Electron Ray Discharge Cannon Designed to combat "indestructibility" of Mysteron enemy. Converted from electron-ray machine rifle into compact cannon and housed in the nose probe. Works on an impulse of static electricity built up from turbo-jet thrust, and converted into electron rays by means of black-box computer. The minute computer is compacted in the tail fin, and conversion is executed in .074 of a second. The computer also pre-selects the target and triggers the gun on a time delay programmed by the pilot.
The Divemeter has been developed solely to prevent the Angel strike-craft from crashing. Its function is to pull a crippled craft out of a steep dive and then pilot it automatically back to Cloudbase.
Housed in the stabilising fins, the divemeter is auto-programmed. It reacts only when the wind velocity, speed and air pressures on the fins create an equalised reaction when the craft is trapped in an inescapable dive. Shock waves from the air pressure build up on the fins and trigger the computer rays activating the altimeter in the cockpit to danger-level. When danger-level plus is attained, impulse rays are relayed to the stabilising computer component which automatically "cuts" the engines.
A further component then fires the turbo-jets in a rapid stall and start motion releasing an air pressure build-up from the jets to counteract the pressure on the nose probe. The plane is then staggered into a sharp climb which continues until levelling out at 200 feet. Once the stall and start motion is activated, the auto-pilot is then brought into play, to guide the plane back to Cloudbase. The whole operation takes .05 of a second to complete. The auto-pilot is also triggered off as soon as the engines are cut by an external force other than the pilot.
|top speed:||4,000 m.p.h.|
|engines:||twin turbo-jet compressors — exact specificatnon top secret (increased magna-boost '68)|
|wing span:||35 ft.|
|armaments:||air to air missiles; air to ground torpedo cannon; electron ray discharge cannon.|
|description:||Single seater strike aircraft with a top speed of 3,000 mph. Developed from the World Army Airforce 'Viper' jet by the makers, International Engineering. The final blueprint vastly different from the original Viper, being specially adapted for Cloudbase requirements. 60 ft. long, precision engineered, the plane is incredibly compact carrying extra electronic instruments and mammoth fuel tanks essential for Spectrum operations. Having a wingspan of 35 ft. and weighing only 40,100 lbs, each aircraft costs £1,250,000 and takes 9 months to build. Clamped in a 'V' formation on Cloudbase runway and automatically released on take-off order, the Angel aircraft are ready for immediate launching.|