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JULY 1, 2020 - 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT ALL-CON DALLAS 2020

12-12-2015 Special CAP

In Honor of the

Flying Tigers Squadrons

 3rd Anniversary

Greetings Everyone,

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.

Main Room

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

evening reamer

  • Me

What's Happening Wedge?

  • I don't think there will be many here tonight.
  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

not much, waiting for more people to show

  • Me

Oh well, that's what I get for not giving any notice of something like this.

  • 10:06 PM
  • Me

So, how about we take out the Attack Raptors tonight?

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Either those or vipers, chief says both are fueled and ready

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Hey vampire!

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

So vipers or raptors tonight?

  • Me
  • I'll go with a Raptor I guess!!!
  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

hello everyone

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Hey. Me and the Major were taking the raptors out for a spin, want to join us?

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

sure it would be my first trip but sure.

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Great! Reamer, you want point?

  • Me

OK, with me Wedge

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

LSO, Raptor 252M requesting clearance for launch out of dorsal flight pod deck A.

  • Me

OK lets run through our per flight check and launch.

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

pulling up checklist

  • Me

Reamer to LSO Attack Raptors manned and ready for launch......

  • Check list complete....all systems go...
  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

*LSO To Attack Raptors, you're cleared to launch.*

  • Vampire you set?
  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

checklist complete i am ready.

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Alright, just stay on Reamer's 8 o'clock and I'll be on his 4

  • Me

Launching in 3, 2, 1.......

  • Well, this is different.....
  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

What's up reamer? Something on DRADIS?

  • Me

Much roomier than my usual ride!!!

  • Lets head for the perimeter and begin our CAP.....over...
  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Haha yeah but when you have a contingent of marines in it, it isn't as spacious

  • I'm on your flank, LSO reports blue shift cap recalled, it's us now.
  • Me

Well they're holding on for their dear lives because I don;'t pilot a Raptor every day!!!!!!LOL

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

this is all new to me but looking good so far.

  • Me

All's clear so far....I guess the briefing room isn't bugged like I thought it was....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Don't worry, if you need a hand I can swap you positions or hold your hand!! lol!!

  • Me

Ooooops......I spoke to soon.....

  • Dradis just lite up.....
  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

DRADIS looks clean to me, Vampire do you see anything?

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

i am not

  • Me

Incoming Raiders at 2 O'clock high....

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

i see them now

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

OK, missiles armed. Break formation and prepare to engage.

  • Me

They're diving on us.....

  • Tets give it to them......
  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

I'm on em, Vampire try and flank.

  • Me

Lets

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

got it

  • Me

Missiles armed and tracking....

  • Fire one.....whoosh.......
  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

My scanners are still clean, either they're jamming me or I'm gonna shove the knuckledragger who serviced this bird out an airlock

  • Me

Straight and true.....pow.....splash one toaster.....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

down to visual targeting

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

i have one firing missle and whoosh

  • Me

Skip the scanner.....eyes will have to do it....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

*CAP this is LSO, malfunction in alert fighter tubes, you're on your own*

  • They
  • Me

Copy that Raven.....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

re too far away for the guns to get a bead on them

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

one raider is toast by me

  • Me

We'll show em what Raptors can really do.....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

I got the third, too close for missiles, switching to guns!

  • I have a bead.... Firing!
  • Me

Here come another group.....12 O'clock even.....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

*Poof* scratch one!

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

i see them

  • Me

Gatling guns firing.....two missiles away.....

  • pow.....pow..... dust in the wind!!!!!
  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

firing guns and missiles

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Getting a reading... Radeological alarm from behind that asteroid

  • Me

There's a couple on our six.....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

I got 'em. *performs a 180 degree spin while cutting engines.*

  • Me

Break, break, break.....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Mark one eyeball targeting... Lead's down.

  • Me

A quick barrel roll and slide and he's off my tail....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Exploded, looks like shrapnel got the other two, they're yours.

  • Me

coming around guns b;lazing...

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

one is coming after me turning and firing and bye raider

  • Me

one Raider disintegrates as I fly through its remains.....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Any of our support ships nearby?

  • Me

Scrap bouncing off my Raptor.....Thank the Gods nothing hit my canopy....

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

i dont see any

  • Me

I'm not sure Wedge....

  • We'll have to hold them off until the Raven launches the attack Vipers...
  • Another filght of Raiders jumping in.....
  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Damn. My DRADIS is still down, protocol dictates my return to base. I'll be back.

  • 10:28 PM
  • Me

What about your back seater.....

  • his Dradis must be working....
  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

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.

  • Both me and my ECO's screens are down
  • 10:30 PM
  • Me

Sorry I had to step away, I'm back.

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

i have two raiders closing in on me now trying evasive manuevers to avoid them.

  • Me

Stick to me and I'll be your Dradis....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Just hang on, I'm less than a minute from coming back. I'm going for that viper.

  • It's a quick drop and go.
  • Me

Copy that Wedge.....

  • Take any that's in the tube and launch....
  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

*hits the afterburners, combat landing and swapping to the viper.*

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

scratch two more raiders via missles.

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Deck launch ready, fully armed and loaded. It's Hitman's viper, hope I don't scratch the paint.

  • Me

Here's another flight of Raiders....3 O'Clock low....

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

i see them

  • Me

Lets dive on them.....and take them out all at once.....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Launched! I'm coming back, fully functional

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

i am moving around them

  • Me

Reamer pushes the stick all the way forward and takes a steep dive....

  • Missiles locked.....
  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

same here

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

remember, this isn't as maneuverable as your vipers.

  • Me

Firing 4.....missiles away.....whoosh......

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

*streaks past, firing guns and tagging one on reamer's six*

  • Me

It don't matter.......it just has to hold together a bit longer.....

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

i got one

  • Me

Multiple explosions......Yeah.....that's 4 for 4......

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

So THIS is what it's like to fly greased lightning on snacon.

  • Me

Watch out for the scrap....

  • it's almost as deadly as the Raiders....
  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

ping ping ping

  • Me

You know it Wedge....

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

some scrap hit me but i am okay.

  • Me

That's why I love Vipers Sooooooooooo much......

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Pulling up, sucessfully avoided it. Got two more jumping in, seven high

  • Me

Copy that Vampire.....

  • How's your ordnance holding up?
  • I'm getting kind of light here....
  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Chief's swearing so much, maintenance crews had to pull the alert fighers from each tube manually

  • Me

Plenty of 30mm for the Gatling guns though....

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

missile are starting to run low but guns are full.

  • Me

That's the life opf a Chief!!!!!

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Chief's got two more vipers ready for deck launch, I'll hold them off, do a drop and go.

  • Me

Nothing but whining about damaged birds and scratched decks.....

  • Sounds like a plan.....
  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

fine with me

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

got a bead on one on your six, vampire. Break left... NOW!

  • Me

I'll blast a few more toasters and get my usual ride.....

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

moving out

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Got 'em!

  • Me

Reamer targets another flight of toasters and lets his missiles send their greetings.....

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

thanks now one more coming in

  • Me

Whoooosh.....Bang....Pow....pow.....crash.....

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

did anyone check that rad warning behind that asteroid?

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

and i got another one.

  • Me

There's another pile of scrap for ya.....LOL.....

  • I'm heading for the Barn and my Mk-II.....
  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

i am clear ready to return for a viper.

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Go for it!

  • Me

Reamer takes a short jump and just misses hitting the landing pod.....

  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

i am headied back for a mk 1

  • Me

That will get the Chief upset.....LOL....

  • Reamer makes a Combat landing and bails out of the Raptor and hops into his usual ride.....
  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

i am coming in lands softly.

  • Ens. David "Wedge" Sangrey

Don't blow up Raven, that's the cylon's job LOL!

  • Me

Launching in 3, 2, 1.....whooosh.....

  • away
  • OK here I come......they can run, but they can't hide!!!!!!!LOL
  • Ens. Joseph "Vampire"Vogt

now over to a mk 1 viper and lanching.

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Comment by DragonLady4732 on December 15, 2015 at 4:53pm
OUTSTANDING JOB!
Comment by Maj. Roger "Reamer" Barstow on December 13, 2015 at 6:15pm

I made a few edits and then the 3 parts were out of order. I had to delete them and re-post them so they would be back in order. I hope I don't do that again. What a pain and waste of time. Next year we'll have to perform a special mission to celebrate our 4th Anniversary in true Tiger style.

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