AWD #379: They Weigh A Lot
They Weight A Lot
Summary: Corporal Kapali bugs Crewman Shackleton with a question regarding the specs of a raptor.
Date: Tue Jul 05 2016
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Toby Kapali 
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.
Fri Jan 20 17:00:54 2006

The sound coming from the hangar bay spills out into the main corridor as Kapali slides past a pair of officers who have come to complain about the status of repairs, or something like that. Officers, no way to know what they're actually up to until they've come and gone already. With her hands tucked into the front pockets of her fatigues, hair tucked back beneath a ballcap that shades her eyes, Kapali moves at a pace that suggests that she isn't on the clock, so to speak, and - with appropriate caution - ambles around one of the wounded birds that came back from Caprica with the rest of the rescue team.

"Oi," Toby calls over to the fraking marine who's wondering about, "stick to the walkways or frak off." Nope, no officers near him right now, so Kapali just gets a look before he passes a laser torch over to one of his colleagues who needs it. "Fraking jarhead," he mutters, which gets a grunt of agreement from the PO, then the cutting begins and he steps back himself.

A fleeting glimpse of a smile passes over Kapali's face as she steps back to the walkway but doesn't frak off and go bother someone else. She rocks subtly from heel to toe then back again, waiting while the sound of the laser torch commences before she steps off the path again and approaches the crewman who'd called out at her. "I'll get off your deck in a minute, I just have a question that I think you can answer," she pitches her voice loud enough to carry.

Toby is supposed to be spotting for the PO, but since there's now a marine in the work area in incorrect PPE he taps the man on the shoulder to tell him to stop, then steps over to Kapali. "Serious, onto the walkway. If you have a question you can ask it there, but you're a danger to yourself and others if you just go wandering."

Kapali back tracks to the walkway, retracing her own steps precisely, and only from there does she try again. "I just want to know how heavy the control console in a raptor is, that's all."

Toby follows Kapali back until she crosses that oh so important line of paint on the floor, then stands just the other side of it with his hands folded across his chest as he awaits her question. "How heavy a control console is?" he repeats, "you talking cockpit or backseater? No, actualy, wait, what the frak does it matter, if you want to know crap like that then go sweet talk the chief into letting you borrow a manual or something. We're busy, and they weigh a lot."

Kapali aims a short nod at Toby, waiting through his reply and holding quiet for a moment, finally nodding. "I know they weight a lot," she says in a low voice before nodding again. "Right. Find a manual. Will do. Sorry," and she backs another step along the walkway. "Thanks." She pauses then seems to reach a 'what the hell, why not' decision and turns back, "You don't have any openings to take an extra pair of hands on, to show us how to fix these things in the field, do you?"

Toby starts to turn back to his work as Kapali makes to leave, only to glance over his shoulder at her parting question. She gets a look of silent disbelief for a moment before he braces up a little and replies curtly, "only if you're prepared to transfer from the marines to the fleet and retrain. These are incredibly complex pieces of kit and the process to get certified is not something that can be done part time."

The look of silent disbelief on Toby's face is met with a look of equally quiet resolve, or maybe it's just a mule headed stubborn marine look, maybe all of the above. "I've nothing but time," she notes before angling a nod of thanks. "Thank you for your time," and this time back tracks and then heads off of the deck entirely.

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