AWD #264: Flying with the Sun
Flying with the Sun
Summary: Phin spots an odd marking on his Viper just before the misson to Picon starts.
Date: 27/Sep/2013
Related Logs: None
Phin Toby 
Hangar Bay - Deck 3 - Battlestar Orion
Each hangar deck is divided into five one-hundred yard sections, each divided from the others by massive blast doors that close vertically from the floor and overhead. Each hangar section houses all of the Vipers, Raptors, and Predators that the wing operates as well as the vital work areas to support and maintain these fighting platforms. Each bay is large enough to accommodate one of these frames and still get heavy work done, though the fore- and aft-most sections are dedicated to overhauls and major work to be done. The bays along the center section are located across from launch tubes and elevators in order to provide scramble and Alert-Five capabilities. The second-to-aft bay provides major elevator and transport access to the starboard bay as well as the major manufacturing facility. Due to the nature of the work, the hangar decks are major hubs of activity at all hours of the day and all but four hours overnight.Phin is early yet for the launch, but he hasn't much to do with himself other than hurry up and wait until it's off. That and pre-flight. Which is what he seems to plan to busy himself with. His Viper hasn't been loaded into the tubes yet, and he heads toward it. There's a keyed-up quality to his stride, but he's hardly the only one that can be said about. Today's the day.
AWD #264

Predictably, it's chaos in the bays right now. Vipers, raptors, preds, all goin gthrough final checks before the off. Not to mention the marines waiting to load up. Toby is keeping himself busy helping the aircraft handers shift vipers for now, moving from one to the next making sure they're ready to go before giving the signal to the others that they're good to move it.

"Hey, Crewman," Phin offers to Toby as he passes him, politely, if a little terser than usual. His course takes him not far from the aircraft handler. His Viper's in that general vicinity. He does a walk-around of the plane before he makes any move to get in. He's hardly the first pilot early for duty. Maybe he's heard something. He's definitely looking for something. And, as he winds his way around to the hatch, he finds it. A little circle, dot in center, in grease pencil. He stops, crossing his arms along his chest, and just taking a moment to stare at it.

"Lieutenant," Toby replies as he spots Phin. Noting that the pilot is heading towards the Viper he adds an additional, "good luck out there, we'll keep the beers cool for you when you get back." Phin being a pilot he likes after all, there are some who's beers he'd just drink. Going back to concentrating on work for a minute or two he misses the visual inspection but does glance back to spot the younger man's stare and ask, "something wrong?" Now being a good time to sort it if that's the case.

Phin removes the glove on his right hand. He doesn't answer Toby right away, but walks up to his plane. Taking his bare, slightly sweaty thumb, and pressing it against the grease pencil drawing. In the center of the circle, over the point. "I heard one of the Raptor guys talking about this." It's noted to Toby as much as it's noted to anyone.

With the lack of immediate answer, Toby heads over to get a better look at what it is that has Phin's attention so, then spots it's the marking and slows a little, tilting his head a little as the pilot speaks, trying to gauge his reaction. "Yeah, every bird that's due to fly has one," he states, perhaps faintly cautiously, "raptor, pred and viper alike."

"Flying with the sun," Phin murmurs. Though he adds, with a smirk, "Also looks kind of like a target." He doesn't sound angry about it, though. So he likely takes it as the former. Though even with that, it's unclear if it's an entirely welcome sign. "Who painted them?"

Toby actually smiles a little, as Phin seems to get at least one meaning of the symbol, although he raises an eyebrow slightly at the target comment before just shaking his head and letting it go. As the question comes though he stills once more, considering something for a moment before saying in a quieter voice, "I did."

Phin looks back at Toby with a flicker of surprise. This seems to shake off some of his unease. And make him more curious. "What's it mean?" He adds. "Some of the symbols are funny. They mean a lot of different things. Depending on how you're using them, and where and stuff. I never really understood a lot of it, when I had to study them."

"You were right initially," Toby replies, nodding to the sign again, "it's the sun, or a sun. Means lots of things really, but in this case I guess you'd call it a good luck type thing. Ensign Wescott called it a blessing but I ain't no priest and it ain't the symbol of any Lord or Lady." He's a bit awkward in his answer, then glances back to the work crew he just abandoned, "sorry Lieutenant, but I think it'd take longer to fully explain then we have time, but think of it if you will as a 'go there, do the job, come home safe' glyph. You know the type."

Phin lifts his thumb off the plane, turning it so he can look at the mark left by the grease pencil. "It's not. Kind of reminds me of Aurora, though. Goddess of the dawn. She's the one who gets you home. I think I'll think of it that way, if you don't mind." He extends a hand to Toby. For shaking. "Thanks for your work no birds, Crewman. They've always flown real well for us."

"Take it as you will," Toby replies with a hint of a nod before he moves to take the pilot's hand. "Bring it home in one piece Lieutenant, thats all we ask. You too preferably as well mind." That done he steps back, gives Phin a faint nod, then returns to work, those birds won't shift themselves after all.

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