HF-66 Thunderbolt VII

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HF-66 Thunderbolt VII
WC4-Thunderbolt.jpg
Type Heavy Fighter
Manufacturer McCall Industries,
Douglas Aerospace
Primary User Terran Confederation
Additional Users Union of Border Worlds,
Various Pirate Groups
Introduction 2668
Nicknames "Lead Sled"
General Characteristics
Length 34 meters
Mass 20 tonnes
Crew 2 (Pilot, Gunner)
Performance
Maximum Yaw 50 dps
Maximum Pitch 50 dps
Maximum Roll 50 dps
Acceleration 200 k/s2
Velocity
Maximum 380 kps
Afterburner
Maximum Afterburner 1000 kps
Max Acceleration 800 k/s2
Armament
Guns

Turrets
Single Mount Mass Driver (1)
Default Missile Loadout

Components
Cloaking Device No
Jump Drive No
Defense
Shields
Fore 250 cm equivalent
Aft 250 cm equivalent
Armor
Front 120 cm
Rear 120 cm
Right 100 cm
Left 100 cm
Source Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom
Wing Commander: Secret Ops



The HF-66 Thunderbolt VII is a heavy fighter in the service of the Terran Confederation.

The Thunderbolt VII saw extensive action in the later half of the Terran-Kilrathi War. As a heavy fighter, it was designed with the ability to hold its ground in a dogfight against multiple enemy fighters and to assault high-priority targets. The Thunderbolt VII was built on a heavy chassis with a large weapons loadout capable of sporting one torpedo for anti-ship combat. It possesses heavy armor and a rear turret for self-defense. While not as fast as most starfighters, it was still sufficiently maneuverable to hold its own on the battlefield.

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History

The Thunderbolt VII was deployed from numerous carrier groups during the final years of the Terran-Kilrathi War, and was used to assault numerous convoys and Kilrathi warships. When it was equipped with a torpedo, it proved to be an especially lethal threat.

One notable action of the Thunderbolt VII was that undertaken by Kilrathi pilot Ralgha nar Hhallas, who until 2669 was a loyal pilot of the Terran Confederation. That year, he betrayed his comrades on the TCS Victory on behalf of the Kilrathi and fled the Victory on a Thunderbolt after his involvement in the loss of the TCS Behemoth. His former comrade Christopher Blair pursued him and despite Ralgha's exceptional combat skills, gunned him down.

Thunderbolts continued to see action long after the end of the war in 2669. During the Border Worlds Conflict of 2673, the Black Lance acquired numerous Thunderbolts for use in their attacks against the Union of Border Worlds in their attempt to initiate a war with the Terran Confederation.

Specifications

Sources

Victory Streak

Wing Commander 3

WC4 manual

Wing Commander 4

WCP Gold Manual

WCSO missions

Gallery