Valley Class Airship

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Valley Class Airship

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The Valley Class Airship is the Federated States’ premier battleship of the sky. As with all American airship technology, the Valley is at its heart the product of the reverse engineering of Prussian Zeppelin wrecks captured during the American Civil War. However, this mighty airship is far more than a simple facsimile – it combines advanced European technology with good old, home-grown American know-how to create an advanced, yet distinctively rugged machine of war.

Valley Class Airship

Valley Class Airship

The Valley class is nothing less than a flying warship, packed with powerful modern weapons and strongly built to resist virtually any attack. The main punch of the ship comes in the form of its sixteen Orlington Precision Engineering Co. Ericson Patent 5-pdr Gatling-Gun Turrets. These are of the exact same design as those used across the world throughout all arms of the FSA military; a massively enlarged version of the famous Gatling Machine-Gun, firing a mixture of high-explosive and armour-piercing 5pdr shells towards the enemy at the rate of one-hundred and fifty shots per minute.

As if these were not enough, the nose of the Valley mounts enough Gooney Bird rocket tubes to level a city block in a single salvo. Furthermore, a great deal of the centre section of the hull is given over to the storage of a sufficient number of freefall high-explosive bombs to level anything that falls into the flying machine’s ominous shadow.

The airship is also very well protected, having overcome the natural problems involved in armouring a lighter-than-air ship. Rather than covering the entire skin of the hull with thick metal plating, the airships of the FSA have internal areas of importance – ammunition storage areas, gas bags, rudder chains – protected by a thickness of iron plate, and all supporting beams are well-reinforced and subject to a policy of double, or even triple, structural redundancy. The only way to take one of these machines out of the sky is to take it apart piece by piece.

Class Battleship
Weight 1,200 Tons
Length 452’8″
Width 220’6″
Height 86’4″
Propulsion Four Simpson Petroleum Combustion Engines, producing 1,250 Horsepower, powering eight 16′ Twelve-Blade Propellers
Endurance 36,100 Gallons of Standard Super Kerosene, 10 Days at Cruising Speed, Approximately 5,100 Miles
Speed Maximum Speed 30mph, Cruising Speed 22mph
Complement 240
Service Ceiling 20,000ft
Armour
Hull:
Turrets:
Other:

1/8″ of Carnegie Composite Iron Stretched across surface.
6″ of Laminated 1″ Carnegie Composite Iron on Turret Face, 4″ on Turret Sides and Rear.
1-6″ of Carnegie Composite Iron encasing important areas inside the hull.
Armament Main Armament
31 x 8.6″ 200lb Scott Packard III Gooney Bird Rocket Launchers
16 x 5-pdr 6-Barrelled Gatling Guns
16 x 4″ Guns
180 x 40-pdr Bombs
Defensive Armament
14 x .50 Gatling Guns