AWD #024: Event - Air Attack Aerilon
Air Attack Aerilon
Summary: The Orion's pilots provide some air support to Aerilon. They're run off, minus one Janitor.
Date: 30/01/2013 (OOC Date)
Related Logs: N/A
Cassie Ceres Cole Holtz Jason Jess Kalum Phin Ygraine Zachary 
The Wild Black Yonder — Aerilon
Wed Jan 30

Careful what you wish for, Aerilon. You asked for help, it comes rolling in. Not as thunder, but in a flash of light. The Kings Bay jumps into near orbit of the planet, careful to fall opposite of the nearest basestars. The ships commander comes on com, "Launch all alert 5 Vipers and Predators, we are over Aerilon space. Happy hunting, Pie." he radios out.

Zachary's own raptor pops in near-insertion and he glances back to his ECO. "Get DRADIS up and running, prepare for the insertion." And with that, he cues up his radio.

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Kings Bay actual, this is Orion Six-Two. Thanks for the ride to the prom, I'll try to bring back my dates before midnight. All units, launch!"

[Into the Wireless] Cole says, "Flight team, this is Janitor. I hope everyone had their big boy breakfasts this morning. Actual, I'm hitting the bricks."

Phin is loaded into a Viper and as ready for action as he'll ever be. He finishes up a systems check, which will hopefully conclude in no signs of mechanical failure. He doesn't want to blow himself up. There are Cylons out there for that.

The Predator that Ceres is driving rumbles out into the open and the viper pilot lets out a breath. "This feels like a frakkin semi compared to the viper.." She manages to handle it rather well regardless and aligns herself to follow the rest. She adjusts for the pull of the planet and eventual entrance into atmo as the ship rocks.

[Into the Wireless] A light, almost lady like snort comes from Redeye as she listens to Cole, a faint sound that is, if anything, amused. "I think the question that needs to be asked is if we got our big boy pants on," she retorts while giving everything one last look, everything running green much to her approval. "I'm ready whenever you all are, fight."

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "Janitor, Dolly. Copy. Uh…I've got mine on, sir." By which he means, "Uh, ready to launch."

Before Cole punches out of the tubes, he raises a gloved hand to touch a place on his flight suited chest. If he is saying a prayer, now is the time to do so before the magnetic slingshot rockets his Viper into Aerilon space. His thrusters flash once before the flare fully to life, and he's corkscrewing to Port to clear the air for the rest of his Viper squad as the push out.

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Janitor, Storm. Breakfast, check; pants, check. It's a fine day for toaster scraggin'."

Holtz is another one of the lucky Viper pilots tabbed for this mission. He, too, runs his craft through the systems check, smirking as the com chatter crackles in his ear. Finally, it's time to go, and he hammers down on his throttle, banking in the general direction of the planet as his fighter launches itself from the belly of the cruiser.

[Into the Wireless] Ceres says, "Pie, Redux. Launched and ready to engage, sir. On your orders."

Going through the last moments check of the Raptor's systems, Jason humms a little to himself, as he glances back at the others present in the craft, offering them a bit of a grin. "Okay, seems like the dance is starting. I hope nobody forgot their dancing shoes?" And with that, he starts getting the Raptor airborne and bringing it out into the great wide open.

[Into the Wireless] Jason says, "Stand-up here. On our way out to join the party now."

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Roll out, folks. The ride will be bumpy, watch for the nuclear cross-winds, they'll wreak havoc on the electronics."

Kalum sits silently in the back of Raptor-3339I, which is piloted by Lt. Jg. Jason Springthorpe. For this mission he is wearing his flight-suit and flight helmet, but worn over top of it is his heavy vest — which sports an assortment of pouches for weaponry and medical supplies. On one side of him is slung a medic's bag, and on the seat next to him sits all of the gear he might need for a zero-g or ground rescue. On the other side of the PJ is a heavy machine gun, which the Petty Officer rests his hand lightly on. "By the Gods I knew I forgot something, Sir…" Kalum says wryly to Jason. "Guess we'll have to make do with my murder gloves."

Phin flies forth, forming up on Holt'z 5 o'clock once he's out in the wilds of space. Eyes flit to his instruments, to track whatever hell the interference will play with them, but if anything he takes Zachary's words as an invitation to fly on feel and rhythm of the strange, post-holocaust currents.

Cassie gives the green and her Viper's moved into place once the tube is clear, the thrill of what awaits them kicking in. She mouths a quick prayer mere seconds before the launch, the craft sent shooting out into space and then maneuvered into position.

[Into the Wireless] Cassie says, "Flight, Redeye is launched and in position."

As the flight group breaks into the atmosphere, the first thing that is obvious is that it is night time on their side of Aerilon. And while there used to be lights below that marked major cities and other areas, not even the criss crossing lights of the highways are illuminated. Cities that once were beacons of navigation are just.. not showing anything. No light, no nothing. This is the first time that many of these pilots have seen the surface markings of the war since it started, and this is a very eerie first taste.

The only illimination from the surface is the occasional fire and smoke plumes that rise from the sky. Despite Zachary's warning on nuclear flares, there is non present. It's as if someone hit the switch and the whole planet went dark. It makes the poor visibility even worse as from above a dark set of storm clouds in the distance flash with lightning, illuminating the area in red.

On occassion, there is a flash of artillery or armor warfare on the surface. A brighter flash flares where a vehicle has caught on fire and been destroyed or a settlement has fallen.

The radio immediately lights up with calls of support, battle orders, and other calls for evac or resupply. Zachary looks into his DRADIS, and brings up the targetting grid. "Our target is an industrial complex." he announces into the com. "Heavily guarded by Cylon forces, it has AA, ground troops, and is holding back a chance for several units to rearm. We're going to clear the way for them."

At 30,000 feet, however, is the surprise that Zachary was not expecting. Everyone's DRADIS alights and shows a flight of Raiders and Heavy Raiders, catching sight of the flaming streaks of the atmo dropping ships has turned and started to race towards the incoming flight, weapons warming to start to engage the slower Raptors and Predators of the group to take them down before turning their attention to the Vipers.

Also, the tone - several tones go off of pending SAM searches and locks, seeking out the vehicles - there's so many it's impossible to determine friend from foe locks.

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Flight, Storm. Looks like we've got some unwanted guests about to crash the party."

[Into the Wireless] Cole says, "Storm. That's just the welcoming party. Let's be neighborly like. This is Janitor, requesting to go weapons hot, Pieface."

Cassie chokes a bit when she notices all the red on her DRADIS, the sheer number of enemy contacts outright boggling. "Holy shit," she whispers to herself before she pulls in tighter into formation, that being as much for her own good as it is for the potential to protect others on the mission.

Jess is in a Predator today, forming up with Ceres and the others as the King's Bay heads into Aerilon's space and today's chosen complement of pilots launch. She checks in with her ECO, focusing on readings and DRADIS contacts, getting the measure of the contacts incoming before hitting the comms.

"Damn…" Phin mutters to himself as his eyes scan over the darkened surface of the planet. He frowns at the lack of visibility, attention going back to his instruments. So, of course, he can't properly miss the incoming Cylons. He stifles another impulse to curse and fingers his stick.

[Into the Wireless] Jess says, "Flight, Nags. Looks like we've picked up some shady new friends. Janitor, you think you can manage without me this time?"

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Copy that. Go hot, flight. Predators, Raptors on me for our bomb run, Vipers, keep the fliers off of us."

[Into the Wireless] Cassie says, "Roger, flight. Weapons are free and I got my eyes out for the frakkers."

Keeping Jess with her, Ceres is already noting the incoming shadows that will aim down on them. As the predator lumbers forward, she pulls up her guns and gets ready to engage upon clearance to do so. The usual Viper stick is attempting to compensate for the less agile bird she now sits in. As she gets a ping of attention from more than two, she confirms with her fellow predator pilot.

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Pie, Storm. Copy that, fangs out. Alright, Dolls, you and me, just like last time, yeah?"

[Into the Wireless] Ceres says, "Flight, Redux, grabbing some atention in our tanks. Requesting a little aid in shaking them free."

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "Storm, Dolly. I'm with you, man. Let's defend the big birds."

Frowning a bit as he looks out there and doesn't see much, Jason grimaces a little at the enemy contacts on the DRADIS. "I hope you don't have stomach trouble," he calls back to Kalum, shaking his head a little bit as he prepares to start the bomb run as instructed. "This might be a bit of a bumpy ride…"

[Into the Wireless] Jason says, "Flight, Stand-up. Seems like we're the popular ones here at the moment. Could need some help keeping our adoring fans away for now?"

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Standup, Storm. You got it. Rollin' in."

[Into the Wireless] Then, almost as an afterthought, Stand-up adds, "Lead the way in, Pie."

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Predators, we're heading for the deck. I know you Vipers want to tangle, but keep it light, we have bigger fish to fry."

[Into the Wireless] Cole says, "Nags, Janitor. Don't worry your sweet little head. Just show me what you can do in that thing."

Holtz' craft knifes through the atmosphere, and he utters a low whistle at the sudden mess of red that appears on his DRADIS display. Coming about to take up a defensive position on the tail of the trailing Raptor, he slows to match Jason's speed, focusing his attention on the Raider that seems to be gunning for Stand-up's bird.

Phin flies in synch with Holtz. Perhaps oddly, the rook seems more at ease flying in atmo than he generally shows himself to be in the vacuum of space. He cuts toward the Raider, trying to come at it from a slightly different angle than his lead.

Ygraine is parked in the backof Ceres' Predator, her fingers moving with their usual swift efficiency. "Do you need me to shut up while you work, Redux? Because when I sound like I'm freaking out, I'm actually real calm-like. So don't you fret."

<COMBAT> Foxfire1 attacks Jason with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent2 passes.
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Zachary with KEW - Critical wound to Controls (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Foxfire3 attacks Ceres with KEW - Light wound to Nose (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Foxfire2 attacks Jess with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Jason with KEW - Serious wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Cent3 passes.
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Ceres with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent1 passes.
<COMBAT> Zachary takes careful aim at Foxfire3.
<COMBAT> Ygraine tries to suppress but doesn't have enough ammo.
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Raider3 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum passes.
<COMBAT> Jess takes careful aim at Foxfire2.
<COMBAT> Jason takes careful aim at Foxfire1.
<COMBAT> Holtz attacks Raider3 with KEW - Light wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Cole attacks Raider2 with KEW - Moderate wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Ceres attacks Foxfire3 with 20mm Minigun and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cassie attacks Raider1 with Kew - Light wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Zachary has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.

<COMBAT> Raider-7396l has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider1 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-4440s has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider3 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raptor-6463l has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Zachary has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Zachary spends a luck point to keep fighting!

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Dammit. Rescue team, eject. Repeat, rescue team, eject. My controls are sloppy, I'm going to finish my run and limp towards friendly ground."

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Redux, you're bomb lead when I peel off."

Petty Officer Kalum doesn't seem troubled when Jason indicates there could be some fancy manuevers. "Just keep her level as you can, Sir." The PJ states darkly, as he rises to his feet now, and secures himself to the floor and either side of the door. He feels the ship shudder and shake as it is struck. "For all I ought to have thought, but have not thought…" He murmurs under his breath, and quietly thanks the Gods for the fact he is wearing his parachute today. "For all I ought to have done, but have done…" The PJ hears talk of Zachary going in, and then clicks on his Radio. "Lieutenant. Sounds like Pie is going in. Mark his location. If we live long enough we can go get him."

"Do what you got to do, Shake, just keep that battery quiet down there." She begins to rock and roll to try to get past the fire that comes up into their face. As her nose lights up, she twists to the side. "Damn frakkin heavy…" She starts to grumble below her breath and then focuses, gritting her teeth. As the com comes through, she picks up and takes lead, heading the way in. "Shake, jam that third batterly for us, we are taking it out."

[Into the Wireless] Ceres says, "Pie, Redux, copy. Watch yourself."

Holtz' fire clips the Raider's wing. At first it doesn't seem to cause that much damage, but then after a brief moment there's a flash and the Raider explodes in a sheet of flame. His wings waggle in triumph before he banks off, looking for a new target.

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Scrag one! Stand-up, you all right over there?"

[Into the Wireless] At the sight of Pie taking that hit Redeye cringes slightly, growling as well as she lines up that very same Raider. It's with no small amount of satisfatction that she sees it go up in a ball of fire, it leaving her with a very warm feeling of satisfaction in her gut. "Flight, thisis Redeye. Splashed one. Call out if any of you gets into trouble."

Avoiding some of the incoming fire, Jason growls a bit as the Raptor shakes a bit from the fire from a Raider that seem to explode not long afterwards. Nodding a bit at Kalum's words, he works on keeping the Raptor steady for now, still moving in for the target. "I'll be sure to do that," he replies to the words about marking the location of the boss. "But… if we live long enough? Don't you know I'm going to live forever?" It's offered a bit lightly, though.

Phin misses pretty clean, for his part, though he does linger to circle to make sure the Raider properly explodes after Holtz hits it. A slight wince at the comm chatter from Zachary. He takes a deep breath, veering to get back into formation with Holtz.

[Into the Wireless] Jason says, "Storm, Stand-up. Took a bit of a hit here, but we're okay. Thanks for getting that Raider out of my hair. I owe you one."

It gets sloppy fast as the tracers and streaks of light race into the sky, intermingling with the adavnacing flight and raiders. They tangle up in the sky, KEWs and cannons blazing away. The first contact action causes a lot of initial confusion, but soon there are two Raiders tearing themselves up in mid-air as they turn and collapse in on themselves exploding brilliantly.

One of them manages to get through, however, and the cockpit of the CAG is hit and hit hard, flaring bright. Zachary coughs as the controls nearly blow up in his face and tries to keep his wounded bird up in the air. Looking over his shoulder to his crew, he yells, "Bug out!" With that, the backdoor opens, and he combat drops Knox, Afton, and Dell over the target area and turns his attention to the bomb run. "Come on, Aurora, give me a straight path and I'll get us home to Eden." he says quietly in prayer. "Beachcomber, hold our lock!" he yells as the ship rattles and shakes underneath the pilot's hand, and he growls. "Come on, come on. We promised we'd come home to them. They don't need another CAG yet."

And the fire continues along the ground, the AA getting good beads on the flight even as the alert is sounded, and yet more is brought into bear on the attacking flight.

"if you say so, Sir." The PJ shouts. As the Raptor starts on its bomb run, Kalum pops the hatch in the back now, and swings the heavy machine gun into position. "Opening hatch. Going to see if we can't thin out a few centurions on the way in."

In atmo, there are so many more fancy maneuvers you can do, and so many more ways you can make your Viper look like it belongs in an air show for elementary school children. Though at those types of shows, for general admission, you don't usually get exploding pieces of metal and flaming bits of debris raining from the sky. Cole does a wide yo-yo, coming back around to spray the red shiny nose of a Raider.

[Into the Wireless] Cole says, "Redeye, Janitor. Swing around and form back up with me. Let's clean up the skies."

Jess manages to dodge the incoming fire without straying too far from the proscribed bombing path, though it's far from gracefull in the much-larger, less-agile Predator, and it takes an assist from suppression and covering fire to pull it off. She glides back into line, weapons locked on the AA battery below.

[Into the Wireless] Cassie says, "Janitor, Redeye. I'm coming up on your ass now."

[Into the Wireless] Holtz laughs. "You better believe it, Stand-up."

"Damn, these bitches need to get off our backs." Milkshake mutters as she attempts to scramble enemy systems.

[Into the Wireless] Jess says, "Flight, Nags. Thanks for the assist there, guys. Keep it up. I've got weapons locked on target, going in hot now."

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "Storm, Dolly. You've got a toaster tracking you. Trying to get a lock on it."

Once told to do so Cassie slides in and behind Cole, maneuvering to do so as there's a bit of debris to fly through. It along with flying in atmo makes for some fun but she manages to do so and without much in the form of difficulty.

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Bugger. I see 'im."

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Janitor, Pie. Take control of the Vipers. Redux, handle the bombers. I'll see you when I get back."

[Into the Wireless] Ceres says, "Pie, Redux. Get yourself out of here, we will keep our run going."

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Can't yet, Redux. Have some precious cargo to drop off."

Zachary watches the three jumpers fall from his craft and swallows. "Alright, let's hit hard and get out of here. I'll have Stand-Up pick up our precious cargo."

Holtz wrenches his fighter into a snap turn at the sound of Phin's warning, angling towards the Raider that's got him in its sights. He's still fully on the attack, screaming head-on towards the enemy ship. The only drawback of that plan is that he's giving the Raider a perfect shot as he closes, but it seems as if he trusts his gunnery skills to let him take out the other ship before he gets fried himself.

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Stand-Up, Pie. I dropped off three chutes on a recon mission. Pick them up for me in seven hours at these coordinates. Look for purple smoke. If you do not see purple smoke, abort."

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Hopefully I can pick them up myself."

[Into the Wireless] Jason says, "Pie, Stand-up. Will do. Get yourself to safety, boss."

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Looks like this frakker wants to play."

<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Holtz with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider4 attacks Cassie with KEW - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Ceres with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Foxfire3 attacks Ceres with KEW - Critical wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Ceres - Moderate wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Ceres - Moderate wound to Right Foot.
<COMBAT> Foxfire2 attacks Jess with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent1 passes.
<COMBAT> Foxfire1 attacks Jason with KEW - Light wound to Right Wing (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Cent3 passes.
<COMBAT> Cent2 passes.
<COMBAT> Zachary attacks Foxfire3 with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Controls.
<COMBAT> Ygraine suppresses Foxfire3 with Ecm. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Raider5 with KEW - Serious wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider5 - Moderate wound to Abdomen.
<COMBAT> Kalum fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent2 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent2 with HMG - Serious wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent2 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent2 with HMG - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jess attacks Foxfire2 with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Jason attacks Foxfire1 with Bomb Racks and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Holtz attacks Raider5 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Cole attacks Raider2 with KEW - Light wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Ceres attacks Foxfire3 with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> Cassie attacks Raider2 with Kew - Moderate wound to Left Wing.
<COMBAT> Zachary has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.

<COMBAT> Ceres has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Predator-0014q has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Ceres has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Ygraine has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Aa Battery-1386x has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Foxfire2 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Aa Battery-1645o has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Foxfire3 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Ceres spends a luck point to keep fighting!
<COMBAT> Ygraine spends a luck point to keep fighting!

Holtz pours KEW fire into his target, flipping his craft out of the enemy's sights right before the return salvo would have skewered him. He scores a hit, but due to his sudden evasive, he's unable to finish the kill. His yet unsullied Viper heels over as he arcs back towards the Raptors, seeing another one that seems to want another piece of Jason.

Phin lines up his KEW cannons with some modicum of precision while the Raider's attention is on Holtz. And he actually hits something. In the Raider face, even. Though he also doesn't quite close a proper kill.

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Janitor, Storm. Check six, my friend there seems to've had enough of me, looks like he'd rather tangle with you."

The com blares to life with a crackling zzt as the the ground batterly slams hard into the front cockpit of Shake and Redux' Predator. The bird rocks at the instrument flares up once more and she lets out a gasp. The slips off course for a second and then fighting down the pain she feels running up her right leg and her left arm again, she uses her right hand to redirect them. She grits her teeth and keeps the Predator inbound for one more pass at the batteries below. "Shake…how you doing?" She calls back to her ECO, not used to having a backseater. "Call off…" She says and tries to bring them up to deliver another payload.

As they get closer to the deck and the fight, the bullet screens become more violent. The bombs from Zachary and Ceres' flight slam home into the AA battery and it explodes in a brilliant flash, flipping over and twisting around into garbage. Jess' bomb slams into another AA battery and it collapses into itself, secondary explosions rocking it as its ammo starts cooking off, spraying sparks everywhere.

The raiders are not done yet, however, continuing to attack the slower targets as they get closer, before they finally break off to start attacking the wing's Vipers, the sleek ships turning to face the longer range targets, no longer concerned with the larger planes now tangling with the aa on the ground as machine-gun nests instead start taking their turns on the lumbering bombers.

[Into the Wireless] Ygraine lets out a yelp that makes it over coms as the predator she's sharing with Ceres gets hit. Then quickly, "We're okay, we're okay!"

"Okay to go! Okay to go!" Milkshake chants as frantically as refocuses her signal jamming.

[Into the Wireless] Ceres says, "Nag….dux, .zzzt point. Hi..zzt…"

Zachary's bombs slam home, and the CAG pulls up his wounded bird, fighting with the controls as he struggles to get it around. Listening to the radio, he starts calling out orders, even as he starts to turn the Raptor around and back towards the Kings Bay.

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Redux, Milkshake, follow me out! All Vipers, keep them covered!"

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "Storm, Dolly. You OK? Looks like you shook him." He wangles his wings toward Ceres' Predator. "We playing more defense for the Preds?"

[Into the Wireless] Cole says, "What the frak, man. This Raider. WON'T. GIVE. UP. Storm, Janitor. Copy that. My DRADIS is lit more than me on my wedding night. Let's get our big birds home, and then we'll see if we can shake my tail."

[Into the Wireless] Cassie grumbles as the firefight does not seem to want to stop, the Raiders gaining no amount of love from her. "This is bullshit," she yells, clearly frustrated. Thankfully it doesn't seem to hinder her flying but while her flying is fine her temper is anything but.

Jess releases her Predator's payload and gets out of range of the explosions that result, checking in with her ECO before moving back into position. There's some more dodging involved, the oversized fighter still under fire from at least one direction.

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Pie, Storm copies. I hear you, Janitor. Hold on, Standup, I'll be with you as soon as I can."

"We're breaking, Shake, jam what you can for the group but I can't keep this thing straight. We have to follow him out." She's blinking, focusing through the knotting pain in her left hand as the instruments hiss and flare up in her face again. "Shakes, I am flying a little blind up here, let me know if we got friends. I will try to keep us rocking. Her wings waggle back as she catches sight of Dolly in her side window, sparks still jumping at her face occasionally. Breathe Redux, breathe.

[Into the Wireless] Jess says, "Redux, Nags. Redux, Shakes, you copy? Flight, Nags. Redux and Shakes took a nasty hit there it looks like, might've knocked out comms. They could use some help."

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Give 'em hell, Stand-Up. Redux and Pie are withdrawing. Target is hard. Repeat, target is too hard. We may need to break contact."

The hatch on the Raptor pilot by Jason opens slowly as they continue in down towards their target, and PO Kalum sights in on a group of Centurions on the ground manning heavy turrets. Then with little warning the heavy machine gun opens up, and sprays the ground with heavy fire — spraying the back of the Raptor with shells. Some of the shots splash harmlessly into the earth, and one barely wounds one of the Centurions. Still, a set of three pounds one of centurions, and nearly takes him out. "Now would be a good time for that fancy flying, Sir." Kalum states calmly, as he continues to try to pour fire into the ground.

[Into the Wireless] Ygraine says, "Nags, Milkshake. Redux's com is down, but mine's still workin'. We're followin' Pie back to the barn."

Taking another hit, although this time it's a light one at one of the craft's wings, Jason shakes a bit now, frowning a bit now. "Okay, I knew I shouldn't have worn that cologne today," he remarks a bit lightly, before he nods a bit at Kalum's words, "I'll see what I can do," he remarks. Starting to bring in the Raptor once more. "Looks like I missed the target…" he says, with a bit of a sigh.

[Into the Wireless] Jason says, "Pie, Stand-up. Looks like I missed the target. Going in for another try…"

But that one battery left, that draws Redux' attention. "Shake, think we can do one more?" She strains against the controls and doesn't yet pull away.

Zachary just drops his bombs, not bothering to aim as he aims just at the general area of the target. Bombs away!

You sure you want me on that battery and not the Raider targetting us?" Ygraine hesitates a moment, fingers hovering over her keyboard.

"We got the payload to take those batteries out for the Vipers…cover our tail, but I am dropping on that ground to air." Redux grunts, pressing her body into the stick to help with the shuddering movement of her left hand.

[Into the Wireless] Jess says, "Milkshakes, Nags. Glad you're both still kicking in there, and nice shot on that battery."

<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Cole with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider4 attacks Ceres with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Jason with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Jason with KEW - Light wound to Engine (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Cent2 attacks Cole with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Foxfire1 attacks Cassie with KEW - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Cent1 attacks Zachary with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Zachary attacks Cent3 with Bomb Racks but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Ygraine suppresses Raider4 with Ecm. <successful>
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Raider4 with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG - Critical wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent2 with HMG - Light wound to Left Hand (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent2 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent2 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent3 with HMG - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent3 with HMG but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Jess takes careful aim at Foxfire1.
<COMBAT> Jason takes careful aim at Foxfire1.
<COMBAT> Holtz attacks Raider4 with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Cole attacks Raider4 with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Ceres attacks Foxfire1 with Bomb Racks and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cassie attacks Raider2 with Kew - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Zachary has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.

<COMBAT> Cent2 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-1413h has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider5 has been KO'd!

Janitor focuses his efforts wholesale on getting that injured Predator out of there safe, his teeth grit and he sticks hard, having to bank around tightly and in atmo that throws his body like a mack truck against the harness. Cole can't outfly the bogies on his tail and get a clear shot off on the Raider he's currently targeting, try as he might.

"Frak…" Ceres curses below her breath as the bombs light up just short of the battery. "Keep us covered, Shake…getting us out." She says and yanks back, pulling the Predator up and out of the run to join with the other injured bird of Pie's. "Shake, you may need to come take over…" She admits and shudders. "We get out of atmo, come fly this thing, don't trust myself to land us back on ship." She admits, brow sweating as she then adds, "Give the Flight our best, tell Nags to bring em back home after they give em hell." A tight smile crosses her lips.

"Gods, I hate clingy boyfriends." Yggy mutters as she continues to jam the fourth Raider's signal as it continues bear on them again. Then she lets out a squeak. "You need me to pilot?!"

"Once we clear atmo, yes. Can you land it?

Phin fires his guns at the Raider trailing Ceres' Predator, but the shot goes wide. And does not even graze the dodgy Cylon beast. He tries to angle his nose around for another pass at the thing.

[Into the Wireless] Ygraine says, "Nags, Milkshake. Redux says to give the toasters hell and bring everybody home."

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "I'm going to make sure that Milkshake and Redux get home. I'm pretty bad off, but I can keep watch. Good hunting, flight."

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Copy that, Pie. Right, then, Dolls, let's go watch out for Stand-up."

[Into the Wireless] Jess says, "Milkshake, Nags. Copy that, we'll do our best. Get back safe."

This is getting beyond annoying and the grip on Cassie's control stick tightens, her eyes narrowing as she focuses harder on the fight. The hit rattles her teeth but doesn't do anything to fluster her, this time.

Ygraine's voice behind Ceres actually does, for the first time on a mission, betray panic, a faint tremble in her voice. "My instructors said I didn't have a feel for it."

[Into the Wireless] Cassie says, "Janitor, Redeye. How are you doing out there?"

[Into the Wireless] Cole says, "Redeye, Janitor. Five by five, baby. Let's throw these Raiders a towel and tell them to sleep in the wet spot. Seven's, show 'em what you've got. Keep it tight."

[Into the Wireless] There's a beat of hesitation in Phin's response, but he does copy. "Storm, Dolly. Understood. Redux, Milkshake, fly it true. See you back home.

[Into the Wireless] Jason says, "Keep them safe, Pie. We'll get the job done here. And we appreciate you watching over us, Storm and Dolly."

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Milkshake, you're piloting? How much stick experience do you have? I can walk you through it, but trust in the deck as well. A lot of landing is automatic."

Grinning faintly and breathing somewhat heavily, Ceres replies, "Yeah, well we are about to prove them wrong. We will and this thing together, okay. Just need you to keep me steady." She says and focuses on pulling out, her right hand straining to keep hold along as her left is slowly becoming useless. She's bleeding out of her suit now its starting to drip on the floor. "After we break atmo though, I need you to make sure we don't get shot at first."

The Heavy Machine Gun continues to shake and rattle in Kalum's hands. One cylon is torn apart, and sparks fly everywhere as its body falls to pieces. Another cylons takes one hell of a pounding. One more remains. The muzzle flashes of the machine gun illuminate the PJ's eyes as he continues to pour the fire in on his targets. When the Raptor shutters after another strike, Kalum just glances up towards the front, and then back to the firing.

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Ain't no strike like a Lucky Strike, Janitor. Let's take out the trash."

Zachary forms up on Ceres' side, his raptor trailing smoke and debris. He waggles his wings a little at them. He glances back to the battle below and lets out a breath. His first combat action leading the wing has ended in a colossal failure.

Approaching the target once more, Jason's Raptor once again takes a bit of a beating now, but the pilot can still see how Kalum's been shooting. "Nice shots there," he calls out, before he keeps all his attention on the piloting, and dropping the bombs again now. "Come on, come on…" he mutters to himself.

Holtz watches as Ceres and Zachary both angle up, heading out of the combat zone. He throws his craft over in a tight turn, heading back for the lone remaining Raptor… and the Cylon gunning for it.

[Into the Wireless] Ygraine actually sounds like she might start to cry. Even though she doesn't? Scared shitless. "Pie, Milkshake. I can try." Because she has to. This is what happens when you're told repeatedly in flight school you have no feel for the stick.

Jess circles around for another pass, coordinating targeting with her ECO as they avoid fire. She keeps an eye out for the injured birds heading back to King's Bay before zeroing in on the AA battery.

As they begin to break atmo with Zachary next to them, Ceres shifts, "Shake, come on up. You won't do this alone." She says and her coms try to crackle to life but the front console has been shot to shit. The viper pilot grunts and curses the Gods for her ill luck once again. Her gloves on her left hand is turn open and one can see a glint of metal around one finger.

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Okay, this isn't much different than playing wing admiral with Button's setup. Rememeber the stick will pull in the opposite of what you usually want. If you want to go down, push forward. Up, you go higher. I'm going to walk you in until the command has you in tow."

Phin shoots a look on his periphery to try and eye the progress of Ceres and Ygraine's Predator. Not that he can rubberneck long. He's flying to keep up with Holtz, and track the Raider still pursuing Jason's Raptor.

<COMBAT> Raider4 attacks Cassie with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Jason with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Foxfire1 attacks Cassie with KEW - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Forge1 attacks Cole with 20mm Minigun and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Jason with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent1 attacks Holtz with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Zachary attacks Cent3 with Bomb Racks and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Zachary's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Ygraine suppresses Raider4 with Ecm. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Raider2 with KEW - Moderate wound to Engine.
<COMBAT> Kalum fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent1 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent3 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent3 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent3 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent3 with HMG - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jess attacks Foxfire1 with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Jason attacks Foxfire1 with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Holtz attacks Raider2 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Cole attacks Raider4 with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Ceres attacks Foxfire1 with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> Ceres's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Cassie attacks Raider2 with Kew and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Zachary has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.

<COMBAT> Viper-1093f has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Cassie has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Cent1 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-0210p has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider2 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Cassie spends a luck point to keep fighting!

Without warning, an angry and high pitched growl enters the helmets of those closest to Cole. In particular, its in his helmet. Looking down at his warning receiver, there is a bright red DIAMOND at his position. Its the kind of warning you don't ever want to see. It means something, right under neath you, has just gone active. In this case, its a treaded vehicle. Almost immediately the gun starts firing, yellow tracers streaming up into the sky like a firehose spewing flaming nails. The whole field surrounding the gun system illuminates one more of them, and it too starts firing. About this time a couple missile systems start going active. But its too late for Cole. The rounds cross under his Viper and actually explode the entire rear section of the craft, blowing it in two as it continues its climb away. Flaming, the aft section's engines break apart into three chunks and tumble towards the ground while the intact cockpit and nose continue in a peaceful ballistic arc into the night sky.

[Into the Wireless] The Viper takes some hits but Casssie is alright, it taking a bit of work but the fighter's kept functional. She looks over her shoulder just in time to see an explosion, that getting Cassie to gasp outloud over the coms. "Nooooooo," she wails, clearly distraught. "Frak. Janitor!"

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "What the frak? … Janitor? JANITOR!"

Ygraine leaves, heading toward the Tinyplot Room Nexus [Out].

As the combat rolls, it becomes obvious. The air wing is very much outgunned. The Cylon fire, instead of slackening - actually becomes worse. This was not a cake walk. The Cylons are loaded for bear and they're going to make everyone pay in the process, even as the wounded Raptor and Predator limp off.

[Into the Wireless] Jess says, "Flight, Nags. We scored three hits on that battery but it looks like it still's going, comi— Janitor? What the frak was that? Janitor, call out and eject!"

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "What the frak…!" Phin's voice is barely above a choked whisper, but he's apparently forgotten he's on-mic. "Janitor? Janitor? Dolly. Sound off, man…"

[Into the Wireless] Cole says, "Cole's com is quiet for a long agonizing second and then heavy breathing shudders across the channel. "Flight…Jan…Gotta punch.." A deep exhale. "Magpie, I'm coming home.""

[Into the Wireless] Jason says, "What just happened? That battery seems to be made of… And Janitor…"

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Rescue Two, lock on Janitor's last. Let any friendlies in the area know his position. Janitor, Magpie can wait. EJECT!"

[Into the Wireless] Jess says, "Janitor, Nags. Don't you frakking dare die, Ari, I will kick you in the balls so hard. I am not even kidding. Get out of there and somebody'll pick you up with the rest of them."

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Punch the frak out, Janitor. We won't leave you there."

[Into the Wireless] Cassies voice joins the others, her own choked. "C'mon, Janitor. Please. Don't… frakking asshole. You die and I'm coming after you just to kick your fraking pansy ass!"

Holtz does a double take at the sudden flash of light, staring on in horror as Cole's ship is blasted by the suddenly-stiffening Cylon anti-air fire. The flash of a nearby flak boom buffets his craft a moment later, though, and he snaps out of it, uttering a wordless snarl as he jerks his Viper around, looking for the last Raider, and pouring a torrent of fire in the thing's direction.

"Stand-Up," Kalum calls out from the back, even as the Heavy Machine Gun pounds into his chest hard. "Stand-Up," he calls out to make sure the man hears him over the din of combat, and the loss of their fellow pilot. "Our targets still there, Sir. We need to hit it again." The Petty Officer says in a grim voice. "We need to clear out as much of the AA as we can before we bug out, and then come back with a fresh Raptor… No way we can get him with all this shit down here." The heavy machine gun starts to thump again. "Lets stay as long as we can, Sir."

There is a flash of directional charges that surround the canopy of Cole's Viper, each popping off in quick succession before the clear dome goes tearing off, cartwheeling through the plume of smoke that used to be the Viper's tail end. A little black speck that could be a pilot strapped to an ejector chair shoots out and away from the wreckage, tumbling towards Aerilon off-pitch until a chute opens up that might as well be a target itself. Another round of flak tears through the parachute like tissue paper, and tangled mess disappears in the treeline.

Looking out at where Cole disappeared into, Jason lets out a deep breath as he looks to the cockpit instruments again, nodding a bit. "And even if we could land with all of this, it looks like we wouldn't be able to get back out without some repairwork," he replies, with a sigh. "Bringing us in for another pass."

Cassie's had more than enough of this shit and she bears down on the Raider that's left, her KEW ablazing. "Frakking go to hell," she hisses angrily, her jaw clenched and eyes teary. She might not have had much of a chance to get to know Janitor but he was one of her family and she vows to do anything she can to get revenge for him.

[Into the Wireless] Jess says, "Flight, Nags," says Nags, voice tight, "Coming around for another pass at those AA emplacements. Let's clear the rest of this shit out of here so we can get people home."

[Into the Wireless] Jason says, "Flight, Stand-up. Looks like the hits we took rattled the Raptor quite a bit. Can't land and take off again without repairwork. Trying one more run at the battery there. Janitor, if you can hear me, we need to get a new Raptor before we can do anything to help."

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Pie, Storm. I saw a chute open. We're gonna need a SAR bird down here."

It takes Phin notably longer than Holtz to snap out of it, his eyes following that flash toward the ground. But he does eventually, trailing Holtz for another strike.

[Into the Wireless] Before Zachary can respond, a new voice comes on the comm. "Negative on rescue. Flight, Kings Bay actual. The Basestars know we're here. Less than two minutes before they are in engagement range. Pull back your attack and withdrawl. Repeat, withdraw."

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "You've got to be frakkin' kidding me. We can't just leave him here!"

[Into the Wireless] Cassie says, "Frak that! No way!"

[Into the Wireless] "You will withdraw, or you will remain here with him."

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "Flight, Pie. I have a team on the ground. Withdraw, they will find him."

[Into the Wireless] Jason says, "We could still take out that battery, and then jump out of here, can't we? Your call, Pie."

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "Pie, Dolly. Sure you don't need us to cover the SAR birds? I haven't gotten a scratch."

[Into the Wireless] Zachary says, "If we lose Kings Bay, I lose my wing. Fall back, now."

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, "Godsfrakkingdammit!" Holtz' voice is a barely understandable snarl, equal parts sullen and furious. "Storm copies." A pause. "They're not sending any godsdamn SAR, Dolly. You're with me."

[Into the Wireless] Cole says, ""Go." It's the last word the Janitor can squeak out over his survival radio."

[Into the Wireless] A long string of cursing in Sagittaran is grunted repeatedly over the coms until Cassie can get herself in check. "Roger, Pie. Redeye will be bugging out." And that's it. Cassie's comms go eeriely silent.

[Into the Wireless] There's a long beat of silence over Phin's comms, before he replies. "Copy. Inbound. With you, Storm."

[Into the Wireless] A similar silence as from a few of the others comes from Jason, before he lets out a sigh into the comm. "Pie, Stand-up. Copy that. Returning home."

"Sir, we can do this!" Kalum calls out from the back, and looks up towards Jason. He's a Pararescue Jumper, and the Petty Officer is willing to ride this thing until the end. Its his job to give Cole and the next SAR bird a fighting chance. Of course he can't stop Jason from bugging out, and wouldn't blame him. "We can jump out…"

Grimacing at the words spoken over the comms, Jason shakes his head a little at Kalum's words. "You heard the boss. He's got a team down there already. They'll find him." A brief sigh, before he adds, "Close the doors, we're going home." Sounding like he doesn't want to say those words, as he turns the Raptor around to bring it home now. Dropping off the last of the bombs before heading out of there.

<COMBAT> Raider4 tries to attack but has no target!
<COMBAT> Foxfire1 tries to attack but has no target!
<COMBAT> Forge1 passes.
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Jason with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Zachary passes.
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Raider4 with KEW - Light wound to Left Wing.
<COMBAT> Kalum fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent3 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent3 with HMG - Moderate wound to Right Leg (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kalum attacks Cent3 with HMG and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Jess attacks Foxfire1 with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Jess's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Jason attacks Foxfire1 with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Jason's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Holtz attacks Raider4 with KEW - Light wound to Left Wing.
<COMBAT> Cole attacks Raider4 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cassie attacks Raider4 with Kew and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Zachary has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.

<COMBAT> Cent3 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-9350 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider4 has been KO'd!

The last airborne Raider explodes in a fiery flash under the combined fire of Holtz and Phin. With that, he aims his nose at the sky and slams hard on his throttle, zooming for open space at full burn.

[Into the Wireless] Holtz says, ""Scrag two. Frakker." A pause. "Storm is RTB."

Dolly may not be the most vicious gunner in the wing, but he's at least getting better about shooting in tandem with Holtz. A couple of hits in the right places, and they smoke a Raider. Not that he celebrates much. "This is frakked…" he mutters to himself. Off-mic, at least.

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "Flight, Dolly. R-T-B."

Kalum takes down the last Centurion tripod with a vengeance, and shreds what remains of the cylon. "One less guy for Janitor to face…" He murmurs to himself. The order to go home is given by Jason, and the Petty Officer doesn't fight it. "Aye aye, Sir…" The Pararescue Jumper says softly, and then leans way out of the side of the hatch to stare off towards where Cole went down. The wind rushes by his helmet, and the PO's lips press together into a grim line. He then pulls himself back inside, and swings the machine gun out of the way. "Closing the hatch…" He hits the button on the hatch control, and then it slowly shuts — sealing with a thump and a hiss. "We're all secure."

Kings By makes sure that everyone is back on board, before it tears out of the area in a desperate jump, getting away from the basestars before they have a chance to attack.

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