@Buchsti: I know how annoying it is when it vanishes in the garage, but I have no other tips than keep trying. When the wreck is inside, you just have to move fast away in order to minimize the chance for it to vanish (keeping the wreck in view all the time). It sounds you're doing it right, you just need a little bit of luck.
You want the plane to be inside the door, but not pushing it more than necessary. If you're unsure where the door is, try storing some other vehicles near the door until you get a feeling where it is. I'm not sure exactly where it is myself, but I have some idea. (Paragraph edited)
If you want to sprint then you can do it and still control the camera. You run forward and instead of rotate the
analog stick to look behind you, you press it down (R3 button) to reverse the camera view. It means pushing the right joystick down and forward at the same time. Then you just need a finger to press the X to sprint. But super sprint
(tapping X) this way is difficult and also unnecessary.
I don't bother with sprinting at all, I just run slowly. The distance is short and I won't save much time by running faster.
What fnxrak said about running more parallel to the gate is interesting, but I ran like he did in his video.
After securing my precious Hydra, the next step was to make it FP/EP through Gray Imports. What an ordeal!
Well, it could have been easy but I like to do things the hard way. I have some extra rules:
- To minimize the "People wasted by you" stat.
- To fly as little as possible because CJ is not supposed to obtain a pilot license this early.
- Not uncover more terrain on the map than absolutely necessary.
- Use a minimal amount of time on the in-game clock.
When I "fail" by killing someone, use more time than ideal, or do a slightest mistake, I reload and start over. It happened a lot...
The ordeal step by step, grouped in three legs:1)
Start "Los Sepulcros". I chose this mission because CJ can kill all enemies in ways that he will not get credit for the kills. Prevented my two allies from being involved with the cemetery gunfight because they can't kill the Ballas and their 9mm ammo is limited, and also because they tend to get killed in crossfire. Doing step #1 quickly and according to my rules is much harder than it sounds.2)
Park the Ballas Admiral in a nearby street crossing to use it as road-block later.3)
Jack a 4-door car and CJ + two allies drives on the freeway north to Montgomery Intersection, then west along the coast to The Panopticon beach.4)
Take the Dinghy to the platform below Garver Bridge.5)
Jack a car and order my homies to waste the impound scripted cops. The car is used to open the main impound gate and for protection. Order homies to wait in the impound because they aren't needed anymore.6)
Push Hydra to the ramp, drive up ramp, fly to the beach on the north side of The Panopticon. Was lucky, no Hydra fired missiles at me.7)
Wait for a Tractor to come by. If Kane's Admiral was destroyed, many vehicles will drive on rural roads which makes it easier to meet a Tractor, but it's also a pain to tow an airplane in traffic, especially with a Tractor. But if Kane's Admiral is not destroyed, few vehicles drives on rural roads and finding a Tractor takes longer time, but once I get a Tractor I will not see any other traffic until I am back in Los Santos city. Kane's Admiral is a "mission vehicle" so it doesn't despawn. (I don't fly to the Tractor spawn in Blueberry Acres because that will uncover more map.)8)
Tow Hydra to Montgomery Intersection, use freeway from there to Mulholland Intersection, continue to C.R.A.S.H location (donut place). One street crossing in Vinewood is made easier by my premade roadblock using Kane's Admiral.9)
Leave Hydra, drive Tractor to the cemetery and fail the mission. Hydra can easily vanish *)
, camera control is important.10)
Get to C.R.A.S.H and start Gray Imports. Use Tractor and tow Hydra through city traffic
to the warehouse. Hydra is too wide for some parts of the flood control system, the safest route I found was to use the double-lane road from Verona Beach to LS International, drive on grass beside the pond, make roadblock on freeway, continue to the warehouse and make Hydra FP/EP. Added: The "skip trip" feature is enabled on this mission because I have failed it before, but I can't use it because it doesn't work with airplanes. It works for a Tractor, but the towed airplane will be lost in the process. Added 2: *) [Step #9] Hydra can vanish within the little time frame it takes to fail the mission, but other times it remains in memory quite long. One time when I tried the "skip trip" with a Tractor hooked up with Hydra, I was teleported to Ocean Docks with only the Tractor. I drove back to the donut place and the Hydra was still parked there. So why it sometimes can vanish while I drive to the cemetery to fail Los Sepulcros I don't know. I always remember to briefly enter the Hydra to make sure it is still counted as CJ's 2nd vehicle, but even as the 2nd latest vehicle it can vanish. 11)
Tractor despawns (impounded?) after the cut scene, had to lift off and fly to my El Corona garage and get a Towtruck.12)
My Towtruck is FP/EP and I need an expendable Towtruck for this journey. Use my Towtruck to spawn a random Towtruck around LS International. Steal the new truck, use it to tow both my old truck and my plane back to the El Corona garage. Store my proofed truck and continue with new Towtruck.13)
Towtruck makes the ride MUCH more steady and a lot faster. Same route back to The Panopticon beach. It means using freeway in between Mulholland Intersection and Montgomery Intersection, and now there are normal traffic everywhere. However, the normal amount of traffic on the rural freeway counterbalance the advantage of the Towtruck's speed and handling.14)
Unbelievably enough the Hydra have survived all that traffic with all those bumps against other vehicles. Lift off and fly back to SF impound.15)
Hard bump against the police HQ wall and crashlanding on one of the lower roofs was not part of the plan!
Smoke and flames! But it didn't explode. Carefully lifted off, survived some Police Maverick bullets, and made it down to the garage in one piece with dense smoke.