Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Fat Uncle transport aircraft is the primary non-combat transport aircraft for the Principality of Zeon during the One Year War. The Fat Uncle's ungainly appearance belies its true effectiveness, as it's a highly efficient aircraft, able to carry nearly twice its weight in cargo, including Zaku-type mobile suits standing in the massive cargo bay. This is in part due to the powerful thermonuclear jet engines used for thrust, and the large VTOL rotors used for lift. Despite the similarities between the thermonuclear jet engines of the Fat Uncle and Gaw class assault carrier, it's unknown if they use the same type of engines, but it's certainly a possibility. The Fat Uncle can carry roughly three mobile suits, but the exact capacity it can carry is difficult to estimate, as it's not originally designed to carry mobile suits, but rather a more general range of cargo.
- 2-barrel Machine Gun
- As the Fat Uncle was never meant to be a frontline combat unit (unlike the Gaw), it only has three 2-barrel Machine Guns for defense.
During the One Year War, the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation signed the Antarctic Treaty, which banned biological, chemical and nuclear weapons as well as prohibited the use of colony drops. Now restricted to conventional warfare, Zeon High Command knew that it was only a matter of time before the Federals took advantage of their massive raw material stockpiles and vast production capacity to turn the tide by sheer weight of numbers.
To prevent this, the Zeon forces initiated drop operations to seize control of various mining and manufacturing facilities, most famously California Base and Odessa. In order to supply their ground forces, the Principality developed and used the Fat Uncle transports to send supplies and mobile suits to the front lines. Besides supply duties, Fat Uncles were also used as mobile bases for Mobile Suit teams, or as rescue/evacuation craft.
Fat Uncles would generally be seen safely within Zeon lines, as they were very vulnerable to attack and the Federation generally had air superiority. Several Fat Uncles would nevertheless be seen on the front lines, whether delivering last minute supplies and reinforcements or evacuating key personnel and casualties.
Long after the One Year War, Zeon remnants use several modified Fat Uncles during an attack on Australia's Torrington Base in UC 0096, including Yonem Kirks.