The Medea Transport Plane is a fictional aircraft that appears in Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team – Miller's Report and Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Medea Transport Plane is a cargo aircraft utilized by the Earth Federation Forces, and has greater speed and operating range than the Gunperry Transport Plane. Originally used to carry supplies and vital cargo, the Medea transport plane would soon be converted to be able to carry a team of three mobile suits. These mobile suits could be carried simply from one Earth Federation base to another, to supply the front-lines of the battlefield, or the mobile suits could be dropped from the plane into hot-spots of conflict, landing safely via their thrusters and parachutes.
To defend itself, the Medea transport plane has a pair of 2-barrel anti-air machine guns. Though these weapons provide some measure of protection, their usefulness against the agile Dopp Fighter or the heavy armor of a mobile suit is minimal to non-existent, making it dangerous for the Medea to traverse through areas of conflict without an escort.
The Medea Transport Plane was used by the Earth Federation throughout the One Year War and beyond. During the war, they were utilized to carry supplies and eventually mobile suits to all corners of the World, making the Medea a vital resource to their war effort.
During the One Year War, the Medea supply corps was headed by Lieutenant Matilda Ajan, a female E.F.F. officer who had a knack for being in the right place at the right time and often served as an envoy for General Revil. Matilda often piloted a Medea herself and usually was the one to bring supplies to White Base. She would lead the Medea supply corps during many important moments in the war, such as Operation Odessa, where she lost her life while attempting to protect White Base from Zeon's Black Tri-Stars team by ramming her Medea into one of their MS-09B Dom.
Another variant of the Medea was also known to exist during the One Year Year, the C-88 Medea which features better aerodynamics and better speed but lacked VTOL capability and had no armaments.
By U.C. 0087, the Medea was still in use, but it was overshadowed by the larger Garuda Class MS Transport Plane.
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