Sky One (Two, Three, Four etc.) are Jet fighter craft for destroying UFO's in the Earth's atmosphere or performing aerial reconnaissance. The aircraft is launched underwater from Diver. Sky One has a single seat, and is generally piloted by the Skydiver Captain. It is armed with missiles (rockets): 18 missiles (rockets) per side in multi-launch missile tubes which are mounted with one beneath each wing. As well as Sky One - the aircraft seen in nearly all episodes of UFO - there is also a "Sky Two", "Sky Three", etc. for each SkyDiver (Diver) in the fleet.
Episodes: Identified, Computer Affair, Flight Path, Exposed, Conflict, A Question of Priorities, Ordeal, The Responsibility Seat, Sub-Smash, The Sound of Silence, Destruction, The Man Who Came Back, The Psychobombs, Reflections in the Water, Mindbender.
Seagull X-RAY is a supersonic aircraft able to fly faster than the speed of sound (Mach 1).
Extract from the UFO (1) Novel - Chapter 6:
Seagull X-Ray was a dream. It was quite a while since Alec Freeman had been at the controls of a supersonic transport, but coordination of controls, hands and feet, eyes and ears came back as naturally as if he were riding a bicycle: though he had to admit it was even longer since he had ridden a bicycle.
They dropped gently towards Stevenson Airbase. He lowered the snoot, and the runway opened up straight ahead. There was the gentlest nudge of ground under the wheels, and then the roar of the reverse thrust. The co-pilot nodded respectful acknowledgement.
‘SHADO control,’ Freeman intoned. ‘Seagull X-Ray. Confirm arrival 08:35. Takeoff scheduled 11:00 hours.’
‘Roger, Seagull X-Ray.’
First stage completed, thought Freeman. Quick loading, quick turnaround, and the next stage was in the hands of HQ. Quick flight home, and shipment of the Utronic device up to Moonbase. All the calculations had been done. Assembly and operating instructions were already in the hands of Gay Ellis on Moonbase. All nice and neat and tidy.
Provided a UFO didn’t just happen to get in the way.
Supersonic aircraft were developed in the second half of the twentieth century and have been used almost entirely for research and military purposes. Only two, Tupolev Tu-144 (first flight - December 31, 1968) and the Concorde (first flight - March 2, 1969), ever entered service for civil use as airliners. Fighter jets are the most common example of supersonic aircraft. The aerodynamics of supersonic flight is called compressible flow because of the compression associated with the shock waves or "sonic boom" created by any object travelling faster than sound.
Episodes: Identified, Computer Affair...
The SHADair Transporter Aircraft is able to transport SHADO Mobiles to any place on earth. It has four large jet engines. Its hold is capable of holding up to four SHADO Mobiles: one Control Mobile and three SHADO Mobiles.
|Type||Dual rotor, axial flow, high bypass ratio turbofan, annular combustor|
|Compressor||Fan & 4LP + 14HP|
|Turbine||2HP + 5LP|
|Length||168 in (427 cm)|
|Overall diameter||106 in (269 cm)|
|Fan diameter||93 in (236 cm)|
|Takeoff thrust||52,200–61,960 lbf (232.2–275.6 kN)|
|Max. power TSFC||0.307–0.344 lb/lbf/h (8.7–9.7 g/kN/s)|
|Weight||9,480–9,860 lb (4,300–4,470 kg)|
|Max. LP rpm||3,854|
|Max. HP rpm||11,055|
The Lunar Carrier is used for trips between the Earth and Moon, and is responsible for the first or last portion of flight within the Earth's atmosphere. The Moonbase Lunar Module separates/docks at the rear of the Lunar Carrier high up in the atmosphere. The Lunar Carrier performs vertical takeoffs/landings at a secret airport near S.H.A.D.O. HQ.
Episodes: Computer Affair, Flight Path, Survival, Conflict, Close Up, The Cat With Ten Lives.
The rendezvous was an unexpected one. Paul had anticipated being shown into some drab, featureless office behind Whitehall, or maybe some well-guarded manor out in the country. Instead, he found himself in a plushily equipped executive jet, being offered coffee by a Malayan girl who could hardly have failed to be elected Miss Airline Hostess of 1980 if she had cared to let her name go forward.
SHADO 'Kingfisher' VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) Heli-Jet Aircraft that can be deployed for transportation or reconnaissance. It is a very fast and efficient way to get S.H.A.D.O. personnel to a target destination.
The S.H.A.D.O. Kingfisher can hover, take off, and land vertically. It can also operate in other modes as well, such as CTOL (conventional take-off and landing), STOL (short take-off and landing), or STOVL (short take-off and vertical landing). VTOL is a subset of V/STOL (vertical or short take-off and landing). Generally speaking, VTOL aircraft capable of STOVL use it wherever possible, since it typically significantly increases takeoff weight, range or payload compared to purely employing VTOL.