Skylanes Flight 1981 is a location in the Commonwealth. In 2287,


On the morning of the Great War, the airliner was approaching Boston Airport from Chicago with several passengers and crew onboard. When Boston was struck by nuclear bombs, the shockwave of the blast critically damaged the plane and caused a complete engine failure.[1]

In desperation, the captain and first officer attempted to land the plane on the nearby highway.[2] It instead collided with the overpass and crashed hundreds of feet away. Since the crash, the wreckage has been picked over by generations of raiders and scavengers.


The main body of the aircraft is in a gulch between two rocky bluffs. The plane seems to have broken apart into five main pieces, including two wings and three fuselage sections. The cockpit section's lower area consists of cargo and baggage areas. The cockpit section is accessible by some debris on the left side through a hole in the hull, where the Sole Survivor can gain access to the passenger compartment. The left and right wing of the plane are entirely snapped off.

This area may spawn two random opposing factions, which may attack the player character if they have a negative standing with any of them. Although, this area may also spawn hostile scavengers including raiders, super mutants and the Children of Atom. The factions will respawn randomly every few days, as will the loot containers.

A Gunner outpost can be found on the collapsed highway southwest of the crash site. If the miscellaneous quest Meet Ness at the Crash Site is active, this is the site of the secret compartment Ness wishes to liberate from raiders.

Notable lootEdit

Related questsEdit


  • If this location is visited after completing Reunions, The Brotherhood of Steel may occupy the area after killing the raiders, super mutants or Children of Atom.
  • If the secret compartment is looted without first taking the quest from Ness, one can inform her that it has already been found. She will be surprised and continue on her way, which doesn't allow completion of the quest.
  • When at this location, companions make comments.[clarification needed] Strong does not have a comment upon seeing the wreck.
Location comments
Character Comment
Cait "I'm bettin' we pry some good salvage out of this wreck... if the Raiders haven't gotten to it first."
Codsworth "Unfortunate. The passengers could have easily survived this crash. Not so sure about the fallout."
Curie "Surely there is a working airplane somewhere. To study the world from above would be very illuminating."
Danse "This plane is amazingly intact. The pilot must have executed an impressive landing."
Deacon "And those things flew in the air? No thanks."
John Hancock "How the hell did something this big stay in the airborne?"
Nick Valentine "No blast burns on the plane. Plenty of foreign rubble nearby. The nukes didn't take this down. That highway did."
Piper Wright "Can't believe the shape this thing is in."
Preston Garvey "Look at that... Must have been in the air when the war started. What a way to go."
Robert MacCready "I can't believe this airliner was stupid enough to be flying during the war."
X6-88 "I can't think of a worse way to die."


The Skylanes Flight 1981 appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The quad mounted engines are consistent with USAF experiments with nuclear-powered turbojets in the 1950s where the engines had to be close to the reactors to use the heat generated to expand the intake air.
50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.The following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • The airliner's wings resemble a proposed but never built variant of Northrop Grumman's 1947 YB-49 flying wing. Both share the same long swept wings, with eight in wing turbojets as well as similar vertical stabilizer shape. The proposed civil variant has the same unusual oblong windows on the wing's leading edge and in wing seating. However, all flying wing designs have blended wings and no distinct fuselage which Flight 1981 has. A nuclear-powered variant was actually in the works at the time but never flew. There are several egregious errors and issues depicted in the crashed plane, the most obvious being the length where the wings were torn from the fuselage is nearly twice as long as the root chord of the wing. Casual inspection inside the wing passenger compartments reveal bare framing and no insulation or dampening material. The passengers that survived a trip would most certainly be deaf and near frozen.
50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.End of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.



  1. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition p. 279: "[2.10] SKYLANES FLIGHT 1981
    On October 23, 2077, Skylanes Flight 1981 (with service to Boston) had just begun its final descent when the bombs began to fall. The shock wave crippled the plane. Since the crash, the wreckage has been picked over by generations of Raiders and scavengers."
    (Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)
  2. Skylanes Flight 1981 recording
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