MD #088: Operation Angler - Testing the Waters
MD #088: Operation Angler - Testing the Waters
Summary: The Air Wing goes on the offensive against the Skath fighters at Renado air base.
Date: 05/07/2017 (OOC Date)
Related Logs: None
Diaz Idris Niko 
Over Calumet
High in the sky.
Mon Jan 20 2029 (MD #89)

A mission is on and the Lucky Strikes are indeed lucky, getting the lead assignment. The CAG is down front in the Ready Room, suited up to fly himself, and he wastes no time once the fighter jocks are assembled. "All right people, grab a seat, listen up. Today is stage one of Operaton Angler. That's right, we're fishing. For Skath. The overall objective of this operation is to draw their air units into a decisive engagement and kill most of them. For today we're going to start things off with a fighter sweep in the neighborhood of their Renado air base and see how they react. VF-119 will be standing by if we get into major trouble, but remember we're not trying to make a decisive engagement today. Stay loose and be ready to bug out if we start getting swamped." After final details and disucssion, it's down to the hangar and into the cockpits.

Idris Bloodfeather takes a few notes in the briefing. There's a glance to the side to Diaz, and when they are dismissed, he picks up his helmet to head for the hangar. Luck has been a harsh mistress of late, but they have managed not to loose any pilots lately. The Captain is a little quiet as he gets into his viper and goes through his preflight checks. It doesn't take long before he's green to go and is spat out of the launch tube.

[Into the Wireless] Idris says, "Flight, Vogue. So we stir them up and observe what we get so to make better plans another day. Diaz, let's keep our CAG in one piece. Over."

Niko clocks in and launches, steering his Viper II+ over towards the rest of the Lucky Strikes as they regroup. The CAG stays off the air, and off the squadron leader's toes, until he hears Vogue's comment over the wireless. Scythe grins as he flicks through arming his weapons and finishes forming up.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Vogue, Scythe. You guys did just fine last time. Hell I can even shoot back today."

They can't hear it but that gets a laugh from Vogue's cockpit.

Cheerfully, and a wee bit determinedly optimistic, Diaz tucks her notes into one of the pockets of her flight suit, squares the rest of her gear away and exchanges a shared glance with Bloodfeather before she shakes hands with the rest of the strike team. After completing the pre-flight checklist and making sure everything is green to go that should indeed be green, the viper given a temporary nickname just to keep things fresh, and the viper is ejected from the ship via launch tube just like every other mission thus far. The ensign idly wonders about using a slingshot instead but is, at the very least, focused on the task at hand anyway.

[Into the Wireless] Diaz says, "Flight, Diaz. So essentially, we're dangling out as bait to see what their response time looks like, how much of a response and where it comes from, over?"

A real large chunk of the Orion Air Wing's Viper Corps is being dedicated to this, even if it isn't the main event. There's a lot of support elements at play and they all have to work together. With Strikes in the lead, there are several flights of Hurricanes joining up to support them. The rest of the Vipers take a high cover at the Strike's six o'clock, the four groups forming a very large diamond shape across the sky as they descend. The weather today is cloudy, with thick white cotton puffs from 800' all the way up to 6000'. Flying down that low risks impacting terrain, old buildings still standing, or even each other. With zero visibility in the clouds, that's the dead zone.

As the group passes through 60,000' the buffeting from the atmosphere starts to come back into their control sticks. They lost comms to the fleet back about 120,000, but there are relay Raptors on standby at a distance, ready to provide search and rescue if needed. None of them want to fly into that snowy, cloudy soup any more than a Viper does, though. DRADIS contacts start popping up pretty quickly, though. The Raptors start calling out pop-up groups departing Renado and turning towards the Vipers. However, it would seem there's no missile locks being attempted from the Raiders. Yet. With ranges closing inside 60 miles, they close to 30 seconds to missile range.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Diaz, Roger that. Today we're the worm."

[Into the Wireless] Diaz says, "Flight, Diaz, Then I call dibs on the callsign Bait, Over."

[Into the Wireless] Idris says, "Flight, Vogue. Picking up five contacts closing, 30 seconds to missile range. Watch your altitude and stay above 6,000 feet if we can. Over."

The vibration through his control stick is comfortable enough as they make their descent into atmo. Vogue eyes the cloud layer below and keeps tabs on their formation through the HUD. Then those DRADIS contacts are beginning to be relayed and Bloodfeather pays attention to their numbers and locations, noting distances. He speaks over the coms and flips his own weapons hot. Nice and clear at this altitude, he keeps to their flight path rather than peeling off to meet them, so that they can keep realtive to their backup if they need them.

It seems the CAG isn't worried about chatter on this mission, as he's about to respond to Diaz when he hears Vogue calling out the contact. Quickly checking his own DRADIS, Niko keeps quiet to watch how the Skath react to the Vipers basically ignoring them. Seeing the raiders continuing on intercept, he keys his wireless.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Vogue, Scythe. Let's engage at missile range, see if they keep coming. You've got the lead."

[Into the Wireless] Idris says, "Scythe, Vogue. Wilco. Weapons hot, over."

Eyeing the DRADIS after making that last remark on the com, Diaz's hands are steady as she calmly counts the individual then group signatures that respond to their arrival. It'd be a waste of fuel and flight time to ignore the patterns presented by the groups that lift off, and from what vectors, so she makes note in short hand in the notebook that's held in place along the leg of her flightsuit. Math, after all, never lies. Unless, of course, the variables are inaccurate, GIGO, after all. Selecting missiles instead of KEW, and watching the weapons display with slightly narrowed eyes to ensure that everything responds as it should, Diaz makes a small sound of approval before her cheerful voice comes over the com again.

[Into the Wireless] Diaz says, "Flight, Diaz, copy that. Maintaining relative altitude above 6K feet when and as possible, over. Switching to Missiles, maneuvering to engage, over. Vogue, Diaz, lets see how they respond, over."

<COMBAT> Idris uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Raider-9810b - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - Moderate wound to Right Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - Serious wound to Engine (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - Critical wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - Serious wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9810b - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Niko uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Raider-2460x - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2460x - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2460x - Light wound to Left Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2460x - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2460x - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2460x - Serious wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider4 - Moderate wound to Left Leg.

<COMBAT> Diaz uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Raider-4995n - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4995n - Critical wound to Left Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4995n - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4995n - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4995n - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4995n - Critical wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4995n - Critical wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4995n - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider1 - Light wound to Left Arm.

<COMBAT> Raider-4995n has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider1 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider-2460x has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider4 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider-9810b has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider5 has been KO'd!

Crossing missile range, the Raiders seem to accelerate very quickly as they try to cover the distance as fast as possible. Behind them, more Raider raiders are taking off. The Raptors start calling out more incoming bandits to the west and east, bringing the Hurricanes off in each direction to go bag some kills of their own. That leaves the other Viper squadron up overhead.

Ah now, they are coming out to play! And as they close in range, Bloodfeather rolls his viper over and seeks a target for a missile lock. Time to dance! He fires and it's away in a flash with a trail, zipping after the oncoming Raiders and hot for one in particular. No missiles are see to be coming in return as yet. Vogue thins his mouth, wondering about that maybe. His dark eyes are roaming to watch for more contacts even as their missiles chase and begin making impacts. There they are, popping up on DRADIS. Within seconds three raiders are gunning for Vogue's viper. A quick double check that the other two pilots are also engaging and come to no harm, then he's busy both trying not to get his ass shot up, and seek a target lock on one of the enemy!

[Into the Wireless] Idris says, "Flight, Vogue! One down! Two more on DRADIS rising to meet us. Over."

[Into the Wireless] Diaz says, "Flight, Diaz, splash one as well. Vogue, you have three chasing you. Manuevering to engage, over."

Niko follows Idris into their turn to engage, then loosens up the formation a little as he starts targeting one of the lead raiders. The DRADIS locks up with a solid 'buzz' and Scythe hits the trigger. "Fox one!" His first missile streaks off into the distance, along with the two from his wingmates. A trio of distant flashes and the DRADIS trace of falling enemy fighters tells the tail. But the surviving Skath have used the time to close the range, and Niko is forced to jink as one comes at him, head on.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Vogue, Scythe, I see them. With you in a sec."

Dismissing the debris of the Raider as soon as it's nothing but metallic chaff and fumes that'll drift with debris down to the hard deck, Diaz is takes a bead on one of the three that are targeting Vogue and adjusts vector and angle accordingly. She guides the Viper in a side roll, banking slightly to slow her rate of acceleration then guides the viper in a quick sidelong angle that drops her Viper below Vogues and sights on one of the three, opening fire as soon as she has a clear line of fire. Friendly fire is NOT friendly, it's not even cordial.

<COMBAT> Idris uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Raider-4511u - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - Moderate wound to Right Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - Moderate wound to Engine (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - Serious wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - Critical wound to Right Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - Light wound to Right Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - Serious wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider7 - Serious wound to Right Leg.

<COMBAT> Diaz uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Raider-4511u - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - Serious wound to Right Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - Serious wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - Critical wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-4511u - Critical wound to Left Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider7 - Moderate wound to Left Hand.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider7 - Critical wound to Abdomen.

<COMBAT> Raider7 attacks Idris with RAIDER KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider6 attacks Idris with RAIDER KEW - Light wound to Nose (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Idris with RAIDER KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Niko uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Close To Raider-9798q - Moderate wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9798q - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9798q - Light wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Niko with RAIDER KEW - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Raider-9798q has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider2 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider7 has been KO'd!

Things are definitely heating up fast. Not too hot to touch, though! As missiles prove by blasting Raiders to fragemnts in the sky. Diaz does indeed lend flight support off of his wing and together they take out another Skath. There's a quick wing wiggle to the Model Ten with his thanks and then Vogue peels off to hunt for another target as Raiders rip past. Bloodfeather is about to give chase when more contacts rise on DRADIS and then missile lock warnings begin to paint his board. "No you don't." The throttle is pushed forward to give him some speed as Vogue tries to get a lock of his own on one of the Skath lighting up Diaz. Meanwhile another Raider pushes hard to make a dive at Vogue's air frame from above. No telling if he's aware of it or no, determined to try and blast one of the Skath trying to nail the Model Ten pilot.

[Into the Wireless] Idris says, "Diaz, Vogue! Thanks - now you are getting lit up. My turn to try and keep your nose clean, over."

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Templars, Scythe," He calls up their top cover, "time to join the party.""

Niko toggles to an IR homing missile as he goes head to head with the closing Skath. With the range closing to minimum, the CAG fires his missile with a call of, "Fox two!" Then he breaks to the left, trying to avoid the Skath's counter-fire. The gambit is only partially successful, in that the raider eats his missile and goes down. But the enemy fighter used the flight time to line up and fire, putting more than a few KEW rounds into the body of Niko's Viper. "Warning. Warning," warns Bitching Betty. But there's only one caution light on and much bigger problems to worry about, with further Skath joining the fray from another angle. The 'LOCK ON' warning gets his attention, and Niko breaks hard to try and avoid a missile from one of the incoming bandits.

"Hah!" Diaz's voice is rather triumphant, however briefly, as more debris drifts toward the planet below, and gives a wing-waggle toward Vogue in return as the pattern changes again. This time the DRADIS pings the Raiders taking aim at her viper and Diaz gets a rather fierce expression her face. Taking the Viper into a series of swift turns and sharp evasions to throw off the missile lock even as she's returning the missile lock, in kind.

[Into the Wireless] Diaz says, "Flight, Diaz, happy to help! Bet that gets their binary briefs in a twist, over."

<COMBAT> Raider9 uses a Missile AA!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Viper-1954e - Critical wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - Critical wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1954e - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Idris uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Raider-5688k - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - Critical wound to Controls.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - Moderate wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - Critical wound to Controls (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - Critical wound to Controls (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-5688k - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Diaz uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Raider-9460p - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9460p - Serious wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9460p - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9460p - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9460p - Critical wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-9460p - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Raider6 attacks Diaz with RAIDER KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider8 uses a Missile AA!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Far From Viper-2498g - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Idris with RAIDER KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Viper-1954e has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Diaz has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Viper-2498g has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Niko has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider-5688k has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider9 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Diaz spends a luck point to keep fighting!

<COMBAT> Niko spends a luck point to keep fighting!

[Into the Wireless] Idris says, "Diaz! Scythe! Vogue here. Status! I'm down to my last missile, Over."

[Into the Wireless] Diaz says, "Flight, Diaz. Down to my last missile as well. Missile damage to the air frame and cockpit," there's a silent 'again' in that reply, "one more hit like that and I'm walking back to base. Again," this time she actually says it. "Over."

The Templars dive in just after the missiles trade across the sky, cutting white contrails everywhere. Exploding aircraft mar the blue sky above them and the white cotton below. Dark trails slink their way towards the planet surface as burning wreckage tumbles down. More raiders rise up, sseeming to have caught the Templars at the reinforcement.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Vogue, Scythe. Fuel at fifty percent. Half my MCS thrusters are out. Two missiles left."

The explosion hits Niko's Viper while he's pulling it through the hard break. More warning lights flash on his console, and it's experience that saves Scythe this time. Seeing the big red "FIRE" light on for the port fuselage fuel tank, he hits the switch to emergency vent it before it can explode. It saves the Viper, but it's still taken a beating and sluggish at the controls. "Oh no you frakkin' don't," he orders the ship. "Fly damn you. Fly."

Lots of things are happening, more DRADIS contacts with more Skath Raiders. More missile strikes - Bloodfeather is unable to nail that bastard before the missile hits Diaz's viper, and then one hits Scythe's as well! Vogue and calm as he usually is, that makes him sweat some in his flight suit. Not concern for his own life, but theirs! His own missile is a dead hit and takes that bastard out but there are more. Thankfully the reserve Vipers are closing in to assist. Vogue pulls his viper down hard to gain speed, pushing the throttle and then peels back up to try and come up from below at another Skath even as another is trying to fire at him.

Down to the last missile in the arsenal, Diaz eyes the spider webbing that's spreading along the canopy. Again. At some point she just knows the deck chief is going to stop letting her sign out a Viper. She's surveying the various alarms and dials that spew out data and warnings while keeping an eye on the DRADIS and the rest of the wing all at the same time. One more target with the missiles and she'll be down to KEW and strong language.

<COMBAT> Viper2 attacks Raider3 with KEW - Light wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Diaz uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Raider-8068s - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-8068s - Critical wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-8068s - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-8068s - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-8068s - Critical wound to Controls (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-8068s - Critical wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> Viper1 attacks Raider10 with KEW - Light wound to Engine.

<COMBAT> Raider12 attacks Diaz with RAIDER KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Viper2 with RAIDER KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider11 attacks Idris with RAIDER KEW - Moderate wound to Right Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Raider10 uses a Missile AA!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Pretty Close To Viper-1287l - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1287l - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1287l - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1287l - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Niko uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Raider-2164o - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2164o - Critical wound to Controls (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2164o - Serious wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2164o - Moderate wound to Left Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2164o - Critical wound to Left Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2164o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2164o - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2164o - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2164o - Moderate wound to Controls (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2164o - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2164o - Serious wound to Left Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-2164o - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> Idris uses a Missile Aa!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Close To Raider-7084g - Moderate wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-7084g - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-7084g - Moderate wound to Right Wing (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raider-7084g - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Viper3 attacks Raider12 with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider8 uses a Missile AA!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Pretty Close To Viper-1287l - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1287l - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1287l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1287l - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-1287l - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Raider-8068s has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider12 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider-7084g has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider8 has been KO'd!

The numbers of Raiders seem to start thinning quickly with the pouncing of the Templars. The Vipers roll in hot and heavy, chewing through a large portion of the Raiders with their initial dive, blowing through at high speed and barely giving the Raiders a chance to reply. They circle back around, bringin their guns on target. On the radio, in the distance, they can hear the Hurricanes having similar luck. The focused force is having the desired effect.

Niko takes advantage of the heat the Templars draw to swing around and re-engage. He drops onto the tail of a raider going for Vogue and locks up his third missile. When the tone goes solid, he hits the trigger. "Fox two!" The missile's warhead bursts on the target a second later, and the Skath ship flops over, threatens to right itself momentarily, and then finally flutters out of the sky like a falling leaf. He eases the damaged Viper around and switches to KEW, saving the final missile for an emergency.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "All flights, Scythe. Keep up the pressure. Report any more inbound."

You know Viper pilots. If you tell'm to wiggle the worm, it's so HARD not to sink the hook if you get a nibble! The hell with bailing out after a teaser! Not when they are pounding Skath Raiders like nails! Sink'm. Bloodfeather's last missile is away and that Raider almost looses it, trying to shake it, but not quite fast enough! It hits and is less a firey eye treat than previous strikes but it does it's business and cripples the Skath craft. Vogue has the satisfaction of seeing it smoking as it plummets, still mostly whole, towards the cloud covered surface below. No time to follow it down and see if it was a kill or not. Idris pulls his viper around to see a Skath raider trying to get a missile away at one of their craft. He flips his weapons systems over to KEW and starts firing away! The tracer rounds helps him try to lead just ahead of the Raider - get the ship and the missile if he can!

[Into the Wireless] Idris says, "Scythe, Vogue. Thanks for that!"

Teaming up with one of the Templars to take out another of the Raiders, Diaz's last missile does its share of the work and turns the Raider into another cloud of debris and provides a valuable combat experience for the Raider to learn from. Live. Fight. Die. Repeat. Yet another item on the list of things she hates about this particular planet. Missile away she swaps weapons, shifting to energy weapons instead and brings her Viper into alignment again with Vogue, moving into position off to his right. She takes aim at one of the last two Raiders in the sortie and opens fire, taking aim at where the Raider will be, not where it is at the moment, and leans slightly forward while doing so, as though this will help.

[Into the Wireless] Diaz says, "Flight, Diaz, last missile away. Vogue, moving to engage, on your three, over."

<COMBAT> Niko attacks Raider3 with KEW - Light wound to Left Wing.

<COMBAT> Idris attacks Raider10 with Kew - Moderate wound to Left Wing.

<COMBAT> Viper3 attacks Raider10 with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Viper3 with RAIDER KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> Viper2 attacks Raider3 with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Viper1 attacks Raider10 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Raider10 uses a Missile AA!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Close To Viper-8383h - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-8383h - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Viper-8383h - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Viper1 - Moderate wound to Left Leg.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Viper1 - Moderate wound to Left Hand.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Viper1 - NEAR MISS!

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Viper1 - Critical wound to Right Foot.

<COMBAT> Diaz attacks Raider10 with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Viper1 has been KO'd!

Niko tries to stay with the twisting, turning bandit, but his ship just doesn't want to fly right anymore. Must be all the holes. He manages a brief burst into the Skath, but it's only a few minor hits. Then he grimaces as one of the Templars takes a missile and goes down in flames. "Mother frakker." Scythe's instinct is to turn and go after the missile-armed Skath that got one of his pilots, but he sees both the remaining raiders joining up to go after Diaz, and he stays on the tail of his current target instead.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Flight, Scythe. Viper down. Call out if you see a chute. Diaz, they're on you."

Idris fires and fires his Viper's KEW at the Skath Raider and he manages to chew it up pretty well too! But not enough to keep it from getting that missile off, damn it! A missile that kills a Viper pilot! "FRAK you, you son of a bitch!" Oops, did calm, cultured, well educated Bloodfeather just cuss?! Nobody heard it over his radio however. That Skath is in bad shape though so Vogue over shoots it, having been throttling hard and making his craft shudder as it ripped through atmosphere. He slows it up to bank around and starts firing on the other Raider that is still in good shape. Focused, Idris is determined to get it off of Diaz if he can.

[Into the Wireless] Idris says, "Diaz, Scythe, Vogue is on one. Over."

"Oh yeah, that's right, take the bait," Diaz mutters as she fights the Viper and it's sluggish response time while composing the most erratic flight path possible to bank left, right, juking from side to side and trying to be exactly where the incoming Raiders won't expect her to be instead of being precisely where it'd be the worst place to be. Zig and Zag, literally.

<COMBAT> Niko attacks Raider3 with KEW - Moderate wound to Controls.

<COMBAT> Diaz attacks Raider10 with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Idris attacks Raider3 with Kew - Light wound to Right Wing.

<COMBAT> Viper3 attacks Raider3 with KEW - Moderate wound to Controls.

<COMBAT> Viper2 attacks Raider10 with KEW - Light wound to Right Wing.

<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Diaz with RAIDER KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider10 attacks Diaz with Raider KEW - Light wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> Raider-0261l has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider10 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider-8430u has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider3 has been KO'd!

With the last of the Raiders, the ones still left, turning then the few Vipers cease giving chase. They all form around and come back into sections and flights of four. The Raiders are trying to be tempting, but there's a likely SAM or flak trap down there just waiting for them. In the distance one of the Hurricane groups is still tangling and took a few losses but the other one seems to have fared well also. Renado lost a decent number of Raiders.. and the Orion lost at least one pilot. There's no final tally yet in the skies. That will have to wait for the return home.

The engagement is broken off and the wedding band thrown back into their faces! Idris finally realizes Betty's Bitch'n at him and somewhere along the way his viper took some hits. Nothing too serious as he mutes the alarms. There, much better. He survey's the skies and seeing all clear above the cloud cover, he lets out a slow breath. Diaz and Niko are still flying and they didn't loose any other pilots. He begins to gain altitude and speaks over the coms.

[Into the Wireless] Idris says, "Flight, Vogue. Let's RTB. Sing out if you can't make a landing. Over."

Now that they have numbers it's a matter of time before the Skath are running or dead. But they can still lose pilots, and Niko keeps his focus on sticking to the tail of the Raider he's chasing. Another burst — this one a better hit — combines with the KEW fire from several other pilots to finally send the bastard down in flames. Finding the skies clear in their area, he checks damage to his own ship before turning to try and spot a parachute from the Viper they lost. Nothing. Damn. At least all of their flight is still in the air, despite the damage.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Vogue, Scythe copies. Okay for landing but I need to go easy on the fuel. Joining on your eight o'clock."

[Into the Wireless] Niko switches over to the command frequency to transmit to the rest of the Wing. "All flights, this is Scythe. Knock it off, knock it off. We are Romeo Tango Bravo."

Silencing the worst of the alarms, as custom, and turning the viper back toward the rally point to evac, Diaz flexes both hands and takes a moment to eye the terrain over which they've been flying this entire time. At least this time she doesn't have to walk back to base and wait for a ride back to the barn. She canopy is eyed, again, and there's speculative gleam in her eyes that - again - no one else can see past all that webbing.

[Into the Wireless] Diaz says, "Flight, Diaz. Canopy is holding," which is Diaz code for 'it's not going to fall out of the frame right now', before she keys the com again, "Joining at your nine o'clock, Scythe, over."

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