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Ruby Bird Commuter Aircraft

design by Roderick Darroch Elliott

The Ruby Bird is built by the aerospace manufacturer Shenduughash Ka Shing Aerial Conveyances (SKSAC). Its streamlined 140 m3 displacement slab-shaped fuselage is slung between 4 counter-rotating Lift Activator Disks mounted fore and aft on either side of the hull, hung from short airfoil cross-section reverse gull-winged wings. The bulbous, glass-encased cockpit is slung low and slightly forward, giving it a rather droopnosed appearance; aft the hull tapers backward towards a Y-configuration vertical stabilizer.

Twin passenger entry doors, mounted at mid-hull and opening onto the back of the passenger compartment, allow access to the passenger compartment. The passenger areas are slightly roomier than is the norm for comparable aircraft; eight roomy seats are laid out on either side of a central corridor. Emergency exit hatches are placed in the ceilings of the cockpit and pasenger compartment. A 16 m^3 cargo compartment, accessed by a side-opening small cargo hatch, is emplaced aft of the passenger compartment. 4 3.625 Mw MHD power plants are emplaced in the hull at the base of the wing roots; fuel storage is along the underside of the hull. Landing gear consist of 4 short retractable landing legs with sturdy pads.

The plane was designed with Fire Fusion & Steel.

Ruby Bird-Class

General Data

Airframe: Fast Subsonic
Price: 6.54 MCr
Tech Level: 9
Size: 140 m3
Mass: 74.85 tons max takeoff.
Power: TL-9 MHD Turbine 14.5 Mw 2.9 M^3/hr fuel generating 120 tons of thrust.

Controls: TL-9 Computer Linked
Comunications: Radio
Sensor: 300km Radar
Electronic Countermeasures: None
Life Support: Basic
Cargo: 9 tons

Crew 1 Pilot/Gunner
Crew Accomodations: 3 crew cramped crewstations
Passenger Accomodations: 16 open passenger stations
Fire Control None
Aramanment: None
Ammo: None
Maxiumum Speed: 320 kph.
Cruising Speed: 240 kph.
NOE Speed: 40
Travel Move:
Combat Move: 111
Agility: 6
Glide Ratio: 0 (Drops like a brick)
Fuel Consumption: 2.9 m3/hour
Internal Fuel Capacity: L
Endurance: 13.33 hrs.
Range: 3100 km
Takeoff Roll: m
Landing Roll: m
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