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Dropship 79 Heavy-Troop Carrier
Production information

Manufacturer

Misriah Armory

Product line

Pelican

Model

Dropship 79-Heavy Troop Carrier

Class

Troop Carrier Dropship/Transport/Gunship

Technical information

Armament

Standard Model

  • GAU/53 70mm MBHRC Autocannon (2) [1]

Crew

3

Passengers

15-20 passengers

Usage

Role(s)

Dropship

Era(s)

Post-war

Affiliation

United Nations Space Command

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The Dropship 79 Heavy-Trooper Carrier, abbreviated D79H-TC, or more commonly known as the Pelican, is an extremely versatile aircraft capable of carrying troops, cargo, or vehicles, and sporting a heavy arsenal of weapons. Because of this, the Pelican is both a capable support gunship, and troop deployment carrier. This model of the Pelican has two nose mounted machine guns, operable by the pilot. There is a gunship variant of the D79H-TC Pelican, the G79H-TC/MA Pelican.

TriviaEdit

  • The D79H may be the UNSC's analog to the Covenant's Phantom Gunboat.
  • Unlike the earlier D77 models, the cockpit opens to allow the pilot inside.
  • Unlike previous Pelicans, the downward thrusters are no longer on the nacelles and are instead on the main body.
  • Unlike other Pelican models, the D79 supports acceleration thrusters.
  • On the mission Reclaimer three pelicans are seen flying away from the Mammoth, and it is possible that it takes three Pelicans to lift a Mammoth. Though it is unlikely that even with three Pelicans that they would be able to lift the Mammoth as each Pelican can only lift 70 tons. 
  • The variant flown in the Halo 4 level Shutdown is the G79H-TC/MA Pelican gunship, and has a seemingly infinite boost, unlike most Covenant vehicles. It is also possible to fly the dropship variant via a glitch on the level Reclaimer. However, it is not drivable in the first and possibly only season of Spartan Ops.
  • It's cockpit resembles that of a Russian helicopter, Mi-24 Hind and of the LAAT/i gunship from Star Wars.
  • This is the first known Pelican model officially to have a hologram projector in the cargo bay. The Tart-cart was first integrated with one on request.
  • When landing, the Pelican's wings will angle down from a horizontal angle to a vertical one in order to direct the thrust downward, much like "modern VTOL aircrafts".

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