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F-11X Apollo Fighter
  • Basic
  • Upgrade with Advanced Aeronautics
Unit
Affiliation

Allies, Sweden

Role

Air Superiority Jet Fighter

Armament

20mm PV-7 "Sol" autocannons x2

Tier

One

Properties
Hit points

500 (625 with Advanced Aeronautics)

Armour type

Light

Production
Cost

1000

Build time

0:10

Produced by

Airbase

Function
Power

100/second (High)

Abilities

Return to Base (or RTB) (Instant effect)

Kick the tires, and light the fires!
- Apollo, upon being built at an Airfield
RA3 Apollo Fighter Icons

The F-11X Apollo Fighter is the Allies' primary air superiority fighter during the Third World War.

History

They're locked on me!
- Apollo in a dogfight

In spite of the combined treasuries of Allied nations, ongoing struggles against the Soviet war machine have proven undeniably costly. As a result, the Allies have increasingly sought to fill their military with highly specialized and efficient machines that perform exceedingly well in a given role yet work best as part of a combined-arms strategy. One of the finest results of this philosophy is the F-11X Apollo Fighter, born from Stockholm-based Angstrom Defense and now seeing active duty throughout at least a dozen nations. This is one of the world's best, fastest, most dangerous air superiority fighters.

Like other Allied aircraft, the Apollo features a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) engine configuration, which provides maximum stability and maneuverability. This also lets the Apollo operate effectively in urban environments as well as out in the open. The sight of this delta-wing jet hovering in place is almost uncanny at first, yet its triple thrust vectors somehow hold it aloft with near-perfect stability--all the better to let the Apollo bring its 20 mm "Sol" autocannons to bear on any enemy bogies. The Sol is a single-barrel weapon yet can spit out 500 rounds of armor-piercing ammunition per minute easily. Moreover, it is extremely accurate for such a weapon, partly due to the Apollo's own targeting systems and maneuverability. Once an Apollo has marked an enemy target, there is little the enemy can do to escape the Apollo's withering fire, especially because the Apollo can outpace virtually any other aircraft.

The Apollo Fighter is very direct in its design. For better or worse, it is armed with a more-conventional weapons system than some of the latest, more-experimental Allied vehicles. However, a little-known fact is that the Apollo underwent several bids and design iterations before the Allies finally accepted the model currently in use. Predecessors of the F-11X lacked the VTOL engine configuration, which made them far more nimble in the skies but also far less reliable and, in the end, less survivable or dependable. The Allies also experimented with fitting a modified version of France's spectrum-dispersion cannon design onto the aircraft, to make it score enemy kills even faster while potentially taking down multiple hostiles in a single brilliant attack. However, the spectrum cannons tended to temporarily blind Apollo test pilots, even through their goggles, which was an unexpected safety concern that Angstrom continues to lament to this day. So this design was ill-conceived, as well as prohibitively expensive. The Apollo model now in use, by comparison, is widely appreciated by for its tried-and-true performance.

Today, Apollo Fighters are a common sight in Allied military bases, and frequently take point alongside close-support or bomber aircraft such as Cryocopters or Century Bombers. They have proven to be absolutely vital to this role, for their unparalleled ability to defend these mission-critical assets. At the same time, Apollos excel at hunting down Soviet aircraft reckless enough to trespass into Allied airspace. The sleek angles of these fighter jets, as well as the age-old romantic allure of air combat--not to mention the necessity of having to fight for one's freedom against the ever-present Soviet agenda of a global communist state--have drawn out many brave men to Allied flight schools worldwide in the hopes of one day being the Allies' next famous fighter ace.

Abilities

RA3 Allied Return to Base Icons
Return to Base Return to base is used to get the Apollo out of a sticky situation, increasing the speed of the unit by 25% as it returns directly to it's home Airbase.

General Usage/History

No shakin' me now.
- Apollo

All three Allied Commanders, including Warren and Lissette, use the fighter to support their forces, but former fighter pilot Giles uses it most readily. They were only employed against aircraft and should they get attacked by AA they might use their Return to Base Special Ability. President Ackerman had three of these guarding his Limo to prevent aircraft, in particular the cryocopter, from attacking. A Squadron of these Fighters along with several Cryocopters flew over Leningrad but several were shot down in Operation: The Moon Shall Never Have Them. The Apollo, like all WWIII-era aircraft, lacks any ejection seats - expect an increase in casualties and the following transmissions:

  • Where's the eject?!!
  • Aahh aahh aaaahhhh!!!
  • Going down!
  • It's the end!
  • Burning out!

Tactics

WHERE'S THE EJECT?!!
- Unfortunate Apollo fighter

One unique strategy with the Apollo Fighter uses the Return to Base ability to catch up with fast-flying enemy aircraft. If an enemy aircraft is heading in the vague direction of the Apollo Fighter's home Airbase, and the Apollo Fighter cannot quite catch up with the enemy (say, an enemy MiG), then the Apollo Fighter can engage its Return to Base afterburners, and thanks to the vastly increased speeds with the afterburners on, the Apollo Fighter can catch up to the enemy, turn off the afterburners once it catches up, and shoot the enemy aircraft out of the sky.

Assessment

Pros

  • Best overall air superiority fighter
  • Can be upgraded with Advanced Aeronautics
  • Can use its special ability to return to base faster
  • Powerful armor compared to tengus and MiGs.
  • Available at Tier 1
  • Can beat the other air superiority fighters one-on-one

Cons

  • Helpless vs ground based-AA
  • Cost 1000
  • Unlike MiGs, does not do radius damage to aircraft
  • Limited ammo

Notes from the field

Battlefield reconnaissance has revealed at least these facts about the Apollo Fighter:

The sky hunter -- You couldn't point to a more-specialized vehicle in the Allied arsenal than the Apollo, which is directly and exclusively suited to its role as an air-superiority fighter. While it cannot retaliate against surface targets, it is fast enough to simply outpace them.

Autocannon or bust -- Unlike more-versatile and more expensive aircraft, the Apollo is armed with just one type of weapon. On the plus side, this autocannon can cut through all but the most heavily-armored enemy aircraft in moments, and can sustain firing constantly without overheating danger or loss of accuracy.

Upgrade kit available -- On authority from the Allied leadership team, some commanders are beginning to field newly-enhanced Apollo Fighters featuring the latest in advanced aeronautics. This upgrade kit enhances Apollos with more ammo capacity as well as superior armor and scanners.

RTB on demand -- Like some other Allied aircraft, Apollos have an autopilot mechanism that causes them to return to base immediately using an emergency afterburner. This lets the Apollo deftly retreat from dangerous situations or rearm its weapon as quickly as possible.

Quotes

Upon being built at an Airbase

  • Kick the tires and light the fires!

Select

  • I'm ready!
  • Apollo here!
  • Command?
  • Skies are looking good!
  • Give me the word!
  • In the clear!
  • Apollo Fighter, looking good!

Moving

  • Sure as day!
  • WILCO!
  • In the shoot!
  • Got it!
  • Up to speed!
  • Altering course!
  • Acknowledge!
  • Here we go!
  • Skies are all ours

Attacking

  • Shred 'em!
  • Show 'em the ground!!
  • Got 'em locked!
  • Cut 'em up!
  • Give 'em the heat!
  • Bounce 'em!

Move to Attack

  • Let's see what they got!
  • Bogey's on the HUD!
  • Count me in!
  • Let's play!
  • Copy that, we got 'em!
  • He's in my airspace?

In combat

  • Sky's bright tonight!
  • I got this one!
  • Focused in!
  • Right on 'em!
  • No shakin' me now
  • A little tangled up here!

Return to Base

  • Punchin' out!
  • Outta here!
  • Aww, so soon?
  • Burners up!
  • Coming home!

Retreating

  • Leave 'em behind!
  • Gettin' out!
  • Don't mind a little break!
  • RTB sounds good to me!

Under fire

  • They're locked on me!
  • Hey how 'bout some cover?
  • Apollo taking hit!
  • Taking a beating up here!
  • So much for the friendly skies!

Shot Down

  • It's the end!
  • Burning up!
  • Going down!!!
  • Where's the eject?!!
  • Aahh aahh aaaahhhh!!!

Gallery

Videos

Trivia

  • In real life military, "Kick the tires and light the fires" means to drastically shorten the pre-flight checks, basically meaning "check the landing gear and light the afterburners!" It may also be a reference to the movie Independence Day.
  • The Apollo fighter resembles the SAAB-35 Draken fighter, a cold war era Swedish fighter jet.
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