Macross Compendium

SW-XA1 Schneeblume




TYPE: Experimental variable fighter.

PROGRAMME: The United Nations Forces presented to every manufacturer the required specifications for SWX (Stealth Wing X), a programme to combine high stealthiness with air combat capabilities exceeding that of the VF-17. The United Nations Forces intended to assign the VF-17 the primary mission of long-range attacks, which would entail the need for a separate variable fighter for air superiority and defense.

The SV-XA1 was created as an experimental plane for these required specifications. The VF-1 Valkyrie was chosen as the basis for the SW-XA1 due to the abundance of combat data during actual warfare. This base design was improved to current standards by equipping it with upgraded engines and avionics.

ARMAMENT: Internal multi-purpose weapon bay in engine section in Fighter mode or leg section in GERWALK and Battroid modes, capable of holding micro-missile launcher set.
Designer: Shoji Kawamori
Design inspiration: Stonewell Bellcom VF-1 Valkyrie
Note: These are specifications created for The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: VF Experiment, a Character Model magazine column. Shoji Kawamori emphasizes that this vehicle is not part of the official series chronology for now. The petname Schneeblume was named in a February 2002 Character Model contest after the German term for snowdrop. This flower, which blooms in February to herald spring, is intended to symbolize the vehicle's experimental nature as well as refer obliquely to the warrior maiden connotation of the Valkyrie's petname.


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