GTA 5 – How to steal a P-996 Lazer Fighter Jet plane, Rhino tank or Buzzard the easy way

gta v buzzardFort Zancudo.

If you have put as much time into Grand Theft Auto 5 as I have, you might have cursed after being shot down by enemy missiles or run over by a Rhino tank as you attempted to steal some high end military hardware from the base.

With the Buzzard attack helicopter costing $2,000,000 alone and the Rhino tank and Lazer jet carrying an even higher price tag,  I elected to fight my way through the base in order to procure the rocket and minigun firing beast.

Spoiler – this is extremely difficult.

304px-FortAirport-GTAVWhilst it is possible to break into Fort Zancudo the ‘honest’ way, we at TwinStick have uncovered a method which allows you to gain access to Fort Zancudo without getting any wanted stars or attracting any attention from the police or military.

Whilst playing as Trevor, you will come across a Strangers and Freaks mission for Cleetus, a hunter. The second mission in this tree takes place up near Paleto Bay. During this mission, Cleetus tasks the player with hunting three Elk before wandering off and asking you to snag a fourth Elk on your own.

At this point, the player can leave the mission area to find much of the map entirely empty and ripe for the taking. Driving down to Fort Zancudo and busting through the gate would normally grant the player the full wrath of the military – whilst on this section of the Cleetus mission, no such penalty is applied. It is then a simple matter of finding the military hardware of your choosing and driving it out of the base to your garage/hangar for safekeeping.

GTA-V-conveyances-jetThe only caveat here is you have to fail, and then quit the Elk hunting mission to be able to deposit your newly acquired jet/tank/helicopter in your safehouse. This is easily achieved by flying/driving back to the mission area and causing an explosion, thus spooking the Elk and failing the mission. It is then imperative that you DO NOT hit retry mission and instead quit the mission. Once you have quit the Elk hunting mission, there is then the small matter of delivering your vehicle to the garage/hangar in one piece.

TwinStick found that, whilst only Trevor can exploit this method of stealing the military vehicles, once the player has safely stored said vehicles, they can switch to another character, take the vehicle and then deposit it in the necessary safehouse.

Should you have already completed the second Cleetus mission, it is entirely possible to replay it in order to take advantage of this method.

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