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102 Vehicles: Private Transport

Snipe Bush Plane (TL8)

Summary: 2.00 displacement ton cylinder airframe; 3.58 tonnes; kCr 158 Chassis: 28.0 kL cylinder airframe (7.5 m long x 2.2 m wide x 2.2 m high, wingspan 13 m); Structure: 245 kg of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.13 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 300 kW TL5 imp. internal combustion engine; Fuel: 562 L of high-grade hcarb (562 kg), 15 hours supply Propulsion System: 300 kW aircraft with STOL capability and floats Maximum Speed: 131 km/h loaded, 182 km/h unloaded; Take-Off Speed: 39 km/h loaded, 28 km/h unloaded; Runway Length: 29 m loaded, 10 m unloaded; Take-Off Time: 5 s loaded, 2 s unloaded Range: 1960 km loaded, 2721 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.2G) Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 3 cramped passenger seats Communications: Subcontinental Radio (100 W, TL8, SmVcl); Range: 300 km Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: 2.00 kL of cargo space (1.00 tonnes)

Before the invention of contragrav most transport is by ground vehicle over a prepared road network. In frontier areas where this network is not available small aircraft are used instead.

The Snipe, a lineal descendant of the Loon, is typical of these planes. It is cheap, durable, and requires only 29 metres to take-off and land. Floats give it the capacity to land on water, making any lake or calm river an instant airstrip. The Loon can transport three passengers and two cubic metres of cargo almost 2000 km.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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