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12-12-2015 Special CAP
In Honor of the
Flying Tigers Squadrons
I’ve had the pleasure to be the CO of the Flying Tigers since the squadron was commissioned on 11-29-2012. The Raven performed an OP not long ago and in the planning of it I forgot about this important date. I decided to call a Special CAP last night in honor of our 3rd Anniversary.
When I realized the date had past, I didn’t have the time to alert my pilots or to choose a later date. It was last night or let it slip past until next year. Everyone’s busy this time of year and I honestly didn’t expect much of a response from my squadron.
I invited members of the Seekers to join in on the fun of an impromptu CAP. As you may know, the Seekers have been very active since their 1st CO Lt Jg “Mik Mo” was given command of the squadron.
The time drew near, I logged into the BFC and there was only Ens. “Wedge” and I at the appointed time. The two of us chatted for a short while and then Ens. “Vampire” joined us. Needless to say, the CAP began and the Toasters were falling like flies. Near the end Ens. “Freya” joined us in her Raptor.
As always, when a few members of the Raven get together things progress quickly as the sparks fly. Since none of the Flying Tigers were able to make it last night, we'll have to plan a special OP next year to take place the Saturday before our 4th Anniversary.
Take a look and see what a couple pilots can do in a short time.
What's Happening Wedge?
not much, waiting for more people to show
Oh well, that's what I get for not giving any notice of something like this.
So, how about we take out the Attack Raptors tonight?
Either those or vipers, chief says both are fueled and ready
So vipers or raptors tonight?
Hey. Me and the Major were taking the raptors out for a spin, want to join us?
sure it would be my first trip but sure.
Great! Reamer, you want point?
OK, with me Wedge
LSO, Raptor 252M requesting clearance for launch out of dorsal flight pod deck A.
OK lets run through our per flight check and launch.
pulling up checklist
Reamer to LSO Attack Raptors manned and ready for launch......
*LSO To Attack Raptors, you're cleared to launch.*
checklist complete i am ready.
Alright, just stay on Reamer's 8 o'clock and I'll be on his 4
Launching in 3, 2, 1.......
What's up reamer? Something on DRADIS?
Much roomier than my usual ride!!!
Haha yeah but when you have a contingent of marines in it, it isn't as spacious
Well they're holding on for their dear lives because I don;'t pilot a Raptor every day!!!!!!LOL
this is all new to me but looking good so far.
All's clear so far....I guess the briefing room isn't bugged like I thought it was....
Don't worry, if you need a hand I can swap you positions or hold your hand!! lol!!
Ooooops......I spoke to soon.....
DRADIS looks clean to me, Vampire do you see anything?
i am not
Incoming Raiders at 2 O'clock high....
i see them now
OK, missiles armed. Break formation and prepare to engage.
They're diving on us.....
I'm on em, Vampire try and flank.
Missiles armed and tracking....
My scanners are still clean, either they're jamming me or I'm gonna shove the knuckledragger who serviced this bird out an airlock
Straight and true.....pow.....splash one toaster.....
down to visual targeting
i have one firing missle and whoosh
Skip the scanner.....eyes will have to do it....
*CAP this is LSO, malfunction in alert fighter tubes, you're on your own*
Copy that Raven.....
re too far away for the guns to get a bead on them
one raider is toast by me
We'll show em what Raptors can really do.....
I got the third, too close for missiles, switching to guns!
Here come another group.....12 O'clock even.....
*Poof* scratch one!
i see them
Gatling guns firing.....two missiles away.....
firing guns and missiles
Getting a reading... Radeological alarm from behind that asteroid
There's a couple on our six.....
I got 'em. *performs a 180 degree spin while cutting engines.*
Break, break, break.....
Mark one eyeball targeting... Lead's down.
A quick barrel roll and slide and he's off my tail....
Exploded, looks like shrapnel got the other two, they're yours.
coming around guns b;lazing...
one is coming after me turning and firing and bye raider
one Raider disintegrates as I fly through its remains.....
Any of our support ships nearby?
Scrap bouncing off my Raptor.....Thank the Gods nothing hit my canopy....
i dont see any
I'm not sure Wedge....
Damn. My DRADIS is still down, protocol dictates my return to base. I'll be back.
What about your back seater.....
She's down for maintenance, still having issues from QG damage. Hold up... Chief says one raptor is loaded in the deck for a deck launch, no pilot.
Sorry I had to step away, I'm back.
i have two raiders closing in on me now trying evasive manuevers to avoid them.
Stick to me and I'll be your Dradis....
Just hang on, I'm less than a minute from coming back. I'm going for that viper.
Copy that Wedge.....
*hits the afterburners, combat landing and swapping to the viper.*
scratch two more raiders via missles.
Deck launch ready, fully armed and loaded. It's Hitman's viper, hope I don't scratch the paint.
Here's another flight of Raiders....3 O'Clock low....
i see them
Lets dive on them.....and take them out all at once.....
Launched! I'm coming back, fully functional
i am moving around them
Reamer pushes the stick all the way forward and takes a steep dive....
remember, this isn't as maneuverable as your vipers.
Firing 4.....missiles away.....whoosh......
*streaks past, firing guns and tagging one on reamer's six*
It don't matter.......it just has to hold together a bit longer.....
i got one
Multiple explosions......Yeah.....that's 4 for 4......
So THIS is what it's like to fly greased lightning on snacon.
Watch out for the scrap....
ping ping ping
You know it Wedge....
some scrap hit me but i am okay.
That's why I love Vipers Sooooooooooo much......
Pulling up, sucessfully avoided it. Got two more jumping in, seven high
Copy that Vampire.....
Chief's swearing so much, maintenance crews had to pull the alert fighers from each tube manually
Plenty of 30mm for the Gatling guns though....
missile are starting to run low but guns are full.
That's the life opf a Chief!!!!!
Chief's got two more vipers ready for deck launch, I'll hold them off, do a drop and go.
Nothing but whining about damaged birds and scratched decks.....
fine with me
got a bead on one on your six, vampire. Break left... NOW!
I'll blast a few more toasters and get my usual ride.....
Reamer targets another flight of toasters and lets his missiles send their greetings.....
thanks now one more coming in
did anyone check that rad warning behind that asteroid?
and i got another one.
There's another pile of scrap for ya.....LOL.....
i am clear ready to return for a viper.
Go for it!
Reamer takes a short jump and just misses hitting the landing pod.....
i am headied back for a mk 1
That will get the Chief upset.....LOL....
i am coming in lands softly.
Don't blow up Raven, that's the cylon's job LOL!
Launching in 3, 2, 1.....whooosh.....
now over to a mk 1 viper and lanching.