Houses the hyper-sensitive instrument panel, i.e. air temperature, skin temperature, wind speeds, gust detectors, radar and radio aerials, etc. The two small stabilisers at each side are designed to give steadiness at high speeds, preventing nose dip when full throttle is applied suddenly.
Main cannon (1) fires a variety of ammo — tracer, armour-piercing, rocket shells, etc. At (2) a battery of air-to-air/air-to-ground missiles.
Incredibly compact. Entry is by means of floor at (1), pilot is ejected into cockpit complete with seat. At (2) is a neat gunsight grouping. Box behind seat is a flight computer autopilot. All round visibility.
Has an unusual design. Twin turbojet compressors (1), one each side of fuselage, serve the rear mounted ram jet (2). Bled air serves the pitch jets (3) which give control at high (supersonic) speeds in rarefied air and are also used for Cloudbase landing manoeuvres. For normal landing or reducing airspeed quickly, bled air is used as braking jets (4), whilst in case of emergency a small but powerful retro rocket (5) can be brought into play. The lower double slit supplies booster reheat warm air.
This seemingly dangerous landing manoeuvre is in fact safer (given a very high degree of piloting skill) than trying to put down a (supersonic 3,000mph.) fighter on a short flight deck. It involves putting the aircraft in a stall close to a huge flap attached to Cloudbase. This reduces flying speed but momentum still carries the aircraft forward in a tail-down position till it contacts the flap whereupon clamps engage and the flap is lowered to the horizontal position. This manoeuvre has to be performed with only 1 ft. tolerance each way, so great skill is called for.
Technical specifications published originally in TV21 #157 and Captain Scarlet 1968 Annual,
annual pages later reprinted in Dutch
Captain Scarlet Album
Elevations published originally in Captain Scarlet model sheet
||twin turbo-jet compressors — exact specificatnon top secret. (increased magna-boost '68).
||air to air missiles; air to ground torpedo cannon; electron ray discharge cannon.
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.