Previous post: Missile Mouse - Fighter Design 01
Early on in my Missile Mouse story for Flight Explorer, MM's ship gets badly damaged and he has to bring it down. Normally he would have been able to land the thing without any extra damage to the ship. However, the ship's hydraulics were blown out and he couldn't switch to atmospheric mode. The resulting drag on the ship made nearly impossible to make a smooth landing.
In space mode the craft is open to allow ventilation and cooling for various high performance components.
Links: Missile Mouse - Fighter Design 01