A veteran of the Royal Air Force turned top player in the English Football League, Farooq "Spitfire" Shah subverts the stereotype of the ego-driven celebrity athlete. Kind, humble and always friendly to his fans, Spitfire Shah is always ready to jump into trouble in a time of crisis; and those heroic instincts, coupled with his RAF training, make him a shoe-in for membership in the international G.I. Joe team.
After leaving the Royal Air Force, Farooq Shah became a star football player, earning the nickname "Spitfire". Some time after G.I. Joe re-formed as an international organisation, Shah and his teammates travelled to a friendly game in the Hague, though Farooq insisted on stopping to take a selfie with a eager fan at Heathrow Airport, to his hungover teammate Taylor's dismay. Shortly after the team arrived in the Hague, a group of Cobranarchists attacked a military convoy transporting Crystal Ball and the Baroness, causing panic and chaos; over Taylor's protests, Farooq rushed into action and kicked an improvised explosive device into the air, where it exploded harmlessly, earning him raucous applause.
When the Dreadnoks attacked Duke, Farooq intervened to save the ex-Joe's life, and when the progenitors of the "Fatal Fluffies" attacked, he commandeered Zanzibar's hoverboard to help Quick Kick take down one of the monsters. Thanks to his actions, Scarlett invited him to join G.I. Joe, where he took the role of an aerial combat specialist, codenamed "Spitfire". When acting G.I. Joe commander Shipwreck assembled a fast response team to deal with Cobra's attacks on international museums, Spitfire was selected for aerial support. When the newly Cobra-aligned V.E.N.O.M. attacked the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Spitfire used a jetpack built by Grand Slam to engage the Manta in the skies.