The DCC-A1 was the world's first Drone-Craft Carrier. [See Also: "The Making of the DCC-A1")
About this creation
[A B-class drone leaves the hive at dawn as an FB-X2 flies cover]
A CENTURY of DRONES
The DCC-A1: The world's first Drone Craft Carrier
As we enter a new century it seems fitting to look back on the 100-year history of pilotless aircraft, drones if you prefer, in military history. It's hard to believe that it has been 75 years since the introduction of the DCC-A1 in 2026. In this week in which we introduced the latest "HADD-VEE" (High Altitude Drone Deployment Vehicle) and we take for granted the hundreds of thousands of drone aircraft in use by military, civilian, and quasi-civilian operations worldwide, it is easy to forget just what a pioneering development the DCC-A1, the world's first Drone-Craft Carrier was.
Let's review a few of its firsts:
The first airborne deployment capability of weaponized drones. Compared to the latest DCC, the DCC-108f with its ability to deploy and retrieve and service 84 aircraft in flight makes the DCC-A1's 7 Class B drones seem meager by today's standards. It was nonetheless a revolution at the time. No longer did drones have to be flown or trucked around and often assembled under adverse conditions. The ability to deploy drones quickly, where they were needed when they were needed without waiting to set up front line facilities increased capability and effectiveness markedly. With the DCC-A1, drones became a credible first strike vehicle. It's no wonder it was affectionately nicknamed the "Flying Beehive." So effective was it at rapid response and stealth without putting additional human assets at risk that before long troops on the ground in need of close air support stopped asking to "bring the heat" and would radio in, "bring the sting."
The DCC-A1 was no bloated sitting duck transport plane. It had wings and it had talons.
The tremendous lift, speed and fuel efficiency were made possible by another first generation innovation, namely the SQID vectoring jet engine. The first jet engine to exploit quantum effects in a configuration known as the sequential quantum induction drive or SQID. This gave the DCC-a1 a tremendous performance range and economy. The acronym also takes a bow to the resemblance of the vectoring gates to tentacles.
The DCC-A1 had more than 14 stinger-class missiles mounted on its drones. Its 4 ample, concealed weapons bays held up to an additional 4 "trapeze" launched missiles per bay. Depending on the mission, the DCC-A1 could be configured with up to 16 medium range or 8 long range missile or some mix thereof. The arrayof airborne leathality that it could bring to any situation anywhere led one commentator to call it "air force in a tube."
True, the twin-203mm Gatling guns, with their depleted Unobtanium rounds proved unnecessary and were never fired in combat. But this was the first of its kind and inclusion of some superfluous features was to be expected.
Overall, the DCC-A1 the Flying Beehive, the Air force in a Tube was a tremendous success. Over 300 of the craft were built with the last one retiring from service in 2051. The success of the DCC gave great confidence to .military and civilian leadership and accelerated the end of the time we now refer to the era of "flying pilot presence". That The DCC-A1 would be the first in a long line of worthy aircraft that saved lives of pilots and protected our people and our interests around the globe.
[Cut-away revealing the flight-line of a full compliment of 7 drones]
[The Sequential Quantum Induction Drive (SQUID) turbo fan with vector thrust]
[In this view the variable pitch fan blades are clearly visible]
[All for missile bays open and fully loaded]
[Swing-arm "trapeze" launching cages before installation]
[Cutaway below deck]
[Rear landing gear detail]
[Scale: Red lines are at 100 knobs]
Thanks for visiting. Don't forget to visit " The Making of the DCC-A1 " to participate in a discussion of the challenges of building an 11,000 brick MOC in LDD.
Wow an amazing plane. Did you make it your self? I know you built it yourself but was it in a book/movie/game or did you make the whole back story yourself too? The whole plane is amazing, I really like it. I wouldn't be too suprized if the military made something along these lines in the future. Amazing job!
Well, what can I say..?! This is certainly one of the most original aviation designs to be seen and the computer work is very impressive. The DCC-A1 itself seems to have '50s bomber elements. Drones are certainly the way things will be developing in the future; fighters are, sadly, becoming rapidly outdated. Drone "mother-ships" could be the way to go. I see you have also found a novel use for the tail-fin pieces. I am not sure how quantum physics figures in jet-engine design, though! Very well done, indeed.