Classification: Terrestrial technology (High Altitude Wing Kite)

Creator: S.H.I.E.L.D.

Users/Possessors: John Allen, Contessa Valentina De Fontaine, Nick Fury, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Tamara Jones, Al MacKenzie, Nails, Alexander Goodwin Pierce, Tia Senyaka, She-Hulk, Wolverine

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#166/2 (March, 1968)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The H.A.W.K. harness is a set of glider wings used by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents for air pursuits and making drop zones. The wings remain unseen, folded into the harness until needed.

History: (Strange Tales I#166/2) - As the Yellow Claw (actually a robot duplicate controlled by Dr. Doom) fled his Sky Dragon to regroup at his underwater base, Nick Fury donned the H.A.W.K. harness in order to pursue him, gliding after the Claw's flagship. Just as he caught on to the ship, it submerged itself underwater, and Fury discarded the H.A.W.K. harness because it was slowing him down.

(Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #4) - After turning rogue against S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury set out to Hong Kong aboard an Avengers Quinjet with John Allen, Al MacKenzie and Alexander Goodwin Pierce. The four men launched themselves from the Quinjet wearing H.A.W.K. harnesses, in order to meet up with Fury's contact, Pail.

(Wolverine/Nick Fury: Scorpio Connection) - Fury and Wolverine each wore a H.A.W.K. harness as they disembarked from a S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft to the island base of Amber D'Alexis.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#42) - Fury wore the H.A.W.K. harness as he glided from the Helicarrier to the ruins of S.H.I.E.L.D. Central.

(Captain America I#440) - Fury held a briefing on AIM Island aboard the Freedom's Flight with Fabian Stankowicz, Zach Moonhunter, the Falcon, Free Spirit, Jack Flag and Captain America. As the Freedom's Flight came close to AIM airspace, Fury had to depart because of restricted airspace, and launched himself out of the ship with his H.A.W.K. harness.

(Punisher III#11) - G.W. Bridge sent out a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. paraglide troopers wearing H.A.W.K. harnesses to examine Onslaught's Sentinels which had invaded New York City.

(She-Hulk II#15) - As an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., She-Hulk wore a H.A.W.K. harness as she flew into Reno, Nevada for a confrontation with the Abomination.

(Iron Man Annual II#1) - S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Tony Stark, Tia Senyaka, Nails and Tamara Jones each wore a H.A.W.K. harness as they evaded capture by Hydra agents on Madripoor.

(Punisher War Journal II#14) - Valentina De Fontaine wore a H.A.W.K. harness while on a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission in Paris, and clashed with an A.I.M. agent in aerial combat.

(Invincible Iron Man#1) - Iron Man led a squadron of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in H.A.W.K. harnesses into the Congo to combat a splinter group of A.I.M. (Advanced Genocide Mechanics).

(Invincible Iron Man#15) - With the collapse of S.H.I.E.L.D., the H.A.W.K. was put to use by their successor, H.A.M.M.E.R. A team of three H.A.M.M.E.R. agents used them to pursue ex-agent Maria Hill, but she evaded them with the Black Widow's aid.

(Dark Reign: The List - Secret Warriors#1) - Fury jumped from a flying car and used a H.A.W.K. to fly to Avengers Tower.

Comments: Created by Jim Steranko and Joe Sinnott.

by Prime Eternal

The H.A.W.K. should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Strange Tales I#166, page 1

Strange Tales I#166 (March, 1968) - Jim Steranko (writer/pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.#4 (September, 1988) - Bob Harras (writer), Paul Neary (pencils), Kim DeMulder (inks)
Wolverine/Nick Fury: Scorpio Connection (1989) - Archie Goodwin (writer), Howard Chaykin (artist), Gregory Wright, Mark Gruenwald (editors)
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#42 (December, 1992) - Gregory Wright (writer), John Heebink (pencils), Don Hudson (inks)
Captain America I#440 (June, 1995) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Dave Hoover (pencils), Marie Severin, Danny Bulanadi & Don Hudson (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Punisher III#11 (September, 1996) - John Ostrander (writer), Tom Lyle (penciler), Robert Jones (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
She-Hulk II#15 (March, 2007) - Dan Slott (writer), Rick Burchett (penciler), Cliff Rathburn (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Iron Man Annual II#1 (January, 2008) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Harvey Talibao (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#14 (February, 2008) - Matt Fraction (writer), Scott Wegener (artist), Aubrety Sitterson (editor)
Invincible Iron Man#1 (July, 2008) - Matt Fraction (writer), Salvador Larroca (artist), Warren Simons (editor)
Invincible Iron Man#15 (September, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Salvador Larroca (artist), Warren Simons (editor)
Dark Reign: The List - Secret Warriors#1 (December, 2009) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Ed McGuinness (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted: 02/27/2005
Last updated: 03/22/2013

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