Palmer, the Shinra's head of Space Explorations, tries to steal it for Rufus Shinra's use, but Cloud Strife and his party stop him, and must escape on the plane. Tiny Bronco is badly damaged when it is shot down by Shinra soldiers during their escape and loses all of its flight functions, but it remains a means of marine transportation, as it can navigate through shallow waters.
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During the quests "The Company You Keep (Immortal Flames)", "The Company You Keep (Maelstrom)" and "The Company You Keep (Twin Adder)" in Final Fantasy XIV, both magitek engineers, Biggs and Wedge, are found at the crash site of an airship called the Tiny Bronco.
Behind the scenes
In the early concept artwork of the plane, it is named "Sister Ray". Sister Ray was the name assigned to Shinra's Mako cannon.
On Square's old North American website squaresoft.com, a page about vehicles contained an image referring to the vehicle as "tiny broncho". The vehicle was referred to correctly in the page's text.