Spectrum's fleet of various craft, the Albatross is unique.
Skybase carries two of these massive VTOL Deployment Aircraft, which are
used to carry vehicles - mainly a Rhino - anywhere it is needed
around the world. It can carry the most heavy weight, putting it
down or pick it up on any ground, and in almost any conditions.
deployment system of the Albatross is unique. The cargo doors
under the belly of the craft open, and unfold to form the landing
feet. Then, the vehicle it carries is lowered by a
lift from the Albatross's cargo, just at its finishes its landing
procedure and approach. The Rhino can be deployed at the same
second the Albatross makes its landing, and once it is out, the craft
can take off immediately.
'drop-and-go' deployment, helped by the SlyFOXX anti-detection shielding
with which the Albatross is equipped, makes the Aircraft perfect for
covert operations. However, due to its massiveness, it could
attract visual attention, and therefore, the sturdy craft has been
equipped with anti-missile Acoustic Disruptors - which makes it a hard
target to hit, despite his size.
| The different phases of the Albatross
'drop-and-go' deployment system
|Different views of the
Albatross. For a larger image, click
so massive, the Albatross nevertheless has remarkable swiftness in
flight. Powerful pivoting twin multi-directional XBurn
engines, set on each side of the craft, give it lifting capability,
maneuverabilty, and in-flight velocity, even with carrying the heaviest
unique is the launching method with which the Albatross is launched from
Skybase. Set in its hanger over an airlock, the Albatross is
held in place by clamps attached to its nose. During
launch sequence, the airlock doors open, and the pilot powers up the
thrusters. Once ready for launched, the pilot releases the
clamps, and the Albatross drops from underneath the belly of
Skybase, several meters before the thrust of the engines stops its fall
and finally leaves base to carry on its mission.
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