Skipper is a grey plane who lives in Propwash Junction, a whole town full of airplanes. He runs Skipper's Flight School with his assistant Sparky, and he teaches Mater how to fly in Air Mater. Skipper learns that he can really teach anyone how to fly, guaranteed.
A reclusive old Navy Corsair, Skipper was an ace flier and top instructor of the esteemed Jolly Wrenches squadron until an incident during a combat mission took him off the front lines and left him grounded for life. These days, Skipper keeps to himself, but his quiet existence is turned upside down when an ambitious and persistent Dusty solicits Skipper’s aerial expertise—and gets a few life lessons in the process. But Skipper—who’s never really come to terms with his past—finds that he has a few things to learn, too, and while coaching Dusty to fly faster and smarter, the teacher becomes the student.
Skipper appears to be a little judgmental in Planes, as he hesitated to teach Dusty how to fly well at first. After Dusty passed qualifying however, Skipper then realized he had been a little harsh and agreed to help Dusty and his friends.
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Skipper first appears when he asks Dusty if he's ready to go on a flight run. When Dusty engine gives for a few seconds, Skipper contacts the tower for an emergency tower. He is later seen trying to confort Dusy about his engine. When Dusty leaves to become a firefighter, Skipper shows support in his desicon and tells him to be safe.
Skipper's make model (F4U Corsair) and Skull and Crossed Wrenches insignia on his engine cowling are clearly based upon the World War II US Navy Figher Squadron VF-17 ("The Jolly Rogers"). Skipper even has "VF-17" stencilled on his rear fuselage. In the photo, you can compare Skipper with "Big Hog", the Corsair flown by Cdr Tom Blackburn, CO of VF-17.
Skipper runs Skipper's Flight School, a small hangar used to teach students how to fly high and fast.
In the Japanese trailer of Planes, Skipper was voiced by Takaya Hashi (土師孝也), but Tarō Ishida (石田太郎), the Japanese actor of Skipper, passed away from a heart attack on September 21, 2013 while Japan was producing Planes in Japanese.
Still I Fly • Runway Romance • All In • Planes: Fire & Rescue - Main Title • Propwash • Out of Production • Dusty Crash Lands • Fire! • An All New Mayday • Sad Mayday • Pontoons • A Special Kind of Plane • Training Dusty • We Got the Gear Box • Cad • Blazin' Blade Mystery • Mystery of Blaze-Lightning • Lightning Storm Fire • (It's) Hip to Be Cad • Harvey & Winnie • Cheers • Nobody Has Your Gear Box • Fire By the Lodge • Behind Enemy Lines • Evacuation • Blade Is Down • Loopin' Lopez • Tourist Trapped • Fire Heroes • Rescue Harvey & Winnie • Dusty Saves the Day • Saving Dusty • You Had Us Worried