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Betty
Production information
Technical specifications
Length

44 meters (144 ft.)[1]

Width

74.7 meters (245 ft.)[1]

Height

20 meters (66 ft.)[1]

Crew

49

Usage
Year introduced

2370s

Era(s)

Late 24th century

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The Betty was an ageing transport ship captained by Frank Elgyn in the 24th century and crewed by a collection of smugglers and mercenaries.

HistoryEdit

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The Betty was a very dated ship. It was stolen from orbit by Elgyn and his crew in 2374, at which time the vessel was known as the Almayer's Folly. Elgyn subsequently renamed the vessel the Betty after his mother, Beatrice Martin.[1] Owing to the ship's advanced age, it required constant repair and maintenance.

Layout and modificationsEdit

It has rear thrusters and is fitted with magnetic docking clamps. There are aspects of the ship that share a likeness to mid 20th century cargo vessels like the rear cargo door, the cockpit design and the artwork on the ship's side.

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The Betty's cockpit

CrewEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

The Betty's design was created not as a traditional drawing, but as a 'kitbash', and physical model assembled from the parts of various home modelling kits. Included in the original mock-up was the hull from a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close support jet aircraft, better known as the "Warthog".[2] The ship's cockpit was originally going to be far more open with all-around windows, but was made more claustrophobic due to budget constraints.[3] The final shooting miniature was built from foam core and cardboard. The ship's interior was inspired by the look of industrial equipment, including jackhammers and forklift trucks, and also took inspiration from the Power Loader from Aliens.[4]

TriviaEdit

  • In the original script for Alien Resurrection by Joss Whedon, the Betty had two additional crew members named Rane and St. Just. Rane is taken by a Cloned Xenomorph during the swim through the flooded mess (a fate given to Hillard in the film), while St. Just is sucked into space when the Auriga's hull is breached during a major action sequence in a botanical garden.[5]

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 S. D. Perry. (2014). Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report. Insight Editions, 146. 
  2. Mark Salisbury. (2014). Alien: The Archive. Titan Books, 312. 
  3. Mark Salisbury. (2014). Alien: The Archive. Titan Books, 306. 
  4. Mark Salisbury. (2014). Alien: The Archive. Titan Books, 311. 
  5. Alien Resurrection script by Joss Whedon

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