To protect their northern strongholds, the Vulpesant military invested a great deal of technology and time into their airships. One advancement that allowed them to retain air superiority even in areas without airbases were their airship-launched fighters, and the deadliest of these was the Vinear Variable Geometry Fighter-Bomber. It was a capable and potent vehicle, able to act as an interceptor and bomber, and could dogfight and dominate even the most advance Venrock fighters of the time.
Some key features of the Vinear were its lack of landing gear, fully maneuverable flight-planes, and dual atomic turbojets. The fighter was launched and recovered after flights by a gantry built into the hangar bays of Vulpesant airships, removing the need to traditional landing gear. Some variants of this aircraft carried landing gear in fuselage-mounted pods, but this was uncommon due to the nature of the vehicle. The variable-geometry wings and tailplanes allowed the Vinear to be incredibly maneuverable, if not terrifying to fly. While under high stress turns and maneuvers, the engines would adjust their throttle independently, to assist the turn. Dogfighters rarely performed such maneuvers while carrying payloads on their wings, as these were known to be torn off under the stresses of such high-g manipulations.
The Vinear's atomic engines were built mainly by the Xain, to aid their Vulpesant allies. They ran on a contained loop of pressurized mercury vapor, and could run for seventeen hours before needing to be serviced. The engine would need to be removed from the airframe and cleaned and polished as the extreme temperature of the mercury would corrode many of its internal components.
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