Boeing 1010 Light Airliner:

Before the coming of the Rifts, air travels was as popular as ever. Business people still traveled around the world and tourists still went on vacations. One might expect incredibly fast, trans-sonic passenger airlines and while they existed, they were extremely expensive to maintain and most still traveled in subsonic aircraft. These aircraft were commonly used as transport aircraft. There were three basic class of airliners, light with a passenger load of less than two hundred, a medium sized airliner with a passenger load of two to three hundred and fifty passengers, and a large sized airliners with a passenger load of greater than three hundred and fifty.

Boeing was one of the oldest and largest manufacturer of aircraft and built virtually all types of aircraft, airliners, military transports, bombers, and fighters. It was the manufacturer of some of the most successful aircraft of all time including the B-52 Bomber, which served for almost a century, and the 747 "Jumbo Jet." The company’s history was complex and many other companies were absorbed into Boeing. The company was one of a handful of companies which continued to produce airliners and a large percentage of airlines flew Boeing products. If anything, the company continued growing until the company was destroyed with the coming of the Rifts.

The Boeing 1010 is a blended body aircraft which filled the role which the 737 filled in the later decades of the Twentieth Century and early Twenty-First Century. It has a passenger capacity of 220 if carrying only single class passengers (coach / economy) or 160 if carrying two classes of passenger (First class and coach / economy.) Cargo variants of the aircraft can carry up to 60,000 lbs of cargo and passenger versions can carry around 20,000 with a full passenger load. It was one of the most popular airliner designs and te number of civilian operator of these airliners are almost too numerous to list. The militaries of various nations, especially the United States, used these aircraft in a variety of different roles.

While the Boeing 1010 filled a similar role to the old 737, it is a very different aircraft introduced in the Twenty Seventies. As described earlier, the aircraft is a blended wing body which greatly increases the lift and aerodynamics of the transport. While not as touch as military materials, high tech alloys and composites were used in the construction of these aircraft and there are extremely tough and virtually unaffected by corrosion. Even after the years since the coming of the Rifts, these aircraft are still found intact. Another advantage of these materials is that they can often take the hit of a missile fired by terrorists and remain flying.

The engines are also blended into the wings. The top speed is just under the speed of sound, Mach 0.98, but normal cruise is around Mach 0.95. The Boeing 1010 uses a pair of fusion turbines which give the airliner virtually unlimited range. These engines were originally developed for military uses but were soon developed for civilian applications as well. The Boeing 1010 was never meant for true vertical take off and landings but the thrusters were designed for short take off and landing for use in smaller airports. The aircraft still had a crew of a pilot and co-pilot but controls were incredibly advanced and flight systems were fly by wire systems. In some ways, controlling the aircraft was more like flying a fighter than an airliner. Military versions as well as airliners operated by besieged nations will often have additional military electronics.

Like most airliners, the aircraft are cramped and due to its small size is more cramped than most. Of course passengers in first class have more space. On most dual class versions, the aircraft has 32 first class passengers and 128 coach. Some special executive versions of the aircraft can carry 96 passengers in comfort. Only a few of these, for large companies, were built. There are a variety of features for passengers including headphones for music, wireless communication, and even wireless internet service. These features are even available in coach / economy class. Even so, these aircraft were usually used for the shorter runs while larger aircraft were used for longer runs.

Model Type: Boeing 1010
Class: Light Passenger Airliner / Cargo Aircraft
Crew: Two (Pilot and Co-Pilot) as well as two flight attendants on most passenger flight

Passengers:Coach Only220 Passengers
First Class Only96 Passengers
Dual Class32 First Class Passengers and 128 Coach Passengers
Cargo4 Passengers

M.D.C. by Location:

[1] Wings (2):200 each
[2] Elevators (2):50 each
[2] Rudders (2):50 each
Front Cargo Bay Doors (Heavy Cargo Versions):80
Side Doors (2):40 each
[2] Engines (2):180 each
Reinforced Pilot’s Compartment / Cockpit:120
[3] Main Body:400
Landing Gear (3):20 each

[1] Destroying a wing will cause the plane to crash.
[2] Destruction of rudders or one elevator will still allow the aircraft to be controlled by the varying of power levels of the engines but aircraft has a penalty of -10 to dodge, and a -30% penalty to all piloting rolls. Destruction of both of the elevators will leave the plane uncontrollable. The destruction of one engine will reduce the aircraft's top speed by half and give the pilot a -2 penalty to dodge as well as giving a 10% penalty to piloting. Destruction of both engines will cause the aircraft to crash.
[3] Depleting the M.D.C. of the main body will shut the aircraft down completely, rendering it useless and causing it to crash if in flight.

Driving on Ground (Taxiing): Only possible for take offs and landings as well as for parking and storage. Speed is 40 mph (64 kph) when traveling and not on take off or landing.
Flight: The Boeing 1010 has the ability to make short take-offs and landings. It has a maximum speed of Mach 0.98 (646.8 mph /1,040.92 kph) and a cruise speed of Mack 0.95 (627 mph / 1,009.06 kph.) Maximum altitude is 60,000 feet (18,288 meters)
Range: Due to Fusion engine effectively unlimited range, need to cool down after 16 hours of flight at maximum speed. At cruising speed, range is increased to 24 hours of flight.

Statistical Data:
Length: 129.59 feet (39.5 meters)
Wingspan: 93.5 feet (28.5 meters)
Height: 41.01 feet (12.5 meters)
Weight: 72.5 tons (65.77 metric tons) fully loaded, 42.5 tons (38.55 metric tons) empty
Power Source: Nuclear, Should have an average life span of 10 years.
Cargo: Passenger Models: 20,000 lbs (9,070 kg) not including passengers. Cargo Models: 60,000 lbs (27,215 kg)
Market Cost: 35 million for Civilian versions and 38 million for military versions

Weapon Systems (None Standard):

  1. Anti-Missile Chaff Dispenser (Military Version): Located at the very tail of the aircraft are two chaff dispensers. When tailed by a missile, a cloud of chaff and other obtrusive particles can be released to confuse or detonate the enemy's attack. Rifts Earth decoys systems are assumed to not operate against Phase World missiles due to technological difference. Reduce effects by 20% against smart missiles (Add +20% to rolls for smart missiles.)
      01-50 Enemy missile or missile volley detonates in chaff cloud - Missiles are all destroyed.
      51-75 Enemy missile or missile volley loses track of real target and veers away in wrong direction (May lock onto another target.)
      76-00 No effect, enemy missile or missile volley is still on target.
    Also note that the chaff cloud will also blind flying monsters that fly through cloud. They will suffer the following penalties: reduce melee attacks/actions, combat bonuses, and speed by half. Duration: 1D4 melee rounds.
    Payload: Eight (8).

Special Equipment:
Military Versions:
The aircraft has all the standard features of a standard fighter (same as standard robot including loudspeaker and microphone on this aircraft) plus these special features listed.

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