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Boston Airport, (officially Boston International Airport)[1], is a location in the Commonwealth which is initially deserted but later controlled by the Brotherhood of Steel in 2287. It is a potential settlement.

BackgroundEdit

Before the Great War, Boston International Airport served as a hub for both domestic and international flights. Airlines such as Horizon Airlines and Skylanes Air operated here, providing service to cities such as Chicago and New York and according to a sign near the area where the workshop is located, the airport also handled "private flying" (for example, general aviation or charter flights). Many people who were in the airport hangar and terminals were killed during the Great War.

LayoutEdit

Before the war, the airport was composed of several runways, hangars, and support buildings.[2] Struck by rising sea levels after the Great War, the runways and other low-lying buildings were submerged by the adjacent ocean.[3]

The airport is comprised of a central terminal building, which is mostly destroyed, a parking garage and a small garage. There is also a tarmac bearing the remains of several Horizon Airlines jet airliners. The airliners are completely destroyed, with the wings separated and the fuselages torn into three parts. The aircraft interiors have been completely stripped out. The tarmac is also littered with an abundance of junk.

The entire site is inhabited by feral ghouls. There is a glowing one on the top floor of the terminal. The tarmac is sunken into the bay, and mirelurks inhabit the shore. On the lowest floor of the parking garage, there are two police protectrons which can be activated using the Novice locked terminals nearby. After the completion of the Reunions quest, the Brotherhood of Steel will establish a base at the airport, containing a helipad for vertibirds, a gantry to hold the remains of Liberty Prime and a supply depot. The Prydwen will also be anchored over the airport unless destroyed.

The settlement is used as part of several storyline quests for the Brotherhood of Steel. Firstly as a build area to construct parts for the quest Liberty Reprimed and also as a build area to construct the signal interceptor if siding with the Brotherhood in the quest the Molecular Level.

If the Sole Survivor becomes enemies with the Brotherhood of Steel, the Sole Survivor loses control of Boston Airport as a settlement. The settlement cannot be regained until the Prydwen is destroyed through either Rockets' Red Glare, Airship Down, or With Our Powers Combined. The airport ruins must also be cleared of feral ghouls. Otherwise, when attempting to use the workshop, the message "You cannot use this workshop yet" appears.

There is an exterior waiting area at the end of the terminal that contains the workshop. It can be used as a settlement but with severe limitations. Several settlement objects cannot be built, such as:

InhabitantsEdit

Notable lootEdit

  • There is a fusion core in the generators at the southeastern end of the ground floor of the terminal.
  • There is a mini nuke upstairs guarded by a glowing one.
  • There is a Fat Man in a car, near the water on the runway. From the Boston Airport, fast travel location proceeds east. The nose section of an airplane will be in front of the Sole Survivor. The Fat Man is located in a van on the water's edge behind the nose section.
  • Fishing tournament ad at the airport's ruins, on a magazine shelf behind the information desk terminal computer, at terminal B. Found when clearing ghouls during the quest Duty or Dishonor.
  • Lucia's personal key - On Lucia. It opens her footlocker onboard the Prydwen.
  • Supply log near the terminal and Gavil.
  • Racetrack advertisement at the airport's ruins, next to the information desk terminal computer.
  • There are three sets of BOS II T-60 power armor that can be stolen from sentries. Once their armor is stolen, the sentries will continue to man their posts. If the sentries are killed, they will eventually respawn with new armor.

Related questsEdit

NotesEdit

  • The door to the left of the workbench cannot be disabled with console commands as it has an enable parent, but the door to the right can be disabled.
  • When X6-88 is brought along to the airport, the spotlights will lock onto him and begin beeping, but the Brotherhood of Steel soldiers will do nothing.
    • If Paladin Danse is brought along, they will not lock onto him - despite him being a synth.
    • However, if Danse is sent here after sparing him in Blind Betrayal, it will result in an endless battle between the Brotherhood personnel on the tarmac and their automated turrets. If Liberty Prime was reactivated during Liberty Reprimed and Ad Victoriam was completed for the Brotherhood, Prime will also engage Danse in battle. Because Prime's programming forces him to use his nukes more often than his laser beams in combat, this will usually result in the Brotherhood forces on the tarmac being annihilated while Danse is still up and firing at Prime.
  • There are two unique Brotherhood soldiers on the tarmac whose level and rank respond accordingly with the Sole Survivor. Specifically, the first one is patrolling rounds in full combat armor around Prime's tarmac, and the power armored soldier facing away from the Prydwen. At level 56, the patrolling soldier is a level 68 star paladin, while the soldier guarding the passage into the tarmac away from the Prydwen is a level 61 paladin-commander. If the Sole Survivor waits long enough to complete Ad Victoriam, the two leveled soldiers will both be sentinels. This contradicts Maxson's statement during A New Dawn, where he may state that the Sole Survivor is currently the sole member of the Brotherhood holding this title.
  • When the Prydwen crashes down onto the airport in the relevant quest(s), it may look as though the ensuing explosion will destroy everything present, but this is far from the truth. The control tower survives, and the terminal building remains standing - merely the juxtaposition of that and the burning airship gives the impression that things are worse than they are. The area that is damaged the most is between the terminal building and the already-damaged pre-War aircraft, due to the overwhelming presence of the Prydwen and the destruction its abrupt landing has caused. It remains difficult to relate to the aforementioned area to how it was.
  • It can be said that superficially the airship is half-destroyed. Parts of the rear section have either become embedded in the earth or have come into contact with the ocean. The front half of the craft has been blown open, and the only notable aspect that survived is bent and metal framework forming the contours of the airship. Entering or hanging around the front section will result in taking damage from the flames.
  • When at this location companions make comments, these comments are activated at two locations: before the barricades (both before and after the Brotherhood arrive) and in the Boston Airport ruins parking garage (see page).
Location comments
Character Specific location Comment
Cait before the barricades "Would be nice to fly away and leave the Commonwealth behind... but is there anythin' worth seein' out there?"
""
Codsworth before the barricades "Ah the airport. Once a bustling hub of activity... now a glorified scrap yard."
""
Curie before the barricades "Ahh, the airport. Can we fly to Los Angeles? I hear it is most lovely there."
""
Danse before the barricades "Having the Prydwen moored above the airport keeps the Brotherhood within striking distance of the city."
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Deacon before the barricades "The airport. One of Tinker's favorite salvaging spots."
""
John Hancock before the barricades "The airport, huh? Really seein' the sights, aren't we."
""
Robert MacCready before the barricades "It's not the flying that would make me nervous, it's the crashing part."
before the barricades after the Brotherhood of Steel arrive "Brotherhood of Steel thinks Ghouls are all monsters. Let's see 'em make a move. I'll show 'em who the monster is."
Nick Valentine before the barricades "If you're looking to do some salvage, you've come to the right place."
before the barricades after the Brotherhood of Steel arrive "The airport, huh? You sure you want to waltz through Brotherhood HQ with a Synth at your side?"
Piper Wright before the barricades The mystery. The intrigue. The airport."
before the barricades after the Brotherhood of Steel arrive "Cold steel, angry scowls, lousy hair cuts. All the touches I've come to expect from the Brotherhood."
Preston Garvey before the barricades "Man... just look at all these old planes... it's hard to believe they could actually fly."
""
Strong "Strong hates Steel Brotherhood."
X6-88 ""
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AppearancesEdit

Boston Airport appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Boston Airport is based on Boston's Logan International Airport, which has the same international code, "BOS."
  • The Boston airport's international code could be a double entendre, due to the relation between the international code and the resident faction's acronym.

BugsEdit

PCIcon pc If Wasteland Workshop is installed, trapping has been done and a beta wave emitter is controlling aggressive creatures, and/or crafted robots are present, the start of Liberty Reprimed may allow these NPCs to clip through the workshop wall into the previously locked Prime workshop area and kill the attendant scribes. This apparently has no effect in the quest beyond temporarily interrupting Ingram's initial speech script when she runs to defend the scribes. [verified]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Alana Secord: "Oh, yes. Uhh... Watchers have not shown any additional threats at this time. We're still monitoring increased activity around Fort Independence, though there's no immediate cause for concern. Boston International Airport remains occupied, and Brotherhood presence has been noted at several other locations. And, uhh... Despite a lack of concrete evidence, we have reason to believe that the "Railroad" continues to operate within the Commonwealth. Personally I suspect they're becoming more ambitious, but I can't confirm that at this time. For now, we have assets monitoring all known situations."
    (Alana Secord's dialogue) Note: These lines are a part of Inst303DirectorateOpeningScene.
  2. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p. 342: Before the war, Boston International Airport was a major transportation hub on the East Coast. In addition to its distinctive control tower, it also had a large terminal, parking garage, runways, and numerous hangars and support buildings.
  3. Ibid: The airport suffered heavily from the war. Most of its major buildings, including large sections of the terminal, have long since collapsed, and the rising sea levels have swamped the low-lying runways and outbuildings. Only the control tower and a few hangars remain relatively intact.
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