Spacecraft & Spycraft
Lightning Class Trader
An odd ship design
Originally designed by the famous John “Stormy Jock” Willis, the Lightning class ship was an odd duck. It was capable of accelerating at 4 G for relatively brief periods of time but the massive engines and fuel tanks ate into the cargo capacity.
It didn’t have any luxury staterooms, as a matter of fact, it barely had room for the crew of 22. The massive engines had the side-effect of being able to power some very powerful cannons but none of the ships were armed when they were launched and the class was not rated for combat and had no damage control or secondary systems.
All of the ships were named for clipper ships from the 19th century. Altogether 22 of these ships were built and were considered abject failures when it came to earning profits. Eventually the true genius of the design was understood…