YF-11 Thunderbolt


Model number(s): YF-11; VF-X-11
Code name: Thunderbolt
Unit type: prototype variable fighter
Manufacturer: Shinsei Industry
Operator: U.N. Spacy
Rollout: AD 2028
First deployment: April AD 2030
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard canopy-style cockpit
Dimensions: overall height 12.92 meters (Battroid mode), overall height 3.49 meters (Fighter mode); overall length 15.51 meters (Fighter mode); wingspan 11.2 meters (Fighter mode)
Weight: empty 9.0 metric tons; 11.2 metric tons (with FAST Packs)
Armor materials: SWAG energy conversion armor
Powerplant: 2 x Shinsei Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2025G thermonuclear reaction engine, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: 2 x 28,500 kg (2 x 279.59 kN); 2 x vertical two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzle; 2 x dorsal auxiliary thruster pod; many x P&W HMM-5B high-maneuverability vernier thruster
Performance: Fighter mode: maximum level atmospheric speed at 10,000 meters: Mach 3.5; maximum level atmospheric speed at 30,000+ meters: Mach 8.2
Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 6.33
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: fixed rear anti-aircraft pulse laser gun, mounted on head; standard external multipurpose 6-barrel 30mm Gatling gun pod, features anti-armor bayonet, stored under main body in Fighter mode, hand-carried in Battroid and GERWALK modes; standard bulletproof shield, mounted on left forearm
Optional hand armaments: none

The YF-11 Thunderbolt was a prototype variable fighter manufactured by Shinsei Industry as part of U.N. Spacy’s Project Nova, which was carried out to select a successor to their second generation main variable fighter, the VF-4 Lightning III. In contrast to the VF-4, the YF-11’s design descended from the VF-1A Valkyrie. In April 2030, Dancing Skull Squadron ace pilots Maximilian and Milia Fallyna Jenius used two YF-11s painted in their custom colors to conduct a hostage rescue mission on planet Bellfan, where they saved U.N. Government Chairman Lawrence Yun Kemal. In November, Zentradi deserters captured a fold booster-equipped YF-11 unit, which served as the basis for the Fz-150 Feios Valkyrie. One month later, mass production began on the VF-11A.

Pilot(s): Maximilian Jenius, Milia Fallyna Jenius
First appearance: Macross M3
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori



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