AWD #042: Battle over Aerilon - 02-17-05
Battle over Aerilon - 02-17-05
Summary: The Air Wing's Rescue of Janitor
Date: 17/02/0213 (OOC Date)
Related Logs: Air Attack Aerilon
Zachary Holtz Jess Cassie Jason Maia Luc Phin Ygraine Holtz Agrippa Nicodemus Dropkickst 
A valley and skies on Aerilon
Think 'Fulda Gap'.
17 February 2005

Diving towards Aerilon, the basestars are apparently busy with something on the other side of the planet, but the whole region where Cole's expected pickup is to occur is under thick clouds. The Raptor that dropped the PJ said that it was big thunderheads everywhere with heavy winds and thunderstorms down to 2500 feet. The clouds go all the way up to about 20000. Nasty flying weather in the soup.

As the pilots get lower they can already see the Raiders circling, dodging between the columns of thunderhead that climb high into the sky. They don't appear to have spotted the incoming colonials or their cruisers that dropped them off. Yet. But down below, its about to get very very loud.

Holtz flies his Viper at the head of the Colonial formation. His brows are knotted as he looks down at the storm-tossed surface of Aerilon — or is he looking at the tiny silhouettes of the Raiders that are visible, if barely so, even now? Eyes flick down momentarily to his instruments, particularly DRADIS and weapons displays, as his ship keeps zooming towards the planet.

"Ghosts, Strikes, this is Buzzkill." Zachary announces over the comm as the Predators and Vipers disentangle from the cruiser Cygnes to start their descent into the furball way below. "Storm, keep those Raiders busy. Centerfold, Stand-Up, you're the ex-fil team. Nags, you're with me to knock any AA in the area on it's ass." the Air Commander says as he brings up the DRADIS of the valley below. "There's thick cover and clouds, and it's going to be a mess. Make sure that any ground targets are clearly marked before engaging. Happy Hunting, Air Wing."

Phin is flying on Holtz's wing, as he does. There's almost a smile on his face as they hit atmosphere and he can feel the pull of gravity and weather on his Viper, but whatever enjoyment he's getting out of that is quickly nixed by the sight of Raiders. He grimaces, checking his instruments. Yep, the electronics agree those are indeed Cylons.

Shoes is taking the lead with Agrippa as her wingman, the elder pilot taking it easy so the newer flyboy can keep up easily. She's quiet for the moment, speaking only after Holtz is done giving his instructions. "Alright, let's do this and get Cole home," she utters off coms to herself.

Disembarking from the cruiser that is acting as their carrier for this mission, Agrippa immediately seeks out and forms up with his assigned wingman for this mission, 'Shoes'. Descending with the others, Punchdrunk has no problems keeping up with his wingman, pedaling some of the maneuvering jets to keep himself in formation. His eyes are rather active in his cockpit, going from scanning outside the canopy visually down to the sensors, the young Viper pilot is silent.

Getting into the atmosphere with the others, Jason frowns at the mention of the cover and the clouds. "This is the pilot speaking. We may experience some turbulence, so please remain seated at all times." It's kept only aboard the Raptor, and the ECO should at least be familiar with Stand-up's little antics. Bringing the Raptor in, the pilot sees those Raiders circling now, shaking his head a little. Nodding a bit as he listens to the comms now, he waits for a few moments, before anwering.

[TAC1] Ygraine says, "Flight, Milkshake. I have multiple DRADIS contacts heading our way, just as expected. Registering several Forge sites planetside, and presently out-of-range SAM."

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Nags, Buzzkill. Those FORGEs are for us to take out."

[TAC1] Jason says, "Buzzkill, Stand-up. Got it. Centerfold, do you want to head in first of us, or should I?"

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Buzzkill, Storm copies. I think gettin' blasted into scrap'll keep 'em busy enough, yeah?"

Another that is mostly listening is Crater, taking his lead with his wingman Bats with him. Nodding to himself as he listens to the offered instructions. Keeping check on his wingman as well while for the time being staying relatively quiet.

Jess breaks off conversation with her ECO post-launch to tap the comms and reply, then they return to checking various readings and double-checking weapon readiness as they head form up with Zachary's raptor on a bombing run.

[TAC1] Cassie says, "Flight, Shoes. Copy on multiple bogies. Will keep my eye out. Punchie, stay close on my ass, alright? Don't need you getting lost on me in the middle of the fight."

[TAC1] Jess says, "Buzzkill, Nags. Copy that. We're tracking your approach trajectory, ready to target the AA batteries."

Descending towards the grey clouds, the wind buffets the aircraft as the storm moves across the sky. Lightning flashes down below, bottom-lighting the fight. The Vipers are coming up on the six o'clock of the Raiders but as the DRADIS pick up the Raiders, they detect the strike package and flip onto their backs. Their afterburners kick on and they rise up to the fight. For the Predators and Raptors, descending through the clouds is a soupy mess with enough turbulence to let them know the winds are kicking. But the tracking systems off the Forge sites point to their exact locations. There's likely more than are active at the moment, though.

Nicodemus holds his ship alongside Crater, following his leader. He double checks his controls, and then looks over to the dog tags hanging around his throttle stick. He kisses his fingers, then presses them to the dog tags, and then inhales, centering himself.

[TAC1] Agrippa says, "Shoes, Punchie. Copy that, will stick to your six, nice and tight."

Holtz smirks inside his cockpit at the exchange over the coms. He gently pushes down on his stick, sending the Viper into a slight dive as the outlines of the Raiders grow larger in front and beneath him. A tingle runs up his spine as the Cylon ships suddenly notice their presence and heel over to engage. In response, Holtz punches his throttle, closing the distance as he goes for a targeting lock on his first target.

Ygraine calls out to Maia, "Hey Centerfold, 'til we hear otherwise, let's focus on knockin' the Forges out. The vipers can work th'Raiders 'til we can get them Forges out of th'way, they're real bitches."

Flying high, Centerfold is in her element, this is something she's always loved. There's a slight furrowing of her brows when the cover and clouds are mentioned, though confident smirk still in place, hearing Milkshake through the com, "Gotcha," she acknowledges.

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Strikes, Storm. Crater, you and Bats are my last line of defense on the Raptors, so hang tight with them and scrag anything that gets past the rest of us. Shoes, I want you to watch after Nags if she gets in trouble."

[TAC1] Phin says, "Storm, Dolly. You've got a friend. Trying to get a lock. I've got a tail but I think I can shake him."

[TAC1] Luc says, "Storm, Crater. Copy that. We'll take care of that."

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Flight, Buzzkill. Keep them steady, call out your tones, watch each others backs. Nags, starting bomb run, watch out for the toners."

[TAC1] Cassie says, "Storm, Shoes. Roger that. Will keep close to Nags' six."

[TAC1] Agrippa says, "Shoes, Punchie. We've gone a bogey inbound, looks like it's more interested in us than the Raptors."

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Dolly, Storm. Copy. Set the bastard up and I'll nail 'im."

[TAC1] Jess says, "Buzzkill, Nags. Starting our approach here, too. Looks like one of them's got us in its sights, going to try to evade without breaking off our route."

Phin goes into a standard evasive pattern, though his focus is more on the Raider focused on Holtz than the one with him in its sights. He tries to veer around to box that Raider in, so it'll be forced to deal with Holtz's guns. And if he can hit it too, bonus.

[TAC1] Phin says, "Storm, Dolly. I'll set him up, you knock him down. How we roll, man."

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Bet your ass."

[TAC1] Takes a second but Cassie eventually gets herself into position, the pilot slipping around so she can see the Raider coming in towards them. "Frak…" She takes a steadying breath. "Punchie, Shoes. Got the frakker in my sights. Let's see if we can send it on a one-way trip to Hades."

<COMBAT> Raider4 attacks Phin with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Luc with KEW - Light wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Agrippa with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Holtz with KEW - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Forge attacks Jess with KEW - Light wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> Forge2 attacks Maia with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Zachary takes careful aim at Forge2.
<COMBAT> Ygraine suppresses Forge2 with Ecm. > <successful>
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Raider1 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Nicodemus attacks Raider3 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Maia passes.
<COMBAT> Luc attacks Raider3 with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Jess takes careful aim at Forge.
<COMBAT> Jason passes.
<COMBAT> Holtz attacks Raider4 with KEW - Light wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Cassie attacks Raider2 with KEW - Critical wound to Controls.
<COMBAT> Agrippa attacks Raider2 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Predator-7357w has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Jess has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-1025e has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider3 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-1867s has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider4 has been KO'd!

[TAC5] Afton says, "Jumper calling air support, air support come in?"

[TAC5] Zachary says, "Jumper, Buzzkill. Air Support incoming. Callsign Milkshake or Centerfold. Mark ex-fil on their command."

[TAC5] Ygraine says, "This is Raptor Two Two Two Eight Uniform, calling DropTeam. Dropteam, do you copy?"

[TAC1] Luc says, "Bats, Crater. Nice shooting. Keep an eye on any trying to get to the raptors. We got to keep them off."

Ygraine speaks into the com, calling out for the mission team and trying to hail them so they can get a landing position for rendez-vouz.

[TAC1] Nicodemus says, ""Crater, Bats. I'm watching. He was in my way, bro!"

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Nags, Buzzkill. Get lower and pour on the speed. Starting my run now. Give me a sit rep, I'll swing around to check your hit."

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Scrag one!"

As he remains low to the river, Zachary watches the tracer rounds fly up from the FORGE site and smiles, drawing a lock on the position. "There you are." he says, chirping to his ECO. "Watch for Nags, she was hit!" he calls back to him as he holds his target lock and prepares to release his bombs on target.

There's a disapointed groan from Shoes upon noticing the Raider they shot at isn't down, that getting her to feel a bit disgruntled at herself. She keeps that damn fighter in her sights at the same time she keeps an eye on Nags and Punch. Multi-tasking at work.

[TAC1] Phin says, "Storm, Dolly. My six is clear. Nicely done."

[TAC5] Afton says, "Dropteam, PO Saint James, copy. Hear you loud and clear Raptor TWo TWo TWo Eight Uniform. I have opening for exfil, mark on your command. Over."

Sometimes, it's the simple joys in life that keep people going, and for Holtz, one of those joys is adding another notch to his tally on Orion's killboard. His shot isn't a perfect one, but it's enough to result in the explosion of his Raider target a moment later, and he barks out in exultation over the com while wagging his wings before arcing over in search of his next target: the Raider that had originally wanted a piece of Holtz himself.

Phin wags his wings back at Holtz as he flips out of his evasive aerobatics, into a more aggressive pattern against the Raider still trailing his lead.

[TAC5] Ygraine's voice sounds terribly cheerful. "Dropteam, Raptor 2228-U. Smoke it up like a Libran hippy and we'll be on our way."

As Agrippa continues to dive through the atmosphere with his wingman, he picks up one of the Raider blips coming up towards him. There was a moment of anxiety but the young pilot is able to push it away, focusing on the mission and the training. Kicking his Viper into a steeper dive, Punchdrunk looks to engage the Raider in a head to head exchange but instead of trying to hit the target, he fires off a burst from his autocannons before breaking hard right, his intentions to distract the Raider enough so that his wingman can engage as well. Appears that the the plan succeeded though the stubborn Raider is still flying but in bad shape. Kicking his Viper into a steep climb, Agrippa pushes his fighter into great speed when two more hostile blips appear. After calling a warning to his wingman, he banks his Viper and begins an attack vector on the new bandit.

[TAC1] Agrippa says, "Shoes, Punchie. Looks like a couple more joined the party, one is heading your way, moving to engage."

Luc is mostly focusing on those that have been around him and Nic. Seeing the former raider go down and now spotting another one, heading for it.

Nicodemus stays on Crater's tail as they both swoop in to target the Raider. Crater's flying a bit more carefully than Bats, so when his leader's shots miss, Bats takes the Raider out, laughing a cocky laugh and letting out a whoot!

[TAC1] Luc says, "Bats, Crater. You got another tailing you. Heading for him."

[TAC1] Cassie says, "Punchie, Shoes. Roger that. Keep it off my six while I take out its gimpy little brother and then we'll focus on the new bogies together."

Ygraine calls out to Maia from her console, "Centerfold, as soon as you see the smoke, we make for it. In the meantime, we keep targetting the Forges until we go for rescue or somebody says otherwise. We're good to go!" This shouted in encouragement.

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Strikes, Storm. Gettin' a little crowded in my sky… new pair of turkeys inbound, five-two-four carom one-seven. Keep your wingmen in, don't let 'em swarm you."

<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Nicodemus with KEW - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Agrippa with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider6 attacks Cassie with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Holtz with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Forge2 attacks Maia with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Forge attacks Zachary with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Zachary attacks Forge2 with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Ygraine suppresses Forge2 with Ecm. > <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Raider1 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Nicodemus attacks Raider5 with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Maia attacks Forge2 with Bomb Racks and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Luc attacks Raider5 with KEW - Light wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> Jess attacks Forge with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Jason passes.
<COMBAT> Holtz attacks Raider1 with KEW - Serious wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Cassie attacks Raider2 with KEW - Serious wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Agrippa attacks Raider6 with KEW - Serious wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Aa Battery-8398e has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Forge2 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-5521a has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider2 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-0280g has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider5 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-7911j has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider6 has been KO'd!

Forges in sight, Centerfold is concentrating on the forges, hearing Milkshake, "Gotcha." Her favored word, quick and to the point as she calls it back to the other blonde.

[TAC1] Cassie says, "Frak me… alright… it's alright. Punchie, Shoes. Frakker hit me but am alright. Got some damage but am still able to fly. Let's get that frakker that decided shooting me is a good idea, what do you say?"

[TAC1] Jess says, "Buzzkill, Nags. Weapon got grazed, you know how that throws the systems off for a minute. Otherwise looking fine over here. Also: target eliminated."

[TAC1] Nicodemus says, ""Crater, Bats. Come on, man! I totally had him! *laughs*"

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Nags, Buzzkill. Nice kill. Frak Storm if he doesn't mark that one. Let's circle around and hunt some more."

[TAC1] Agrippa says, "Shoes, Punchie here. Your tail is clear, tin can is full of holes. I repeat, your tail is clear."

Nicodemus manuevers his Viper, quickly trying to nab a shot at the Raider on his tail. He doesn't get it, but his leader does.

Luc grins and chuckles for himself, "That's more like it!" He talks a bit for himself and hearing the words from Bats as well.

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Nice shot, Punch, now do it again."

[TAC1] Cassie says, "Punchie, Shoes. Didn't even notice. Great job. Let's find another canner to take out, then."

[TAC1] Luc says, "Bats, Crater. You're just too slow. Be happy though, your tail is clear."

[TAC5] Afton says, "Copy, Raptor 2228-U, exfil marked yellow. Repeat, exfil marked yellow. Two passengers.""

Phin keeps a decent symmetry with Holtz, despite the clouds and nasty weather. If anything, he tries to use the wind currents to some advantage, if he can ride their momentum where he wants to go. He gets a shot in on the Raider's hull, but it's not enough to down the thing.

[TAC5] Ygraine says, "Copy that, Dropteam! On our way!"

Ygraine calls out, "On your left! Left!" she points, and indeed through the window there's a narrow river below them. "Gonna be a tight landing, but you can stick it."

Raiders explode as the Colonial Vipers light up the sky with their KEWs. Despite the amount of punishment inflicted on one particular Raider by Holtz and Phin, however, their target isn't one of the ones that goes up. Holtz curses in frustration and again goes for the throttle. He's flying aggressively, even by his standards, but so far it hasn't gotten him into much trouble. Yet.

Focusing more on shooting than evading, Agrippa puts faith in his wingman that she will knock down the damaged Raider that is on his tail while he goes to engage the one that is angling in on them. Instead of putting the targeting reticule directly on the shiney Raider, the young Viper pilot leads the target and then triggers a full burst of his autocannons, spitting out multiple rounds in a second. Riddling the Raider with holes and watching it become metallic swish cheese, there is a fist pump done in his cockpit instead of yelping a cheer into the comms.

As the bomb slams home, Zachary pulls straight up, sending the Predator into a fast climb as he starts to hear a steady chirp in his helmet and then.. a solid tone. "Frak." he hisses and pulls the the craft around in a long curve, twisting in mid air as he starts to drop flares, popping them loose as the hiss away from the Predator in an 'angel wing' formation as he starts to lock on the Forge locked onto him.

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Nags, Buzzkill, TONE TONE TONE. Watch for missiles!"

Watching the others for the moment, Jason switches to bombs, as he prepares to move for one of the Forges, frowning a bit as his ECO calls out that one of the Raiders are on to their rear end. Moving for the Forge, he sighs a bit as he moves a little from side to side now.

[TAC1] Luc says, "Bats, Crater. Get him off my tail. Stand-up, coming in to clear your back."

[TAC1] Jason says, "Flight, Stand-Up. Got this ugly frakker chasing me. Thanks for helping, Crater."

[TAC1] Nicodemus says, "Copy that, Crates. I got the little bugger…"

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Dolly, Storm. Another chrome asshole's got his eye on you. Gonna put it out."

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Stand-Up, Buzzkill, keep watch on Centerfold and Milkshake's ex-fil, target any enemies on ground ."

[TAC1] Agrippa says, "Shoes, Punchie. Looks like we have another inbound, vectoring in towards us."

[TAC1] Jess says, "Buzzkill, Nags, copy. Taking evasive measures and targeting. Also for the record sir, I'm not frakking Storm for killmarks, Janitor is."

Hearing Milkshake, Centerfold immediately tilts to the left, making the turn she was just made aware of, pushing forward slightly, aiming for the barely visible landing below, "Gotcha," she repeats the comforting word that lets Ygraine know she sees it and is going for it.

[TAC1] Phin says, "Storm, Dolly. Copy. I see him. I'll try to keep clear."

[TAC1] Cassie changes targets on the fly, trying to cover her wingman instead of picking a target at random. "Punchie, Shoes. Will try to get it."

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Nags, Storm. Don't make it sound like a chore, yeah?"

<COMBAT> Ygraine will suppress Forge3 this turn.
<COMBAT> Raider8 attacks Luc with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider7 attacks Jason with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider12 attacks Agrippa with KEW - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raider11 attacks Phin with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Forge4 attacks Jess with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Forge3 takes careful aim at Zachary.
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Holtz with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Zachary takes careful aim at Forge3.
<COMBAT> Ygraine suppresses Forge3 with Ecm. > <successful>
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Raider1 with KEW - Serious wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider1 - Light wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider1 - Light wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Nicodemus attacks Raider8 with KEW - Light wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Maia passes.
<COMBAT> Luc attacks Raider7 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Jess takes careful aim at Forge4.
<COMBAT> Jason takes careful aim at Forge4.
<COMBAT> Holtz attacks Raider1 with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Cassie attacks Raider12 with KEW - Critical wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider12 - Light wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider12 - Critical wound to Abdomen.
<COMBAT> Agrippa attacks Raider12 with KEW - Moderate wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Dropkick has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.
<COMBAT> Raider1 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider12 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-9664b has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider8 has been KO'd!

[TAC1] Jess says, "Storm, Nags. Course not, babe. I know he enjoys it."

[TAC1] Nicodemus says, ""HAHA! It's a two for one special tonight, Crater!"

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Nags, Buzzkill, starting our run. Let's turn and burn em!"

[TAC1] "Milkshake" Ygraine says, "Flight, Milkshake. We're moving in to pick up the puppy. Keep 'em busy, y'all."

With the constant tone ringing in his ears, Zachary pushes it out of his mind as he focuses on the lock tone of his own as he continues to pop flares - the hiss of them illuminated over the water as he presses the attack on the FORGE.

[TAC1] Luc says, "I appreciate it, Bats. One hell of a shooting."

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Strikes, Storm. Don't get too excited, boys. Keep it focused."

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Shake, Buzz, good luck."

Luc is mostly dodging and trying to keep his focuse on the one attacking Jason. Seeing the one tailing himself go down soon enough and the following laugther from his wingman. Noticing the raider changing to target him instead.

Phin zips under the Raider fire from the bandit on his tail, and hits the red-eye on the wounded Raider he and Holtz have been gunning. He turns briefly to visually follow the path of Maia and Ygraine's Raptor down to the surface as they break off, before directing his attention back to the skies. And the Cylons within them.

[TAC1] Luc says, "Bats, Crater. Time for a switcheroo. I'll get rid of your tail if you got mine."

Nicodemus spins his viper, banking hard and firing at the Raider on Luc's tail. He fires, and takes the Raider out, shouting into his com at Crater as he does so. He glances at the dog tags around his stick, "Don't fail me now," as a Raider sets its site on him.

[TAC1] Nicodemus says, "Copy that, Crater. Straight shootin', sir!"

[TAC1] Agrippa says, "Shoes, Punchie. Good kill there! Took a hit but board shows all green still and we have more inbound, one coming after you. Going to try to shake it off your six."

Still moving his Raptor forward towards the Forge, Jason lets out a bit of a grimace as he mutters something under his breath now. Preparing to release the bombs. Nodding a bit as the other Raptor goes off to pick up the passengers.

[TAC1] Phin says, "Storm, Dolly. We got a splash. Thought that thing was never going down. You've picked up another one, coming up on your far right. Moving after him."

[TAC1] Cassie says, "Copy, Punchie. Going to try and shake it. Let me see if it'll let me get turned around…"

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Copy, Dolls. Knuckledraggers musta shined my bird up real nice this time out, as much action I'm gettin'. On it."

Shoes tries it again; a little fancy flying and adds a few tight banking turns and such, wanting to get herself to where she can pull a 180. Might be trick, though. Lots of Raiders out here along with Vipers and everything else, making for tight quarters, as the saying goes.

Luc is doing a loop to avoid the one that is now following him to get a better view of the one that started to tail his wingman. Trying to get the focus in on that raider.

<COMBAT> Raider7 attacks Luc with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider14 attacks Phin with KEW - Light wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Raider11 attacks Cassie with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider15 attacks Holtz with KEW - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raider13 attacks Nicodemus with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Nicodemus - Light wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Forge4 attacks Jess with KEW - Serious wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Forge3 uses a MISSILE AA!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Very Far From Predator-5414h - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Predator-5414h is not hit by shrapnel.
<COMBAT> Zachary attacks Forge3 with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Ygraine passes.
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Raider15 with KEW - Light wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Nicodemus attacks Raider7 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Maia passes.
<COMBAT> Luc attacks Raider13 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Jess attacks Forge4 with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Jason attacks Forge4 with Bomb Racks - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Holtz attacks Raider15 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cassie attacks Raider11 with KEW - Light wound to Left Wing.
<COMBAT> Agrippa attacks Raider11 with KEW - Critical wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider11 - Light wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider11 - Serious wound to Abdomen.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider11 - Moderate wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Aa Battery-9594k has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Forge3 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Aa Battery-3210q has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Forge4 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Nicodemus has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider11 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-9314f has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider13 has been KO'd!

Luc clenches his jaws. Focusing on the raider and sending a nice shot. Able to get rid of Nic's tail but perhaps a bit late as he sees his wingman take a hit.

[TAC1] Luc says, "Bats, Crater. Still with me, mate?"

Flying head-on against the next Cylon Raider, Agrippa appears to be a lot more confident this time and he is focusing more on ripping up some robotic parts than evading the incoming attack, a dicey engagement. It appears that he pays for it as his Viper is riddled with some shells, holes being punched into his armor but he answers with his own salvo of autocannons, tearing up the Raider's right wing. The Raider's cockpit is punched clean through by his wingman, Cassie, which puts it out of commission. As more blips appear on DRADIS, Agrippa angles his Viper towards the new batch, selecting the one that is vectoring in on his wingman, fully focused on riddling it with holes. The advantage of not having a Raider on his tail is that Punchdrunk can direct all of his attention in making his shots count and he does as he leads his target perfectly, spraying a stream of KEW shots right into the cockpit of the bandit, shredding the cockpit section to pieces.

[TAC1] Agrippa says, "Shoes, Punchie, Raider down. You're clear again. Searching for more."

As Luc loops, Nickie slows slightly so that as Luc emerges from the loop, they're flying right at one another. He opens fire at the Raider ahead of him, the one on Luc's tail. He can't quite make the connection on the hit, and then the right side of his cockpit explodes around him. "Frak!" He grits his teeth, the ship wobbling slightly from the impact. He makes sure the dogtags are still with him, though they're scratched a bit. "You're mine, bitch…"

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Nags, Buzzkill. You're almost as lucky for me as Eden. I may have to make sure you're on these more often. Good kill."

[TAC1] Nicodemus says, ""Crater, Bats. Grrh. I'm bleedin'. Took some shrapnel in my arm, but I'm still in. Lets get that son of a chip."

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Flight, Buzzkill - no active ground ack-ack. Nags and I will remain on station. Keep it up!"

Cassie grins, proud of the Ensign. She doesn't have time to celebrate, however. No, there are still enemy contacts on her DRAIDS that need to be put down. She'll save the partying for later.

[TAC1] Cassie says, "Punchie, Shoes. Nice job. Let's see if your lucky streak holds out. There's one just to my ten o'clock. Shall we?"

Luc frowns as he hear Nicodemus words and does try to spin around to help out the ensign. "Just hang on, kid." He says to himself.

Phin gets a ping off the wing of the Raider dogging Holtz, though he also takes one from the Cylon locked on him. It's all very tit-for-tat. He gets to flying a little tighter, to try and avoid more tats.

[TAC1] Luc says, "Bats, Crater. Copy that. Let's do this then."

The shockwave of the explosion shakes the Predator for a moment, and the amber glow of a single MASTER CAUTION illuminated only briefly on the console, followed by the flashing of a light warning Zachary that he has burned out his remaining flares. Turning the Predator to reenter the combat zone, he slows down his erratic flight, going into a hunter mode, looking for new ground targets to engage.

Agrippa does remember one of his primary orders and also the training drilled into him at Flight School and that is to stick with his wingman. So instead of being drunk with confidence, which he may be on the inside, he banks his Viper around to form up with his wingman, Cassie, and the pair angles in on the Raider that has Phin in its sights.

[TAC1] Agrippa says, "Shoes, Punchie, I copy. On your wing."

Unable to hold back a grin, Jason makes sure the bombs are dropped now, looking around as he moves a bit out of the way of the Vipers and Raiders. Staying ready to help people in case it's needed now.

So far, Holtz is leading a charmed night, with nothing suffered worse than a dent in his Viper's armor. The Raider he's currently chasing seems to have an eye for him, though, and Holtz' firing solution is spoiled when the thing turns end over end and looses a burst of fire at him. Storm heels his craft over quickly enough that again, the worst he takes is a round or two bouncing harmlessly off his armor. Then the Raider's past him, and he flips his Viper to resume the chase.

[TAC1] Jason says, "Flight, Stand-Up. Anything I can do to help you guys? Just let me know what to do if so."

[TAC1] Jess says, "Buzzkill, Nags. Nice shot yourself, there, sir. Sticking in formation for now, just say the word if the dropteam needs us on anything else down there."

[TAC1] Luc says, "Stand-up, Crater. You could bring me food once we get back. I'll just get rid of this bugger first."

[TAC1] Agrippa says, "Dolly, Punchie here. Shoes and I are engaging the one angling in on you."

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Stand-Up, Buzzkill - if you can get your ECO to surpress some of those Raiders for the Vipers, they'd appreciate it."

[TAC1] Phin says, "Punchie, Dolly. Copy. Appreciate the assist, dude. I'm going to try and lead him a little wide of this Raider Storm and I're chasing. I'll see if I can make him fly in a sweet angle for you."

<COMBAT> Jason has changed weapons to ECM.
<COMBAT> Jason will suppress Raider7 this turn.
<COMBAT> Raider7 attacks Luc with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider14 attacks Phin with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Raider15 attacks Holtz with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Zachary passes.
<COMBAT> Ygraine passes.
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Raider15 with KEW - Light wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider15 - Moderate wound to Left Leg.
<COMBAT> Nicodemus attacks Raider7 with KEW - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider7 - Moderate wound to Abdomen.
<COMBAT> Maia passes.
<COMBAT> Luc attacks Raider7 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Jess tries to attack but has no target!
<COMBAT> Jason suppresses Raider7 with ECM. > <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Holtz attacks Raider15 with KEW - Critical wound to Controls.
<COMBAT> Cassie attacks Raider14 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Agrippa attacks Raider14 with KEW - Serious wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Dropkick has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.
<COMBAT> Viper-5059n has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Phin has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-2118j has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider14 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider15 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Phin spends a luck point to keep fighting!

[TAC1] Jason says, "Crater, Stand-up. And let you get so fat you can't get out of the cockpit when you need? I'll follow Buzzkill's advice and suppress that Raider of yours instead, okay?"

[TAC1] "Milkshake" Ygraine says, " Flight, Milkshake. We found our lost puppy! Getting ready to take off now!"

[TAC1] Nicodemus says, "Oh come on! I HIT you! Arggh…""

[TAC1] Luc says, "Stand-up, Crater. Fine! Though I'm gonna need something to chew on when we get back. Nice shot, Bats."

Luc grins and is unable to get a clean hit but he does keep up his job as a bait as he barrel rolls and then sees the ship getting hit by Nic.

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Frak. Dolly, sing out. You good over there?"

Phin gets a sweet ping on the Raider's cockpit that pierces the hull, leaving the toaster for Holtz to put away. He's pretty much ignoring the Cylon shooting at him, apart from trying to fly in patterns that'll make him harder to hit. It doesn't work out ideally. He takes a shot across the nose that sends him spinning down into the clouds. It's a controlled dive, but it puts him out of visual with his comrades. There's static on his comms for a beat.

Nicodemus fires, hitting the raider with a solid strike, the Raider exploding. "HA!" He grunts, rotating his right arm at the shoulder a little to work out some of the pain before banking and lining up alongside his leader once more.

[TAC1] Agrippa says, "Dolly, Punchie here. Your six is clear, copy?"

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Milkshake, Storm. Music to my frakkin' ears. Alright, Strikes, let's keep the pressure up. Helluva thing if they get shot down on the RTB, yeah?"

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Milkshake, Buzzkill. Good job. We'll clear the skies, get him out of here."

SETPOSE:Down below, with the pickup commencing as hoped, the Raptor lifts off as the last of the visible Raiders descending into the clouds. Smoke trails criss-cross the sky from the flames put to so many Raiders. And with not a single loss so far. There is one final call from the Raptor on the ground:

"Pick-up crew has the package. We are jumping away in three, two, one…"

Mission Accomplished.

[TAC1] Phin says, "Flight *bzzt* Doll *bzzt*. Think that frakker hit my controls. *bzzt* feedback is fierce *bzzt* Flight systems O *bzzt* Level. Coming back up."

[TAC1] "Milkshake" Ygraine calls out the FTL spool and the jump, prior to the raptor blinking its way home.

Agrippa gets a solid bead on the Raider that is chasing Phin like he did earlier for his wingman, his autocannons spitting out another stream of deadly bits that shred through the robot's cockpit. Watching as the Cylon spirals out, Punchdrunk is more focused on the Viper that took a nasty hit and spins out into the clouds, losing altitude, the pilot looking like he is itching to dive into the cloud after his fellow Viper to escort him out of the muck.

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Flight, Buzzkill. Package is away, break contact! Break contact. Nags, we'll continue to hunt until they're away!"

[TAC1] Agrippa says, "Storm, Punchie. I saw the vector Dolly went, permission to pursue and escort back to safety."

You can run, but you can't hide. The Raider facing off with Storm is a bit more clever than some of his counterparts, but even a clever Raider can't survive KEW fire to the head from not one but two Vipers. It explodes into a sheet of flame, giving Holtz his third kill on the night. This time, though, Storm isn't quite as jubilant as his wingman takes a bad hit.

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Negative, Punch. Stick with your wingman and you watch that Raptor's ass. I'll handle Dolly."

Phin does indeed probably have a seriously lousy sense of where he ended up, though he does break through the cloud cover not horribly far from the rest of the flight.

[TAC1] Holtz says, "Dolly, Storm. Fix in on my signal, I'm comin'."

[TAC1] Jess says, "Buzzkill, Nags. Copy. Sticking on your three til we're good to go."

Moving close enough to give his ECO a chance to handle the suppressing now, Jason grins a little bit as he hears what the other Raptor reported, although the grin fades as he hears Phin's report.

In the cockpit, Jess covers the mic with a finger and just for a second takes her eyes off the sky, rolling them upwards to mouth a silent and slightly profane prayer of thanks. Then it's back to sweeping ground and air for Cylon contacts as the rest of the flight RTBs.

[TAC1] Jason says, "Storm, Stand-up. I'll be around in case Dolly needs the help."

[TAC1] Phin wasn't kidding about the feedback, which sends some cringe-worthy shrieks across the comms as he tries radio back. Cylon must've hit his wireless systems. He manages to get a "Copy, Storm" through before just shutting it down.

As the Cylon opposition begins to fade, one Viper breaks off from the main group. That'll be Holtz, who streaks over the cloud cover in search of his wingman. Finally, he catches sight of Phin's wounded bird and moves to form up with the stricken Viper, guiding the younger man back towards the group as the Colonials head for home.

Phin's flight controls are not nearly as beat up as his wireless, however, and he gets back in synch with Holtz without much trouble.

[TAC1] Zachary says, "Flight, Buzzkill. Excellent job, wing. Wish I could join you, but the tab's on me at Checkpoint Charlie's tonight. Drink one for me"

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