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==Name origin==
 
==Name origin==
In Greek mythology, Athena is the goddess of heroic endeavor, and the daughter of [[GTB Zeus|Zeus]]. Athena was also a companion, or simply helper, of many other Greek mythological heroes like Heracles. It is said that Athena was warlike, much like [[GTF Ares|Ares]], his half-sister.
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In Greek mythology, Athena is the goddess of heroic endeavor, and the daughter of [[GTB Zeus|Zeus]]. Athena was also a companion, or simply helper, of many other Greek mythological heroes like Heracles. It is said that Athena was warlike, much like [[GTF Ares|Ares]], her half-brother.
  
 
==Performance:==
 
==Performance:==

Revision as of 21:55, 30 September 2008

The GTB Athena was one of the oldest, most commonly used class of bomber during the 14-Year War. When the Shivans arrived with their outpowering warships, the need arose for larger, more devastating bombs, which the Athena was not large enough to carry.

Being the lightest bomber of all known Terran bombers, the Athena provided a reasonable efficiency against incoming hostile fighters, while it was not worth a fighter-class.

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The GTB Athena


Description:

FS1 Tech Room Description

The smallest bomber in the fleet, the Athena has oftentimes been mistaken for a fighter. However, one should not be fooled by its small size. The Athena can carry light bombs, and most missiles. It also has the ability to dogfight well. Its strong shielding and hull make it the favored "Lightning Bomber" of the GTA.

Developer Notes

Excellent for hit-and-run bombing. Good speed for its size, with a high capacity afterburner reserve.

Name origin

In Greek mythology, Athena is the goddess of heroic endeavor, and the daughter of Zeus. Athena was also a companion, or simply helper, of many other Greek mythological heroes like Heracles. It is said that Athena was warlike, much like Ares, her half-brother.

Performance:

Statistics

Type Light Bomber
Manufacturer Dynamic Metamer
Maneuverability Average
Max Velocity 60.0 - 75.0 mps
Max Afterburner Velocity 120.0 mps
Armor Medium
Hitpoints 250
Shields 500
Length 20 m

Armaments

Freespace 1
Bank Guns Standard Loadout
1st 2 Avenger
2nd 2 Flail
Compatible Primaries
ML-16 Laser, Distruptor, Avenger, Flail, Leech Cannon, S-Breaker
Freespace 1
Bank Capacity Standard Loadout
1st 80 Phoenix V
2nd 80 Synaptic
Compatible Secondaries
D-Missile, Fury, Phoenix V, Synaptic, Stiletto, Interceptor, EM Pulse, Cluster Bomb

Veteran Comments

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I always wanted to love the Athena, but it's lack of a any serious anti-cap ship capablity made it a non-choice when going against anything bigger than a transport.

The Athena is the ultimate tool for a fighter pilot. But not a bomber pilot. It has higher speed then the Hercules, good manuverabilty, and can haul an equal if not greater amount of ordance. It has a thin target profile from the the sides and front-back. Its gun setup is the best for dogfighting or bomb interception ever seen in a Freespace game, more then compensating for its inablity to carry the Prometheus or Banshee. If you want to carry real bombs, though, you'll have to get a Medusa.

If it could carry the Prometheus or the Hornet, I would prefer it to the GTF Hercules as a heavy fighter, but the lack of these and any proper bombs means there's always a ship better than it for most missions. On the other hand prior to the more advanced ships and weapons it does make a good heavy complement to the Apollo and the Valkyrie.

The Athena is probably one of the best ships in the whole FS universe. It's fast, manuverable, hard to hit, has great primary weapon placement and can take a lot of punishment. It can't carry the big bombs, but then again, crippling strikes are it's forte. Loaded with Stilleto and Fury missiles, it can quickly disarm and disable any ship, making it a easy prey for others. The only real downside to this jewel is it's incopability with some of the more advanced weapons.

This is the ship I swear by. The speed, amount of manuvering it has, shields, and amount of ordinance it can carry, along with it's almost nil front/side profile. With the exception of speed, I view this ship as the ideal anti-bomber ship, largely due to it's ability to pepper a bomber squadron down to almost nothing (mostly with Fury and Synaptic warheads), and then swoop in to finish the stragglers off. I singlehandedly finished off the Hades with this ship, and prefer it highly over any Hercules variant, or the Zeus, with it's far larger target profile, facts which plagued me for much of FS2.