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The Freedom Fighter Special is a multipurpose super-sonic aircraft designed, built and operated by the Knothole Freedom Fighters in their war with Dr. Eggman's robotic minions. Initially operating out of Knothole with Antoine D'Coolette serving as its caretaker and pilot, these duties were passed on to Miles "Tails" Prower. During the war with Dr. Eggman, while Sonic was in space, the ship was renamed the Freedom Fighter Special Mark 2 and was upgraded by Rotor Walrus to have space-travel capabilities for increased usefulness with the Kingdom of Knothole's war against the Eggman Empire.
Use by the Freedom Fighters
The Freedom Fighter Special was first used by the Knothole Freedom Fighters to bring them to the Hidden City of the Ancients. After the Chaos Incident when the Freedom Fighters left to return to Knothole, the Freedom Fighter Special was forced to land prematurely as it was sabotages by Metal Sonic. (StH: #80, #86,#87)
The Freedom Fighter Special was against used to bring the Freedom Fighters to Station Square when they went to negotiate with the President to allow 70 Overlander families to immigrate there. Not long after this the Freedom Fighter Special was used to transport the Knothole Freedom Fighters and the recently revived Dr. Ivo Robotnik into Robotropolis to destroy the device which brought Robotnik back. The Freedom Fighter Special was later used in a battle against Dr. Eggman's Über-Bot. It was once again used to bring the Freedom Fighters to the Southern Tundra to combat the Xorda's Quantum Dial. (StH: #106, #108, #120, #125)
Upgrade to FFS-M2
By the time Sonic returned from outer space, Rotor and his tech-team had upgraded the Freedom Fighter Special with improved propulsion. Unlike the first version, the FFS-M2 "soars directly up into the upper atmosphere where it moves into Geo-synchroour orbit around Mobius" to cut down long range travel times. The FFS-M2 was used to transport Bunnie Rabbot, "Antoine D'Coolette", Espio the Chameleon, Hershey and Geoffrey St. John to Old Megaopolis to stop an atomic strike launching from Dr. Eggman's battle ship. While approaching the harbor in Old Megaopolis, Antoine nearly crashed into the Tornado, as the bi-plane was under the control of A.D.A.M. (StH: #131, #132)
- In one panel of StH #131, Sally was mistakenly drawn inside the FFS-M2, despite her remaining in Knothole.
The next mission of the FFS-M2 was to bring the Knothole Freedom Fighters into New Megaopolis to locate the captured Tommy Turtle and rescue him, while also disposing of Dr. Eggman's Infiltrators. After Tommy was rescued and the Freedom Fighters were retreating while being attacked by Shadowbots, Tails used the FFS-M2 to create a smoke screen to conceal the ship and the Freedom Fighters before they made their escape. (StH: #137)
Days later, the FFS-M2 delivered Knuckles, the Chaotix and Sonic to Angel Island for their mission to rescue Knuckles' father Locke. After Locke was rescued, Hunter killed and the Master Emerald safely relocated to a hidden place, Knuckles, the Chaotix and Sonic were picked up by the FFS-M2. (StH: #138, #141)
- The Freedom Fighter Special's design is based on the X-Men ship "X-Jet".
- The design of the FFS has changed in some issues, though it is usually universal.
- After StH #141 the use of the FFS was mostly replaced with saucer-like ships, first seen in StH #152.
- Freedom Fighter Special at Mobius Encyclopedia, the Archie Sonic wiki