The Delta Flyer-class (or simply Flyer-class) was a type of shuttlecraft originally created by the crew of the USS Voyager while they were lost in the Delta Quadrant. Unlike any other shuttlecraft before it, the Delta Flyer was a mix of Federation and Borg technology, and was designed to perform in situations that were deemed too hazardous for standard shuttlecraft.
Specifications and capabilitiesEdit
The Delta Flyer is 21 meters long, 12.2 meters wide, and 5.3 meters high. Its normal cruising speed is warp 6, while its maximum cruising speed is warp 7.2. It has a standard mission duration of ten (10) days. USS Voyager’s Delta Flyer-class shuttles were the Delta Flyer and the Delta Flyer II.
Among the many features included on the Delta Flyer were an ultra-aerodynamic tetraburnium alloy hull, retractable warp nacelles, parametallic hull plating, unimatrix shielding, and a Borg-inspired weapons systems, including pulse phasers and photonic missiles. The Delta Flyer-class can be upgraded to reach maximum warp speeds of warp 8.2. This is done by upgrading the warp core. The only Delta Flyer-class shuttlecraft with these capabilities is the Charger. The Delta Flyer-class can be refitted to carry photon torpedoes or quantum torpedoes. The Delta Flyer-class sported pop-out impulse thrusters, which gave the ship greater sublight speeds. After learning and studying the Delta Flyer’s specs, sent to Starfleet via datastream transmission and later when Voyager returned to Earth, Starfleet decided to put the class in limited production.
Following her return to Federation territory during the Borg Invasion of 2381, the USS Titan had at least one Flyer-class shuttle, the Horne, added to her shuttle compliment before she departed back into deep space to continue her mission of exploration. Of all Titan's shuttles, the new Flyer-class was the fastest. In that year, Doctor Shenti Yisec Eres Ree, under the influence of his paternal instinct, kidnapped the pregnant Deanna Troi and stole the Horne when he felt Troi and her baby would not be safe on the Titan. Upon boarding the Horne, Ree tore out the pilot's chair to make a more comfortable position for his non-humanoid form to control the ship. He then used the ship's weapons systems to shoot an opening in the Titan's shuttlebay permitting him to escape.