FUNCTION: AIR COMBAT
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 46
fire till you see the lights of their eyes."
The skies are unsafe for aviation when Dogfight is in the
air. He terrorizes friend and foe alike. Not one to take
chances, he buzzes even non-military commercial aircraft
just to make sure that they keep their distance from him.
This wild, wicked sky-flying street fighter likes to go
nosecone to nosecone with his opponents in what he calls
"a dance of doom." He generally doesn't begin
to fire until he's close enough to count the rivets in
their fuselage. Sometimes he'll even partially transform
to his robot mode in mid-air so he can punch it out with
an enemy aircraft. It doesn't take much to get his fuel
flowing - he'll fly into action against a flock of
pigeons if they accidentally interfere with his radar. Optimus
Prime has tried to
calm Dogfight down by instructing him in
mechano-meditation, a discipline that teaches the art of
mastering one's behavior by learning how to recognize and
modify the electrical pulses within one's emotional
cortex module. So far, the results have been negligible.
Dogfight's aggressive outbursts are deep-rooted. They
stem from a moment of indecision in his youth. He was on
air guard duty for his village on Cybertron. While on a
maintenance break on the ground, he saw a squadron of
jets approach in the distance just as an air tanker
carrying vital fuel relief was arriving. Before he could
decide whether the squadron was friend or foe, it
destroyed the tanker. All the while, Dogfight remained on
the ground. Without the fuel many of his neighbors had to
shut down for a long time, and some have yet to fully
recover. Because he hesitated to take action, Dogfight
blamed himself for this tragedy. Ever since, he's never
hesitated. And he's never met a Decepticon that he didn't
want to destroy immediately.
Dogfight's swept-back wing design allows him superior
maneuverability in jet mode. A state-of-the-art
navigational system gives him the ability to constantly
adjust his speed, altitude and direction to compensate
for the inherent instability of this wing design. His
maximum speed is 1700 miles per hour and his range is
3000 miles. He is armed with two fusion reaction-powered
blowtorch blasters in both jet and robot modes. In jet
mode the blasters are mounted under his tail section and
pointing behind him to surprise any enemy aircraft that
try to sneak up on him. He commonly leaves a twin trail
of flame from the blasters as he streaks through the air.
His wingtips are serrated and can cut through all but the
toughest steel alloys. One of his favorite tactics is to
fly close enough to his opponents so that he can use his
wingtips to slice off their wings.
Dogfight is vulnerable to mid-air stalls during some of
his more dramatic flying maneuvers. So far he has been
able to pull out of all of them before actually crashing
on the ground, but he's come close to destroying himself
on several occasions.