The inspiration for the ship came from several sources. The Cobra attack helicopter and the A-10 "Warthog". The name comes from the music played in "Appocalypse Now" when the Air Cav attack the beach. The piece is "Flight of the Valkyrie", by Vagner.
The ship has limited range due to weight restrictions despite the massive thrust
provided by its power plants. Its is capable of atmospheric flight but its flight time is greatly reduced as power is diverted to maintain level flight.
The ship has air-to-air and air-to-surface missles in the side missile pods and the missles can be
targeted by ground forces or by the gunner. The side pods also house two ion cannons which are mainly used to soften or disable enemy shields and
then the target is eliminated with the more "conventional" weaponry on board. The turret on the roof houses four blast cannons which are used to
cover and protect the ship as it breaks contact or returns to target.