydra, just as Toreno asked him to do.

Toreno now reminds Carl that he has to head over to Tierra Robada and destroy five spy ships with the Hydra's missiles; however, other jets start to follow him in the air. He, however, successfully manages to destroy the enemy jets. He then proceeds to destroy the five spy ships moored out in the waters. Carl, infuriated, now asks Toreno what to do with the jet. Since Toreno doesn't want to deal with the jet, Carl just lands and parks the jet at a hangar in Verdant Meadows.


(Carl, Maccer, Kent Paul and Madd Dogg inside the recording studio in Madd Dogg's Crib)

Maccer: Go on... Go on... Come on... Come on... Go on...

Kent Paul: Will you please leave yourself alone!

Maccer: Oh, fuck!

Kent Paul: Oh, you manky mongrel!

Maccer: Ooh, sorry geez.

Kent Paul: You shouldn't be choking the gecko in the first place! Remember what happened at that gig in Hamburg?!

Maccer: That groupie loved it!

Kent Paul: That wasn't a groupie, that was a roadie!

Maccer: But she had great tits.

Kent Paul: MAN tits! They were MAN TITS!

(The recording equipment stops working.)

Carl Johnson: Hey, what happened? Hey, where the sounds at?

Kent Paul: I dunno, bruv, it all just went!

Maccer: You're fucking shite you are, P.

Kent Paul: I can't be held responsible for dodgy gear, alright?

Carl Johnson: C'mon, keep it together, man - we can't fuck with his flow.

(A voice comes from a speaker from somewhere in the recording equipment.)

Mike Toreno: Finally! I thought I'd never get through to you.

Carl Johnson: What the... Toreno? Is that you?

Kent Paul: What's happenin' here?

Carl Johnson: Toreno?

Mike Toreno: Listen; you gotta pull one last string for me, OK? Communists at the gate, Carl.

Carl Johnson: I'm tired of this, Toreno.

Mike Toreno: I'm outside. Let's take a ride.

(The sounds are back and Madd Dogg continues rapping.)

Maccer: Now I'm hearing things - fuck me!

Carl Johnson: Hey, I gotta get out of here. You got this? Hey, Dogg, I gotta go hit a marketing meeting, I'm gonna catch you later!

Kent Paul: Right, mind how you go, sunshine. Yeah, sweet as... Come on. You having that, Maccer, you having that?

(CJ and Toreno outside the mansion.)

Mike Toreno: Well, no invite to the housewarming, huh, kid?

Carl Johnson: I knew you'd come anyway.

Mike Toreno: Yeah, well, that's not important right now. I'll bring you up to speed on the way, get in.

Carl Johnson: How long's this going to take? I got my own shit to worry about.

Mike Toreno: Would you like to see your brother this week?

Carl Johnson: Yeah, what can I do?

Mike Toreno: You just gotta steal a military jet off an amphibious assault ship and use it to destroy a flotilla of spy ships, nothing big.

Carl Johnson: Oh man, you shittin' me.

Mike Toreno: Would I shit you, Carl? There's a boat. All the gear you'll need is on board. I'll keep you briefed as you go.

Carl Johnson: I ain't coming back from this one, am I?

Mike Toreno: Yes you are, don't be ridic- here take this earpiece. Trust me, do as I say, you'll be home for a blow job and a bologna sandwich.

(On the earpiece Toreno instructing CJ.)

Mike Toreno: OK Carl, the ship is moored in the Easter Basin Naval Base.

(CJ arrives outside the Easter Basin Naval Base, with Toreno speaking on the earpiece.)

Mike Toreno: Sneak in the back without being seen. Once you're on the inside, I cannot help you.

Carl Johnson: Well, can you help me now?

Mike Toreno: Oh, well, no. Actually, no.

(CJ makes his way inside the base and steals the aircraft.)

Mike Toreno: Ya see? Ya see? What did I tell you? It was a snap!

Pilot: Stolen aircraft; prepare to be vaporized!

Carl Johnson: Did you hear that?

Mike Toreno: 'Prepare to be vaporized' what a bunch of bullshit. Ignore them. They shoot at you and it's an international incident. You're not a British tank, so you should be fine.

Carl Johnson: For real?

Mike Toreno: Yeah, well, probably. Now make your way to the flotilla and sink the fuckers!

(CJ destroys all the ships.)

Mike Toreno: You see? Child's play!

Carl Johnson: FUCK YOU, TORENO!!! I never want to go through this again! I think I'm gonna hurl...

Mike Toreno: Ooh, what a big whiner, you want some cheese with that wine? Hey, you were spectacular. You know what, I'm beginning to think my little Carl is a double agent. Oooh.

Carl Johnson: Shut up, Toreno. Where do you want this thing?

Mike Toreno: What thing? I don't know what you're talking about - you stole it. Got nothing to do with me, I don't know what you're talking about. See ya 'round.

Carl Johnson: Toreno? TORENO! SHIT!


Upon completing this mission, the player is rewarded with $50,000 and an increase in respect. The mission Home Coming is unlocked. Also, the Hydra is always available at the hangar in Verdant Meadows. Another thing to note is that the S.A.M. sites will not shoot at the player anymore whenever flying over or near the Easter Basin Naval Station, but will still get a 5-star wanted level. Also, heavy weaponry will now spawn at Toreno's ranch.


  • It may be noted that this is the only mission that takes place across each of the three major areas in the state of San Andreas. It starts at Madd Dogg's Crib (Los Santos), CJ steals the Hydra from the Easter Basin Naval Station (San Fierro), and destroys spy ships in Tierra Robada and land the jet at Verdant Meadows (Las Venturas).
  • Usually, if the player enters the naval base, they will attain a 5-star wanted level, but this does not apply in this mission. No wanted level would be attained for entering the base.
  • Theres a chance that the enemy Hydras will crash on the Kincaid Bridge and destroy themselves, requiring no effort from the player.
  • If the player destroys all the other planes on the ship, only one enemy jet will give chase; however, if the player doesn't destroy any, three jets will give chase; if only one is destroyed, two will give chase.
  • Occasionally, as can be seen on the official San Andreas website, a red mist can be seen coming from behind Toreno's Washington at the Panopticon.
  • The mission is programmed to take place at night and have stormy weather, although using the weather cheat can change this.
  • The default radio station in the Washington is WCTR but when Carl and Toreno enter Toreno's car, K Rose is playing. This could be due to the fact Mulholland is right on the border to Red County and occasionally rural cars and expensive cars cross over in this area.

See also


Video Walkthrough

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