Grumman VC-33 VTOL Light Cargo Aircraft

Grumman VC-33C Moms Kitchen 2

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Rob Morgenstern, Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing


  • VC-33 reference file
  • VC-33 gallery

Designation: Grumman VC-33 VTOL Light Cargo Aircraft

I. Dimensions.

  • Length: 19.2 meters
  • Width: 3.2 meters
  • Wingspan: 19.5 meters
  • Height: 5.4 meters
  • Weight: 17.2 metric tons.

II. Type.

  • Two flight crew light tactical military VTOL transport aircraft.
  • There are a number of configurations for this aircraft:
    • Troop transport – 25 troops
    • Cargo – 5 metric tons of cargo
    • VIP – 12 passengers and 1 metric ton of cargo

III. Propulsion.

  • 2 x BMW/Rolls-Royce BR720 turbofan engines with two-dimensional vectored thrust nozzles providing 109 kN of thrust.
  • 2 x secondary BMW/Rolls-Royce BR800 turbojet engines located behind the rear landing gear providing 45 kN of thrust for vertical takeoff and landings.

Grumman VC-33C Moms Kitchen 18

IV. Performance:

  • Maximum speed: 810 kph
  • Maximum speed: 530 kph, low altitude
  • Service Ceiling: 12,800 meters
  • Maximum range: 2,222 km (with VTOL operation)
  • Maximum range: 7,556 km (with runway takeoff and landing, light cargo)
  • Combat radius: 3,690 km (with runway takeoff and landing, airdrop delivery)
  • Combat radius: 1,300 km (with runway takeoff and landing, VTOL delivery)
  • Maximum Take-Off Weight: 38.3 metric tons
  • Maximum VTOL Weight: 28.6 metric tons
  • Maximum Cargo Weight: 6.75 metric tons

Note: The maximum runway take-off weight is more limited by the structural integrity of the aircraft hull than the thrust available.

V. Sensory Systems:

Radar System:

  • AlliedSignal RDR4 (TTR-SS) X-band (9,375 MHz) multi-mode frequency-agile pulse-Doppler radar, providing forward looking weather, terrain mapping and beacon homing.

Optical tracking:

  • Thomson DOS-2000 multi-band digital camera system, for medium range traversable UV, infra-red imaging and optical band detection and tracking;

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Westinghouse ALQ-200(V) active radar jammer
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares
  • Active missile jammers
  • Multiple HF, VHF and UHF antennas.

VI. Armament:

  • None.

VII. Armor:

Full nuclear and chemical protection. Limited protection from hand fired solids and energy beams, shrapnel and other fragments.

VIII. Development:

The VC-33 saw use during the Global Civil War (GCW) ferrying troops and supplies to the front lines. Its size and vertical takeoff and landing capabilities allowed the transport to unload its cargo close to the front lines thereby allowing rapid deployment and resupplying of troops in the field. These aircraft were used all over theaters of the GCW and due to its widespread use, it earned the nickname “Mom’s Kitchen” as they frequently served as resupply aircraft for the forward troops. The VC-33 transport also saw extensive use ferrying VIPs all over the world. This aircraft was especially useful at Alaska base as the size and VTOL capabilities were useful in allowing the aircraft to land within the grand cannon thereby obscuring the passengers from any land- or space-based surveillance systems. Since VC-33 also sees frequent use by carriers as a carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft, the wings fold up for easier storage.

The United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) Tactical Corps used the VC-33 to ferry troops for rapid deployment, as well as the Logistics Corps using them for forward supply.

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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

Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized in this publication.

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. 

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images From – Macross Perfect Memory, Robotech RPG Book 2: RDF Manual

Content by Robert Morgenstern, with Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1999, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing



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