AWD #370: Airwing Crossroads
Airwing Crossroads
Summary: Second installment of the assault on Crossroads, a coastal city on Aerilon. The Orion sends in Predators for a bombing run against the Cylon air field and meets heavy resistance.
Date: 26/06/2016 (OOC Date)
Related Logs: Boom Baby!
Bennett Evans Kelsey Zhen Luc Alejandro Niko 
Aerilon TP Room
The plains and hill country of South Eastern coastline of Aerilon's primary 'Eastern' landmass where the port city of Crossroads is located. Where a broad winding river meets the sea and Cylons have set up a shipping and manufacturing base with a labour camp.
Sun Jun 26 17:57:25 2016

The briefing in a nutshell is that there is a small city on Aerilon called Crossroads (for lack of a better name, blame the farmers!) and it is a port city along the south eastern coastline. Ships come in to the docks at the mouth of a large river that lets out into the sea. There is an air port that is now a Cylon air field with known AA battery emplacements. There /was/ a munitions depot and manufacturing facility that Marines recently went in and took out. There is a rail yard, and there is a Cylon labour camp where Aerilons are rounded up for either internment or to be shipped off world, or some of both.

Your mission tonight will be to go in and take out the air field, the docks, and the rail yard. For coded practical purposes we'll have you hit AA Batteries first and do rolls for the others. Sort yourselves out as to who will be flying with whom and we can get started. Any questions?

Predators may jump themselves from the Orion in a few hops to get to Aerilon, but the vipers can not go so directly. Therefor all must be coordinated to bring the Airwing together via a frigate transport to make the jump and launch the air strike. Acting CAG Salazar obtains the order to launch and passes it onto the viper pilots to head out first and assemble a escort for the Predator crews. Aerilon herself spreads out below them in a dazzling arc almost as breathtaking as looking down upon Piraeus with blue seas, green and brown terrain, and marbling of white clouds. For their destination, the sun will not quite have broken the horizon to bring on the new day to Crossroads and the flight will be coming in from the east, with the sun behind them.

Alejandro speaks over the wireless, "Janik, form up on my wing. Crater, you're loose. If you need help, we've got you. Let's keep our Predator crews safe. Butch has mission command, over."

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Butch copies, Hobo. Predator flight, fan out, strike formation. Let our vipers clear a path."

[Into the Wireless] Kelsey double clicks the mic in confirmation. Copy.

[Into the Wireless] Luc says, "Copy that. Letting loose and will call you fine gents if I need it."

[Into the Wireless] Evans says, "Chatterbox copy that. New toys, new playlist, new stuff to blow up!"

Eager and flying with confidence, as he has been missing the action. Moving out to control his own side. Looking over the area. Being in his usual mood, keeping his eyes open as usual as he flies about to try and spread out from the other vipers.

With his last name for a callsign, Niko Janik is clearly the Frakking New Guy in the Viper Squadron. Flight trained on Picon, he's been spending his first few weeks aboard the Orion trying to prove he's not a wash out. And here's his first chance to fly combat with the Lucky Strikes. He slips his Viper in at Alejandro's five o'clock, sticking to his wing as ordered.

Kelsey slides her Predator a little bit further out from Butch's, creating some maneuvering room. With the bombs under her wings, she seems fairly comfortable with all of this. The new, more positive attitude leaves her more relaxed in the cockpit, too. She punches up her MFD's and selects the Mk82's under the wings. "Master Arm, On." The red/white protected rocker switch has the lock lifted and she arms the bombs and gun up front. Sitting in the front, she rolls easily with the buffeting of the air and keeps the stick light in her hand.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Hobo, Janik. Roger." This is followed by an appreciative whistle for the majestic sight of Aerlion from far orbit.

Zhen sighs as she sits at her station behind Kelsey, a sound that's half anxious and half tired, the ECO haven't gotten much sleep previous to the mission. Rainbow waits until it's her turn to do her thing, her attention held firmly upon the instruments and read outs before her.

Evans scatbops along to himself under his breath as he rechecks the back seater's toys and relays a stream of useful information forward to Bennett intermixed between the crap, "The lovely and scenic sight of Aerilon's coastline continues ahead directly on your 0,0 heading, Captain, target right where expected so far, weapons are primed and DRADIS has no surprises for us yet, but you know those crafty Cylons, I'm sure they remembered it's your birthday, I'm just waiting for the 'SURPRISE!'"

[Into the Wireless] Luc says, "Hello all and welcome to Lucky Strikes escort service. I am one of your hosts, Crater. Hope we have a calm and safe ride. Let's do this and all get back safe and sound."

Flying point today is Bennett Saint Clair, who isn't generally known for her love of the strike craft. They fly too fast, handle too twitchy, and straight up behave far too much like a viper for her taste. But a job's a job, and she's damned well going to do hers. "Master arm is green. I am going to fly us in as low as I can manage, and see if we can confuse any anti-air they might have." It's a warning for Evans; she isn't known for her comfy flights. She smiles a little at his chatter, but keeps her focus on the task at hand.

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Flight, Hobo. Cut the unnecessary chatter over the wireless. Keep it clear, Over."

[Into the Wireless] Luc says, "Copy that. Crater out."

Alejandro brings his own viper around as the Raptors launch and form up for their approach into atmosphere. He scans both visually and keeps tabs on his HUD for sign of anything. Once Butch is ready, Hobo leads off the air strike by starting the descent pretty fast. None of them want to be met by Cylon forces before they reach their mission assignment. A quick check to make sure Janik is where he is supposed to be, and Luc off somewhere on Alejandro's other side.

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Flight, Hobo. We have our coordinates. Vipers heading in to give escort. Let's move fast. Don't need to wait around for a basestar to notice. Over."

The vipers go in low and fast just as St. Clair says. It's a bit rough and shaky as they slice through atmosphere, everything obscured by clouds and darkness as they descend down to Aerilon. The seemingly peaceful world below is just starting to wake up. The sun is on the rise slowly to give the east a warm glow. The air strike flies in from that direction, dropping altitude rapidly. A big broad river snakes slowly back and forth below them through the plains, patchworks of farmland green along it's banks and more golden and fewer the further out from the irrigation and traffic source. A straight line cuts across the land, dim and difficult to see in the twilight of predawn below them - the rail line. Both the river and rail head to the south west and towards the sea.

Up ahead the ocean spreads out, wreathed in gloaming predawn light. A few stars remain and yet, before them on the land below there are a few stars also. The lights of the small city that lays ahead.

<FS3> Zhen rolls Ecm: Great Success.

<FS3> Evans rolls ECM: Great Success.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Predator flight, Butch. We'll hit the airbase first, then the docks, and the rail yard last. Stay clear of the camp, and watch your lateral separation."

[Into the Wireless] Kelsey says, "Copy, Lead. You want Two on the air defense assets?"

Luc continues to keep his eyes open as he head in with the rest. Keeping watch to try and make sure that they aren't surprised. Being on the other side of the predators compared to his fellow vipers. Being in full serious mode for once.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Good idea, Squire. We will drop our payload as soon as we have a visual; you cover us."

[Into the Wireless] Kelsey double clicks the mic again. Copy.

Evans chuckles softly, "Well, I brought the extra strength barf bags today just in case, Captain. I knew you were gonna miss me and save something special. We should be right about in time for…yep! Contact…" He trails off as Zhen relays the same information he sees, then simply adds in rapid succession after.

[Into the Wireless] Evans says, "Flight, Chatterbox, we have the expected AA batteries at 20 mark 4 off your starboard wing. I spot one Raider in the air one kick beyond that, and its a little fuzzy but they got something the hell off beyond that. Maybe we ought to expedite this little birthday party just in case, over?"

Squire finishes the quick convo with the flight lead and drifts the Predator just a little further north as the lights of the city appear in the distance. There's no lift of the bird just yet, not wanting to give anyone an early target. "Don't go falling asleep on me, Rainbow. I know this isn't as exciting as laser guided bombs but I'm sure you can get some excitement about SAM launches and flak exploding next to the canopy, right?" annnnd then there's a radio call. "There's our vector," she says and drifts right more, towards the AA Batteries.

[Into the Wireless] Kelsey says, "Copy Chatterbox. Two in, hot. Pushing it up."

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Flight, Hobo. I copy, Butch. Air field and batteries first, over."

Zhen looks at her pilot and smiles. "Sorry. Just been a while. I'm awake." Then the call comes from Evans and she looks at her DRADIS. "Frak. Stay lively yourself, Squire." Muttering, she gets ready to do her job.

Bennett angles her craft into a sudden nosedive, the moment they're squared away on orders. No time to waste; DRADIS could start pinging with enemy contacts at any moment. "Expediting," she tells her back seater bemusedly, shoving the stick forward with a gloved hand that's just a little less sure of itself than usual. They punch through a layer of cumulus and suddenly there are foothills on either side, scrolling past in a pale blur. Still she drops them lower, to the top of the treeline. Low enough that they can see the way the river flows around boulders and deformations in the land.

Niko rides out the bouncy trip down into the lower atmosphere of Aerilon, sparing a few seconds to look around curiously at the landscape once they're down through the clouds. It all looks so peaceful from on high, but he knows from Picon how illusionary this is. So he sticks to the drill — instruments, DRADIS, Mark One Eyeball. That and keeping position on the leader in the choppy air. Then Chatterbox's call on the wireless gets him focused in the direction of the indicated Raider. At least until the missile lock warning goes off. Then he jams the stick over and hits the power, thumbing the stick to pop flares and chaff.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "This is Janik, I've got SAM!"

[Into the Wireless] Luc says, "Flight, Crater. Got a toaster in sights. Going in."

As they come in hard, low and fast like a smutty romance novel, skimming the carpet of the trees to see if they match the drapes, the vipers scream in low ahead of the Raiders! The AA batteries themselves are not lit up but the air field and towers are brightly lit. Two Raiders are on the field on the ground as well as various other air craft for shipping cargo and passengers. A few figures are moving around, tiny below as they patrols, load or unload cargo, or begin to scatter and take cover at the approach of air craft. Likely somewhere below a siren begins to wail. At least some of the figures below are human while others appear to be Centurions.

Alejandro splits off and curves in an interception course for the Raider that is up in the sky. It has turned to come and meet them even as the alert goes out. The AA batteries are turning, arming up to greet the incoming air craft.

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Lucky Strikes, Hobo. Weapons hot!"

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Raider-4449u - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4449u - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4449u - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4449u - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4449u - Critical wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4449u - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4449u - Light wound to Engine (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4449u - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Raider-5954 - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5954 - Moderate wound to Right Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5954 - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5954 - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5954 - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5954 - Moderate wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5954 - Serious wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5954 - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5954 - Serious wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5954 - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5954 - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Evans suppresses Toaster1 with ECM. <successful>

<COMBAT> Evans suppresses Toaster2 with ECM. <successful>

<COMBAT> Evans suppresses Toaster3 with ECM. <successful>

<COMBAT> Alejandro attacks Toaster4 with KEW - Light wound to Body.

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Aa Battery-7445o - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7445o - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7445o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7445o - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7445o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7445o - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7445o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7445o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7445o - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Toaster1 with Ecm. <successful>

<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Toaster2 with Ecm. <successful>

<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Toaster3 with Ecm. <successful>

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Close To Viper 664 - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper 664 - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper 664 - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper 664 - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper 664 - Light wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> Luc attacks Toaster4 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Toaster4 attacks Kelsey with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Very Far From Predator 619 - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Far From Viper 645 - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper 645 - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Viper 664 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Niko has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider-2677c has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Toaster4 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider-4449u has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Toaster5 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider-5954 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Toaster6 has been KO'd!

The flight goes in like falcons swooping down on their prey. The ants below scatter as alarms sound below. There is no hope for the Raiders on the ground as the Raptors come in, claws and wings extended. Even as the AA Batteries open up and begin firing at the incoming craft, mostly missing due to the extreme low altitude, the air wing does not miss. Explosions begin to errupt with puffs of boiling fire to roll up against the structures and grounded aircraft in the predawn light. The Aerilon sun is rising behind the Orion's airwing onslaught, a firey blaze of light breaking over the horizon to bring daylight to land and the sea. A vast expanse of water glitters to the east and south beyound the dry land.

And then there's a big explosion, close enough to toss his Viper off course, and Niko curses as warning tones are going off in the cockpit. "Frak!" After some serious effort he manages to regain control of the fighter and level off, taking a second to reorient and take a breath. He's still flying, even if the Viper is damaged, and at least the SAM warning has stopped. So he pulls around and heads for the flight leader, trying to reform.

Kelsey is coming up on the airfield from a different angle from Bennett and spots the two Raiders prepping for take-off. "One, retargetting on two bandits on the ramp." She tries to sound cool, but the anxiety and excitement in her voice has it slowly climb higher. It's an iffy last minute adjustment and one that makes the unseen Raider on her butt miss its shot. Zero skill there, just pure luck. Coming across the runway at 450 knots, she presses the button on the side of the stick and shoves the afterburners up. "Bombs gone," she calls. The craft flies out to see, keeping energy in a very wide turn as she brings it back in towards one of the SAMs.

Alejandro fires upon the incoming Raider to do his best to keep it off of his FNG, his wingman. But there is nothing he can do about the AA missiles targeting Niko - Janik is already on evasive and doing everything he can to stay alive so Hobo doesn't bark at him. The boy's on it. Not the slightest bit religious, nonetheless, Hobo utters a small prayer of thanks when their rookie isn't utterly blown completely out of the sky in the first few seconds. He barely hit the raider but someone else must have also nailed it, Luc probably, as Alejandro pulls hard on his stick to bring his craft around.

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Janik, Hobo! Status!"

Luc does indeed get a nice hit to help Alejandro to bring down the raider. "Boom!" He says to himself, before an explosion hit him, able to steer to the side but still taken a bit of a hit that rocks his viper, along with the sound of shrapnel just bouncing off. Clenching his jaws as he tries to get back in position. Flying to keep an eye on Niko until he's able to head back into formation and Luc turns to the side. Letting Hobo handle it. Continuing to do laps to keep an eye out for more, as well as trying to avoid the cannons.

Evans growls under his breath as he focuses the Predator's ECM suite on the triad of AA batteries, muttering, "That's it, eat electronic noise…frak! Captain, Site 1 got a rail off…" He turns his head in the cockpit to track the missile contrail and watches hit impact and knock Niko around like a pinball, "Godsdamnit. Viper hit." Then he's back to focusing on the task at hand, "Confirm good hit Captain, I dont know how, but that thing is still reloading. Repeat, Site 1 is still operational. Toaster found some baling wire or something, sir…."

Bennett's angle of attack is off once they pull out of the valley and scream over the tarmac of the airfield. "Switching it up. I am going to take out that battery instead." Her explanation is brief, as most of her focus is on flying the not-so-familiar craft. Three hundred knots. Three fifty. Four hundred. She's not so much a daredevil as her wingmate, but she's no stranger to a heavy ordnance drop, either; with a tap of her thumb and a shudder of the predator as its payload is released, she drops one of the dumb missiles on target and angles the strike craft's nose high enough on egress to tempt a stall. "Must have," she murmurs to Evans, firewalling the thrusters to bring them around for a second pass. "Do me a favour, please, and put it out of its misery for me? I will get us within kissing distance for you." He can probably hear her smile.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Viper flight, Butch. We have several good hits down here on ground targets, but I count three batteries still standing. How are you faring?"

<FS3> Evans rolls ECM: Great Success.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Hobo, Janik. Still flying. Looks like I've got a fuel leak but it's not bad. Weapons and engines are green."

<FS3> Zhen rolls Ecm: Good Success.

<FS3> Kelsey rolls Piloting: Good Success.

[Into the Wireless] Zhen says, "Flight, Rainbow. Looks like we got more incoming but I can't tell what it is or what kind. Might be one to three Raiders or… I dunno. Maybe a Heavy Raider. Keep your eyes out."

<FS3> Bennett rolls Piloting: Good Success.

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Janik, Hobo. Copy. I have SAM trying to lock on. Evading!"

Soon as he's heard from Niko and is about to thank Luc for taking out the Raider, Hobo has his hands full as alarms start to go off. Alejandro is suddenly very busy yanking his yoke to flip his viper into a skew as missile lock warnings light up his board. The acting CAG grits his teeth and has a sudden flashback of being shot down more than once in the past. Flames and broken bones after hitting the ground on Picon is not a pleasant thing to remember, nor the smell of burning plastics and flesh. "Come on, baby! Third time was the charm, right? Don't let me down and make it four."

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Butch copies, Rainbow. Predator flight, Hobo has two unfriendlies on him, please prioritise those targets."

Evans blinks and looks up when Bennett calls for a strike, and his fingers fly off of the controls, "Arming missile 1, targetting what is soon to be heap of scrap Site 1, sir. Weapon hot and ready to fly. Incoming bogies are outside maximum ECM range, but will be able to engage by the time we finish our next run. You're going to have to take back over guns then or those bogies and the turrets below are going to go without my ECM love on them, and that would be a damned shame, sir."

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Aa Battery-7445o - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7445o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7445o - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7445o - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7445o - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Bennett attacks Toaster3 with 20mm Minigun - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Far From Viper 537 - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper 537 - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Close To Aa Battery-7853w - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7853w - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Toaster1 with Ecm. <successful>

<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Toaster2 with Ecm. <successful>

<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Toaster3 with Ecm. <successful>

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Very Far From Viper 537 - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Very Far From Viper 645 - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Aa Battery-7853w has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Toaster2 has been KO'd!

Niko continues to fly an evasive course as he rejoins the Viper flight leader. Then he seems multiple missile launches curving upwards towards them. He breaks into the missiles again, shedding more chaff behind his damaged Viper. There's a brief moment of relief when he realizes they're not on him, but it's short lived. Especially when he sees multiple explosions around Hobo's ship.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Flight, Janik. SAM! SAM! Not on me!"

"Understood," Bennett replies calmly, reaching above her to grasp the firing mechanism of the 20mm nosegun. "Though we may need your countermeasures on those bogies, depending how much trouble they are giving us." She drags the fleet-footed craft around in a tight hairpin turn, and barrels back in on the still-standing battery with the throttles shoved to max. Seeing how much heat Alejandro is getting, she pulls out of her dive to open up on one of the guns giving him trouble. The sound of the minigun being deployed is like a jackhammer. Nope, no finesse to these beasts.

Luc continues to evade the batteries, focusing on not taking any heavy hits, only getting a light one that shakes the viper. Though as he spots raiders he will loop and turn to line up his target. Being quiet for now.

Kelsey comes off the second target and tilts her head to check the mirror on the inside of the pit canopy, watching the secondaries. "Scratch two," she calls, breathing heavily. her heart is pounding and she can't help being scared as hell and gleefully happy at the same time. It's about that time she see's the Raider off to the right. She banks hard left and notices the SAM launch coming up on her nose. Throttles chopped, she tightens the turn and the G-limiter pegs out at 9 before she starts pushing the throttles back up. "Chaff, flare! Dump the hole frakkin bucket, Raindbow!"

[Into the Wireless] Kelsey says, "Two is evasive! SAM and Raider!"

Evans clenches his teeth as the rocket detatches and plows into Site one, practically glaring at DRADIS to dare it to still be there, "Captain, Site 1 is down, I think we sent some of that shrapnel into orbit. Looks like the other bird got one two, but Site 3 has other plans, looks like they're trying to take Wescott down, sir. Im shoveling it like hay at all of them, but you got the toys."

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Chatterbox, good hit. Predator flight, cover Squire."

<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Toaster3 with Ecm. <successful>

<COMBAT> Evans suppresses Toaster3 with ECM. <successful>

<COMBAT> Evans suppresses Toaster7 with ECM. <successful>

<COMBAT> Evans suppresses Toaster8 with ECM. <successful>

<COMBAT> Alejandro attacks Toaster7 with KEW - Moderate wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> Luc attacks Toaster8 with KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster8 attacks Alejandro with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster7 attacks Kelsey with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Far From Predator 685 - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator 685 - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator 685 - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> Niko attacks Toaster7 with KEW - Light wound to Body.

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Aa Battery-6457a - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-6457a - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-6457a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-6457a - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-6457a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-6457a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-6457a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-6457a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-6457a - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-6457a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-6457a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-6457a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-6457a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Raider-4768n has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Toaster7 has been KO'd!

Squire doesn't let off the throttles until she hears that SAM explode. It blows up off the starboard side and peppers the wing lightly. The vapor begins to dissipate off the wings as she eases back and levels out. She blinks rapidly, trying to get out of her tunnel and grey-out vision. But when she looks over her shoulder again, the Raider is off target and going after someone else. Well she can't do much about that except lend moral support. She does buzz the labor camp, though, flying a slow pass with a thumbs up aimed out.

And my, does shit explode! The sun is well up now, breaking free of the horizon. Previous balls of flames are now smoking columns of black rising up into the beautiful, crystal clear turquoise Aerilon sky. All of the tiny ant figures below around and in the air field have disappeared or are laying scattered and dead. A few peskey Centurions along the edge are firing up into the sky to more or less no effect but no one else is in sight on the air field. The two Raiders on the ground are smoldering, flames and smoke obscuring their debris. Craters now pockmark the tarmac in that area. One Raider cleaves to the battle, refusing to give up the fight as it arrows around and comes up behind Niko, taking Janik into it's sights and begins firing.

Niko sticks to Hobo's wing, firing on the same target he does — the Raider that's latched itself on Squire's Raptor. But thanks to the SAM damage his Viper is handling lick a brick. Focusing almost exclusively on his targeting, he's barely able to manage a hit on the weaving Cylon. Then he sees a flash of the other Raider glinting in the dawn light, and the rookie knows he's about to have one on his own six. He hits the lateral thrusters and slides right, then breaks back into a left hand turn, trying to shake the bandit.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Hobo, Janik! Got one on my tail!"

[Into the Wireless] Luc says, "Janik, Crater. I've got you, coming in now."

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Janik, Hobo! I'm on it! Evade! Evade!"

Evans shifts the focus of his ECM efforts once Wescott and Zhen manage to take out the last SAM site, to focus the suite on that one Raider, growling, "Oh no you don't, you rat bastard. I got em Captain. Lets see if they can even see em through this noise…"

[Into the Wireless] Evans says, "Squire, Chatterbox, good hit. Janik, we're lighting him up so hard there better me sparks coming offa his console."

Alejandro keeps on the Raider he's tailing and fires away, hammering at it until it explodes and he's forced to pull hard to keep from being peppered with it's debris. It didn't hurt at all that Niko was also firing on it and helped to send it to Hades. "Yes!" Hobo cranes his head this way and that, trying to see out of his flight suit and cockpit to check everything and everyone - more than what his HUD can tell him as he brings his viper around hard over the sunlit sea. The glare coming off of the water is very bright but then he's heading inland once more. There is is, the last Raider, coming up Niko's backside like a midnight mugger. Viper 537 is given as much throttle as Salazar can push, trying to close that gap and bring his targeting on point for his best shot.

<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Toaster8 with Ecm. <successful>

<COMBAT> Niko attacks Toaster8 with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Luc attacks Toaster8 with KEW - Light wound to Right Wing.

<COMBAT> Evans suppresses Toaster8 with ECM. <successful>

<COMBAT> Alejandro attacks Toaster8 with KEW - Light wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Toaster8 attacks Niko with KEW - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

"Copy that, Chatterbox," Bennett fires back to her ECO, disengaging the minigun apparatus as she throws the predator into another steep climb. The moment her crosshairs line up, she taps the trigger mechanism and looses another round of ordnance at the heavily damaged turret. It's hard to miss from this angle, and miss she doesn't; the structure is pulverised with a low BOOOM, and she leads the shockwave by mere feet as they corkscrew into the afternoon sky. Then there's only a solitary raider left hassling them, and little the predators can do about it.

Luc still isn't quite used to being in the cockpit. Cursing to himself as he does a barrel roll to fly under and turning up to try and go for the raider again, "Go down dammit!" He says as he tries to get the raider in sights to bring it down once and for all.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Flight, prepare to bug out. With or without that bogey down. Hit and run."

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Butch, Hobo. Copied."

[Into the Wireless] Luc says, "Butch, Crater. Copied. Start heading out, I'll give it one last shot, and take any head that comes behind."

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Let's return to the barn and regroup before we go after the last two targets."

Ping! Ping! Ping! Niko can hear stuff hitting the tail of his Viper, but there are no new warning lights or alarms going. And then the Raider flashes past him and turns the opposite direction, seeking another target. Niko rolls with the Cylon and goes in pursuit himself. "Come on! Turn!" he yells at his reluctant Viper.

Alejandro fires away and hits that bugger but only just BARELY! He pings it, that's all, and Luc does no better. "FRAK!" But hey, it didn't send Niko down to the sea in a gou of flaming metal and plastic so that's good. Salazar rips around, staying guard on Niko's six until he's certain the Raider has changed targets and is going after someone else. Only then does Hobo break off and go after it. "One more go, then RTB. Have to reload and come back again later." But first he'll try to get Kelsey's Preditor free and clear if he can. Alejandro is well aware that his sister, Rainbow, is ECO on that craft!

Evans doesnt look up from his toys, still trying to focus the emitters on that persistent last Raider, "Roger that, Captain. DRADIS locally is clear for the moment after our current customer, so now is the time to amscray for sure…."

With the rookie, Janik, getting some heat for a few, Kelsey keeps a close eye on who is where. If the rookie goes out of the pit, she'll circle. But then the Rider turns back on her and she lofts a brow. "Well, then!" Hearing the radio call she gives two clicks in reply and shoves the throttles up again. Rather than try anything fancy or daring, she does the smart thing. She turns and creates a lazy turn that builds a lot of speed and still complicates the shot as she runs. Time to GTFO.

<COMBAT> Evans suppresses Toaster8 with ECM. <successful>

<COMBAT> Niko attacks Toaster8 with KEW - Light wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Toaster8 with Ecm. <successful>

<COMBAT> Toaster8 attacks Kelsey with KEW - Critical wound to Controls (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Alejandro attacks Toaster8 with KEW - Serious wound to Right Wing.

<COMBAT> Luc attacks Toaster8 with KEW - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Raider-7673s has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Toaster8 has been KO'd!

"Good flying, Squire, keep it guessing," Bennett murmurs low, tapping the 'burners to try to weasel in and distract the raider from its pursuit. But she's no viper stick; there's really no hope for her to pull off a section tactic in this brick on wings. She sees her squadmate take a hard hit, the raider smoking her electronics, and instantly taps the mic.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Squire, you are hit hard. Report. Can you make it back to the barn?"

Apparently the 'smart move' was not the smart move. Or maybe it was just bad luck. With the afterburners cranked, they're pulling away from the Raider very quickly and creating a lot of distance. She's just about to start to pull up and start her climb for orbit when the Raider gets a randomly sprayed shot. The rounds explode across the wings and blow off big chunks. Alarms go off and she starts losing altitude. Oh. Oh shit. hands work quickly and she pops two cicruit breakers back in and safes the bombs. "Jettisoning bombs!" she calls, just as the two 500 pounders drop away inert. They hit the water below them with barely a splash before she levels out. Backing off the throttles, she takes stock and looks around quickly. A little test… she's still airborne. Annnd the Predator starts climbing for the sky.

Evans winces when he sees the Raider nail the other Predator hard and watches sparks and parts fly from one of the more critical locations, "Frak." But then Alejandro manages to splash the Raider and the ECO releases a sigh of relief, "Tell her to just don't breathe on it very hard, sir. I think I see right through the fuselage…" He doesn't even sound like he's kidding, "Deck is going to crap themselves when that lands…"

[Into the Wireless] Kelsey is scratchy on the transmission. "zzzr-it. Controls are trashjjjjrt. …zzzzrrrrsay again, can make orbit. Will need to follow. Overrrzzzzttt…"

As the others get in one shot after the other Luc is mainly aiming. Waiting for his perfect moment. Flying close to shoot and turn away to avoid shrapnels and pulling up to fall into position again. "Woo!" Even as all the others did more than him, he will take the credit for the last hit, which they might all argue over in the coming days. Then moving to fly out, making sure that everyone is with them.

From his point of view, Alejandro has no idea if he or Luc got the kill board mark for this bastard. All that matters is that it breaks up and sprays itself as the Raider dies under their combined fire. But it wasn't soon enough to keep it from doing critical damage to the air craft the viper sticks were pushing to defend! "Son of a bitch!" Hobo crane his head around and sees Kelsey's Preditor in flames, parts blown off and smoking. "Come on!" His baby sister is on that flight and Salazar knows his heart is beating pretty hard. He drops back, checks Niko's status to let his wingman fall back into proper position as they begin their ascent back up out of Aerilon's gravity well to seek the stars.

Bennett chuckles at Evans's commentary. She doesn't seem terribly concerned, but maybe it's just an act. Or maybe she's just accustomed to Kelsey returning home in birds held together by willpower. Either way, she takes them up and out of the valley, and plots a course for orbit where they'll rendezvous with the frigate that brought them out here.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Copy, Squire. Hobo, you have point. I will guard our wounded bird's six."

Niko focuses on the weaving Raider, managing only a token hit despite taking a few shots. But at least Hobo and Crater are there to finish it off. He hears the calls over the wireless to leave, but his first move is to reform on his wingman. He's ready to bug out, at least as fast as his shot-up ship will carry him.

<FS3> Kelsey rolls Piloting-2: Great Success.

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