The Skimmer is a seaplane that is featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.



In all its appearances, the skimmer shares the same design as a Dodo, minus the landing gears which are replaced with pontoons, allowing the vehicle to land and skid across waters. Unlike the GTA San Andreas rendition, the GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories rendition doesn't feature functional doors, resulting in the player simply warping inside the plane when entered. Since the player can't swim in GTA Vice City, if the player exits the plane while its on the water, the player will simply spawn on top of the plane and the vehicle will immediately stop. If the plane is on land, the player will spawn on the ground rather than on the wings.

In GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas, the plane may come in a variety of two-tone body colors while the plane in GTA Vice City Stories is only available in an all-grey color.


The Skimmer's preformance in the air is very much similar to a Dodo, both having sluggish acceleration and poor top speed, due to a low-powered engine. The Skimmer has a tendency of stalling easily if the upward pitch of the plane is only moderately steep. These traits make the plane merely suitable for steady, slow air travel.

Appearance in missions

In GTA Vice City, the plane is used in the mission "Dildo Dodo". Protagonist Tommy Vercetti uses the plane to drop movie flyers around Vice City in order to promote the release of his new movie.


GTA Vice City

GTA Vice City Stories


  • The Skimmer is the only fixed-winged aircraft in GTA Vice City.
  • In the Playstation 2 version of GTA Vice City, the Skimmer can aquire wheels if sprayed at a Pay 'n' Spray.

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