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The TwinBee, known in Airforce Delta Storm as the XQ/U-2Bee Fatty, is a Konami Legacy plane that has appeared in Airforce Delta Storm and Airforce Delta Strike. It is originally from the TwinBee franchise, a relatively well known Konami series.

Design

Airforce Delta Storm

Much like the Phosphorous, the Bee Fatty is a strange case of attempting to make a realistic version of the TwinBee. The craft itself is fairly small with a rounded fuselage, with two small variable sweep wings and two smaller rear wings. The craft has a single vertical stabilizer, and two machine guns are visible on the front of the craft. The most noteworthy design detail of the craft is the two large arms present pointed forward on the craft, hands balled into fists; the fists serve as the missiles for this craft. It has a dark blue color scheme.

Airforce Delta Strike

Now a much more faithful take of the original TwinBee, being a direct adaptation of the craft. The TwinBee has a rounded, blue body with a bright yellow "cockpit" on the front of the craft. It has two huge engines on the back of the craft, as well as arms and legs. The legs of the craft move depending on the action of the player, moving to point forward if the craft applies the brakes. The TwinBee also carries a large gun, which it uses to fire its rockets out of the main barrel and machine gun bullets out of the smaller barrel beneath.

Performance

Airforce Delta Storm

A unique, above-average craft that has an interesting comparison to the Phosphorus, the other Konami-based craft. The Bee Fatty has max mobility and defense like the Phosphorous, but it also has max attack, which leads to it having a mind-boggling 999 missiles. However, despite how awesome this seems, 999 missiles is far, far too much than one could reasonably use for any mission in the game. The Phosphorous also possesses maxed out speed, power, and a huge range unlike the Bee Fatty, and only has an "excellent" missile count of 88. The Phosphorous is the more practical choice overall, though the Bee Fatty is not bad by any stretch of the imagination.

Airforce Delta Strike

A much more unique showing. Unlike the VIC VIPER, the TwinBee still maintains its maxed out mobility, though defense is slightly worse. However, it only has a guided anti ground special weapon in the Hand Throw bombs. The rockets fired by this craft also come out relatively slowly in comparison to other aircraft that can spam them heavily, which makes using the rockets fairly awkward, especially given the aiming of the rockets considering the positioning of the release point (the gun held by the TwinBee). However, its stats are still insane, which makes it a very above average rocket plane at the very least. And hey, 999 guided bombs are pretty cool, too.

Statistics

Airforce Delta Storm

Type Stats
Attack:Very high
Defense:Maximum (6000 HP)
Speed:Medium-high
Power:Very high
Mobility:Maximum
Missile:999
Ability:No
Range:6

Note: There are no differences in stats between the US and PAL versions.

Airforce Delta Strike

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Type Stats
Anti Air Attack:Low
Mobility:Maximum
Defense:High (3700 HP)
Anti Ground Attack:Very high
Thrust:Very high
Speed:Medium

Enemy Appearances (Missions)

Airforce Delta Storm

  • The XQ/U-2Bee Fatty is only used by three unidentified enemies in Where Are We?. They are required kills.

Gallery

Airforce Delta Storm

Airforce Delta Strike

Trivia

  • In both games, unique music plays whenever the Bee Fatty/TwinBee is used.
    • Also, in Strike, different music plays whenever the TwinBee is used in space missions, making it one of only three Konami Legacy planes to play different music in space missions. The others being the VIC VIPER and Jerry Mouse.
  • The enemy Bee Fatty has the same paint scheme as the player's Bee Fatty.
  • In both games, the TwinBee has the highest amount of ammo for a single weapon (999 missiles in Storm, and 999 GHTBs in Strike).
  • In Storm, this plane along with the XF-0002 Phosphorus has a longer missile range than other planes (6000 feet/around 1800 meters over standard missile's 5000 feet/around 1500 meters).
  • This is the last plane listed in the aircraft list in the NTSC-U version of Storm.
  • Although this plane is unlocked for free in both games, this plane's price in Strike would technically be 720,000 credits due to how repair prices for planes are calculated (50% of the plane's cost to purchase, hundred-digit numbers rounded up).
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