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      The Big Sky Dragonfly.

 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 employees.  

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.

The 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.    

It's 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.

A 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.    

Users:
Despite 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 in supporters.

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 future.  

Aircraft Statistics:

Name: "Dragonfly"
Manufacturer: Big Sky Aviation.
Class: Fighter.
Engine: Pratt&Whittney

Max Speed: 255MPH
Max Acceleration:  34.8FP/s
Max Decelleration:   60FP/s
Max Ceiling: 13,000 feet.

Crew:  1 Pilot.

Weapons:  One Browning .60 caliber heavy machine gun in the nose, paired .40 and .50 caliber Brownings in the upper and lower wings.  

Game Statistics:

Base Target Number: 6
Hardpoints: 6
Speed:  3
Acceleration: 1
Deceleration: 2
G-load:3

Armor Points:
Nose: 40
Leading Starboard: 40
Trailing Starboard: 40
Leading Port: 40
Trailing Port: 40
Tail:  30

Weapons:  1X.60 in GP2.   2X.50 in GP 6-7.  2X.40 in GP5-8
 
Characteristics:
 Linked ammo bins.
 Wooden airframe
 Premium range
 Cramped cockpit
 Light stick
Price: $11,092

  About the model:

 It 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.