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Vehicle Data

Stonewell/Bellcom VF-1 Valkyrie

Flight Controls:

Two sectional flaps located on trailing edge of wing. According to the Macross Compendium, these are also ailerons, as the VF-1 is based off of a Grumman F-14 Tomcat, and all detail diagrams do not list ailerons. The diagram lists the outer segment as "Outboard manoeuvre flap segments" and the inboard section as "Inboard, high lift flap". The inboard flap has two sections. I will do some more research into this area, as other diagrams in this book do refer to ailerons when they exist, I do not believe the VF-1 has ailerons. Checking my Valkyrie Factory Schematic, the inboard section is just listed as a flap, and the outboard section is listed as a landing flap.

Roll Control Spoilers are located along the central span of the wing.

Leading Edge Slat Segments are located along the leading edges of the wings.

Conventional Rudder controls are located on the vertical tails of the VF-1. Note that these may in fact be ruddervators as the vertical tail (VT) is not at 90 degrees to the aircraft body and may therefore contribute slightly as an elevator control as well.

Single Axis Thrust Vectoring nozzles are located in the rear of the aircraft and are used in place of more conventional elevators and probably also contribute to roll control of the aircraft.

Air Brake located behind the cockpit.

I believe I also read about a body flap once (see trapezoidal piece between engines), but I have been unable to locate that source, it could be incorrect.


2 Shinnakasu Heavy Industry(Nakajima??)/P W/Rolls-Royce FF-2001 reaction turbine engines rated at 11,500 kg (25,400 lb.). of thrust each.

Specifications (Fighter Configuration)

Wing Span 12.12 / 14.78 meters
(20 / 42 degrees of Wing Sweep)
Length 14.23 meters
Height 3.84 meters
Empty Weight 13250 kg
Fuel + Payload + TFO (?) 5150 kg
Crew Weight (?) 100 kg
Take-off Gross Weight (TOGW) 18500 kg
Max Take-off Gross Weight (TOGWmax) 37000 kg
Max straight and level speed @ sea level STP Mach ?.??
@ 10,000 m STP Maxh 2.71
@ 30,000 m STP Mach 3.87

STP = Standard Temperature and Pressure (i.e. Standard Day)
TFO = Trapped Fuel and Oil. Typically of the order of 2-5% of the total fuel/oil weight. Trapped fuel is fuel located in the wings that can never be used.
Crew Weight is typically assumed to be 200 lb. (90.7 kg) per crew member + 20 lb. of baggage (9.07 kg).
Payload includes weaponry.

Note also that the Mach number of an aircraft does not directly indicate speed. Mach 1.0 is NOT some magical number, the speed which equals Mach 1.0 changes with temperature, and hence altitude. (Mach number only changes with temperature, except in VERY special cases at very high speeds when air begins to significantly change composition and starts changing into plasma). For example:

Altitude Standard Temperature Mach 2.71 Mach 3.87
10,000 m
(32,808 ft)
223.26 K
(401.87 deg R)
813 m/s
(2,664 ft/s)
1161 m/s
(3,804 ft/s)
30,000 m
(98,425 ft)
231.24 K
(416.23 deg R)
827 m/s
(2,710 ft/s)
1180 m/s
(3,870 ft/s)

Information Gathered From:
Macross Mecha Designs
UN Spacy Headquarters
Robotech: Technical Files

Disclaimer: Some of the data on this page is speculation on my part as the aircraft is fictitious. However, I have tried to piece together as much data as possible by comparing the aircraft to real aircraft and seeing what makes sense.

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