Rick Toffen is an airline Captain who worked for Gnat Airlines when he first entered the Dick Tracy strip. Toffen was a skilled but cavalier pilot who acted on his own initiative when issues at the city airport caused a shutdown. Toffen arranged and flew a special plane off a grass runway for Boston but because of sabotage it went down in route. Toffen’s skillful crash landing prevented any injuries but he did lose his job with Gnat only to get a new one with Bloat Airlines. This new job was simply a setup though, the criminals involved in the airport shutdown sabotaged this new plane to crash into a control tower. Toffen again saved the passengers by landing the plane safely. Tracy enlisted Toffen for help in indentifying the culprits and the hot shot pilot was soon flying again.