Medea

The Medea was a transport plane produced by the Earth Federation.

History

The Earth Federation used the Medea to transport supplies during the One Year War. When the Federation started rolling out mass-produced mobile suits, the transport plane was converted to a mobile suit carrier with a capacity for up to three suits.

Medea from The 08th MS Team

Medea from The 08th MS Team

Rear view of Medea from The 08th MS Team

Rear view of Medea from The 08th MS Team

The Medea supply corps was headed by Lieutenant Matilda Ajan. The Medea she piloted supplied White Base. During Operation Odessa, White Base was attacked by the Principality of Zeon elite squad, the Black Tri-Stars. Matilda tried to protect the assault carrier by ramming her plane into the Zeon MS-09 Dom. However, the Dom armour protected it and the pilot responded by smashing the Medea’s cockpit.

The Federation produced a variant of the Medea, the C-88 Medea, in UC 0083. The original Medea remained in service in the Federation forces up to UC 0087. It was mainly used to transport supplies. The larger Garuda-class transport plane was preferred for mobile suit transportation.

Medea piloted by Matilda Ajan

Medea piloted by Matilda Ajan

Medea

Production overview

Code name: Medea

Type: Transport plane

Completed: Unknown

First deployment: Unknown

Manufacturer: Earth Federation

Operator: Earth Federation

Developed from: None

Developed into: None

Variants: C-88 Medea

General characteristics

Crew: 2 pilots only

Cockpit: Standard canopy-style cockpit

Total length: 45.0 m

Total height: 15.9 m

Empty weight: 67.7 m

Gross weight: 245.0 t

Cargo capacity: 160.0 t

Mobile suits: 3

Armour: Unknown

Sensors: Standard

Sensor range: Unknown

Performance

Power plant: Unknown

Power output: Unknown

Propulsion:

‣ 6 x jet engine

‣ 5 x VTOL rotor

Max speed: Unknown

180° turn time: Unknown

Thrust-to-weight ratio: Unknown

Armaments

Fixed

‣ 2 x twin anti-air machine gun

Design

The Medea was initially designed as a cargo aircraft. It was faster and had a greater operating range compared to the Gunperry. It had five vertical take-off and landing rotors that allowed it to land and take-off without a runway. The transport plane had four large jet engines on the top and two smaller ones on the wings.

Medea cockpit

Medea cockpit

Medea cockpit from The 08th MS Team

Medea cockpit from The 08th MS Team

When the Earth Federation started deploying mass-produced mobile suits in the battlefields, the Medea was converted to carry mobile suits. Its cargo hold was able to carry up to three suits. It could transport new mobile suits between Federation bases or drop manned mobile suits into conflict zones. The plane had a maximum cargo capacity of 160 metric tons.

Armaments

The Medea was armed with a pair of twin anti-air machine guns. These were used to defend itself against lightly-armoured aircraft. The machine guns were unable to penetrate the thick armour of mobile suits, and were only used as a last resort as the transport ship was usually under an armed escort.

Medea landing

Medea landing

Known pilots

Behind the scenes

Kunio Okawara was the original mechanical designer. Kimitoshi Yamane designed the version seen in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. Yasuo Ohtagaki designed the version seen in Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga.

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