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Northrop VT-1 Ostrich Veritech Trainer gallery

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VT-1 Ostrich Veritech Trainer in Fighter mode.

VT-1 Ostrich Fighter Mode 1

VT-1 Ostrich Fighter Mode 3A

VT-1 Ostrich Fighter Mode 4A

VT-1 Ostrich Fighter Mode 9A


VT-1 Ostrich Veritech Trainer in GERWALK mode.

VT-1 Ostrich GERWALK Mode 1 VT-1 Ostrich GERWALK Mode 2


VT-1 Ostrich Veritech Trainer in Battloid mode.

VT-1 Ostrich Battloid Mode 1 VT-1 Ostrich Battloid Mode 2 VT-1 Ostrich Battloid Mode 4


VT-1 Ostrich cockpit details.

VT-1 Ostrich Cockpit Details 1 VT-1 Ostrich Cockpit Details 2

VT-1 Ostrich Cockpit Details 3

VT-1 Ostrich Cockpit Details 9


Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

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

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, This is Animation 11: the Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross  

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Northrop VF-1S Valkyrie Veritech Fighter gallery

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VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie Veritech in Fighter mode.

VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie Fighter 1

VF-1S (Bu.No.2107906/1) assigned to First Robotech War ace Commander Roy Fokker of SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” .

VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie Fighter 4 VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie Fighter 7

VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie Fighter 15

VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie Technical Details 2

Detail view of access panel on a Block 1 VF-1S. This arrangement is essentially the same on all Northrop produced VF-1s.


VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie Veritech in GERWALK mode.

VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie GERWALK 1

VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie GERWALK 2


VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie Veritech in Battloid mode.

VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie Battloid 1 VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie Battloid 3 VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie Battloid 8

The VF-1S’s most distinctive feature of course was its head, which mounted four Mauser RoV-20 lasers. These early laser had a relatively week output, but were enough for the anti-missile role for which they were designed.

VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie Technical Details 1

These utility arms were unique to the first two production blocks of VF-1s. Though all Valkyries had provisions for their installation, they were rarely fitted from Block 3 onward.


VF-1S Block 5 Valkyrie Veritech in Battloid mode.

VF-1S Block 5 Valkyrie Battloid 1


VF-1S Block 9 Valkyrie Veritech in Battloid mode.VF-1S Block 9 Valkyrie Battloid 1

This VF-1S Block 9 was the Veritech used during production of the hit movie “Do You Remember Love”. It was painted to portray the Valkyrie piloted by Commander Roy Fokker during the First Robotech War.

VF-1S Block 9 Valkyrie Battloid 3 VF-1S Block 9 Valkyrie Battloid 10 VF-1S Block 9 Valkyrie Battloid 11

Detail of the Thomson DOS-2000B multi-band digital camera system. This system was for medium range traversable UV, infra-red imaging and optical band detection and tracking. Below and left of the main sensor was the Thomson LT-3 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

VF-1S Block 9 Valkyrie Battloid 14

Publicity photo from “Do You Remember Love” featuring actresses Rebecca Forstadt (playing Lynn Minmei) and Melanie MacQueen (playing Lisa Hayes) on the head of a Block 12 VF-1A and Iona Morris (playing Claudia Grant) perched atop the “Skull One” VF-1S.


VF-1S Block 11 Valkyrie Veritech in Battloid mode.

VF-1S Block 9 Valkyrie Battloid 15

A rare picture of two VF-1S Valkyries together. Foreground is a Block 11 VF-1S Block 11 from SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” with a Block 13 VF-1S from SVF-122 “Big Aces” in the background. 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

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

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, This is Animation 11: the Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross, Variable Fighter Master File: Wings of Space, Robotech RPG (1st Edition)  

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Northrop VF-1R Valkyrie Veritech Fighter gallery

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Northrop VF-1R Block 11 Valkyrie in Fighter mode.

VF-1R Valkyrie 6


VF-1R Block 5 Valkyrie in Battloid mode

VF-1R Valkyrie 1

VF-1R Valkyrie 2 VF-1R Valkyrie 4

Detail photo of the VF-1R’s head. Shown are the three Mauser RöV-20 laser cannons. 


VF-1R Block 11 Valkyrie in Battloid mode

VF-1R Valkyrie 3A

The VF-1R Blocks 9 through 15, like all late model Valkyries, had the improved hand units.


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Brian Manning and unspecified artist(s) from Harmony Gold 

Images From – Robotech the Role Playing Game: the Macross Saga Sourcebook, Robotech.com

Content by Tim Wing

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Northrop VF-1A/N (Blocks 9-15) Valkyrie Veritech Fighter gallery

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Northrop VF-1A Block 10 Valkyrie in Fighter mode.

VF-1N Valkyrie Fighter 1

Block 10 VF-1A Valkyrie assigned to the famous SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” during the Malcontent Uprisings.

VF-1N Valkyrie Fighter 4 VF-1N Valkyrie Fighter 6


VF-1A Block 10 Valkyrie in GERWALK mode.

VF-1N Valkyrie GERWALK 1

VF-1N Valkyrie GERWALK 3

VF-1N Valkyrie GERWALK 4 VF-1N Valkyrie GERWALK 5


VF-1A Block 10 Valkyrie in Battliod mode

VF-1N Valkyrie Battloid 2

Three primary features distinguished the early VF-1As from the late VF-1As and VF-1Ns. The head, as seen above, had a slightly different shape, a prominent arrow shaped indentation and an upgraded infrared and visual sensor suite.

VF-1N Valkyrie Battloid 3

Detail of the Thomson DOS-2000B multi-band digital camera system. This system was for medium range traversable UV, infra-red imaging and optical band detection and tracking. Below and left of the main sensor was the Thomson LT-3 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

VF-1N Valkyrie Battloid 5

The second primary visible differences was the upgraded hands with increased strength and improved articulation. The third difference was the 3MCCS-2 cockpit with single panel MFT and combined function fighter/Battloid controls. The new cockpit first appeared on Block 6 VF-1s.


Technical views of the late VF-1A and VF-1N Valkyrie Fighter.

VF-1A Block 9-12

VF-1A/N Blocks 9-12. Primary distinguishing features were reinforcement panels on the vertical tail surfaces and vertical stabilizers and a slight change in the wing’s leading edge.

VF-1A Block 13-14

VF-1A/N Blocks 13-14. Primary distinguishing features were flush mounted UHF antennas, one piece tail and stabilizers, different access panels and improved VHF antennas. 


VF-1N Block 13 Valkyrie in Battliod mode

VF-1N Valkyrie Battloid Malcontent Uprisings

Combat photo of VF-1N aircraft number 005 from SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” during a battle in the Zentraedi Control Zone, August 2018.


Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin; Greg Lane and Fred Perry 

Images From – This is Animation 11: the Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross, Robotech II the Sentinels: the Malcontent Uprisings 

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

VF-1 Valkyrie color plate gallery

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These color plates are, for the most part, not representative of “typical” VF-1 paint schemes. VF-1 Valkyries in UN Spacy service during the First Robotech War were predominantly finished medium tan with light gray trim. Later, in United Earth Defense Force and Expeditionary Force service, VF-1 Valkyries were predominantly painted overall gull gray.

2008 11 1st 2107906

VF-1 “Number One” Roll-out Ceremony Paint Scheme (November 2008)

This VF-1A (Bu.No.2107906/1) was the first production standard Valkyrie. It rolled out of the Northrop facility in November of 2007. Though this Valkyrie was built to the final VF-1A production standard, it deviated from that standard in that it had the uprated FF-2001D fusion turbines from the VF-1S. Northrop did this, since this particular airframe was destined to return to the Northrop factory to be modified to full VF-1S standard after it completed its press tour with the UN Spacy’s office of public affairs.

2009 2 SVF-1 001

VF-1S (Block 1) SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” aircraft 001, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (February 2009)

This VF-1S was piloted by Commander Roy Fokker, the CAG of the UES Prometheus (CVS-101) naval air wing during the First Robotech War. This aircraft (Bu.No.2107906/1) was originally built to VF-1A standard (see above), but was upgraded later to Northrop’s VF-1S configuration. Having been flown first by Commander Fokker and later by then 1st Lieutenant Richard Hunter, this aircraft has perhaps more kills to its name than any Veritech in history. To be sure, it is the single most recognizable VF-1 of the First Robotech War. 

2009 2 Angel Birds

VF-1A (Block 1) Special Flight Training Demonstration Squadron “Angel Birds” aircraft 1, Macross City Unified Forces Headquarters (February 2009)

This early VF-1A was assigned to the Angel Birds flight demonstration team. The Angel Birds filled the same role in the UN Spacy as that of the Thunder Birds in the United States Air Force and the Red Arrows in the Royal Air Force. Though the unit was disbanded during the First Robotech War, it was reconstituted in the post war period. The unit continued to fly the VF-1 well into the 2020s, when it finally transitioned to the FAV-105 Vixen.

2009 2 SVF-1 109 A

VF-1D (Block 4) SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” aircraft 109, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (February 2009)

This VF-1D was assigned to SVF-1 at the beginning of the First Robotech War. Squadrons during this time typically had a single, combat capable, two seat VF-1D assigned which was used for training and familiarization flights. This aircraft was finished in medium tan with high visibility orange trim. Since this was a typical paint scheme for dedicated training squadrons, it is thought that this particular aircraft has been recently reassigned to SVF-1. This aircraft was lost in action during the Battle of Macross Island.

2009 2 SVF-2 204 A

VF-1A (Block 4) SVF-2 “Fighting Falcons” aircraft 204, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (February 2009)

This VF-1 was assigned to SVF-2 “Fighting Falcons” onboard the UES Prometheus at the beginning of the First Robotech War. SVF-2 took its name and lineage from the US Navy fighter squadron VF-96. Though it is typically thought that SVF-1 took its lineage from the US Navy fighter squadron VF-84 “Jolly Rogers”, this was not the case. Only inactive squadrons, such as VF-96, lended their lineage to squadrons within the newly formed UN Spacy. When the UN Spacy was formed, VF-84 was still an active squadron with in the US Navy.

2009 2 SVF-5 103

VF-1A (Block 5) SVF-5 “Break Shot” aircraft 103, ARMD-1 UES H. J. Niven (February 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-5 “Break Shot” squadron aboard the UES H. J. Niven at the beginning of the First Robotech War. SVF-5, along with SVF-27, were the first two UN Spacy squadrons to operate VF-1 Valkyries from the ARMD class space carriers. Both of these squadrons were completely destroyed along with the UES H. J. Niven and UES Invincible during the opening battle of the First Robotech War.

2009 2 SVF-6 05 A

VF-1A (Block 4) SVF-6 “Unadu Squadron” aircraft 05, SDF-1 UES Macross (February 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-6 “Unadu Squadron” abourd the SDF-1 at the beginning of the First Robotech War. Unadu Squadron presumably took its name from a town by the same name, located in Nigeria. This particular Unadu Squadron VF-1A was finished in the typical tan and white color scheme of most VF-1 Valkyries from this time period. The only deviations on this aircraft were the white stripe on the nose section of the fuselage and the yellow stripe on the vertical stabilizers.

2009 2 SVF-13 505 A

VF-1A (Block 5) SVS-13 “Lucky Sevens” aircraft 505, SDF-1 UES Macross (February 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVS-13 “Lucky Sevens” onboard the SDF-1. SVS-13 was one of several squadrons designated as a “Space Strike” squadron, as is denoted by the unit prefix SVS. Later, during the First Robotech War, the squadron lost its strike mission and was re-designated “Space Fighter” squadron. This VF-1A was one of several aircraft in the Lucky Sevens painted in overall light gull gray with lavender trim. The squadron’s emblem, two dice showing a six and a one, were not present on this aircraft.

2009 2 SVF-22 200 A

VF-1A (Block 4) SVF-22 “Wolf Pack” aircraft 200, SDF-1 UES Macross (February 2009)

This VF-1 was assigned to VF-22 “Wolf Pack” onboard the SDF-1. SVF-22 took it’s lineage from the US Navy’s fighter squadron VF-1 “Wolf Pack” which had been deactivated in 1993. (SVF-22 went on to greater fame under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Johnathan Wolff during the Sentinels Campaign.) Though this particular aircraft was the squadron commander’s bird, it was uncharacteristically a VF-1A and featured a rather subdued overall gull gray paint scheme with no high visibility markings.

2009 2 SVF-26 205

FRS.1 (Block 5) SVF-26 “Cavaliers” aircraft 205, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (February 2009)

This FRS.1 (British MoD’s designation for the VF-1A) was one of two British Royal Navy Valkyries (aircraft 205 and 207) that were on Macross Island for the SDF-1’s launch ceremony. SVF-26 was assigned to the HMS Ark Royal along with its sister squadron SVF-9 “Tridents”. The FRS.1s of SVF-26 were all painted in dark sea blue with gray trim on the engine nacelles. The British MoD dropped their own national roundel in favor of the UN Spacy emblem when they joined the Unified Forces in the early 2000s. This particular Valkyrie, as well as its pilot, survived the First Robotech War and was reunited with the Cavaliers after the end of hostilities in 2011.

2009 2 SVF-28 500

VF-1A (Block 4) SVF-28 “Scorpions” aircraft 500, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (February 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-28 “Scorpions” onboard the UES Prometheus at the beginning of the First Robotech War. SVF-28 was transferred from the United States Air Force in October of 2008 to UN Spacy service. In US Air Force service, the 28th Fighter-Bomber Squadron operated Northrop F/A-20A Tiger Sharks prior to their transfer. All VF-1s assigned to SVF-28 were finished in the standard tan and light gray paint scheme, with the exception of aircraft 500 which had white stripe on the nose and a brown chevron on the upper fuselage.  

2009 2 SVF-32 705

VF-1A (Block 5) SVF-32 “Warhawks” aircraft 705, SDF-1 UES Macross (February 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-32 “Warhawks” onboard the SDF-1 at the beginning of the First Robotech War. SVF-32 traces its lineage back to VFA-97 “Warhawks” of the US Navy from Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14). In December 2008, VFA-97 completed its transition to the VF-1 and was reassigned from CVW-9 to CVW-14. In January of 2009 this squadron was transferred to the UN Spacy as a last minute round out of the SDF-1’s air wing and was reflagged SVF-32. All fighters from assigned to SVF-32 retained their colorful high-visibility US Navy markings of gloss gray and white until the unit was deactivated in October of 2009 after they suffered 90% casualties during the Battle of Mars Base Sara.   

2009 2 SVF-37 710

VF-1JA (Block 2) SVF-37 “Red Bulls” aircraft 710, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (February 2009)

This VF-1AJ was assigned to SVF-37 “Red Bulls” onboard the UES Prometheus. The VF-1JA was a variant of the VF-1A, built under contract by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries in Japan. This particular aircraft still carried the MN tail code and markings from CVS-1 UES Hōshō, where the squadron was originally assigned for test and evaluation. The Hōshō was a one quarter scale experimental submersible aircraft carrier which lead up to the Prometheus-class. These markings were eventually corrected, but it is unclear when.   

2009 2 SVF-44 601

VF-1J (Block 5) SVF-44 “Hensagliska” aircraft 601, SDF-1 UES Macross (February 2009)

SVF-44 carried on the lineage of the United States Marine Attack Squadron 144 “Hensagliska” (In Sioux this translates to “Little Warrior, Brave Warrior”). Though the original squadron patch for VMA-144 was distinctive, it was considered to offensive and was replaced with SVF-44’s rather generic design of crossed GU-11s over a UN Spacy roundel. This VF-1J was flown by the squadron XO and featured an attractive yellow tail design with the aircraft’s gloss gray paint and high-vis markings.

2009 2 SVF-46 200

VF-1A (Block 7) SFV-46 “Gold Wings” aircraft 200, ARMD-2 UES Invincible (February 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-46 “Gold Wings” onboard the UES Invincible. The squadron was activated in January of 2009 and less than a month later suffered 80% casualties during the opening battle of the First Robotech War. SVF-46 was reconstituted a year later as part of the carrier air wing onboard ARMD-4 UES Clemenceau.

2009 2 SVF-47 302

VF-1A (Block 5) SFV-47 aircraft 302, CVW-17 (February 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-47 of Carrier Air Wing 17 of the US Navy. Though SVF-47 was a UN Spacy space fighter squadron, it did fly specifically form the flight decks of US Navy carriers. At the beginning of the First Robotech War, SVF-47, along with the rest of CVW-17, was assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. This particular fighter’s tan and white color scheme was typical of the time.

2009 2 SVF-48 100

VF-1A (Block 4) SVF-48 aircraft 100, SDF-1 UES Macross (February 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-48 of the UES Macross. SVF-48 was constituted in October of 2008 on Macross Island. The attractive paint scheme consisting of haze blue upper and white lower surfaces were non-typical for the time. SVF-48 was a short lived squadron. After suffering significant attrition during the first few battles of the First Robotech War, it was deactivated and the remnants were folded into SVF-20. Though this particular fighter did belong to the squadron commander of SVF-48, and thus would be expected to carry a unique paint scheme, the lack of high visibility squadron markings lead this author to believe that this was actually a prototype naval paint scheme that ended up in the hands of the squadron commander in question.

2009 2 SVF-54 100

VF-1A (Block 5) SFV-54 “Hell’s Angels” aircraft 100, CVW-11 (February 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SFV-54 “Hell’s Angels” of Carrier Air Wing 11 of the US Navy. SVF-54 was a US Navy space fighter squadron. It traced its lineage back to VF-54 “Hell’s Angels”, which flew F4U Corsairs during the Second World War and Korean War. This squadron was deactivated in 1958, and reactivated in 2004. The gray, low-visibility paint scheme was typical of US Navy Valkyries during the First Robotech War and post war period. Though this particular fighter shows the UN Spacy roundel, the US military reverted back to the traditional US national insignia in the post war period. At the beginning of the First Robotech War, SVF-54 and the rest of CVW-11 was assigned to the USS Nimitz. This particular fighter was on Macross Island at the beginning of the war, and thus was caught up in the SDF-1’s space fold. This fighter was temporarily assigned to SVF-2 “Fighting Falcons” and then SVF-37 “Red Bulls” before being lost in combat in late 2009.

2009 2 SVF-63 500 A

VF-1A (Block 4) SVF-63 “Sword Heaven” aircraft 500, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (February 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-63 “Sword Heaven” on board the UES Prometheus. It was flown by squadron commander Lieutenant Commander Aaron Hibbs throughout the First Robotech War. Its paint scheme of overall haze blue is thought to be another trial naval paint scheme.

2009 2 SVF-68 200 A

VF-1A (Block 4) SVF-68 “Black Knights” aircraft 200, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (February 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-68 “Black Knights” on board the UES Prometheus. SVF-68 traced its lineage to the US Navy fighter squadron VF-154 and was the sister squadron to SVF-65 “Blue Knights”. Though SVF-68 was permanently assigned to the UN Spacy by the beginning of the First Robotech War, many of the VF-1s assigned to the unit retained the gray and white US Navy paint scheme.

2009 4 SVF-1 023 A

VF-1J (Block 4) SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” aircraft 023, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (April 2009)

This VF-1J Valkyrie was piloted by then Lieutenant Richard Hunter of SVF-1 “Skull Squadron”. Lieutenant Hunter was the flight lead of Vermilion during most of the First Robotech War, and later the squadron commander after the death of Commander Roy Fokker. Interestingly, this unique fighter was assigned to Hunter while he was still a Corporal fresh out of flight school. Normally VF-1Js, and special paint schemes for that matter, are reserved for squadron commanders and aces. Corporal Hunter was neither of these. Furthermore, J model Valkyries were in short supply. Most squadron commanders onboard the SDF-1 and Prometheus were stuck with VF-1As! It is widely accepted that Corporal Hunter’s close friendship with the Carrier Air Group commander (CAG), Commander Roy Fokker, is what lead to this lucky aircraft assignment. This fighter sported a very fetching gloss white paint job with red trim. Throughout the war, the tail of this aircraft displayed both partial and full squadron markings.

2009 5 SVF-38 210

VF-1A (Block 5) SVF-38 “Boomers” aircraft 210, SDF-1 UES Macross (May 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-38 “Boomers” of the UES Macross. SVF-38 traces its lineage to the US Navy attack squadron VA-165. VA-165 flew A-6 Intruders during the Vietnam War and F/A-18s during the early part of the Global Civil War. It was deactivated in 1996. The squadron was reactivated in UN Spacy service as SVF-38 in November of 2008. In October of 2010, it was briefly deactivated due to combat losses, then reactivated later that same year in December. During the two months in-between deactivation and reactivation, the remnants were assigned to SV-13 “Lucky Sevens”.

2009 7 SVF-1 104

VF-1A (Block 4) SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” aircraft 104, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (July 2009)

This VF-1A Valkyrie was assigned to SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” onboard the UES Prometheus during the First Robotech War. This fighter had a slightly irregular paint scheme, with high visibility squadron markings over the standard tan and white UN Spacy colors.

2009 8 SVF-40 200

VF-1J (Block 8) SVF-40 “Ghost Riders” aircraft 200, ARMD-03 UES Enterprise (August 2009)

This VF-1J was assigned to SVF-40 “Ghost Riders” onboard the UES Enterprise. SVF-40 traced its lineage to the US Navy squadron VF-142 by the same name. The UES Enterprise, likewise, was named in honor of the US Navy’s supercarrier USS Enterprise. Enterprise was also a prominent ship name in pop-culture at the time. This particular fighter belonged to the squadron commander and featured a gray and white paint scheme with his visibility markings reminiscent of the markings applied to the F-14 Tomcats of VF-142 at the time of its deactivation.

2009 8 SVF-89 217

VF-1D (Block 4) SVF-89 aircraft 217, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (August 2009)

This VF-1D was assigned to SVF-89 Unified Forces Headquarters at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Being one of the three training aircraft assigned to this squadron, this two seat Valkyrie was painted white with blaze orange high visibility markings. Though the single seat fighters of this squadron started the war painted in a similar manner, they were quickly repainted in the UN Spacy Headquarters scheme of white with verdant green trim.

2009 9 SVF-13 507

VF-1A (Block 5) SVS-13 “Lucky Sevens” aircraft 507, SDF-1 UES Macross (September 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-13 “Lucky Sevens” onboard the SDF-1. SVF-13 was one of several squadrons designated as a “Space Strike” squadron, as is denoted by the unit prefix SVS. Later, during the First Robotech War, the squadron lost its strike mission and was re-designated “Space Fighter” squadron (SVF). This VF-1A was painted in overall light gull gray with white trim. The squadron’s emblem, two dice showing a six and a one, show prominently on the vertical tail surfaces.

2009 10 SVF-1 111 A

VF-1A (Block 4) SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” aircraft 111, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (October 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to then Corporal Maximillian “Blue Devil” Sterling while serving in Vermillion section of SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” under then Lieutenant Richard Hunter. Though Max Sterling was not yet an ace, he had done so well in flight school that he caught the attention of the CAG, Commander Roy Fokker, who assigned him this non-standard paint scheme and placed him under his protégé Lieutenant Hunter. Throughout the war, the tail of this aircraft displayed both partial and full squadron markings.

2009 10 SVF-1 112 A

VF-1A (Block 4) SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” aircraft 112, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (October 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to then Corporal Ben Dixon while serving in Vermillion section of SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” under then Lieutenant Richard Hunter. Though not as prevalent as the standard overall tan with white trim, this aircraft’s paint scheme of white with tan trim was also quite common on VF-1s built in the SDF-1’s Onboard Manufacturing Facility. Throughout the war, the tail of this aircraft displayed both partial and full squadron markings.

2009 10 SVFM-31 03

VF-1A (Block 5) SVFM-31 “Hawks” aircraft 03, US Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point (October 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVFM-31 “Hawks” of the UN Spacy Marine Corps. It was formed when the United States Marine Corps’ training squadron VMFAT-203 was transferred to UN Spacy command. VMFAT-203 was VSTOL training squadron operating F-203F Dragon IIs. The squadron transitioned to VF-1Ds in early 2008 and served as the Marine Corps primary training and qualification squadron during the type’s introduction. Later in 2009, the squadron was reorganized as a space fighter squadron. The ceased to exist in 2011 when Cherry Point was destroyed during the Zentraedi Rain of Death.

2009 SVF-9 102

FRS.1 (Block 5) SVF-9 “Tridents” aircraft 102, HMS Ark Royal (November 2009)

This FRS.1 (British MoD’s designation for the VF-1A) was assigned to SVF-9 “Tridents” onboard the Unified Naval Forces Carrier HMS Ark Royal, along with it sister squadron SVF-26 “Cavaliers”.  SVF-9 descended from 801st Naval Air Squadron of the Royal Navy. The FRS.1s of SVF-9 were all painted in the traditional Commonwealth naval scheme of medium grey dorsal surfaces with white ventral surfaces. The British MoD dropped their own national roundel in favor of the UN Spacy emblem when they joined the Unified Forces in the early 2000s. The HMS Ark Royal, along with her sister ships HMS Invincible and HMS Illustrious, all operated two squadrons of FRS.1s each. The squadron was deactivated in 2017 during the reorganization of Earth Forces under the Treaty of the Southern Cross.

2009 SVF-15 208

VF-1A (Block 4) SVF-15 “Blue Foxes” aircraft 208, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (November 2009)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-15 “Blue Foxes” at Unified Forces Headquarters, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. In 2008, Eielson’s resident 18th Aggressor Squadron of the US Air Force was transferred to UN Spacy command and reflagged SVF-15. This aircraft was painted in a slightly irregular scheme of white with olive green trim. Most VF-1s at UN Spacy Headquarters were painted in a very similar scheme of white with verdant green trim.

2010 1 SVF-65 100

VF-1A (Block 7) SVF-65 “Blue Knights” aircraft 100, ARMD-05 UES Akagi (January 2010)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-65 “Blue Knights” squadron onboard ARMD-5 Akagi. SVF-65 was originally assigned to ARMD-3 UES Enterprise, but was transferred to the UES Akagi in January of 2010. After the First Robotech War, the squadron was once again based on the “Big E”. The large 5 on this aircraft’s tail surface make sure no one missed the fact that the squadron had been reassigned to the Akagi.

2010 1 SVF-85 105

VF-1A (Block 7) SVF-85 “Blue Falcons” aircraft 105, Lakeland Airfield, Australia (January 2010)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-85 “Fighting First” at Lakeland Airfield in Queensland Australia. Lakeland was the primary airbase and home to the headquarters of the South Pacific District Forces Grand Cannon 2 Direct Defense Flight Squadron. The second grand cannon had been destroyed in an Anti-Unification terrorist attack during the Unification War, but construction had resumed in mid-2009 after the beginning of the First Robotech War. The name “Blue Falcons” was a curious choice, as it was a derogatory term in the United States Air Force. Blue Falcon stood for Bravo Foxtrot, which was the phonetic alphabet symbol for “Buddy Fucker”.

2010 1 SVMF-49 207

VF-1A (Block 7) SVMF-49 “Vikings” aircraft 207, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California (January 2010)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVMF-49 “Vikings” of the Unified Space Forces Marine Corps. Though this particular aircraft shows a squadron designation of SVF-49, this was a bit of an anomaly. From December 2009 through February 2010, all Unified Forces fighter squadrons were re-designated SVF. This policy was dropped after just three months due to outcry from the Marine Corps. SVMF-49 was formerly the US Marine Corps squadron VMFA(AW)-225. The “Vikings” were transferred to UN Spacy command in 2008. This aircraft shows the standard United States Marine Corps two tone low visibility gray paint scheme which all VF-1s of the branch were painted in. None of the fighters in this squadron were ever repainted in UN Spacy tan and white, and all were lost during the Zentraedi Rain of Death.

2010 2 SVF-13 501

VF-1J (Block 5) SVF-13 “Lucky Sevens” aircraft 501, CVS-101 UES Prometheus (February 2010)

This VF-1J was assigned to SVF-13 “Lucky Sevens” onboard the UES Prometheus. SVF-13 was transferred from the SDF-1 to the Prometheus in mid-2009. This VF-1J was painted in overall light gull gray with lavender trim, the squadron’s color. The squadron symbol of two dice was painted on the vertical tail surfaces in red.

2010 2 SVF-29 310

VF-1A (Block 7) SVF-29 “Silver Wings” aircraft 310, ARMD-08 UES Midway (February 2010)

This VF-1J was assigned to SVF-29 “Silver Wings” onboard the UES Midway in 2010. This particular aircraft bears nose art reading “OG Love”, though older pictures of this same aircraft show it with the nose art “Sunset Beach” with an aircraft number of 03. Nose art was not that common on First Robotech War era fighters, so it is interesting that this particular aircraft had not one but two different examples of nose art. In 2016, SVF-29 was reassigned to ARMD-13 UES Forestall.

2010 2 SVF-34 500

VF-1A (Block 7) SVF-34 “King Fishers” aircraft 500, SDF-1 UES Macross (February 2010)

This VF-1A was assigned to VF-34 onboard the SDF-1. SVF-34 was first constituted as a part of Carrier Air Wing 33 (CVW-33, tail code FF). In late 2008, SVF-34 was re-assigned to CVW-9 (NL), the SDF-1’s air wing. SVF-34 is remarkable in that it was the first squadron to surpass 10,000 combat sorties with the VF-1 Valkyrie in October of 2012. This particular VF-1 had an interesting paint scheme. The base paint scheme was similar to the US Navy’s standard paint scheme of gray and white, with light blue upper surfaces and high visibility squadron markings.

2010 2 SVF-50 06

VF-1A (Block 8) SVF-50 “Broad Swords” aircraft 111, ARMD-06 UES Constellation (February 2010)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-50 “Broad Swords” on board the UES Constellation. The Constellation was tasked during the First Robotech War with the close defense of Moon Base Apollo. The squadron was first assigned to the Constellation in November of 2009. This particular VF-1 was painted in overall light gray with light blue trim.

2010 2 SVF-51 100

VF-1A (Block 7) SVF-51 “Yellow Jackets” aircraft 001, ARMD-6 UES Constellation (February 2010)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-51 “Yellow Jackets” onboard the UES Constellation. The Constellation was tasked during the First Robotech War with the close defense of Moon Base Apollo. In 2014, SVF-51 was re-assigned to ARMD-13 UES Forestall, along with squadrons SVF-2 and SVF-29. This particular fighter had perhaps one of the most attractive paint schemes ever, with bold yellow and black high visibility squadron markings over a gloss light gray base.

 

2010 3 SVF-1 111

VF-1J (Block 7) SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” aircraft 111, SDF-1 UES Macross (March 2010)

This VF-1J was the fighter assigned to then Lieutenant Maximilian Sterling. SVF-1 had been transferred to the SDF-1 UES Macross in a trade with SVF-13 “Lucky Sevens”. This fighter was painted in an overall royal blue with white trim. This paint scheme was commonly referred to as the “Love Birds” paint scheme, as it matched and was mirrored by his spouse’s VF-1J which was finished in insignia red with white trim. This fighter remained assigned to Maximilian Sterling until its lose to ground fire during the Malcontent Uprisings.  

2010 3 SVF-1

VF-1J (Block 7) SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” aircraft 112, SDF-1 UES Macross (March 2010)

This VF-1J was the fighter assigned to then Lieutenant Miriya Parina-Sterling. SVF-1 had been transferred to the SDF-1 UES Macross in a trade with SVF-13 “Lucky Sevens”. This fighter was painted in an overall insignia red with white trim. This paint scheme was commonly referred to as the “Love Birds” paint scheme, as it matched and was mirrored by her husband Maximilian Sterling’s VF-1J which was finished in royal blue with white trim. Both of these fighters remained in these colors until well after the First Robotech War. This duality of colors were repeated on the VA/F-6 Alphas flown by both pilots during the Sentinels Campaign.

2010 4 SVF-90 020

VF-1J (Block 7) SVF-90 aircraft 020, ARMD-06 UES Constellation (April 2010)

This VF-1J was assigned to SVF-90 onboard the UES Constellation. SVF-90 had an interesting history. The squadron was originally constituted by the Japanese Air Self Defense Force as the 165th Tactical Fighter Squadron during the Global Civil War. The 165th flew the indigenously developed F-15J++ Kai Eagle. During the Unification War, the squadron came under UN Spacy command and was re-designated SVF-90. SVF-90 was attached to a US Navy carrier air wing where the unit operated F-14D+ Tomcats. In 2008, the unit transitioned to VF-1 Valkyries. In 2010, the unit was assigned to ARMD-06. Though SVF-90 was a UN Spacy squadron, its Valkyries were painted in the standard US Navy low visibility paint scheme, even after they were transferred space duty onboard the Constellation.

2011 1 SVF-124 100

VF-1A (Block 9) SVF-124 “Moon Shadows” aircraft 100, Moon Base Apollo (November 2011)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-124, the resident fighter squadron tasked with area defense of Moon Base Apollo. In July of 2009, seven of the squadrons VF-1s were transferred to the unit’s sister squadron SVF-24, on the SDF-1. SVF-124 remained at Moon Base Apollo for the whole of its existence. The unit transitioned to the VF-4 Lightning in 2015, then successively the VF-1X, VF-1P, VF-8 Logan and finally the VFH-10 Auroran in 2030. All VF-1s in SVF-124 were painted in the unique Lunar Combat Camouflage which consisted of moon gray dorsal surfaces and black ventral surfaces.  

2011 2 SVF-20 200

VF-1A (Block 5) SVF-20 “Outlaws” aircraft 200, SDF-1 UES Macross (February 2011)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-20 “Outlaws” onboard the SDF-1. SVF-20 was constituted in January 2009, and just a short month later found itself in combat during the First Robotech War. Though SVF-20 nick-name was the Outlaws, inexplicably, its squadron symbol was a stylized hornet similar to that often associated with the pre-war F/A-18 Hornet.

2011 5 SVF-105 401

VF-1A (Block 7) SVF-105 aircraft 401, ARMD-06 UES Constellation (May 2011)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-105 onboard the UES Constellation. The squadron was stood up in June of 2009, as a part of carrier air wing 8. In August of 2009 SVF-105 was stationed on the Constellation. In 2014, the unit was moved once again, this time to ARMD-13 UES Forestall. This particular fighter is shown in space supremacy gray with high visibility squadron markings. A simple paint scheme of gull gray became the standard for fighters in space based units from 2011 onwards.

2012 4 SVF-88 207

VF-1A (Block 7) SVF-88 “East Guard” aircraft 207, ARMD-08 Midway (April 2012)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-88 “East Guard” onboard the UES Midway. SVF-88 was originally constituted at Komatsu Air Base in Japan as a joint UN Spacy and Japanese Air Self Defense Force unit. In 2009 the unit joined SVF-89 for a deployment on the ARMD-05 UES Akagi. After six months both units returned to their respective Earth-side bases. In 2010 SVF-88 was again deployed, this time with SVF-64 on ARMD-08 UES Midway. In 2011 SVF-88’s deployment aboard the UES Midway became a permanent assignment after its home base at Komatsu was destroyed in the Zentraedi Rain of Death. This aircraft featured a colorful tribute to its Japanese home-station.

2013 1 SVF-122 103

VF-1A (Block 9) SVF-122 “Big Aces” aircraft 103, ARMD-11 UES Kiev (January 2013)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-122 “Big Aces”. SVF-122 was the UN Spacy’s first Valkyrie squadron made up completely of loyalist Zentraedi. The pilots were all former Quadrono Battalion aces, all hand-picked by the unit’s squadron commander, Lieutenant Commander Miriya Parina-Sterling. Commander Parina-Sterling commanded from 2013 through 2015. This unit was involved in a great deal of controversy during the Malcontent uprisings, with several of its pilots defecting to join with the insurgents. This fighter was finished in gloss white with pink trim.

2013 5000th 2114130

VF-1A (Block 13) “Number 5000” Roll-out Ceremony Paint Scheme (May 2013)

This VF-1A (Bu.No.2114130/5000) was the 5000th VF-1 Valkyrie built. This paint job was applied for the roll-out ceremony at Northrop’s facility at Moon Base Apollo. Sadly, this paint scheme was covered over when it was delivered to the UN Spacy. Production of the original VF-1 Valkyrie ended later that year with a total of 5,459 having been built from 2006 to 2013. These were unprecedented numbers and to this date have only been surpassed by the VAF-6 Alpha.

2013 SVF-789 408

VF-1A (Block 10) SVF-789 “Dar es Carrack” aircraft 408, Breetai Kridanik’s Nupetiet-Vergnitzs-Class Fleet Command Battleship (2013)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-789 onboard Breetai Kridanik’s flagship. This unit was the first in the UN Spacy’s Zentraedi Fleet to be equipped with the VF-1 Valkyrie. SVF-789’s name/motto Dar es Carrack translated roughly to Victory is Everywhere. When the UN Spacy mothballed the majority of its legacy Zentraedi ships due Protoculture depletion, the unit was reassigned to the Tokugawa-class Super Dimensional Carrier UES Xerxes. In 2022, SVF-789 left the Sol System as part of the Pioneer Mission. By this time it had been made part of the Expeditionary Marine Corps and re-equipped with VAF-6 Alphas. This VF-1s dark green paint scheme was typical of Zentraedi operated Valkyries of the time, though the squadron later switched to the standard space supremacy scheme of overall gull gray.

2015 8 SVF-92 201

VF-1A (Block 12) SVF-92 aircraft 201, ARMD-12 UES Independence (August 2015)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-92 onboard the UES Independence. The unit was first constituted in January of 2010 onboard ARMD-07 UES Ranger. Near the end of the First Robotech War the squadron was transferred to ARMD-08 UES Midway, where it was tasked with the close defense of L-5 manufacturing facility. In 2013 it was reassigned again to the Independence. This fighter was finished in space supremacy gray with high visibility squadron markings. Prominent on the aircraft’s vertical tail surface was the squadron emblem of a blue spade with lightning.

2015 SVA-163 501

VF-1A (Block 9) SVA-163 “Flying Fleas” aircraft 501, Helsinki-Vantaa Air Base, Finland (2015)

This VF-1A was assigned to the 163rd Space Attack Squadron, Tactical Attack Force at Helsinki-Vantaa Air Base near Helsinki Finland. As a component of the Tactical Attack Force, SVA-163 was tasked as a rapid deployable unit for the European theatre. It also filled a secondary role as an expeditionary aggressor squadron. This particular aircraft and several other VF-1s in the squadron were finished in aggressor markings meant to replicate the camouflage then being used by Soviet aircraft. In 2018 the unit transitioned to VF-4 Lightning IIIs, and was re-designated SVF-163.

2016 4 SVF-227 305

VF-1A (Block 10) SVF-227 aircraft 305, CVS-200 UES Donald Hayes (April 2016)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-227 onboard the UES Donald Hayes. Prior to the squadron’s Earth-side assignment, SVF-227 was stationed aboard ARMD-13 UES Forestall. In 2016 the unit was assigned to the newly commissioned UES Donald Hayes, along with SVF-212. This aircraft was finished in the standard UN Spacy paint scheme for Earth based Valkyrie squadrons from 2014 onwards. This pain scheme consisted on dark earth brown with light gray trim. Additionally, this VF-1 sported non-standard high-visibility squadron markings.  

2016 11 SVF-69 502

VF-1A (Block 13) SVF-69 aircraft 502, ARMD-14 UES ARMD-14 Robert A. Rhysling (November 2016)

This VF-1A was assigned to SVF-69 onboard the UES Rhysling. The unit was constituted in August 2009 as part of Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1). In 2010, the squadron was reassigned to ARMD-09 UES Minsk. In early 2016, SVF-69 was reassigned to the newly built UES Rhysling. November 2016 represented an end of an era, as the squadron transitioned to the VF-4 Lightning III the next month. This VF-1A was finished in gray with white trim, with high visibility squadron markings. This paint scheme was a throw-back to the squadron’s origins as a surface naval fighter squadron.

2016

VF-1A (Block 9) 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron (USAF), Edwards Air Force Base, California (2016)

This VF-1A was assigned to the 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the United States Air Force while deployed to Bom Jesus Da Lapa Air Base in Brazil during the Malcontent Uprisings. After the US Air Force was disbanded in 2017, this unit was re-flagged SVF-435 as part of the UEDF Tactical Air Force. This fighter was finished in Southeast Asia II camouflage which consisted of medium green, dark green and medium tan. This was the USAF’s standard paint scheme for all tactical aircraft in the post war period. From 2011 through 2017, American military aircraft retained US insignia except when deployed as part of a joint Unified Forces operation.

2018 SVF-1

VF-1J (Block 7) SVX-3 Experimental Development Group, Atlanta Base (2018)

VF-1J was assigned to SVX-3 Test and Evaluation squadron with the Experimental Development Group located at Martin Marietta’s former facility near Atlanta Georgia. SVX-3 was one of five squadrons tasked with carrying out acceptance trails of new aircraft. This aircraft was finished in all black. Though the unit had no direct tie to the test and evaluation squadrons of the US Navy, their aircraft livery was obviously inspired by them.

2021 8 SVF-64 110

VF-1P SVF-64 aircraft 110, ARMD-213 UES Altamira (August 2021)

This VF-1P was one of several assigned to Reconnaissance Expeditionary Force – Expeditionary Fleet Combatants’ SVF-64 space fighter squadron. SVF-64 was assigned to the Heritage-class ship ARMD-213 UES Altamira. The Heritage-class of ARMDs were based on the Battle-class Super Dimensional Heavy Cruisers. The Altamira was involved in the involved in the search for the UES Fitz Roy, a Normandy-class Super Dimensional General Passenger/Cargo Vessel which went missing during a colonization mission. As it turned out, the Zentraedi crew had rebelled, killing their human counterparts. SVF-64 was instrumental in putting down the insurrection. This VF-1P was painted in a pretty, non-standard, blue and white high visibility paint scheme. Several fighters from this squadron carried a similar paint scheme.

2022 SVF-77 110

VF-1P SVF-77 aircraft 110, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (2022)

This VF-1P was assigned to SVF-77 at Eielson Air Force Base, near the remains of the first Grand Cannon. SVF-77 was a United Earth Defense Force Tactical Air Force fighter squadron. They traced their lineage back to the UN Spacy, under whom they were first constituted in 2007. In 2016 they transitioned to VF-4 Lightning IIIs. After the many problems with the type became apparent, the squadron switched to VF-1Xs in 2019 and in 2022 began to receive the first VF-1Ps. By the beginning of the Second Robotech War, VF-77 was flying the F-209 Sylphid Fighter Aircraft and had been re-designated VF-77. This aircraft was finished in a non-standard paint scheme of high visibility markings over gloss white.

2024 SVF-56 309

VF-1A (Block 15) SVF-56 aircraft 309, ARMD-244 UES Lassen Peak (2024)

This VF-1A was assigned to the United Earth Defense Forces – Tactical Armored Space Corps’ squadron SVF-56 embarked onboard the UES Lassen Peak. SVF-56 traced it lineage back the Japanese Air Self Defense Force 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron. This squadron operated Mitsubishi F-2 fighters during the Global Civil War and received their first VF-1 Valkyries in 2009. In 2014, the squadron was transferred to the UN Spacy and re-designated SVF-56. In 2023 the unit lost its VAF-6 Alphas, as the type was getting re-assigned to the Expeditionary Forces. The squadron was re-equipped with VF-1 Valkyries as a stop gap measure, and later in 2025 was finally equipped with VF-8 Logans. This aircraft was finished JASDF sea camouflage as a tribute to the squadron’s origins.

2024 SVF-113 099

VF-1P SVF-113 “Raging Bulls” aircraft 099, Oceanus Naval Station, Barrow Island, Australia (2024)

This VF-1P was assigned to United Earth Defense Force Tactical Air Force fighter squadron SVF-113 “Ragging Bulls” at Oceanus Naval Station, Barrow Island, off the western coast of Australia. The “Ragging Bulls” traced their lineage back to the US Marine Corps HMM-261 helicopter squadron. As HMM-261, the squadron flew CH-46 Sea Knights during the Vietnam War and Global Civil War. In 1997, the squadron transitioned to the AH-71 Sea Viper and was re-designated a Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron HMLA-261. In 2004, the squadron was transferred to the UNS Marine Corps as HMLA-113, and shortly after transitioned to the AH-68 Privateer. After the First Robotech War, the unit was disbanded due to battle attrition. The unit was reactivated in 2016 as the VF-1 Valkyrie squadron SVMF-113. After the signing of the Treaty of the Southern Cross, and the subsequent merging of UN Spacy with the national militaries of the Unified Forces, the 113th found itself in the UEDF Naval Air Operations Corps. Though technically now a Navy fighter squadron, SVF-113 stayed true to its Marine Corps heritage by taking on the role of close air support of Naval Infantry. For this role, the aircraft of this squadron were painted in a desert camouflage pattern as seen here. This paint scheme was phased out however when the unit transitioned to AHR-15 Phantom Attack Reconnaissance VTOL Aircraft in 2028.

2029 4 SVF-43 101

VF-1P SVF-43 “Hell Hounds” aircraft 101, AVT-204 UES Kilauea (April 2029)

This VF-1P was assigned to the last active duty squadron to operate the Valkyrie Veritech Fighter, SVF-43 Hell Hounds. SVF-43 was assigned to the UEDF Naval Air Operations Corps, though its final deployment was onboard the Aerospace Transport Ship AVT-204 UES Kilauea. The Kilauea, formerly a Heritage-class ARMD before it was re-designated, was tasked with delivering aerospacecraft to the Earth colony planets. SVF-43 was deployed as its defensive squadron on a routine trip to the Earth colony planet Glorie. The Kilauea was on this cruise at the beginning of the Second Robotech War and was subsequently reassigned to the United Earth Expeditionary Force upon its arrival at Glorie. In 2032, SVF-43 was re-equipped with VAF-6 Alphas. This particular VF-1P was painted in an interesting “Last Cruise” paint scheme of dark earth brown and light gray. This paint scheme was meant to honor the standard post-war UN Spacy Valkyrie paint scheme. Many fighters in the squadron sported equally unique paint schemes celebrating the VF-1 Valkyrie’s 23 years of service.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Images From – Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie, Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie: Wings of Space and Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie: SDF-1 Macross VF-1 Squadrons

Translations taken from Sketchley’s Translations

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Rockwell Bell VF-1 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 late cockpit gallery

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VF-1 Valkyrie Veritech fighter 3MCCS-2 cockpit in fighter mode.

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Fighter 3

 

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Fighter 1 VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Fighter 4

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Fighter 12

Cutaways, top and bottom, showing crew location while in fighter mode.

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Fighter 11


 

VF-1 Valkyrie Veritech fighter 3MCCS-2 cockpit in Battloid mode.

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Battloid 4

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Battloid 2

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Battloid 6

Pilot egress while in Battloid mode is demonstrated here by a Block 12 VF-1S Strike Valkyrie.

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Battloid 3


3MCCS-2 cockpit displays and controls.

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Fighter 5

Heads-up Display (HUD). The 3MCCS-2 cockpit display system introduced a full canopy HUD. Interestingly, this was a feature that did not appear on another Veritech until the VF-13 Gamma. 

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Fighter 6

The 3MCCS-2 cockpit also introduced a unified control interface, which allowed the stick and throttle to serve as the arm controls while in Battloid. 

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Fighter 9


Martin and Baker Mk. 9 ejection seat.

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 M&B Mk 9B 1

The Block 6 Valkyrie introduced the much improved M&B Mk. 9 ejection seat. This seat had Vernier thrusters and controls allowing it to self recover after an ejection in space. It also featured a more ergonomic design and a more reclined seating position.

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie M&B Mk.7B and Mk.9B

Side by side comparison of the Mk. 7 and Mk. 9 ejection seat.


VT-1 Ostrich Vertiech advance trainer cockpit in fighter mode.

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Fighter 13 VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Fighter 14


3MCCS-2 cockpit diagram.

VF-1 Block 6 Valkyrie 3MCCS-2 Cockpit Fighter 7

  1. Rear view monitor.
  2. Multi function display (MFD) control push buttons.
  3. Primary MFD.
  4. Master Caution light.
  5. Communication Control System (CCS) input keypad.
  6. Mode selector. 
  7. Mode G/B balance trim.
  8. Weapons system control panel.
  9. Secondary MFD.
  10. Flight systems control panel for landing gear, arrestor hook, Loran, etc.
  11. FAST Pack sub-system control panel.
  12. Emergency system control panel. 
  13. Self diagnostic tool set (SDTS) control toggle.
  14. CCS main panel.
  15. Audio/data jack.
  16. Right multi-function control stick.
  17. Protoculture cell-energizer and fusion turbine control panel.
  18.  Protoculture cell-energizer and fusion turbine secondary emergency display.
  19. Left multi-function control stick.

 

 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

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, Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie, Macross Mecha Manual

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

Rockwell Bell VF-1 Valkyrie 3MCCS-1C early cockpit gallery

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VF-1 Valkyrie Veritech fighter, Blocks 1 through 5, 3MCCS-1C cockpit in fighter mode.

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie 3MCCS-1C Cockpit Fighter mode 3

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie 3MCCS-1C Cockpit Fighter mode 1


VF-1 Valkyrie Veritech fighter, Blocks 1 through 5, 3MCCS-1C cockpit in Battloid mode.

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie 3MCCS-1C Cockpit Battloid mode 7

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie 3MCCS-1C Cockpit Battloid mode 6

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie 3MCCS-1C Cockpit Battloid mode 3

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie 3MCCS-1C Cockpit Battloid mode 1


3MCCS-1C cockpit pilot interfaces / controls.

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie 3MCCS-1C Cockpit Fighter mode 11

HOTAS (Hands on Throttle and Stick ) roll and pitch control stick. 

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie 3MCCS-1C Cockpit Fighter mode 10

Throttle control. Note that the throttle itself had very little in the way of additional controls. 

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie 3MCCS-1C Cockpit Fighter mode 6

Dedicated controls for the control of the Veritech while in Battloid mode. This redundant control set-up was rectified in Block 6 and later Valkyries.


VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie Martin & Baker Mk.7 ejection seat.

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie M&B Mk.7B 1 VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie M&B Mk.7B 2

The old phrase “Meet your Maker in a Martin Baker” took on a new life with the introduction of the Mk. 7 in the VF-1 Valkyrie. The Mk. 7 wasn’t so much a bad ejection seat, it was just that it was built for use in the Earth’s atmosphere. When used in space, the seat’s lack of dedicated attitude controls meant that the pilot would continue on in the direction that the seat ejected him in for the rest of eternity. 

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie M&B Mk.7B and Mk.9B

Comparison of the Mk. 7 and later Mk. 9 ejection seat. The Mk. 9 introduced post ejection attitude and thruster controls, as well as a more ergonomic shape. 


3MCCS-1C cockpit displays.

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie Displays 3

Radar intercept symbology.

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie Displays 2

Landing glide path display, typically used in adverse weather and night time carrier operations.

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie Displays 4

Display in Battloid mode.

VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie Displays 5 VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie Displays 6 VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie Displays 7

Heads up display symbology.


3MCCS-1C cockpit diagram.

  1. VF-1 Block 1-5 Valkyrie Displays 1
  1. Rear-view mirror (Block 1 only) Rear view monitor (Block 2 onward).
  2. Left Multi-Function Display (MFD).
  3. Master Caution Light.
  4. Heads up Display (HUD).
  5. Center MFD.
  6. Right MFD. 
  7. Mode G/B balance trim.
  8. Battloid mode right arm control stick.
  9. Fighter mode roll/pitch control stick.
  10. Battloid mode left arm control stick.
  11. Mode selector.
  12. Communication Control System (CCS) panel. 
  13. Performance Management System (PMS) display.
  14. Protoculture cell-energizer and fusion turbine control panel.
  15. Throttle.


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

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, Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie, Macross Journal Extra VF-1 Valkyrie special edition, Macross Mecha Manual

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

Rockwell Bell VEFR-1 Electronic Warfare Valkyrie gallery

VEFR-1A Valkyrie Electronic Warfare Veritech

VEFR-1 Electronic Warfare Valkyrie Fighter 1

VEFR-1 Electronic Warfare Valkyrie Battloid 1

The VEFR-1 mounted a large rotary radome and one electronic surveillance pod mounted on left arm. The radome, mounted above the mecha’s head, is what lead to the fairly racist nickname of “Funny China-man”.  


 

VEF-1D Valkyrie Electronic Warfare Veritech

VEFR-1 Electronic Warfare Valkyrie Fighter 2

The VEF-1D was a simplified version of the earlier VEFR-1A. It dropped much of the A model’s specialized sensor equipment and made use of a largely unmodified VF-1D Valkyrie Veritech. 

VEFR-1 Electronic Warfare Valkyrie Battloid 2

Unlike the VEFR-1A, the the D model retained the VF-1D’s hands and head arangement to include the twin RöV-20 lasers.


Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

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

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 – Robotech the Macross Saga Sourcebook, Macross Mecha Manual

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

Shinnakasu VE-1 ELINT Seeker Valkyrie Veritech gallery

Shinnakasu Heavy Industries VE-1C “ELINT Seeker” Valkyrie

VE-1C ELINT Seeker Valkyrie Fighter 1

VE-1C ELINT Seeker Valkyrie Battloid 2 VE-1C ELINT Seeker Valkyrie Battloid 11


 

Shinnakasu Heavy Industries VE-1A “ELINT Seeker” Valkyrie

VE-1A ELINT Seeker Valkyrie Battloid 1


Gun camera footage from a VF-1A Valkyrie showing a VE-1C “ELINT Seeker” Valkyrie in its sights taken during dissimilar space combat training as part of exercise Lunar Trident.

VE-1C ELINT Seeker Valkyrie Battloid 3


Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

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 – Unknown

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing