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VF-1A Valkyrie (TV version)

 

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Fighter mode in standard colors Fighter mode in Maximilian Jenius colors Fighter mode in Hayao Kakizaki colors

Fighter mode in Angel Bird

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Fighter mode in Cavaliers colors

GERWALK mode in standard

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GERWALK mode in Maximilian Jenius colors GERWALK mode in Hayao Kakizaki colors 
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VF-1A Valkyrie (TV version)

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: VF-1A
Code name: Valkyrie
Unit type: mass production variable fighter
Manufacturer: Northrom
Operator(s): U.N. Spacy; civilians

Rollout: AD 2007
First deployment: AD 2008
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard canopy-style cockpit
Dimensions: overall height 12.68 meters (Battroid mode), 3.84 meters (Fighter mode), 8.7 meters (GERWALK mode); overall length 4.0 meters (Battroid mode), 14.23 meters (Fighter mode), 11.3 meters (GERWALK mode); overall width 7.3 meters (Battroid mode); wingspan (fully extended) 14.78 meters (Fighter/GERWALK modes)
Weight: empty 13.25 metric tons; standard takeoff mass 18.5 metric tons; maximum takeoff mass 37.0 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); 4 x Shinnakasu Heavy Industry NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thruster; 18 x P&W LHP04 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; optional GBP-1s system; optional Atmospheric Escape Booster
Fixed armaments: Mauler ROV-20 anti-aircraft laser cannon, mounted on head; Howard 3-barrel GU-11 55mm Gatling gun pod, mounts 200 rounds, fires at 1200 round/min, stored under main body in Fighter mode, hand-carried in Battroid and GERWALK modes; 12 x 12 x AMM-1 hybrid guided multipurpose missile, 3 mounted per underwing hardpoint
Optional fixed armaments: 12 x 2 x MK-82 LDGB conventional bomb, 3 mounted per underwing hardpoint instead of AMM-1; 6 x RMS-1 large anti-ship reaction missile, 2 mounted per outboard point and 1 each inboard point instead of AMM-1; 4 x UUM-7 micro-missile pod, mounts 15 x Bifors HMM-01 micro-missile, 1 pod mounted per underwing hardpoint instead of AMM-1
Optional hand armaments: none

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The crash landing of Alien Starship-1 (ASS-1) on Earth in 1999 forever altered the course of human technological development. Examination and reverse engineering of the ASS-1 (later rechristened Macross) led to the development of OverTechnology and the introduction of the VF-1A Valkyrie, the world’s first mass production variable fighter. Manufactured by Northrom, the VF-1A followed after the limited production VF-0A Phoenix, which saw limited combat deployment in 2008. The Valkyrie featured the same three-stage Fighter, GERWALK and Battroid transformations as the VF-0A, but it introduced new thermonuclear reaction engines which allowed it to operate both on Earth and in space. The VF-1 series required the use of an Atmospheric Escape Booster, but later generations of variable fighters were capable of unassisted escape.

 

The Valkyrie’s standard armaments included a Howard Gatling gun pod, a Mauler anti-aircraft laser cannon and multiple options for bombs and missiles mounted on underwing hardpoints. The VF-1’s armaments could be enhanced with the optional space-use FAST Pack or the GBP-1S weapon system. The VF-1 served as U.N. Spacy’s main variable fighter during Space War I and for several years after, and the name “Valkyrie” itself became synonymous with variable fighters. Four variants were created during the VF-1’s production run, with the A-type being the most common. Several years after Space War I, the VF-1 was replaced with the second generation VF-4 Lightning III. Despite the formal end of production in 2015, the VF-1’s service life was extended for several decades thanks to upgrades in its powerplant and avionics. The VF-1X version was in active use in the 2050s, and the further upgraded VF-1EX saw use into the late 2060s as a trainer craft.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Hikaru Ichijyo, Hayao Kakizaki, Maximilian Jenius
Appearances: Super Dimension Fortress Macross (TV series); Macross 7; Super Dimension Fortress Macross VO; Super Dimension Fortress Macross (game); Macross Ace Frontier; Macross 30: Voices Across the Galaxy
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

 

Lineart

 

Gatling gun pod shell

GU-11 55mm 3-barrel Gatling gun pod

Underwing missile

 

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