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VF-X Variable Technology (Veritech) pre-production scale mock-up
VF-X Valkyrie pre-production scale mock-up. This was the model shown to UN Spacy procurement officers by Rockwell International and Bell Textron during the design proposal submission period. Though obviously different from the final product, the overall design layout can clearly be seen.
Rockwell Bell VF-X Valkyrie Veritech Fighter Aerodynamic Demonstrator
VF-X Valkyrie Veritech Fighter Aerodynamic Demonstrator. This non-transformable test aircraft was built by Rockwell Bell to test the aerodynamic qualities of the VF-1 Valkyrie while in fighter mode.
Shinnakasu Heavy Industries VF-X Valkyrie Battloid Technology Demonstrator
VF-X Valkyrie Battloid Technology Demonstrator. Built by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries in Japan, the Battloid Technology Demonstrator tested and evaluated the robotic drive systems of the Valkyrie design. The VF-X Battloid was non-transformable and non-flight capable. Battloid mode flight characteristics were not explored until the YF-1 Valkyrie entered its testing phase.
Rockwell Bell VF-1A FDE Block 0 (Full-production Development Experimental)
Rockwell Bell VF-1 FDE (Full-production Development Experimental). Alternately referred to as the VF-1 or YF-1, depending on the source, the FDE was the first fully functional Veritech prototype. Testing of this aircraft was carried out on Macross Island by chief test pilot Lieutenant Commander Roy Fokker.
VF-1 FDE undergoing final assembly at Rockwell International’s facility on Macross Island.
Shinnakasu Heavy Industries VF-1J FDE Block 0 (Full-production Development Experimental)
The VF-1J FDE was produced by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries concurrently to the VF-1A FDE. This VF-1J FDE is shown with a prototype GU-12 gun pod.
Detail comparison between the VF-X Valkyrie Battloid Technology Demonstrator head unit and the VF-1J FDE Block 0 (Full-production Development Experimental) head unit. The design lineage leading to Shinnakasu Heavy Industries’ final VF-1J head unit is quite obvious.
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