Merry Christmas wrote:
If you think about it, the delta flyer should be able to defeat a over century old cruiser.
Indeed. Sounds completely plausible to me.
But not if Kirk commands that century old cruiser. He will just somehow cheat his way to the victory, regarless the odds.
People are assuming 100 years advancement between the 23rd to 24th century is the same as 19th to 20th century.
Also bearing in mind that TNG era shuttles are never deemed as threatening or capable of destruction to planets where as an old cruiser is.