VF-1A Valkyrie (TV version)


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 mode)
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 1,200 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

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 Valkyrie Plus was in active use in the 2050s, and the further upgraded VF-1EX was used into the late 2060s as a trainer craft.

Pilot(s): Hikaru Ichijyo, Hayao Kakizaki, Maximilian Jenius
First appearance:
 Super Dimension Fortress Macross
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori


Ejector seat




Howard GU-11 55mm Gatling gun pod


Rear view (Battroid mode)


Rear view (GERWALK mode)


Underside view (Fighter mode)

Macross Info

Noboru Ishiguro

Hiroshi Ohnogi
Shoji Kawamori
Noboru Ishiguro
Sukehiro Tomita
Kenichi Matsuzaki

Mechanical Designer(s):
Shoji Kawamori
Kazutaka Miyatake

Character Designer:
Haruhiko Mikimoto

Musical Composer:
Kentaroh Haneda

36 episodes

Japan 10.03.1982 – 06.26.1983


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