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SDF-1 Macross

SDF1 Attack
The SDF-1 in Attack mode.

SDF1-Plus Attack
The refit seen in Macross Plus in Attack mode.

SDF1 Cruiser
The SDF-1 in Cruiser mode.

Unit Type
Macross Class Super Dimension Fortress
Anime Super Dimension Fortress Macross
Movie The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: The Movie
Macross Plus: Movie Edition
OVA The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: Lovers Again
Macross Plus
Game CR Fever Super Dimension Fortress Macross
Real World
Mechanical Designer Kazutaka Miyatake
Manufacturer Supervision Army
OTEC Company (Reconstruction)
Operator Supervision Army
UN Spacy
Known Captains

Bruno J. Global

Known Crew

Misa Hayase
Claudia LaSalle
Shammy Milliome
Kim Kabirov
Vanessa Laird
Chief Engineer

The SDF-1 Macross is the titular transforming space-craft first featured in the Super Dimension Fortress Macross television series, the dyrl movie and flashback 120 ova,  being the first of the super-dimension fortresses, it spawned the many ships featured in the Macross franchise.

Technology & Combat CharacteristicsEdit

Only includes specific characteristics to this vessel, see Macross Class for common characteristics
The technology on this vessel was way beyond mankind's at the time of discovery. With the help of scientist's throughout the world, they reversed engineered this OverTechnology.



  • OverTechnology Macross super-dimension-energy cannon with beam polarizing converging system (bow) x 1
  • OverTechnology guided converging beam cannons x 8
  • high speed 178 cm electro magnetic rail cannons x 4
  • large automatic anti-ship missile launchers x many
  • various missile emplacements x many



  • VF-1 Valkyrie x 212 (in February 2009, later replaced with VF-1 Super Valkyrie x 300+ by February 2010)



Docked CraftEdit

  • ARMD Class Space Carrier
    • ARMD-01 (Destroyed Februrary 7 2009)
    • ARMD-02 (Destroyed Februrary 7 2009)
    • ARMD-03 Enterprise
    • ARMD-04
    • ARMD-05 AKAGI
    • ARMD-06
  • CVS-101 Prometheus (as the first ARMD Space carriers were destroyed by the Zentradi, Captain Global decided to save the Prometheus that was floating in the orbit of pluto and turn it itno the left arm of the SDF-1)
  • SLV-111 Daedalus (Just as the Prometheus became the left arm, the Daedalus became the right arm of the SDF-1 Macross)

Special Equipment & FeaturesEdit

  • Pin-Point Barrier
The Pin-Point Barrier was thought up by the Macross' engineers after they discovered a distortion in the space-time continuum in the section of the ship where the fold-system that was lost during the jump to Pluto used to be. The Pin-Point Barrier serves as a shield for the Macross. However, as the Macross is too big to have all areas shielded simultaneously, each of three female engineers; May, Pocky and Panapp use "trackballs" to move the Pin-Point Barrier to targeted regions of the ship. (SDFM: "Daedalus Attack")


Warning, Spoilers Ahead!

Supervision Army UsagesEdit

Long before it reached earth, the the ship was a Gun Destroyer used by the Supervision Army, Protoculture and Zentradi that were brainwashed by the Protodevlin to fight the Stellar Republic. Centuries later, the Supervision army engages in conflict with Zentradi forces.


On July 7, 1999[1], the ship crashes on South Ataria Island, located at the extreme end of the "Ogasawara Island chain" in the Pacific Ocean. Inspection of the wreckage reveals that the spaceship was manned by giant aliens many times larger than humans and that their technology is centuries and probably millennia beyond that of Earth.

The alien spaceship is revealed to be a war vessel. As a result of this, humanity realizes that there is a potential threat beyond Earth and some believe an international government should be established to unite the world against any hostile aliens.

The crashed ship is rebuilt and a city, called Macross City, flourishes around it. During the reconstruction, the huge ship is given the hull classification "ASS-1" (Alien Starship-1). After completion the ship is re-classifed as the "SDF-1 Macross" or "Super Dimensional Fortress-1 Macross."



Space War 1 (2009 to 2012)Edit

In 2009, now manned entirely by humans, the ship is prepared for its maiden voyage to seek out alien cultures and promote peace - its initial goal being never to start a fight. Giant alien humanoids called the Zentradi suddenly arrive in the Solar System with a force of several hundred ships, looking for the spacecraft they have been tasked with taking back. The SDF-1 turns out to be "booby trapped" (pre-programmed to fire its main gun at the Zentradi when detected). The ship's crew are unable to stop it from firing, forcing the humans to engage in war with the alien invaders. After a failed attempt to take off using its alien gravity control systems, which tear through the ship's hull and leaves it to fall, the renovated alien spaceship takes off using Earth-made rocket thrusters.

During the last battle, the Macross is the target of a kamikaze run by rogue Zentradi Captain Quamzin Kravshera. His assault does not completely destroy the Macross, but results in severe damage to the ship - including the loss of its main cannon and the Daedalus landing craft. The ship is repaired and refitted. returning to service as UN Spacy's headquarters. The missing Daedalus and remaining Prometheus carrier are replaced by a pair of ARMD-class carriers. The bridge crew also survive almost unscathed and Macross City remains a thriving metropolis.


In the Do You Remember Love?, a fictional movie macross universe movie that chronicles the events of Space War I, the SDF-1 was a female Zentradi (Meltandi) gun destroyer that crashes on Earth after being chased by the male Zentradi (as opposed to the original series where the SDF-1 was a Supervision army ship fighting male and female Zentradi alike). Since the Zentradi and the Meltlandi have already been at war for hundreds of thousands of years, its presence on Earth after being rebuilt cause the Zentradi fleet to destroy the world's surface as soon as it is discovered, some time before the beginning of the film.
ASS1-DYRL Cruiser

Like the Supervision army ship in the original television series, this Meltran Gun Destroyer was also given the temporary designation "Alien Starship One" or "ASS-1".

The SDF-1 Macross folds away from Earth just as the Zentradi attack and begins its journey back to the planet to investigate what happened.[2] The movie version SDF-1 ship also had ARMD-class space carriers attached to the main ship at the time it was built, as opposed to the TV series where the space carriers are supposed to join the ship in Earth's orbit. (DYRL)


SDF1-Attack Plus-4-Na
In 2040, the virtual idol AI Sharon Apple attains sentience, and during festivities marking the 30th anniversary the treaty between Earth and the Zentradi that ended Space War I. She hacks into the systems of the entire Earth defense network, which included the original SDF-1 Macross. During this incident, Sharon Apple causes Macross to briefly launch from the artificial lake that it has rested in since 2010. Furthermore, Sharon Apple uses its abilities and the SDF-1 Macross' communications facilities to attempt to control the minds of nearly everyone on Earth. However, UN Spacy pilots Isamu Alva Dyson and Guld Goa Bowman and civilian Myung Fang Lone are able to defuse the incident, destroying Sharon Apple in the process. (Plus: "It's Time to End This")


In 2059, during a flight across the skies of Galia 4, Alto Saotome and Ranka Lee make an emergency landing and discovered the wreckage of a first-generation Macross-class ship designated as SDFN-04 Global, which belonged to the New U.N. Spacy 117th Large Scale Research Fleet. This ship closely resembles the Macross as it appeared in 2040 during the events of Macross Plus. This suggests the original Macross design was put into production at least 20 years previous of the Macross Frontier fleet's launch (as seen in episode 13, "Memory of Global"). A glimpse of Earth's Macross City appears, showing that the original SDF-1 Macross ship still sits in its center and continues to fulfill its assigned task of planetary defense. (F: "Your Sound")

List of UN SquadronsEdit


List of Crew MembersEdit


Picture GalleryEdit

Notes & TriviaEdit


Mechanical designer Kazutaka Miyatake of Studio Nue created the original SDF-1 design for the first Macross anime series. SDF (Super Dimension Fortress) is a reference to the ship being a maneuverable space fortress capable of space folds, or travelling in subspace for faster-than-light movement. The fictional ship has also appeared on many videogames set in the Macross universe.  

Even though Macross Plus disregarded the movie canon that Macross II followed, from then onwards, it is the DYRL design of the SDF-1 that is shown. It is one of the several elements from the movie that has made it into the official canon.

  • The series title comes from the name of the main human spacecraft (which is usually shortened from Super Dimension Fortress to SDF-1 Macross as it is the first). The original name for the Macross project was Battle City Megarodo (or Battle City Megaroad, as the Japanese transliteration to either "L" or "R" gives the title a double meaning in reference to the story line: Megaload, referring to the spacecraft containing an entire city of people; and Megaroad, referring to the long journey through space back to Earth); however, one of the sponsors of the project, Big West Advertising, was a fan of Shakespeare and wanted the series and the spacecraft to be named Macbeth (マクベス Makubesu?). A compromise was made with the title Macross (マクロス Makurosu?) due to its similar pronunciation to Macbeth in Japanese and because it still contained connotations to the original title. The word Macross comes from a wordplay combination of the prefix "macro" in reference to its massive size in comparison to human vehicles (though when compared with the alien ships in the series, it is a relatively small gun destroyer) and the distance they must cross.


  1. Macross TV Series Liner Notes
  2. The events prior to the film are shown in new footage created for a videogame based on the film adaptation released in Japan in the late 1990s.

For the Robotech equivalent, visit SDF-1.

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