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VF-1A Valkyrie Whale Hunter Custom

 

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General and Technical Data

 

Model number: VF-1A
Code name: Valkyrie Whale Hunter Custom
Unit type: custom commercial variable fighter
Manufacturer: Northrom
Operator: civilians

Rollout: AD 2007
First deployment: AD 2008
Accommodation: pilot and passenger, in standard canopy-style cockpit
Dimensions: overall height 14.1 meters (Battroid mode), 5.5 meters (Fighter mode), 10.36 meters (GERWALK mode); overall length 4.8 meters (Battroid mode), 14.0 meters (Fighter mode), 11.3 meters (GERWALK mode); overall width 9.8 meters (Battroid mode); wingspan (fully extended) 14.78 meters (Fighter/GERWALK modes)
Weight: empty 19.2 metric tons; standard takeoff mass 45.0 metric tons; maximum takeoff mass 72.0 metric tons
Armor materials: space metal material frame; SWAG energy conversion armor
Powerplant: 2 x Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2001 thermonuclear reaction turbine engine, output rated at 2 x 650 MW
Propulsion: 2 x 11,500 kg or 2 x 23,000 kg (overboost) (2 x 225.63 kN); 2 x 120,000 kg (2 x 1,177.2 kN) P&W+EF-2001 FAST Pack booster thruster; 16 x high maneuverability vernier thruster; 4 x low thrust vernier thruster

Performance: Fighter mode: maximum level atmospheric speed at 10,000 meters: Mach 2.71, maximum level atmospheric speed at 30,000+ meters: Mach 3.87; GERWALK mode: maximum walking speed: 100 km/h, maximum flying speed: 500 km/h; Battroid mode: maximum walking speed 160 km/h

Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 3.47; standard takeoff mass 2.49; maximum takeoff mass 1.24

Transformation: minimum time fighter to GERWALK (automated): approx 1.5 seconds; minimum time from GERWALK to Battroid (automated): under 2 seconds; standard time from Fighter to Battroid (automated): under 5 seconds; minimum time from Fighter to Battroid (manual): 0.9 seconds
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; optional FAST Pack system
Fixed armaments: large harpoon launcher, attached gun pod, hand-carried in Battroid mode
Optional hand armaments: none

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The VF-1A Valkyrie Whale Hunter Custom was a customized version of U.N. Spacy's old VF-1A Valkyrie variable fighter. This custom VF-1A was used on planet Zola to study galactic whales and featured a dual set cockpit and FAST Packs to reach orbit unassisted. It was equipped with a large harpoon launcher and attached gun pod. The custom variable fighter was used by galactic whale researcher Maria Velasquez-Hoyly, who was killed in a space accident with the intelligent white whale. This tragic event led her husband Graham down a path of seeking revenge against the white whale.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Maria Velasquez-Hoyly, Graham Hoyly
Appearances: Super Dimension Fortress Macross (TV series)
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

 

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