The Batplane was the second aereal vehicle used by Batman on his fight against crime.
The first time Batman used the Batplane on a mission, was to stop the Monster Men from destroying the city. This version of the Batplane was very similar to the first Bat-vehicle, the Batgyro, except it didn't have rotor blades on top. The batplane also featured a mechanical gun on the front for aereal combat.
The Batplane had he capability of transforming into a speedboat by retracting its wheels and folding its wings. Shortly after, Batman upgraded the Batplane by making it bigger and added red stripes on the sides of the plane. This model was soon destroyed by some criminals, but it was revealed that there was more than one model in Batman's secret hideout.
For Dick Grayson's ninth birthday, Bruce gave him his own small Batplane, which was an exact replica of the main batplane and it was stored in the same abandoned barn.
Taking advantage of the resources of WayneTech's various divisions, notably Wayne Aerospace, Bruce Wayne was able to design modified versions of commercial products for use in his crime-fighting career as Batman. Over the course of several years, there have been numerous versions of the Batplane model.
An early model Batplane was a hybrid fighter jet and helicopter (often referred to as Batplane II). When it became necessary to achieve a higher rate of climb, the helicopter assembly folded down into the fuselage of the craft. Like other versions of the Batplane, Batplane II was equipped with a fully-functioning crime lab, and magnesium flares encased inside of the cone.
As with most of the Bat-Vehicles, the Batplane was capable of following a remote control signal to any location. Batman often used this capability to get away from dangerous situations or simply leave a place quickly.
The Batplane's diverse array of functions have varied with time. Each version of the vehicle has been improved since the its creation.
The current Batplane is a modified Wayne Aviation SlipStream ($46 million sans "extras"). It's detailed to resemble a standard mid-size corporate jet during take-offs and landings. Some of its features and capabilities are as follows:
- At cruising altitude (35,000-45,0000 ft.), telescoping wings retract. Exterior sections of tail and nose-cone envelop cockpit and cabin fuselage for higher altitude pressurization.
- Gaining further altitude (45,000-55,000 ft.) delta fins in the tail and snub winglets elongate to increase efficiency and stability as speeds approach supersonic.
- At ceiling altitudes (55,000-60,000 ft.) "smart" paint on exterior radar-shielding ceramics responds to dropping air pressure and temperature, thus camouflaging the Batplane's exterior to stealthy black.
- Avionics include ergonomic "at-a-glance" viewing levels for all electronics and multifunction displays. The breakaway canopy allows for pilot/co-pilot emergency ejection. The reinforced acrylic glass canopy windows polarize at stealth altitude.
- Height: 14.5 ft.
- Length: 57.7 ft.
- Wingspan: 47.6 ft. - The wings are protected by a bleed-air anti-icing system.
- Incorporated machine gun.
The following specifications apply to the current model, the Wayne Aviation SlipStream.
Altitude Ceiling: 60,000 ft.
Maximum Speed: 4,400 mph
Range: 2,486 n m
Take-Off Distance: 5,230 ft.
Landing Distance: 2,984 ft.
Payload: 2,670 lb.
Refueling Time: 7.8 minutes
On-Board Equipment: No known on-board equipment.
On-Board Weaponry: The original Earth-Two version of the Batplane, as well as the Batwing version from the Batman movie were equipped with machine guns. In modern continuity (New Earth), it fires rubber bullets.
- The first mention of a "Batplane" was in the Detective Comics #32. However, this is not the official first apparance, since it was referring to the Batgyro.
- The Batplane was once used as a Christmas themed vehicle, with presents, a sled rail and a Christmas three incorporated.
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