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The VF-1A Valkyrie is a Variable Fighter that appears in the Super Dimension Fortress Macross television series and The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? movie. The VF-1A was the standard mass production variant used by the U.N. Spacy during Space War I.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

Each VF-1A has a mass of 18.5 metric tons. In fighter mode, a VF-1A has a length of 14.23 meters, a height of 3.84 meters. The wing-span is 14.78 when fully extended.[1]

Armaments

  • Fixed RÖV-20 Anti-Aircraft Laser Cannon
Manufactured by Mauler, this can fire 6000 pulses per minute.
  • GU-11 55 mm Three-Barrel Gatling Gun Pod
Manufactured by Howard, this gun has 200 rounds that are fired at 1200 rounds per minute.
  • Underwing Hard Points
Comes equipped with 2 sets of 3 AMM-1 hybrid guided multipurpose missiles under each wing.
  • MK-82 LDGB conventional bombs
12 are can be equipped in 4 groups of 3.
  • RMS-1 large anti-ship reaction missiles
2 mounted on the outer part of each wing and 1 mounted on the inner part.
  • UM-7 micro-missile pods
1 for each of the four points on the wings, each carrying 15 Bifors HMM-01 micro-missiles.

Special Equipment

  • GBP-1S ground-combat protector weapon system
Manufactured by Shinnakasu Heavy Industry. It is possible to create a VF-1A GBP-1S Armored Valkyrie but it has not been known to occur.
  • FAST Pack augmentative space weapon system
Manufactured by Shinnakasu Heavy Industry. This is to create the VF-1A Super Valkyrie. (DYRL)

History

Space War I

  • A VF-1A parked behind a VF-1D.
  • A VF-1A floating inside ARMD-01.
  • VF-1A and a VF-1S launching.
VF-1A Valkyries were seen parked around South Ataria Island on February 7, 2009, the launch day of the SDF-1 Macross.[2] The "Angel Bird" variant was used in an aerobatic performance led by Max Jenius with Roy Focker on the ground providing commentary. VF-1A Valkyries were also present aboard the ARMD-01 Space Carrier during the U.N. Spacy's first battle with the Zentradi; one VF-1A Valkyrie was floating behind a Spider Bug when the ARMD-01 took a second hit from the guided beam cannons of Vrlitwhai Kridanik's Nupetiet-Vergnitzs-class Fleet Command Battleship. In response to the attack, Captain Bruno J. Global, via First Lieutenant Misa Hayase, ordered all fighters to launch and thus the VF-1A Valkyries saw action for the first time when they engaged many Gnerl Fighter Pods in battle above South Ataria Island. (SDFM: "Boobytrap")


The VF-1A Valkyries of the Skull Squadron later returned from battle, following Major Roy Focker's VF-1S Valkyrie. Upon learning from Misa that VT-102, the VF-1D that Hikaru Ichijyo piloted, made an emergency landing in the city, Roy told the VF-1A pilots to fly back to the CVS-101 Prometheus while he looked for Hikaru. That first wave was actually a decoy, the second wave, consisting of Zentradi Battle Pods later emerged from the shores of South Ataria Island.

Variants

In the Do You Remember Love? movie that depicts the events of Space War I, Hikaru Ichjyo starts out piloting a red-accented VF-1A as a member of the Skull Squadron. (DYRL)

Gallery

Notes & Trivia

  • The Angel Birds were designed as such so that in Battroid mode, the team colors would look like a Japanese schoolgirl sailor uniform—navy blue skirt, red knotted handkerchief, and all. The name "Angel Birds" is a play on the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams.[2]

References

External links

RobotechLogo

For the Robotech equivalent, visit VF-1A Valkyrie.

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