Skyfire is the swiftest of the Autobots, capable of flying halfway around the world in 30 minutes, and is outfitted with twin scramjet modules and liquid hydrogen fuel tanks that enable him to escape Earth’s gravity. He is armed with particle-beam cannons and heat-seeking photon missiles. Prior to the Great War Skyfire considers fellow scientist Starscream a friend. During an investigation of the prehistoric Earth, Skyfire is caught by a forceful wind and is deposited somewhere on the planet. Starscream searches for Skyfire but fails to recover him; millions of years later, Skyfire is finally discovered, sealed within dense layers of Arctic ice. Starscream anxiously oversees Skyfire’s resuscitation, and once Megatron officially christens Skyfire a Decepticon warrior, Starscream attempts to recruit his old friend as a subversive ally. Skyfire’s concern for all living things and scientific disposition prompts him to defect to the Autobots.