Air Assault Team
Allegiance Mini-Con
(recolor of Air Defense Team)

"We are the power
of the sword."

First Comic Appearance:
Dreamwave, TF: Armada #16

First Cartoon Appearance: 
none in this form

Bio, Abilities... text below  is taken from the awesome Dreamwave comic, TF: Armada, MTMTE #1. W/ its other great original character art, we recommend you buy yourself a copy today!


Bio: Jetstorm's name implies a much more turb ulent personality than his outward behavior would suggest.  He is perhaps the most easy going of the ADT, but his agreeable nature and tendency to go along w/ whatever Runway and Sonar says leads many to believe that he's somoewhat slow.  This isn't so: jetstorm is just a very thoughtful and introspective mechanoid.  Of all the Air Defense Team, he harbors the most pentup anger against the Decepticons for the imprisonment of his people.  This deep rooted hostility might be why Jetstorm fears the team's combination and use as the Dark Saber -- he is afraid of unleashing his personal darkness and never regaining control.

Weapons and Abilities:  Like the rest of the ADT, Jetstorm transforms into a supersonic jet mode.  He is the strongest member of the team physically and the most aggressive flyer.  Subject combines w/ Runway and  Sonar to form the Star Saber.

Weaknesses:  Subject's anger againstht eh Decepticons can lead him into direct conflict with much more powerful opponents; in these cases his relative weaknesses a mini-con can be a great liability.

"Don't worry --let me explain the plan."
Another pic of Runway in jet form

Bio: The loquacious Runway became the de facto leader of the Air Defense Team once they escaped from the clutches of the Decepticons on Cybertron, becoming the first and only Mini-con unit to escape from Megatron's prison camp.  Although he isn't fond of warfare or the responsibilities of leadership,  Runway rose to the challenge with admirable skill.  His planning allowed the Air Defense Team to construct the ship that ultimately took the majority of Mini-Con race off Cybertron.  Though Runway is proud of his daring efforts to save the Mini-con race, he secretly harbors great guilt that the escape ship his team built crashed on Earth, spreading the war to another world.  

Weapons and abilities:  Runway is quick-witted in battle and capable of planning and designing feats that border on genius if given enough time.  He transforms into a supersonic jet and can combine with jetstorm and Sonar to form the Stgar Saber

Weaknesses:  Runway's got a good core and his efforts on behalf of the Mini-cons can't be doubted.  But some of his ideas... well, let's just say they look better in the planning stage than in the execution!

"Even an ace pilot is only as good as his wingbot."

Bio:  Where Runway leads, Sonar follows.  Sonar's just as smart and capabole as runway perhaps more so, according perhaps mmore so, according to some accounts -b ut he's perfectly willing to defer to hsi leader in most circumstances.  He's immensly grateful to Runway for arranging the trio's escape from the Decepticon prison camp; Sonar considers this an awesome dept that can never truly be repaid.  For this reason, he canb always be found backing up Runway in word and deed, especially on the battlefield

another pic of Sonar in jet mode another angle

Weapons and Abilities:  subject is the most levelheaded of the trio.  He is intelligent and courageous, but doesn't assert himself too often.  HHe transforms into a supersonnic jet and combines with Jetstorm and Runway to form the Starsaber.  Subject has the most advansed sensor capabilities of the unit

Weaknesses:  His tendency to agree to what ever Runway suggests, even when there's a flaw in the plan puts the AAT at risk.

To the left, one of my favorite moments of TF: comics history!  part 3 of the "Worlds Collide" storyarc.

Other Appearances:
Well there is their original form, the Air Defense Team which debuted in 2002 and that's about it.  In this form, w/ this color scheme, they made very limited appearances in the comics and no appearances that I'm aware of in the cartoon series.