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The VF-X-4 is a test-bed variable fighter prototype that led to the development of the VF-4 Lightning III, first seen in the Super Dimension Fortress Macross television series.


Before the development of the VF-4 Lightning III, Stonewell/Bellcom built the VF-X-4 trial-production variable fighter as a prototype for the VF-4. The VF-X-3 was also built around the same time. Development started in 2005 and eventually test flights were conducted in which some VF-X-4 flights were flown by Space War I veteran Hikaru Ichijyo.

Technology and Combat Characteristics[]

The trial-produced VF-X-4 featured most of the key design features that would be included in the final VF-4 Lightning III design, but was initially built using 35% VF-1 Valkyrie parts (notably, the nose and forward fuselage of the VF-1 fighter). Hikaru Ichijo had a scale model of the VF-X-4 in his house in Macross City on Earth.

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For the Robotech equivalent, visit YF-4 Lightning.

Super Dimension Fortress Macross Mechanics
U.N. Spacy
Variable Fighter
VEFR-1 Electronic Warfare Valkyrie | VF-1A SFV-26 Cavalier | VF-1A Valkyrie | VF-1D Valkyrie | VF-1J Armored Valkyrie | VF-1J Super Valkyrie | VF-1J Valkyrie | VF-1S Super Valkyrie | VF-1S Valkyrie | VF-X-4
Vehicles, Destroids and Support Units
CVS-101 Prometheus | QF-3000E Ghost | SC-27 Star Goose | Sea Sergeant | SF-3A Lancer II | VC-27 Tunny | VC-33 Mom's Kitchen | VF-X1 | DL-88 Centipede | EC-33B Disk Sensor | ES-11D Cat's Eye | Factory Satellite | F203 Dragon II
ADR-04-Mk X Defender | Glaug | HWR-00 Monster | MBR-04-Mk VI Tomahawk | MBR-07 Destroid Spartan Mk II | Nousjadeul-Ger (TV Ver.) | Orguss Valkyrie | Queadluun-Rau (TV ver.) | Regult | SDR-04-Mk XII Phalanx
Cruiser / Mother Ship
SDF-1 Macross | ARMD-class | Nupetiet-Vergnitzs-class | Oberth-class
Glaug | Glaug Power Up | HWR-00 Monster | Nousjadeul-Ger (TV Ver.) | Queadluun-Rau (TV ver.) | Regult | Regult Heavy Missile Carrier | Regult Light Missile Carrier | Regult Tactical Scout
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Factory Satellite | Fulbtzs-Berrentzs class | Gnerl | Nupetiet-Vergnitzs-class | Picket Patrol Ship | Queadol-Magdomilla class | Quel-Quallie | Quiltra-Queleual-class | Quiltra-Queleual-class | Re-Entry Pod
Anti-U.N. Forces
MiM-31 Karyovin