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Rockwell Bell VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie in Fighter mode.

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Rockwell Bell VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter in Battloid Mode.

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Detail of the VF-1D Block 3-17 head unit. This head design was common through all VF-1D variants manufactured by Rockwell Bell. The exceptions are the first hundred or so Block 1 and 2 VF-1Ds (see below) and the VF-1DA variant built by Northrop, which featured a VF-1A style head unit. 


 Rockwell Bell VF-1D Blocks 1 and 2 head unit.

VF-1D Block 1 Valkyrie Battloid

Early manufacture VF-1Ds featured a slightly different upper torso, which included a forward notch similar to the single seat VF-1 variants. The most noticeable difference, of course, was the head unit. The head on the early VF-1D featured two independently targetable RöV-20 laser cannons, mounted in a staggered configuration.


Rockwell Bell VF-1D Valkyrie cockpit arrangement.

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Self-recovery procedures for damaged VF-1 series Valkyries.

VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Battloid 1

Example of a battle damaged VF-1D Valkyrie. This particular example was damaged during the Battle for Macross Island, the first action of the First Robotech War.

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Access panels on the VF-1D allow rescue crews to quickly detach the nose section from the aircraft, without interfering with the life support systems. This feature was designed for rescue of downed aircrews in space. Also pictured are the manipulator arms of a VF-1S Valkyrie. These arms were found on all Block 1 Valkyries, though they were dropped from the design sometime during the second production block.

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The detached nose section had an extending male connector that plugged into a female receptacle on the rescuing VF-1’s left arm. 

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Carriage of a VF-1D nose section in GERWALK mode.

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Carriage of a VF-1D nose section in Fighter mode.


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Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have been utilized in this publication. 

Images From – Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books, Macross Chronicle 23

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

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