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Nightflight is a scavenger. As a spy, he always goes for the easy score, listening in on unguarded conversations and stealing thoughtlessly-abandoned items; as a warrior, he's always on the lookout for a cheap shot and a safe kill. Many of his fellow Decepticons consider him a coward, but Nightflight knows better. He's good at what he does, and when the higher-ups take notice, they'll put him in charge of the Air Strike Patrol.
Marvel comics continuity
When Roadhandler became an overnight wrestling sensation, Scorponok requested new warriors from Cybertron to counter the Autobot Micromasters' building public adulation. The Micromaster Air Strike Patrol, including Nightflight, subsequently arrived on Earth, donated by a Decepticon on Cybertron with an unknown, mysterious identity. While Nightflight's partner Storm Cloud challenged Roadhandler in the ring, Nightflight and his other two teammates swept the skies outside, keeping Roadhandler's fan club from entering.
Unknown to Scorponok, Nightflight's secret employer was Megatron, who then sent Nightflight and his teammates on a mission to MacDill Air Force Base. En route to the base, Nightflight and Storm Cloud indulged in some showy aerobatics, nearly crashing in the process. Admonished by Whisper, they reached the base and captured the B-204 refueling plane. When the Autobots inevitably arrived, the team contacted Scorponok to tell him that they were under attack. After a brief confrontation with Optimus Prime and the arrival of Scorponok's Decepticons, Nightflight and his teammates fled, their mission completed.
Nightflight, Storm Cloud, and Tailwind came to the aid of the assassin Whisper when he was chased into an Earthen jungle by the Autobot Rescue Patrol. The outcome of this battle is unknown, although Optimus Prime ordered his troops to withdraw before its conclusion, on learning of the environmental damage the battle was causing.
A news team followed the Air Strike Patrol across the southern United States, where finally the group descended on an oil refinery. When they attacked, the human civilians were defended by Hector Dialonzo, a human with extraordinary powers. While on film, Nightflight and his teammates met their apparent demise at Hector's hands.
Marvel UK future timelines
The Air Strike Patrol took Megatron's side in a Decepticon Civil War against factions led by Scorponok and Shockwave. Near the end of that war, the Patrol chased Scorponok, alone, into a human settlement. Nightflight missed an opportunity to destroy Scorponok with his missiles thanks to his teammate Tailwind's grandstanding. Scorponok maneuvered a team of Autobots into combatting the Patrol for him, enabling Scorponok to escape.
Dreamwave comics continuity
Nightflight appeared briefly among the Decepticon Micromasters when Skystalker took over the Decepticon headquarters.
- Air Strike Patrol (Micromaster Patrol, 1989)
- Nightflight transforms into a Grumman F-14D Tomcat fighter jet. He was only available in a complete set with his teammates Storm Cloud, Tailwind, and Whisper.
- This mold was released without changes in Japan as the Autobot Nightflight, and was also used to make Airwave and Overair.