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The GTF Apollo


The GTF Apollo was the mainstay Terran fighter used during the Great War. It was the easiest fighter to use, so novice pilots found themselves first in the seat of the Apollo. After the development of the GTF Ulysses, the Apollo was destined to "collect dust" (FreeSpace Reference Bible).

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Description:

FS1 Tech Room Description

The GTF Apollo is the most common GTA fighter. It is highly versatile and can perform multiple roles, including space superiority, interception and assault.

Developer Notes

Original space superiority of the GTA fleet. Highly versatile, often doubles as assault type. Low weapon compatibility.

The FS Reference Bible and opening cutscene of FS1 swap the hardpoint locations of the primary and secondary weapons, and classify it as a two-person bomber.

Concept Art

Command Brief Animation

The GTF Apollo schematic in a CB Animation.

Performance:

Statistics

Name GTF Apollo
Type Space Superiority
Manufacturer Han-Ronald Corp.
Maneuverability High (Fair)
Max Velocity 60 - 82 ms-1
Max Afterburner Velocity 140 ms-1
Armor Light (Medium)
Hitpoints 240 pts
Shields 350 pts
Length 21 m
Weaponry
Primary weapons
1st bank 2 guns
2nd bank 2 guns
Secondary weapons
1st bank capacity 40
2nd bank capacity 40
Countermeasures
Countermeasure capacity 25 countermeasures

Armaments

FreeSpace 1
Bank Guns Standard Loadout
1st 2 Avenger
2nd 2 ML-16 Laser
Compatible primaries
ML-16 Laser, Disruptor, Avenger, Flail, Prometheus, Leech Cannon, S-Breaker
FreeSpace 1
Bank Capacity Standard Loadout
1st 40 MX-50
2nd 40 MX-50
Compatible secondaries
MX-50, D-Missile, Fury, Hornet, Interceptor, Cluster Bomb, EM Pulse


Modding Resources

The GTF Apollo in the FSPort MediaVPs


Retail:

$POF File: fighter04.pof
Textures: fighter04-01a(/b/c), Thruster01

FSPort MediaVPs 3.6.13:

$POF File: fighter04.pof
Textures: fighter04-01( /b), Glass, Tercoc01

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Veteran Comments

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This ship is vastly underrated. There is a general consensus among the FS2 community that the Apollo is worthless once you meet the Shivans. That's not true. It is highly maneuverable, in fact more agile than the later GTF Myrmidon, and although it is on the slow side, it is relatively durable and its guns are very well-placed. It can't carry the Phoenix V or Banshee, but it does carry the Prometheus, so weapons compatibility isn't as bad as many people think. The Apollo is best when you need a jack-of-all trades: it has better missile capacity and armor than the Valkyrie and Ulysses and more maneuverability and speed than a Herc. It's tied with the Herc as my favorite ship.

The Apollo is truly the jack of all trades. Anything a Hercules, Valkyrie, or Ulysses can do, an Apollo can do, though probably not as competently. The adaptability of the Apollo is its most potent weapon, and it performs far better in rapidly changing tactical situations than any of its more specialized brethren. It also fills the gaps between more specialized ships. If the mission calls for heavy firepower but the Hercules isn't quick enough, dogfighting but the Ulysses isn't tough enough, or interception but the Valkyrie doesn't pack enough ordnance, then the Apollo will take over the task and serve well.


Also, if you notice at how high the attrition rate is for the Valkyrie (especially if you don't have shields or access to the Banshee), put your wingmen in Apollo fighters and they will survive for at least half a minute to a minute longer. Almost clearly the "everyman" ship, wise usage of ETS will let the Apollo do any fighter-based role. Early on in FS1, with the ML-16 Laser and no shields, the Apollo can have most of its energy on engines, making it surprisingly swift while not feeding much power to guns.


Its secondary banks are badly placed for the use of Furies except at very short range, as the missile racks are right near the edges of the ship's sides.


If you look at the tables, you can also see that the Apollo turns faster than the Valkyrie, it does do barrel rolls at a slower rate.


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