Hydra

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The Hydra Fighter Plane on the runway.

The Hydra is a jet fighter and VTOL airplane featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It is based on the McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) AV-8B Harrier II, although the air intake is on the underside of the aircraft and resembles that of a Lockheed F-16. It is equipped with lock on missiles and flares as countermeasures. The Hydra also includes an auto repair system which can repair the main body of the craft after minor impact. However it can not repair the wings.

It's the fastest aircraft in GTA San Andreas and one of the easiest to fly. The player can switch between hover and flight mode by pushing the right analog stick forward/back, and on a PC by holding down 8 on the number pad, or Del.

It is rated by many players as their favorite aircraft, for its speed, agility, and weapons which make it an excellent choice for any purpose requiring an airplane. Its chief disadvantage comes not from the vehicle itself, but the game engine - high-speed flight can allow the plane to hit objects, such as trees, well before they've become visible.

Two Hydras will go after the player once they attain a 4 star wanted level or higher, and try to take down the player. The enemy Hydras should be no match, as they have a penchant for flying in lazy circles and not deploying flares.

The Hydra can be attained by a cheat code or at Easter Basin Naval Station, in a hangar at Verdant Meadows Aircraft Graveyard after the mission Vertical Bird, at Sweet's house after 100% completion, and at Area 69 after Black Project.

Easter Eggs

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The lettering on the rear fuselage.

Part of the text on the side of the aircraft features the letters 'DMA', this is likely a reference to the fact that Rockstar North was formerly known as DMA. DMA is also a play on United States Marine Corps squadrons that use the AV-8B Harrier II (VMA).