| The Big Sky Dragonfly.
The Dragonfly is the latest fighter produced by Big Sky Aviation.
A company based in Billings Montana, it took up the slack
following North American Aviation's collapse, Big Sky purchased a large
quantity of NAA tooling, while employing a number of former NAA
For the first year of it's existance, it
primarily produced replacement parts for NAA designs. When a new North
American Aviation was formed in Hollywood, Big Sky began branching out,
and experimented. It produced several new Thunderbirds, and
tested some prototype aircraft. They produced a bomber, which
had moderate sales, but then, in early '36, they came out with their
first new fighter design.
Dragonfly is somewhat archaic in
design. A bi-plane, and with a wooden frame, many (namely those
who haven't flown against them) scoff those features, however they were
the product of a carefull design committee. The wooden airframe,
while weaker than metal, is easier, cheaper and quicker to construct
than metal, and easier to repair once in the field, not to mention far
more available in the Disputed Territories. And
while it's bi-plane design is dated, many of them are still in service,
and some nations, such as Italy, have fielded new bi-planes.
The Dragonfly is extremely agile, although one must be
carefull to not stress the wooden airframe.
engine is a Pratt & Whittney, a common, easily maintained engine,
not easy to milk extra speed from, but cheap, fuel effeciant and
rugged The Dragonfly can sprint
at two hundred and fifty five miles per hour, many pilots pushing
their engines past that in a pinch. The P&W is somewhat
laggy, however most pilots feel the extra range is worth the tradeoff.
One element that has
been added has been extra large fuel tanks. The vast Montana
plains have made double and triple engine planes popular for their
range, the Dragonly matches the range of the Grumman Avenger, and falls
only a hundred and fifty miles short of it's NAA relative the
Thunderbird. The downside to this being that it has
crammed the cockpit far forward, right over top the main gun.
Browning .60 caliber gun sits right underneath the cockpit, providing
close-in punch, while paired .40's and .50's occupy the wings.
This allows some reach, while it can still shred a fighter at
close range. The six hardpoints offer a heavy rocket loadout,
many pilots preferring flash or sonic rockets, using them to stun an
opponent to close and finish them with guns. Seven
hundred and fifty pounds of armor rounds out it's protection.
being a locally produced aircraft Dragonfly sales are low in the
Disputed Territories, the high price tag being a turnoff to some.
That said, more are slowly appearing as the rugged design draws
No official contracts have been placed, being in
the Disputed Territories, Big Sky is trusted little more than Blackflag
by national governments.
Several have been sold to private
militias in the Atlantic Coalition, Pacifica and the Maritime
Provinces, so it is likely that a contract will come in the near
Manufacturer: Big Sky Aviation.
Max Speed: 255MPH
Max Acceleration: 34.8FP/s
Max Decelleration: 60FP/s
Max Ceiling: 13,000 feet.
Crew: 1 Pilot.
One Browning .60 caliber heavy machine gun in the nose, paired
.40 and .50 caliber Brownings in the upper and lower wings.
Base Target Number: 6
Leading Starboard: 40
Trailing Starboard: 40
Leading Port: 40
Trailing Port: 40
Weapons: 1X.60 in GP2. 2X.50 in GP 6-7. 2X.40 in GP5-8
Linked ammo bins.
About the model:
was created by taking a F8 Buccaneer (a model I never use) and simply
melding on a pair of Devastator wings I trimmed off another model.