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Tanager is an original member of Air Force which is a team of winged operatives that works for an organization called Air Command. The initial members were Killer Shrike, Sparrow and Tanager who would free their fourth member, Cardinal from Riker's Island Maximum Security Prison. The four bird themed mercenaries would follow the energy signature on Turbo's armor to find the rest of the New Warriors. The Air Force would attack Turbo and Nova at Peconic High School during a training exercise. Mike Jeffries was wearing the Turbo armor while Mickey Musashi watched the aerial fight take place. Nova was taken down when he was tripled teamed by Sparrow, Cardinal and Killer Shrike. Mickey came up with a plan so she turned on the underground sprinklers and pulled some cables apart from the generators. Mickey told Mike to fly towards the ground and hit it with a full-force hyperblast while Air Force was close behind. Mike unleashed a full blast and hits the water main under the ground. The geyser of water rushes up and douses the Air Force crew while Mickey throws the electric cable at them. All four members of Air Force are electrocuted and their suits are inoperable. The New Warriors call the cops so Tanager and the rest of Air Force are apprehended.
Tanager was created by Fabian Nicieza
and Craig Brasfield
in 1993 and first appeared in The New Warriors
Tanager reappears with Air Force when Gloria Hancock
, the CEO of Hancock Transport Airlines wants the Taylor Foundation to pay for rejecting her petition to use their landing strips in Bosnia-Herzigovina. The aerial terrorist organization known as Air Command employs Air Force to take care of that assignment. Tanager appears with the original team except for Killer Shrike who was replaced by an operative named Oriole
. Air Force targets the Taylor Foundation Board of Directors as they fly towards the former Yugoslav Republic to bring much needed technological aid. Tanager and the rest of Air Force intercept the plane and get on board. Dwayne Taylor
hides in the cargo bay while everyone else is taken hostage. Taylor manages to take out Tanager and Oriole inside the cargo bay. Taylor would manipulate their armor and use Tanager's command controls in her helmet to override Oriole's systems. Taylor would defeat Sparrow and Cardinal by locking down their armor systems. Taylor gave Cardinal two options: replace the early-detection-scanner that was damaged and take it to the UN troops in Sarajevo or get dropped off from the plane during mid-flight with no control of their suits. Cardinal and the rest of Air Force decide to make a positive difference and help the troops in Sarajevo.
Tanager reappears with Air Force when they try to help the starving refugees in Rwanda by delivering much needed supplies to them. Air Force would get ambushed by the Soldiers of Misfortune
at a Rwandan refugee camp and Tanager is killed in battle.
Abilities & Paraphernalia
Tanager wears an aviary capable flight exoskeleton which allows her to attain flight when she activates wing assembly. The suit allows her to mechanically create sonic disruptions for range attacks. Tanager is also equipped with magnesium cutting strips.