The VF-4 Lightning III was originally developed as the successor to the VF-1 Valkyrie. It has a unique three-hull shape, and it excels at stealthiness and long-range trailing. The SL variant was designed to omit its arms, as well as a single part of the transformation mechanism that came from the original VF-4 Lightning III's specifications. The original Valkyrie was considered an anti-ship offensive unit, while the SL type could be referred to as the "VF-4 Lightly Equipped Type". It cannot transform into Battroid mode and can only transform into GERWALK, albeit armless.
Many of the SL and standard variants of the VF-4 that served as U.N. Spacy Long-Range Emigrant Fleet escort were phased out and sold for commercial and civilian use. This follows the trend of other older variable fighters such as the VF-11B Thunderbolt and the VF-14 Vampire. Years later, the appearance of the VF-4 airframe could be seen participating in the "Vanquish Races" in certain competitions where arms aren't needed, such as the "Ostrich Races".
- ↑ Macross The Ride
|Macross The Ride Mechanics|
SV-52y Oryol | VF-0 Custom "Zeak" | VF-1X++ (Hakuna SP) | VF-4SL Lightning III | VF-9E Cutlass | VF-11B Custom El Camino Real | VF-11B Custom Shenandoah | VF-11B Lacrimosa | VF-11B Nothung II | VF-11B Thunder Bell III | VF-11B Thunderbolt | VF-11B/X Sister Valkyrie | VF-11C Thunderbolt Interceptor | VF-11D Thunder Focus | VF-17D "Song Cuu Long" | VF-19A Excalibur (Brauhitsu sp) | YF-27-5 Shaher Femail
|New United Nations Spacy|
ADR-04-Mk.XV Super Defender | VF-19A2 Excalibur | VF-19C/MG21 Excalibur | VF-19EF Caliburn
|Vehicles and Support Units|
|Strategic Military Services|
VF-19ACTIVE Nothung | VF-19EF Caliburn | YF-25 Prophecy
Queadluun-Alma | Queadluun-Rau | VBP-1/VA-110 Neo Glaug | VF-22HG Schwalbe Zwei