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
GTA Vice City
GTA Vice City Stories
- Docked at a jetty behind The Greasy Chopper bar after "From Zero to Hero".
- East of the lighthouse in Ocean Beach after "From Zero to Hero". (Only available in the PS2 version)
- 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.