AWD #271: Anadyr Island: Airwing
Anadyr Island: Airwing
Summary: A Raptor and a Predator go Ironhand on a SABER site located on the Anadyr islands, Picon.
Date: Fri 04/Oct/2013 (OOC Date)
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Ygraine Maia Alejandro Zhen Dropkickst 
Anadyr Islands, Ocean, Picon
It's out in a bunch of water and wants to KEEL us.
Tue 04/Oct/2005 (IC Date)

The Anadyr Island Chain is more of a single island with a small tail of volcanic, uninhabitable islands out in the middle of one of Picon's oceans. But most importantly, this island chain is located at the midway point between the two main continental masses. Space travel has made things easier, bulk shipping is often done by water and some still prefer to travel privately that way. And space is still expensive compared to atmospheric flight. For this reason, Anadyr Island makes for the perfect site of a strategic facility complete with airbase. In the last few days the Wing and all the resistance Vipers coming online have done a fairly good job of hitting the airfield there, but its going to take an actual landing to retake it for colonial hands. Before they can do that, they need to take out the air defense sites. With one Saber Company there and a similar size of Forge sites, it won't be easy. But some old tactics have been employed to help screw with the Cylons.
A Raptor R, configured to carry a Jamming Pod has been put out at higher altitude and they are just entering DRADIS coverage from the Saber site. With them is one strike aircraft, a Predator, loaded down for hitting those air defense targets on the island. This will not be easy, but it should not be bloody.

Wow, how the hell did /he/ get chosen for this run? Alejandro is wondering that even as he's bringing the Predator along with the island coming up ahead. He must have scored too well on some parts of the sims and yeah, blew his cover, that's what. Dumb ass. Look where gett'n noticed lands you? Hobo mumbles something to himself and takes a deep breath. Time to focus. He glances back to Ygraine back there, "It's coming up, eh .. " he blanks on what the hell her callsign is, "Centerfold, isn't it? Everything look good?" He stays off the channels between ships, listening for the Raptor to signal when she's in position and ready for him to come in low, not slow.

Ygraine has been uncharacteristically restrained since getting into the backseat of Hobo's Predator. Maybe it's just because she doesn't like Predators, a fact shared far and wide and frequently with anyone who's spent time with her. Regardless though, once she's on the job, she keeps her focus on the DRADIS read-out and makes sure her missiles are good to go. "I can fire right away, but you're gonna need some time t'lock on target." she reminds Alejandro. "As soon as I have sights, I wanna try and take it out. No pussy-footin'. Ya with me?" She reaches out and thumps the back of his helmet. "Milkshake, frak-ya-very-much. We've met, even. In case ya forgot." He did after all stick his tongue down her throat. Maybe all blondes look alike to him.

Behind the controls of her Raptor, Maia is aware of just how deadly a Saber is. When they just enter the DRADIS range, she's holding steady and waiting for the word from her back seater while she listens over the coms for anything the Pred sees, since they are taking the low road.
From afar, Zhen dies. "He did what to her?"
From afar, Maia is Centerfold :P

Rainbow is keeping herself calm and her eye on the screen, the DRADIS being about the closest thing to the Lords at the moment and therefor worthy of her sole attention. Anything said by anyone over the comms is ignored save instructions from her pilot, the rest allowed to become white noise.

Hobo of course doesn't hardly know Ygraine, though yes they have met. The back of his helmet is smacked, "Hey! Sorry." Blonds, "Yeah, I'm with you." Yes, yes now he remembers in the berthings, with that Taylor fella. "Got it." Geezh, kiss somebody and forget their name and you'll never live it down. Ehem, focus here. What's he doing? Alejandro is nervous, that's what. He licks his lips and starts to take them in lower for their approach as they are easing up on their miliage limit, «Eh… Centerfold? Hobo. How we look'n? We ready, over?» Hopefully he got /her/ callsign right. Let's not screw up.

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Eh… Centerfold? Hobo. How we look'n? We ready, over?"

<FS3> Alejandro rolls Piloting +2: Good Success.

[Into the Wireless] Ygraine says, "Rainbow, Milkshake. Your sensor system is way stronger than mine so if ya get confirmed contact before I do, sing out right away. Copy?"

"What's the word from the DRADIS, Rainbow?" Maia questions, keeping an eye out to the skies, knowing what their position is, but this time without Viper cover. The Raptor is in full working order, the pre-flight check showing no issues. Hearing Hobo and Shake over the com, she looks back, awaiting the word herself.

[Into the Wireless] Maia says, "Hobo, Centerfold. Whatever you do, just keep the bird out of the water, yeah? Dangerous flying so low but it's gotta be done."

"We're being tracked, Centerfold," the ECO Zhen answers with a shrug. It isn't surprising but hey. She was kind of hoping that they'd catch the frakkers with their proverbial pants down. "Should be alright once we're able to turn the jamming array on." Or so she hopes.

[Into the Wireless] Maia says, "Hobo, Milkshake, Centerfold. Rainbow says we're being tracked. We're going to try and jam em.. do what you gotta do."

[Into the Wireless] Zhen says, "Milkshake, Rainbow. I got you covered. Will let you know as soon as we find contacts."

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Raptor, Hobo … then I'm heading in, over."

Hobo sweats in his flight suit and they haven't even started. What he lacks in confidence from having been shot down too many times, he does have in skill whether he thinks so or not. If Alejandro's luck holds. Come on, nice slower breathing as he takes the Predator down. Smooth so far, yes, looking good. The less familiar aircraft comes in low, leveling out right above the water and zipping with a roar over it and past as they fast approach the island ahead. Amazing how a 100 miles can seem so very short a distance.

<FS3> Kelsey rolls 4 -2: Failure.

"We're startin' t'get hot." Flightsuits get stinky but thankfully Ygraine has her helmet on. Gods bless air filters. "As soon as I have a lock I'm firin'."

It's definitely not time to get any closer, so Maia sort of holds her position, watching out the window before looking back. "We have to start jamming now, they're watching us, so there's no telling what they are doing to that Predator. It's up to us to jam it and save their asses." Biting her lip, she takes a deep breath praying it worked.. that they were close enough. Just to be sure, she navigates them a little closer.

The jamming system is powered on just after Maia makes with her gentle reminder. It takes a bit for the array to get up to max but it gets there eventually. Heaving a sigh, Zhen can't help but to grin at herself. Let's not be stupid, Mitchell. Sheesh.

Skimming the waves, the Saber is scanning them until the jamming turns on. The subtle electronic clicks of the enemy scanning suddenly stops as the Raptor-R's pods come online. The DRADIS signal between the Predator and the Raptor turns to a wall of electronic noise and comms between the two craft become a little scratchy. Out ahead, though, the Saber site comes alive. They know something is happening. Everything may be quiet in the Predator as the island begins to look large in front of them, but in the Raptor, things are less serene. The Saber site comes alive and focuses all off its detection capabilities on the Raptor, pummeling back with electronic noise. Scatterings of dradis returns get to the site and there's the telltale sign that the Saber is in the process of getting a lock. Time to see just how well that intelligence from the Saber Recon paid off.

And here the island is coming up, coming… larger… closer… this skimming low over the water thing so far is easier than he expected. Alejandro's settling in, calmer now he's actually focusing down on what he's supposed to be doing. He listens to any sounds Milkshake makes to his helmet, or anything else coming through even has his eyes look for tell-tale signs of which target he should go for on his instruments. The island mostly just looks green with some structures on it. Not as helpful as it might be but yes, he sets his target and hones his approach, lining up to aim and ajusting ETA for his bombing run. No talking now. This is serious.

"Stay on target." Ygraine says, remarking, "Good marker for ya arm. You're doin' just fine, Hobo. This your Pred cherry poppin' mission? Don't worry, it'll be cake."

"Frak, frakitty, frak." DRADIS is lit up so much that Maia can see it without even looking directly on the screen. "Going evasive, Rainbow, hold on tight and keep jamming. Good job, Rainbow, good job." Talk about sweating! Once they made it back alive, she's hitting the showers. The com silence is almost intimidating, but Centerfold doesn't break it. She's too busy cheering on the Hobo and Shake and Rainbow. Silently of course.

"Going to try and suppress those…" It is not with any slowness that Zhen moves. Whatever switches need to be toggled are flipped and dials turned until she gets a bead on the sites. "Here's for praying." Her fingers cross for a second before she finishes getting the jammer pod set and then it is 'fired'.

[Into the Wireless] Zhen says, "Milkshake, Rainbow. Attempting suppression."

<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Earlywarnradar with Jamming Pod. <successful>
<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Engradar with Jamming Pod. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Lowaltradar with Jamming Pod. <successful>
<COMBAT> Ygraine attacks Engradar with Missile Ap - Critical wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> Lowaltradar takes careful aim at Maia.
<COMBAT> Alejandro takes careful aim at Lowaltradar.
<COMBAT> Maia passes.
<COMBAT> Engradar takes careful aim at Maia.
<COMBAT> Earlywarnradar passes.
<COMBAT> Kelsey has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.
<COMBAT> Aa Battery-2347i has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Engradar has been KO'd!

The words of encouragement are well, encouraging. Alejandro grimaces, "Yeah, don't remind me I've hardly flown Predators, thanks." He can feel it's not a viper but it's not bad, really. Of course he's not trying to zip this way and that and sling the bird around like he would in a dog fight. Totally different kind of flying but so far, he's on it. And here is comes, coming up fast now. Let's not screw it up, Salazar. Little sister is watching! And well, hawt chicks, too.

"Look on th'bright side, Hobo," Ygraine chirps, "Ya won't be able t'say that anymore, and ya got th'best ECO in th'wing in your backseat. And if we end up havin' t'bail out, at least we both can swim." Just because it's the end of the world is no reason to be mopey about it! She considers her targetting options and locks onto her site of choice.

Either they are sitting ducks or a lifesaver. "Looks like they are focusing all on us, leaving the Predator free to drop their load." Maia doesn't seem to mind being the target for the greater good of the mission if the encouraging smile she offers the ECO is any indication.

Zhen nods. "That's what we're here for, right?" She can't help but to grin upon the latest readout. "Continuing to hopefully jam those mother frakers."

<COMBAT> Maia passes.
<COMBAT> Earlywarnradar passes.
<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Earlywarnradar with Jamming Pod. <successful>
<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Lowaltradar with Jamming Pod. <successful>
<COMBAT> Lowaltradar takes careful aim at Maia.
<COMBAT> Alejandro uses a Bomb Racks!
<COMBAT>
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Aa Battery-1867c - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-1867c - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-1867c - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-1867c - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-1867c - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-1867c - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-1867c - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-1867c - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-1867c - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-1867c - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Ygraine attacks Earlywarnradar with Missile Ap - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Kelsey has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.
<COMBAT> Aa Battery-4581q has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Earlywarnradar has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Aa Battery-1867c has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Lowaltradar has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Forge1 has joined the combat as a Pilot in AA Battery-1314K on team 2. (Kelsey)
<COMBAT> Forge2 has joined the combat as a Pilot in AA Battery-7418O on team 2. (Kelsey)
<COMBAT> Forge3 has joined the combat as a Pilot in AA Battery-6622S on team 2. (Kelsey)

Alejandro completely forgot to congratulate Milkshake on her oustanding shot! He's so worried that he'll screw up on the bombing run, it's his entire focus. That and flying the Predator. Whoosh! Up over those trees, yes baby. And when the targeting computer says drop his payload, Hobo does so with a silent prayer to the Gods to make it pay. They zip over low and if it's not far, are about to shoot out over open water again. He twists around in his seat, "Did we get it? We got it!" Ale cheers, surprising himself!

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Raptor, Hobo! Hot damn, good job! We hit it! (If they can even hear him through the crackle)"

[Into the Wireless] Ygraine says, "Flight, Milkshake. We wanna make a run for those Forges, see if we can make it easier on tomorrow's runs?"

"The Forges are lockin' onto us." Ygraine reports to her pilot. "I suggest we make one more go, maybe two, and then get outta here. We don't have a lot of armament left."

With the forges locked in on the Pred, Maia doesn't hesitate on burning the fuel as the thrusters light up and they cruise towards the forges. "We're moving in to be able to suppress better. So we're in range."

[Into the Wireless] Maia says, "Flight, Centerfold. We're coming in closer so Rainbow can suppress for you guys. Hit em hard.""

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Raptor, Hobo, we copy. Coming around for another run, over."

Targets shift but the intent of Zhen's is the same. She tries to make sure the forges can not get a lock on the other bird and potentially shoot them out of the sky. "This is fun," she drones under her breath. "Hope we have as much luck as we did the first pass."

[Into the Wireless] Ygraine says, "Flight, Milkshake. I'm outta missiles, switchin' t'ECM. Suggest we pull out after Hobo completes his run."

"Zeuz's lightning, Milkshake! Good shot again!" Alejandro barks out in his tenor. Yes, he's quite pleased with her performance on this trip, but then she's been doing this for a while. By comparison he's the rookie, especially at bombing runs. He has brought not-a-Viper bird around the island and made his run up for the second bombing attempt. Hobo quiets back down, focusing on his instruments as they zip in for the final try. Lt. Salazar isn't sweating now even if he should be. Alejandro's eyes are intent on his target, now on what is trying to blow his ass out of the sky. Trust the girls, they are on it. This is team work. "Here … we … go…"

A quick look of respect is given to Rainbow. "Nicely done!" Maia knows she's nothing without her ECO. Just keeping themselves in flight and keeping a lookout at the Pred and forges as best she can, she still remains on evasive in case they decide to switch target. "Just waiting for the go ahead, if we're leaving after this next strike, you may wanna start spoolin."

[Into the Wireless] Maia says, "Milkshake, Centerfold. Copy. We'll start spooling then, waiting on the go ahead from Hobo, cause we're not leaving you guys."

Ygraine switches her weapons now that her own racks are empty. The best she can do is help suppress the Forges and give Hobo the best chance for a successful bomb drop that she can.

Zhen gives Maia a quick smile. "Roger. Spooling up FTL." That is a suggestion no one has to make twice as Zhen really wants out of there as much as Maia and the others do, undoubtedly.

<COMBAT> Forge3 takes careful aim at Alejandro.
<COMBAT> Maia passes.
<COMBAT> Forge2 uses a MISSILE AA!
<COMBAT>
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Pretty Close To Predator-9642x - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-9642x - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-9642x - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-9642x - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-9642x - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-9642x - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-9642x - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Alejandro uses a Bomb Racks!
<COMBAT>
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Aa Battery-7418o - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-7418o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Forge1 with Jamming Pod. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Forge2 with Jamming Pod. <successful>
<COMBAT> Zhen suppresses Forge3 with Jamming Pod. <successful>
<COMBAT> Ygraine suppresses Forge1 with Ecm. <successful>
<COMBAT> Ygraine suppresses Forge2 with Ecm. <successful>
<COMBAT> Ygraine suppresses Forge3 with Ecm. <successful>
<COMBAT> Forge1 attacks Alejandro with 20mm Minigun and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kelsey has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.

Now watch, he'll miss, right? That's how Lt. Salazar's luck usually runs, and then he gets shot down. It's like bad reruns at the dime theater. Only, wait. The target comes up, Hobo trusts his gut instinct as much as he half trusts the instruments and he lets the load go, hoping somehow they don't get blasted. "Hit, sweet baby, hit'm." It goes up behind them and he starts to lay on the speed, whipping that Predator down low to fling out over the water once more.

When two of the forges are down and there's only one left, Maia thinks better of it.. "Wait on that jump, maybe they're staying to take out the last one."

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Flight, Hobo. I think that was a hit, let's get out of here!"

[Into the Wireless] Maia says, "Flight, Centerfold. Want to take out the last one? We're here for you."

[Into the Wireless] Ygraine says, "Centerfold, Milkshake. We've got one bomb left and we'd have to play th'aim game. I say we oughtta count our blessin's and head back t'the barn."

Zhen takes the hint and starts to make sure her FTL is green. "Let's get the flock out of here. She puts out the call on the coms before letting it fly so they can go home.

[Into the Wireless] Zhen says, "Flight, Rainbow. I'm green and want to go home. Let's get out of here before we run out of luck."

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Flight, Hobo. I think I'm with my backseater on this one, over."

"We definitely make things easier for th'island run." Ygraine says with satisfaction. "Sounds like we're all headin' home."

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