AC-3 White Heron
The AC-3 White Heron or Shirasagi (ＡＣ―３ しらさぎ is a support vehicle used by the Ei Shī Surī Shirasagi, lit. AC-3 Shirasagi)JSDF which first appeared in the 2002 Godzilla film, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.
The AC-3 White Herons were developed alongside Kiryu as a means to both pilot the mech and transport it. Two of the planes transported it to Yokohama to confront Godzilla for the first time. After Godzilla's roar caused the spirit of the first Godzilla within Kiryu's bones to possess the machine and rampage through the city. As Lieutenant Akane Yashiro struggled to regain control, Lieutenant Susumu Hayama attempted to lure Kiryu out to sea with a White Heron, but was promptly shot down by its homing missiles. All aboard narrowly escaped as the plane exploded.
The White Herons intervened several times during Kiryu's second battle with Godzilla in Tokyo. As Akane took manual control of Kiryu, it was recharged by one of the Herons. In addition, Lieutenant Kenji Sekine opened fire on Godzilla as he was about to fire his atomic breath at a prone Kiryu.
As an out-of-control Kiryu carried Godzilla out to sea, Azusa Kisaragi's White Hero pursued them to rescue mechanic Yoshito Chujo, who was trapped inside. Using the Heron's cannons, she destroyed the jammed maintenance hatch, and Kiryu rotated, allowing Chujo to fall out. Kyosuke Akiba, Kiryu's operator, ejected from the White Heron and caught him in midair.
- Flight at 930 kilometers per hour, or 750 kilometers per hour when lifting Kiryu
- Functions as the control station for Kiryu
- Capable of carrying and transporting extremely heavy objects with help of a wire.
- Able to transmit energy to Kiryu
- Can fire dual pulsating cannons
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