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VF-11B "Booster" in Fighter mode

Shinsei Industry VF-11B Thunderbolt "Booster"

Technical Data

Equipment Type: UNS/UNSAF main variable fighter enhanced atmospheric booster
Government: U.N. Spacy, U.N. Space Air Force
Manufacturer: Shinsei Industry
Operational Deployment: 2040
Accommodation: pilot only in Marty & Beck Mk11 ejection seat (entire canopy ejectable as an emergency escape pod)
  • Battroid Mode: height 12.92 meters
  • Fighter Mode: wingspan 11.2 meters; height 3.49 meters; length 15.51 meters
  • GERWALK Mode: wingspan 11.2 meters
    Mass: empty 9.0 metric tons; with Solid-Fuel Boosters unknown
    Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor
    Power Plant: two Shinsei Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2025G thermonuclear reaction turbine engines.
    Propulsion: 28,500 kg [x g] x 2 (279.59 kN x 2); 2 x Solid-Fuel Rocket Boosters (rocket thrust rating unknown); 2 x vertical two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzles; 2 x dorsal auxiliary thruster pods; many x P&W HMM-5B high-maneuverability vernier thrusters.
  • Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 3.5+; at 30,000+ m Mach 8.2; with Solid-Fuel Boosters unknown; max rate of climb at S/L 28,500 meters/minute
    g limit: +22.0/- 14.5
    Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; variable geometry sweep (VG) wing; canard forward wing; vertical Take-off and landing (VTOL); supersonic cruise and maneuvering in region of Mach 3.5+ below the stratosphere; two-dimensional thrust vectoring; improved waist joint system; anti-projectile (bulletproof) shield; retractable two-piece canopy cover (for Battroid mode); 4 x special equipment hard point stations for external Shinsei Industry space Super Part units; two solid-fuel rocket boosters.
    - Armament -
  • 1 x fixed rear anti-aircraft pulse laser gun (mounted center dorsal section in Fighter/GERWALK mode, becomes head turret in Battroid mode)
  • 1 x standard bulletproof (anti-projectile) shield (mounted center rear dorsal fuselage in Fighter mode, mounted on arm in GERWALK/Battroid modes)
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 4 x special equipment hard point stations for external space Super Part units for 8 x Hughes HMMM-Mk 6 micro-missile launchers (mounted on dorsal fuselage); 2 x chaff and flare dispensers (mounted in Super Part propellent tank units on engine sections)
  • chaff and flare dispenser system (mounted within either engine section)
  • Optional Equipment:
  • 2 x solid-fuel rocket boosters (due to 5-minute combustion time, these boosters are not suitable for standard operation)

  • Description and History

    The special "Booster" variant of the VF-11B features only minor equipment additions to the standard Thunderbolt variable fighter. Two sets of mounting pylons are fitted to the VF-11B fighter on both the dorsal and ventral sides. Upon these mounts, two external solid-fuel rocket boosters are fitted for atmospheric use and grant the VF-11B a significant increase in acceleration and maximum velocity. Unfortunately the rocket boosters also add significant weight and their size causes airflow problems across the VF-11B fighter body during flight. The boosters also suffer another disadvantage such that the rockets are not designed for combat maneuvering and the pylons can yield under the stress of high-speed maneuvers. Nonetheless, the VF-11B "Booster" was utilized as a chase aircraft in the flight trials of the YF-21 fighter during the Project Super Nova AVF competition in early 2040. Isamu Dyson, a pilot always pushing the endurance of any aircraft, flew a booster equipped VF-11B early in his assignment at the New Edwards Test Flight Center on the planet Eden. During his chase role recording flight data of the YF-21 fighter, Dyson flew his VF-11B "Booster" beyond what it could accomplished and lost both booster rockets during hard maneuvers. Though the additional thrust of each booster rocket is unknown, it was likely no greater than 10,000 to 15,000 kg additional thrust given that the VF-11B "Booster" was still outperformed in both acceleration and maximum velocity by the YF-21 during test flights.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Plus, Episode 1
    Pilot(s): Isamu Dyson
    Other appearances: Macross Plus Movie
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • VF-11B Thunderbolt Booster line art
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - This Is Animation Special Macross Plus and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist