First seen in The Avengers #61, the Quinjet was designed by T'Challa with help from the Wakanda Design Group. The original could transport up to seven members of the team anywhere in the world and had a top speed of mach 2.1. The design is constantly being upgraded to make sure it remains cutting edge technology.
They boast VTOL technology and are adaptable to space, deep-sea and even standard flight modes. They are stored in the third floor of the Avengers mansion.
Used primarily by the Avengers.
In Avengers: Disassembled, Scarlet Witch's reality altering powers caused it to explode while the Vision was inside. However, when the Avengers Reassembled six months later, Tony Stark ( Iron Man) had a new Quinjet brought in (or perhaps it was another of the old Quinjets). After Civil War, several Quinjets were made, which turned out to be a good thing, since Ares crashed it during a fight with Doombots. When he did so, it was revealed that a Quinjet cost over 250 million dollars.
The Quinjets were used by Norman Osborn and are the Dark Avengers during the Dark Reign but have since been returned to Tony Stark and Avengers proper following the siege of Asgard.
In Other Media
The Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes (2010)
Various Quinjets are used in the series, developed by Stark Industries. The Quinjets are shown to be capable of space travel in several episodes.
Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2009)
Black Panther pilots a Quinjet in the series, with Iron Man showing envy. During the final battle against the Makluan invaders, Panther pilots the jet in order to help his allies. Like in the comics, the Quinjet is shown to be built by Wakandan scientists rather than SHIELD.
A Quinjet is seen in the pilot episode and in select flashbacks, but beyond that, the Avengers mostly use a modified aircraft known as the Aven-Jet Prime.
In the second season (set after the events of The Winter Soldier), it is shown that the remaining Quinjets have been claimed by the U.S. military in the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s dissolution. Melinda May and Antoine Triplett hijack one of the requisitioned Quinjets at the behest of Director Coulson, who wants to find a way to reverse-engineer the aircraft's stealth capabilities.
In the episode "Ye Who Enter Here", HYDRA is also shown in possession of several refitted Quinjets.
Quinjets are heavily featured in the live-action film, as property of S.H.I.E.L.D. In the climax, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow hijack one in order to get to New York City and fight off the Chitauri invasion. This Quinjet ends up being destroyed by Loki, but the heroes survive the crash.
Quinjets once again appear in this film, used by the HYDRA agents who have infiltrated the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. During the climactic battle sequence, Falcon outraces a Quinjet that is trying to shoot him down.
A redesigned version of the Quinjet appears in the sequel to The Avengers. This new model is designed by Tony Stark, and much more ornate and garish. Hawkeye serves the primary pilot of the vehicle. During the final battle, Ultron hijacks the vehicle and uses it to attack the Avengers, killing Quicksilver in the process. After a perceived betrayal by Black Widow, the Hulk then steals the Quinjet (tossing out Ultron in the process) and flies off to parts unknown, effectively leaving the team.
- The Quinjet is a playable vehicle in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
- The Aven-Jet Prime appears as a vehicle in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.
- A Quinjet can be seen in the Avengers Tower stage in Contest of Champions.
- Hasbro released a Quinjet as part of its line based off the live-action Avengers movie.
- Lego released a Quinjet kit for the Avengers movie.