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VF-4'F' Lightning III
« on: July 21, 2009, 12:04:23 AM »
The VF-4'F', painted in the VFA-364 'Purple Foxes' scheme.

VF-4 'F' LIGHTNING III

The unofficial 'F' version of the VF-4 was originally devised as a testbed for the application of the High Latency Combat Flightsuit (HLCU) program by its manufacturer, KC Morgan Design Bureau, on a fully-working variable fighter. While the company had done all the engineering necessary to customize and interface the sensor arrays and cameras necessary to gather enough data for the HLCU's built-in 'virtual cockpit' system to operate at its full capacity, their lack of experience on variable fighter technology had the airframe's manufacturer, Stonewell-Bellcomm, involved so as to integrate the newest addition to their platform's own systems, a task they succeeded at doing. 

Needless to say, the first flights demonstrated the possibilites offered by providing a fighter pilot with an unimpeded view of the environment surrounding the craft under his/her command. Shortly after the system entered its second (and final) trial phase, Admiral McCabe, who deemed it a very suitable system for the newly created Purple Foxes to be equipped with, issued orders for Stonewell-Bellcom to refit nine VF-4s to meet the HLCU's specifications.

In addition to adding the sensors and re-configuring the fighter's systems needed for the virtual cockpit system to work, the VF-4s destined to the VFA-364 have also been updated in accordance to Stonewell-Bellcomm's latest revisions of the craft, boosting its performance somewhat.

On a curious side note, the VF-4 'F' was jokingly referred to as the VF-4'P' (as in 'Paparazzo') by the technicians tending to the upgrades, given the multitude of extra optical sensors mounted on its airframe.


SPECIFICATIONS:

As to be expected, an HLCU flightsuit is required for the 'Virtual Cockpit' system to work. The fighter's weapons systems remain unchanged.

**More to be added later.**