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VF-1A fighter equipped with booster
VF-1 Atmospheric-Escape Booster

Technical Data

Equipment Type: atmospheric-escape booster for VF-1 variable fighter
Government: U.N. Spacy, U.N. Navy, U.N. Space Air Force
Accommodation: pilot only in Marty & Beck Mk-7 zero/zero ejection seat
  • Fighter Mode: length 18.9 meters
    Mass: standard liftoff 120.5 metric tons
    Propulsion: 22500 kg [x g] x 4 (220.73 kN x 4)
    Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 6.45

  • Description and History

    The atmospheric-escape booster was a simple, cost-effective method to increase the deployment capabilities of the VF-1 series variable fighters. Rather than relying solely upon orbiting ARMD carriers to launch variable fighters into space, the UN Spacy made use of the atmosphere escape booster to send variable fighters stationed on Earth into orbit, where the booster could be easily discarded after launch. Eventually, advances in OverTechnology and improved design would enable future variable fighters to achieve orbit unassisted and the space booster would become a thing of the past.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Episode 30
    Pilot(s): Maximilian Jenius, Milia Fallyna Jenius
    Other appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • VF-1 Atmospheric-Escape Booster line art
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist