The Flyer-class was a type of Federation Starfleet heavy shuttlecraft in operation from the 2370s. The class was based on the design of the Delta Flyer and Delta Flyer II, designed and constructed by the crew of the USS Voyager while that starship was stranded in the Delta Quadrant. (VOY episode: "Extreme Risk", VOY episode: "Imperfection")
The original Delta Flyer was designed to survive the rigors of the Delta Quadrant and included Borg technology based on the knowledge of Seven of Nine, a liberated drone. The shuttlecraft was 21 meters long. The Flyer was armed with phasers and photon torpedos. Its successor, the Delta Flyer II, was equipped with a single torpedo launcher for photonic missiles. The phasers could be switched to a pulse phaser mode.
The design was adaptable. Immersion shielding was added to allow a deep-sea operation in Monea's ocean. The standard configuration included unimatrix shielding, devised by tactical officer Lieutenant Commander Tuvok, and parametallic hull plating. The second Flyer featured a duranium-reinforced hull, and extendable impulse thrusters improved sublight speeds. (ST reference: The Official Starships Collection Issue 38)
The design was kept intact when Starfleet adopted the Flyer-class fleetwide. However, the warp nacelles were no longer extendable, and the primary impulse engines rendered extendable impulse thrusters superfluous. (STO - The Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
Following her return to Federation territory during the Borg Invasion of 2381, the USS Titan had at least one Flyer-class shuttle, the Horne, added to her shuttle complement before she departed back into deep space to continue her mission of exploration. Of all Titan's shuttles the new Flyer-class was the fastest.
In that year Doctor Shenti Yisec Eres Ree, under the influence of his paternal instinct, kidnapped the pregnant Deanna Troi and stole the Horne when he felt Troi and her baby would not be safe on the Titan. Upon boarding the Horne, Ree tore out the pilot's chair to make a more comfortable position for his non-humanoid form to control the ship. He then used the ship's weapons systems to shoot an opening in the Titan's shuttlebay permitting him to escape. (TTN novel: Over a Torrent Sea)
The Flyer-class was used in the mirror universe by the Terran Empire's Imperial Starfleet in the 25th century. The Flyer-class was still used by Starfleet in the 25th century. (STO video game: Star Trek Online)
|Federation, Starfleet||Delta Flyer • Delta Flyer II • Horne • NCC-2151-01|
| Terran Empire Starfleet|
|Starfleet shuttlecraft classes|
|Federation, Starfleet||named classes||Aeroshuttle • Danube • Epoch • Flyer • Greyhound • McCall • Mercury (warpshuttle) • Pulsar • Sphinx • Tesla • Valkyrie • Venture (scout) • Waverider • Wraith • Yellowstone • Zodiac (warp shuttle)||alphanumeric designations||2 • C • F • G • H • R10 • S3 • S4 • S5 • S6 • S7 • S10 • S11 • S12 • S20 • SC22 • SW7 • SW21|
|type designations||type-1 • type-3 • type-4 • type-5 • type-6 • type-6A • type-6C • type-7 • type-8 • type-9 • type-9A • type-10 • type-11 • type-15 • type-15A • type-16 • type-17 • type-18 • type-18H • Zhang Sui|
|others||mark II • captain's skiff • captain's yacht • Academy trainer craft • unnamed Federation shuttlecraft classes|
| Federation, Starfleet|
|military shuttle • passenger shuttle • Starfleet shuttle (2230s)|
|This article or subsection has an associated category.||Flyer class shuttlecraft|