Click Images For Larger View

VF-17T Heavy Battroid Mode


VF-17T Fighter Mode

VF-17T in Macross Plus (provided by Talos)

General Galaxy VF-17D Nightmare "Trainer"

Technical Data

Equipment Type: UNS special operations variable fighter and heavy battroid trainer
Unofficial codename: Stealth Valkyrie
Government: U.N. Spacy
Manufacturer: General Galaxy
Introduction: 2035
Operational Deployment: unknown
Accommodation: pilot plus passenger in pressurized canopy featuring seven framed flat-plate windows
  • Heavy Battroid Mode: height 15.18 meters (top of head)
  • Fighter Mode: wingspan 14.18 meters; height 3.68 meters; length 16.13 meters
  • GERWALK Mode: wingspan 14.18 meters
  • Mass: empty 11.85 metric tons
    Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor, strengthened armor in Battroid mode equal to Armored Valkyrie (forearm armor is used instead of a shield)
    Power Plant: two Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2100X thermonuclear turbine engines
    Propulsion: 55,000 kg [x g] x 2 (539.55 kN x 2); 2 x horizontal two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzles; 30+ x P&W HMM-6B high-maneuverability vernier thrusters (mounted in triple clusters)
  • Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 4.0+; at 30,000+ m Mach 21+
  • g limit: +33.5/-18.0
    Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; vertical take-off and landing (VTOL); variable geometry sweep (VG) wing (featuring sawtooth delta wing in standard cruising configuration); wrap-around imaging monitor screens (for use in Heavy Battroid mode); passive stealth system; two-dimensional (horizontal) thrust vectoring; option of space/atmospheric FAST Pack system; option of Fold Booster (mounted on dorsal fuselage); option of external radome (mounted on dorsal fuselage).
    Armament: none

    Description and History

    Training craft continued to serve a valuable function in the UNAF/UNS forces and nearly every new class of variable fighter included a special training variant. The VF-17T was the training craft designated for the Nightmare variable fighter and heavy combat battroid. Like most training craft, the VF-17T is a modified version of the standard variable fighter featuring an extended nose and cockpit section to allow a second seat for an additional operator. This allows a student to fly with an instructor present in the cockpit. The VF-17T is fully variable but the two standard anti-aircraft laser guns, the two small-bore forward laser guns and both dual missile launchers have all been removed. As is traditional for training craft, the VF-17T is painted in a bright color scheme easily distinguishable among regular service units. Though training craft are rarely seen because of their small numbers, the training variant of the Nightmare found distinction through deployment of the VF-17T Custom assigned to Sound Force in 2045.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Plus Movie Edition (August 1995)
    Pilot(s): no notables
    Other appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • VF-17T Trainer schematic side view
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - This Is Animation Special Macross Plus and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist