The F-33AM8 Butterfly is a tandem seat, advanced air superiority fighter built and designed by Atlas Military Aviation for the Tactical Forces Military.
The F-33AM8 was first unveiled at the TFMGAC Airshow Special at London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom in July 25th 2021. It features the signature crosstail configuration, commonly used by FlightArms CAC, for enhanced flight stability. Alongside it, the fighter also features a rather peculiar cross canard, which, proven through flight tests, gives the aircraft increased maneuverability. Thrust vectoring already grants the fighter excellent turning performance, but the crosstail severely limits it's ability to execute post stall maneuvers. Regardless of that, the Butterfly possesses state of the art avionics that give it an edge against most, if not all, current generation fighters that perform similarly to this fighter.
This particular Butterfly serves with the Sunrise Squadron of the 173rd Combat Wing. It possesses the "Rays of dawn" livery of the squadron, mostly used in airshows and sometimes in active service.
A Butterfly passing over the TFNS Redemption supercarrier
F-33A flying over Krakabloan waters. The 173rd Combat Wing is stationed at the Krakabloa volcanic archipelago
Butterfly doing a low pass over Bandit Airbase. Photo credit to Lt. Jackson Forrest callsign "Castle"
Another low pass over Bandit Airbase
- Predecessor AMA TF-33M8A1 Vanguard
- Created On Windows
- Wingspan 41.5ft (12.7m)
- Length 57.9ft (17.7m)
- Height 13.3ft (4.1m)
- Empty Weight N/A
- Loaded Weight 32,745lbs (14,852kg)
- Power/Weight Ratio 2.47
- Wing Loading 47.9lbs/ft2 (233.7kg/m2)
- Wing Area 684.2ft2 (63.6m2)
- Drag Points 6510
- Number of Parts 287
- Control Surfaces 6
- Performance Cost 1,572