During the Battle of Mombasa and Battle of Voi in late October 2552, numerous F-99s were deployed in recon elements numbering around two to three aircraft to the city of New Mombasa from UNSC Aircraft Carriers stationed some distance off the coast. They acted as vital air support for the Marines in combat. One of these drones crashed into a statue in front of the Uplift Nature Reserve and its ejected optics package was later found by a lone ODST.
Behind the Scenes
- The F-99 was originally going to be featured in Halo 3 under the name "F99 Wombat," but didn't appear until Halo 3: ODST. It was featured in the Art of Halo 3 book.
- Several F-99's also appear on nearby aircraft carriers in the multiplayer map Longshore.
- The F-99 resembles a now defunct military project named Project Pluto that was an unmanned combat vehicle that could travel at incredible speeds at extremely low levels and deliver weapons such as hydrogen bombs.
- The optics package of the F-99 can be seen in the final cutscene of Halo 3: ODST as a "toy" for Vergil.
- F-99's in Halo are similar to 21st century UAVs.
- The F-99 may be inspired from the SR-71 Blackbird.
- The F-99 could have been an inspiration to the Sabre in Halo: Reach as they both look alike, but the Sabre is manned and is a Spacecraft.
- ↑ halo.bungie.org: Re: Phew
- ↑ Halo 3: ODST, campaign level Uplift Reserve
- ↑ The Art of Halo 3, page 39
- ↑ files.bungie.org: H3_Longshore05.jpg