- Starfury has other uses. Please see Starfury (disambiguation) for other meanings.
The Mk2 SA-23E Mitchell-Hyundyne Starfury is the Earthforce standard non-atmospheric deep space interdiction and recon fighter.
It first entered service in the 2240s.[N 1] By 2260 Earthforce began to supplement this model with the atmospheric capable Mk3 Thunderbolt, though the Mk2s would remain in active service for at least the next four decades.
A Starfury carries a standard armament of four forward-firing Copeland JC466/A Pulse Discharge Cannons and two Copeland JC44 Pulse Discharge cannons with an additional eight external hard-points on the engine pylons to allow additional payloads such as missiles or slug tanks.
Mk2 Starfuries are highly manuverable with the ability to spin 180 degrees in under a second. This combined with the heavy weapon load make them one of the most impressive younger race fighter craft able to outmatch most comparable alien fighters; the Minbari Nial class fighter being a notable exception. Because of its manoeuvrability, the cockpit is located in the centre of the craft thereby minimising any stress and disorientation for the pilot from high-G turns. Ingress for the pilot is though a dorsal pressure hatch, usually accessible via a gantry while the Fury is locked into its launch cradle. Once inside the pilot is strapped in an upright, bent legged position and as a rule wears a full pressure suit to safeguard against cockpit breaches.
The entire cockpit also acts as an escape pod that can be ejected during combat, potentially saving a stricken pilot from the craft's destruction and enabling them to be retrieved later by a rescue and recovery craft.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The Starfury was co-designed by Ron Thornton and Steve Burg as a means to showcase how Newtonian physics could be portrayed in space combat. The configuration was intended as a nod towards Ron Cobb's design for the "Gunstar" from the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter.
- ↑ One source gives the year as 2244, and states the Mk2 - a.k.a. Aroura - was developed to replace the SA-23A 'Nova' Starfury.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Babylon Project Roleplaying game Earthforcebook Sourcebook Page 11
- ↑ Babylon Project Roleplaying game Earthforcebook Sourcebook Pages 127-128
- ↑ Sleeping in Light
- ↑ Babylon 5: The Lost Tales
- ↑ Thirdspace (movie)
- ↑ Babylon 5 Security Manual
- ↑ Soul Hunter (episode)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 No Compromises
- ↑ The Official Babylon 5 Magazine Volume 2, Issue #3 (September 1998) Page 26 - (The Great Machine - Fiona Avery)
- ↑ All Alone in the Night
- ↑ Severed Dreams
- ↑ Ron Thornton interview on B5 Scrolls
- Other Sources
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