MD #237: Golf 51 Sim Run
MD #237: Golf 51 Sim Run
Summary: A group of pilots makes a test run of the Golf-51 strike plan. Results are less than ideal.
Date: 30/11/2017 (OOC Date)
Related Logs: Unofficial Pre-Mission Briefing
Ben Inez Niko 
Flight Simulators
Where death is virtual.
Sun Jun 17 2049 MD #237

The sim is loaded with half the strike package for Golf-51, and the CAG has said this is primarily to familiarize themselves with the flight plan and see how to fly the route to the target. The simulation starts with their Predators in space, a fair distance from the planet and travelling right next to a big asteroid at high speed. This is as close to 'Predator riding an asteroid' as the simulator can get, apparently. In the sim the Preds are powered up and the nav systems are showing them the flight path to enter the atmosphere and descend into their route.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Flight, Scythe. Fire up the engines and follow me down."

[Into the Wireless] Ben says, "Flight, Timber. Roger that. Engines on line and firing, you have the lead."

[Into the Wireless] Inez says, "Flight, Bouncer, Copy."

Ben imagines how numb his butt is going to be riding three hours behind the rock as his view fills with flames and his engines spark to life after sitting for so long idle. The stick in hand and the angle steep, he currects to make the entry point. The flames fade and below the river. there starting point. He checks insterments and it's currect. He looks for his lead on insterments and out the view window.

Inez is back up for the mission, if someone can't make it, she'll fill their spot, so she's going on this run to be prepared if needed. She breathes in, then out, then looks to the side to the ECO. "Here we go, Fizzle," she tells him, and she steepens her angle as they come out from behind the asteroid and burn through the atmo. She takes her eyes from the instruments as the flames clear away and the planet is spinning below them, their insertion point ahead.

Niko guides his own Predator down along the plotted flight path, skimming into the atmosphere of G-51 until they've left space behind. Then he noses the Pred down and dives toward the ground, and the mountain lake where they'll start their approach route. This is where the flying starts to get interesting — at 200 feet they have a wooded ridge above them on either hand, and the walls close in as they lake valley turns into a river gorge. In the darkness it's just darker black masses against the slightly less dark sky, but the Predator's IR systems and the low-altitude terrain following radar shows a clear view of the ground on their instruments.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Flight, Scythe. Time to earn our pay. Line astern and stay alert, people."

<FS3> Niko rolls Piloting-1: Great Success.

<FS3> Niko rolls Piloting-1: Success.

<FS3> Niko rolls Stealth+2: Good Success.

<FS3> Inez rolls Piloting-1: Good Success.

<FS3> Inez rolls Piloting-1: Good Success.

<FS3> Inez rolls Stealth+2: Good Success.

<FS3> Ben rolls Piloting-1: Success.

<FS3> Ben rolls Piloting-1: Good Success.

<FS3> Ben rolls Stealth+2: Success.

[Into the Wireless] Ben says, "Flight, Timber. Right behind you Scythe."

[Into the Wireless] Inez says, "Flight, Bouncer. In line."

Ben matches the leads speed. He looks back to his ECO, "Ed, keep your eye's open. Last thing we need is to get spotted." He stays in line with the lead, proper distance off the ground, centered between the edges of the landscape. He's starting to think he should bring some sems just in case. He keeps his mind on the flight stops his mental wanderings.

Something about the darkness soothes Inez, makes her relax a little more at the controls, and it translates into her flying. She's relaxed, and it keeps her moves smooth, no jerks and over corrections as they twist and turn between the ridges. There's even a slight smile at her lips. "I guess Predators aren't so bad, after all, Fizz," she offers lightly to her ECO.

The flying is demanding enough that Niko can't spend much time worrying about the pilots following him. They volunteered for this and they're all good flyers. Yes, things can go wrong, but he prefers to keep it optimistic. Flying south around the huge mountain mass to their left, he hits the first leg by the numbers, but has to make a hasty adjustment in the dark as he nearly misses the northern turn. Skimming he second lake that marks the end of route GALIL, Niko's Predator then climbs to hop neatly over the ridge before banking right and heading toward the initial point. Checking his HUD, he's gratified to see both Ben and Inez still back there. They following the river valley downslope now, and there it is: The prison-city sprawls out on the plain below, lit up like a Saturnalia tree.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Flight, Scythe. Nice flying people. Come right to 060. Five miles to the initial point. Weapons hot. We will split and hit the three pairs of targets — Timber, take target 1. Bouncer target 3. I will hit 5."

<+==~~~~====~~~~====~~~~===~~~~~~ Combat #1108 ~~~~~~===~~~~====~~~~====~~~~==+ //
< Name Weapon/Vehicle Damage Stance/Action Target
<
< Team 1
< Ben Predator-2718X (plt ….. BAN/explode Sam1
< Eco1 Predator-3420i (pas ….. NOR/pass
< Eco2 Predator-2718X (pas ….. NOR/pass
< Eco3 Predator-4156L (pas ….. NOR/pass
< Inez Predator-4156L (plt ….. NOR/pass
< Niko Predator-3420I (plt ….. NOR/pass
<
< Team 2
< Aa1 Aa Battery-9650X (p ….. NOR/pass
< Aa2 Aa Battery-6514G (p ….. NOR/pass
< Aa3 Aa Battery-5518K (p ….. NOR/pass
< Sam1 AA Battery-5924V (p ….. NOR/pass
< Sam2 AA Battery-9429A (p ….. NOR/pass
< Sam3 AA Battery-8832D (p ….. NOR/pass
< Sam4 AA Battery-0537I (p ….. NOR/pass
< Sam5 AA Battery-3142N (p ….. NOR/pass
<
< Observers/NPCMasters:
<
< * MOCK COMBAT *
<+==~~~~~====~~~~====~~~~====~~~~=====~~~~=====~~~~====~~~~====~~~~====~~~~~==+//

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam1 with Jamming Pod. <successful>

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam2 with Jamming Pod. <successful>

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam3 with Jamming Pod. <successful>

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam4 with Jamming Pod. <successful>

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam5 with Jamming Pod. <unsuccessful>

<COMBAT> Eco3 attacks Aa3 with Missile Ap - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Eco2 attacks Aa1 with Missile Ap - Moderate wound to Controls.

Niko steers for the IP, where the river turns east and runs into the prison-city, and then he turns hard right, lining up the Predator for a bomb run on Target #5. Skyjack, the ECO who drew the short straw and had to ride with the CAG, is tapping away on the jamming pod's console. "Music is on!" he confirms. "They're just waking up now. Looks like we caught them with their pants down, Scythe." And then the radar warning receivers in all the Preds start to light up and attempt to lock on. The enemy isn't napping anymore!

[Into the Wireless] Ben says, "Flight, Timber. Coming around for one more drop before target."

Ben brings the big bird around, "It's all you Ed."

[Into the Wireless] Inez says, "Flight, Bouncer. Coming right 060, we have target 3. Copy."

"Not bad, Fizz," Inez congratulates. "I'll keep it steady, take another shot while we have time."

<COMBAT> Sam3 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Close To Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - Light wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> Eco3 attacks Sam4 with Missile Ap and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Sam5 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Far From Predator-2718x - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Sam2 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Predator-4156l - Serious wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Sam1 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Pretty Close To Predator-4156l - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Eco2 attacks Sam5 with Missile Ap - Moderate wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam5 with Jamming Pod. <successful>

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam1 with Jamming Pod. <successful>

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam2 with Jamming Pod. <successful>

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam3 with Jamming Pod. <successful>

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam4 with Jamming Pod. <successful>

<COMBAT> Aa3 attacks Inez with RAIDER KEW - Light wound to Nose (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Aa2 attacks Ben with RAIDER KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Sam4 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Very Far From Predator-2718x - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Aa1 attacks Inez with RAIDER KEW and MISSES!

Radars start lighting up the Predators and the night is suddenly alive with deadly intent. The first volley of SAMs lift off and streak toward them, while the rapid fire tracers of AA guns zip across the sky. Somehow, Niko's lead Predator isn't targeted at all, and he flies on toward the target. The thought that his pilots are catching Hades behind him causes the CAG to grimace behind his O2 mask, but he plows ahead toward the target.

<FS3> Ben rolls Gunnery: Great Success.

Ben pulls the Preditor on target, "Ed, you get one more try to take out the Sam. I'm going to dope our load on the first Target." The world suddenly lights up and the ship rocks from hits and explotions at the sides of the ship. He gets on comm.

[Into the Wireless] Ben says, "Fight, Timber. Moving to first target to drop. Over."

"Fizzle, damage." Inez keeps a steady hand on the throttle, and a steady voice even as she glances at the instruments running red around her. Fizzles voice has devolved into something akin to controlled panic as he rattles off the list of blinking lights, and an inquiry to fire again or not. "Take the shot," Inez tells him. "Then hang on, I'm up behind Timber to hit our target."

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam1 with Jamming Pod. <unsuccessful>

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam2 with Jamming Pod. <successful>

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam3 with Jamming Pod. <unsuccessful>

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam4 with Jamming Pod. <successful>

<COMBAT> Eco1 suppresses Sam5 with Jamming Pod. <successful>

<COMBAT> Sam3 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Predator-3420i - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-3420i - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-3420i - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-3420i - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-3420i - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-3420i - Moderate wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-3420i - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-3420i - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-3420i - Critical wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-3420i - Serious wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> Sam1 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - Critical wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Eco3 attacks Sam3 with Missile Ap and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Eco2 attacks Sam5 with Missile Ap - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Aa3 attacks Ben with RAIDER KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Aa1 attacks Inez with RAIDER KEW - Moderate wound to Nose (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Sam5 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Far From Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> Sam4 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Far From Predator-3420i - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-3420i - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> Sam2 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Very Far From Predator-2718x - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Aa2 attacks Inez with RAIDER KEW - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Predator-3420i has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Niko has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Eco1 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Aa Battery-3142n has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Sam5 has been KO'd!

Ben hears Ed conferm his hit as the bombs blow Target one to smoke. "Great job Ed, we're buggin out. Jam their frequencies on the way out." The throttle goes to full, the ship rattles from the light hits as the course is set for the Rhino.

Smooth sailing comes to a sudden end of the CAG. A pair of SAM sites lock him up, and missiles are inbound in seconds. With nowhere to maneuver, Niko takes the Pred even lower to try and stay under the radars guiding those SAM. It almost works. The first SAM goes high and explodes, leaving his ship largely undamaged. But the second missiles explodes close inboard and sprays the Predator with fragments. The CAG's ship goes down and crashes into the simulated earth to explode. "You have crashed," he is told in his headset. Niko greets this news with grim silence, watching the display to see how everyone else is doing.

<FS3> Inez rolls Gunnery: Good Success.

"Hoooooold together baby," Inez says under her breath as she takes aim. "Dropping, now, now…" she lists off, and then she glances down to see that the bombs are away.

[Into the Wireless] Inez says, "Flight, Bouncer, payload is away."

<COMBAT> Sam4 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Predator-4156l - Serious wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - Moderate wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Sam2 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Predator-4156l - Critical wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - Moderate wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Eco3 - Moderate wound to Left Hand.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Eco3 - Moderate wound to Right Foot.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Eco3 - Moderate wound to Abdomen.

<COMBAT> Sam1 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Predator-4156l - Serious wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - Critical wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - Moderate wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> Aa3 attacks Inez with RAIDER KEW - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Aa2 attacks Inez with RAIDER KEW - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Eco3 - Critical wound to Abdomen.

<COMBAT> Aa1 attacks Inez with RAIDER KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Sam3 uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Predator-4156l - Critical wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - Critical wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - Critical wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - Serious wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - Serious wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4156l - Critical wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Inez - Serious wound to Right Leg.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Inez - Light wound to Chest.

<COMBAT> Eco3 attacks Aa3 with Missile Ap and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Eco2 attacks Sam3 with Missile Ap - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Eco3 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Predator-4156l has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Inez has been KO'd!

<FS3> Ben rolls Piloting: Success.

<FS3> Ben rolls Stealth: Success.

Ben doesn't realize the others are down and beats tracks for the egress and the Rhino.

The Sim powers down and Inez hears the words in her headset that she is dead. "Well, at least we got our target, Fizzle, right?" She pulls off her helmet, and leans back from the controls, sitting quietly in the darkness, that's no longer lit up by the explosions and tracers.

Once Timber is clear and Bouncer has met the same fate as Niko, the CAG pulls the plug. The sim powers down and the crews start to clamber out. "All right people," Niko says before they go to formal debrief, "Don't get discouraged. You can see how tough this is likely to be, but keep in mind we'll have twice as many aircraft and a lot more practice time. Debrief and then we'll do it again in twenty…"

Ben's ECO tells Ben the bad news. He sits back and ends his program. The helmet comes off and he doesn't give his usual victory howl in celebration. He lowers his head and the weight of the mission sinks in. Sim or not, this is the possibility out there when it really happens. He takes a deep breath and let's it out slowly before exiting the sim.

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