Craft, Vehicles and Equipment: SPJ - Spectrum Passenger Jet  

 

 

 

CAPTAIN SCARLET and the MYSTERONS UNOFFICIAL WEBSITE

by Chris Bishop

 

UPDATES: February 22, 2015:  page updated - new information added.

 

 

"It's great to have you back on duty, Captain Scarlet."

"It's great to be back."

Captain Blue and Captain Scarlet's exchange onboard the SPJ taking

them to London in "Winged Assassin".

 

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SPECTRUM DETECTOR VAN   |   SPECTRUM HOVERCRAFT   |  

SPECTRUM CLAM SUB

 

SPJ - Spectrum Passenger Jet

 

Image courtesy of Keith McNeill's Space Model Photography website, with permission. 

 

Seating capacity:

7 persons

Crew:

2

Maximum speed:

1,500 MPH (Supersonic Mach1.97)

Range:

12,000 to 20,000 miles

Length:

78 feet

Wing span:

37 feet

Weight:

630,427 lb. (281.44 tons)

Flight ceiling:

40,000 feet (height of Cloudbase)

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The Spectrum Passenger Jet (SPJ) fleet provided fast, comfortable transport for Spectrum agents and their equipment, and to the scenes of action anywhere in the world when needed.  The jet can also be used for transport to and from Cloudbase of Cloudbase executives on official business, VIPs and other visitor and general ferrying chores.  In a sense, the SPJ is Spectrum’s troop carrier.

 

The first version, which was developed in 2066 by Universal Engineering Incorporated was a refinement of Universal Aero’s TVR 24. Originally, the craft flew at 1,124 MPH (Supersonic Mack 1,46), until modifications in 2067 and 2068, bringing its speed to 1,500 MPH.  The SPJ is now patented exclusively for Spectrum, and is constructed at the Universal Aero Engineering Plant at an unknown location.  The SPJ are made of hardened Fleetonium alloy; the lower half of the hull is silver in colour with blue on top separated by red stripes.

 

The roomy cabin can easily and quickly be converted for many purposes.  In normal use, it has a seating capacity of seven passengers, but some it can also be used as VIP lounge, troop carrying, cinema or conference room, or even airborne planning and control room.   The back of the craft houses a galley, toilet, and additional storage space. The fuselage section, beneath the cabin, incorporates fuel tanks, control lines, service ducts, water and oxygen tanks, with port side containing baggage hold, supplies and extra storage spaces.

 

The cockpit is a two-seater for the pilot and either co-pilot, radio operator or the occasional passenger.  It is possible for a single pilot to fly the craft alone, the computer taking the place of navigator, co-pilot and radio operator when there is a need for it.  It is also equipped with an auto-pilot system.   The two seats in the cockpit can be ejected in case of an emergency; the pilot can call on this procedure by pulling a lever, which will cause the entire overhead canopy to be blown away from the cockpit, permitting the ejection of the seats without any danger of injury for their occupants.  Once ejected, parachutes deploy from the seat.

 

Nose stabilising fins are fitted for rarified air conditions, Cloudbase landings, and supersonic flight.  The nose cone houses an instrument compartment containing radar antennae and flight computer links, which serve gust detectors and air-speed indicators in the nose probe.

 

Image courtesy of Keith McNeill's Space Model Photography website, with permission.

Like all Spectrum vehicles and craft, the SPJ uses a special form of high-octane fuel which is distilled from the Spectrum ultra-sonic refinery at Bensheba. Tanks of 500 gallon capacity and 40 MPG limit give the SPJ a range of 12,000 to 20,000 miles without refuelling.

 

The main induction plant is fitted to the twin re-heat excess turbo-fan jet-engines.  Either jet is powerful enough to allow the aircraft to remain airborne for an indefinite period of time.  They are fitted with Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) system (a feature added in 2068), and Very Short Take-Off and Landing (VSTOL), permitting landing on Cloudbase, and retro-breaking via retro-thrust Vilta air-brakes. The SPJ is equipped by an unusual rear-wing assembly, in which the entire outer wing turns through 90 degrees to act as an airbrake for landing, rotated on a high-tensile actuating rod. Additionally, the SPJ is also fitted with radar scanners and video-scanners equipment, allowing the craft to land on any surface. along with triple hydrofoils projecting from the wing-stubs allowing landing on water.

 

Although built as a non-combat plane, the SPJ is armed with air-to-air missiles, mostly for defence, but is often escorted by Angels while on dangerous missions.

 

CUTAWAYS

 

  1. Starboard reheat turbo jet atferburner.

  2. Bled-off air duct for retro braking.

  3. Turbine, driving compressor.

  4. Firing chamber.

  5. Compressor blades.

  6. Fuel pumps.

  7. Brackets supporting high tensile activation rod.

  8. Hydrolic rams, operating activating rod which controls the angle of the wings during landing procedures.  In an emergency, the wings can be rotated a full ninety degrees to act as an airbrake.

  9. Internal brackets supporting activating rod within the rotating outer section of wing.

  10.  Starboard landing gear pivot. When landing, the undercarriage swings out ninety degrees from the line of the fuselage while the wheels unfold downwards.

  11. Duel landing wheels, shown folded under landing gear stanchions when not in use.

  12. Galley, leading to toilet and additional storage area beyond.

  13. Exit hatches, separated by pressure bulkhead airlock.  Each door swings downward and contains an integrated gantry and hand rail.

  14. The roomy cabin can be converted to serve many purposes, including a VIP lounge, conference or planning room and on some versions, with full capacity seating as a personnel carrier.

  15. Fuselage section incorporating fuel tanks, control lines and service ducts.

  16. Fuel, water and oxygen tanks.

  17. Central fuel tank.

  18. Port side of fuselage contains baggage hold, supplies and extra storage spaces.

  19. Starboard stabiliser, used to maintain stability at supersonic speeds and to keep the aircraft's nose up when landing on Cloudbase.

  20. Forward landing gear.

  21. Cockpit, with seating for pilot, and either co-pilot, radio operator or occasionally even a passenger.

  22. Pressure bulkhead, within which are control systems and central flight computer.

  23. Radar antennae.

  24. Nose probe with gust detectors, air speed and pressure instrumentation.

 

 

PASSENGER CABIN

The roomy cabin (1) can be quickly converted to serve many purposes: V.I.P. lounge, or with full capacity seating as a personnel carrier. The cockpit (2) can take pilot and co-pilot, navigator/radio operator, or with pilot only and a “black box/ taking the crew’s place. The stabilisers (3) become necessary at supersonic speeds and also help to keep a nose-up attitude when landing on Cloudbase. Separated by pressure bulkhead (4) the instrument compartment contains radar antennae (5) and flight computer links serving gust detectors and air-speed indicators in the nose probe (6).

The SPJ cockpit, seen from exterior.  Taken from episode 1, "The Mysterons".

 

 

FUSELAGE SECTION

 

Shows strong, double-egg construction. The lower fuselage bulge is largely given over to housing:

 

 

(3) fuel tanks , giving the craft enormous range.

(1) Cabin area.

(2) Cabin service ducts (air, oxygen and lighting cables kept well away from fuel tanks).

(4) Baggage hold.

POWER-PLANT

 

Twin reheat turbo jets of a special Spectrum rating, either one of which will keep the plane airborne.

(1) Compressor blades.

(2) Firing chamber.

(3) Turbine driving compressor.

(4) Bled-off air for retro braking.

(5) Fuel pumps.

 

LANDING GEAR

It is unusually light and compact. The diagrams show it extended at (A), beginning to retract with wheels folded under (B), and swinging inboard (C). When landing, the entire outer wing turns through 90 degrees to act as an airbrake. Hydraulic rams (1) rotate the high-tensile actuating rod connecting the two wings. This is attached to the main fuselage members at brackets (2) and to the wings at (3). The shadowed area behind the undercarriage shows the wing position for normal flight.

 

 

EJECTING CABIN (2068 UPGRADE)

 

In 2068, Spectrum research developed a nose probe capsule for immediate ejection if the main craft has been destroyed and emergency control is useless.  Once the main craft is rendered immobile after an attack, a small explosive charge ejects the pilot cockpit and cabin from the fuselage.  During ejection, twin stabilising fins deploy from the capsule and force air through the turbos.  Once the engines within the stabilisers have been brought into operation, the craft can be piloted on the same principle as the main craft.

 

An emergency fuel cell is housed within each fin and brought into immediate operation the moment the cabin is ejected.  These fins give sufficient air lift to the rear portion of the capsule to ensure a controlled descent and subsequent glide to the ground.

Sources: Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons 1967 Annual;  Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons 1968 Annual; Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons Comic 1991-1994 Issue 6 (drawing from Graham Bleathman); The Complete Book of Captain Scarlet, by Chris Bentley; Century 21 Magazine Number 15, Winter 1993, Captain Scarlet Issue; Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Spectrum File 1/974/CS/206, Free pamphlet with stickers, free from TV21.

 

 

CLOUDBASE    |     ANGEL AIRCRAFT   |   SPECTRUM PASSENGER JET (SPJ)   |   SPECTRUM HELIJET   |   MAGNACOPTER  |   MEDICOPTER   |  

SPECTRUM PURSUIT VEHICLE (SPV)   |   MAXIMUM SECURITY VEHICLE (MSV)   |   SPECTRUM SALOON CAR (SSC)   |   YELLOW FOX, GASOLENE TANKER   |  

SPECTRUM DETECTOR VAN   |   SPECTRUM HOVERCRAFT   |  

SPECTRUM CLAM SUB

 

 

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