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Ok guys, news!

So, just so there's plenty of heads up, I'll be moving at the end of may- prolly third or fourth week of that month. Not sure what all that's gonna mean for our schedule, depends on what work's gonna do in that regard, I suspect. But it does most likley mean that we won't be running that week, so I figure I'll call that well in advance, so there's no surprise over it. Other than that, no real news to report!

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The storm system that blew through last night seems to have cleared out the air- the conditions are clear and a million, effectively unlimited visibility, not a cloud in sight. It doesn’t make you feel any better, knowing that your next test flight, according to your aunt, is where it starts to get hard. The navy’s apparent feeling on the matter is you’re supposed to be the best in the world, and you’d better learn- fast.

Of course, she comfortingly added that the AI would be helping you learn, but you’re not sure it was comforting at all. Still, you trust her judgment- she did help design the training pipeline, after all. Rumor has it she and your father helped set up this mission, based on their own flying experiences.

That’s part of the problem, though, you reflect, going over the briefing. Your simulated mission is designed to test you and the aircraft in all aspects- you’re not necessarily expected to complete them all, but it’s scored and very heavily monitored. A wyvern work up, you’re starting to realize, is a big deal for the navy and the DoD.

The mission, such as it is, is a strike on a simulated C4I complex in the middle of a simulated airbase, using live bombs- any air to air payload will be exclusively captive simulators. Your guns will be loaded- frangible, of course, in case of an accident, though you’d be the first such accident if there was one. It’s a multi threat environment, with two AWACS- one as an overall controller, and one guiding red air. The briefing indicated red air would be ‘limited’- in your case, meaning no more than six steelwings, and no m ore than one witch. The rumor mill, however, indicates witches tend to skip these flights- first time wyvern crews are considered poor sport. Of course, USAF pilots tend to disagree with that assessment- and with the new F-35s coming online, you’re almost sure they’re itching to test them against the best the navy has to offer.

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You and Danielle have managed to find a quiet space and spread out a map of the Nevada test and training complex on a table there, going over it. “Here.” She says confidently, stabbing a finger at one of the ingress routes to the complex after studying the map for a few minutes. “We go in low, pop these three radar sites, and after that we only have to avoid this one here and maybe that one. There’s only supposed to be one S-400 there and maybe a pantsir near the target complex itself, along with some guns. Easy.”

“What about REDFOR’s air?” You ask.

She shrugs noncommittally. “We won’t have to worry about them if they can’t see us, and if we go in low enough even the AWACS is going to struggle with the mountains there. We won’t have to engage them if we don’t want, and we’ll be able to dictate position if we do with their air defense network dead.”

Looking back down at the map, you note that her proposed route is noted to be heavily layered in air defense systems and radars- and you’re sure there’s likely to be air force aggressors there too. Then again, this is exactly what her service record indicated she excelled at- punching a hole in AA/AD layered defenses- all the wyvern really adds to what she was doing is the ability to kill targets on the other side, too.

[] I don’t know, that’s a lot of air defense to tangle with.
[] Alright, let’s do it.
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>>3302868
[x] Alright, let’s do it.

It's her thing, and if we're going to fuck up, it's best to do it when and where it's safe.
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>>3302868
>[x] Alright, let’s do it.

She knows what she's doing, best to trust her on it. Best night of the week!
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>>3302868
[x] Alright, let’s do it.
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>>3302868
>[] Alright, let’s do it.

not really comfortable with it but lets see what she is made of
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>>3302868
>[x] Alright, let’s do it.

We're here to test our witch, rather than just workup with the wyvern. If she's confident that this is her area of expertise, I say we see what she can do.
That, and this is in fact exactly what I expected from her. I am really excited to see what she can handle.
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>>3302868
>[x] Alright, let’s do it.
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>>3302868
>[] I don’t know, that’s a lot of air defense to tangle with.
If she's been doing SEAD in her past, of course she doesn't car about red air. That's not our bag though; we need to worry about all threats.

I thought we were doing 1 flight for each of the prospective RIOs. Did that change?
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>>3302890
Don't complain. The more flights with Danielle, the better
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>>3302868
>[] Alright, let’s do it.
let's let her do her thing.
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>>3302868
>[x] Alright, let’s do it.
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>>3302900
>The more flights with Danielle, the worse
FTFY
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>>3302890
Pretty sure it's several flights per witch
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>>3302868

Agree, but make our concerns known.
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>>3302910
I see we have differing opinions, sir. I'll have to fix that with more screentime of /fit/ SEADwitch.
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>>3302868
>[x] Alright, let’s do it.
We should trust her, that said, the F-35s may spot us optically, so we should watch out for that.
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ok, votes called!
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[x] Alright, let’s do it.

You nod, not looking up from the map. “Alright, let’s do it.” You say. “I’m still worried about all the air defenses in this area, but you’ve got combat time, I don’t.”

She looks up and grins. “Letting me strut my stuff, huh? Shoulda worn something racy.”

You favor her with a very light smile. “I’d have thought the flight suit was racy enough.”

She blinks- and then, after a second, laughs. “So he does have a sense of humor!” She exclaims, smiling.

You shrug, reaching down to fold up the map. “So we’re good?”

She nods. “Yeah, I think so. I’m a little worried they’re not telling us the whole story, but this is a hell of a lot more than we got when we went into Iraq for round two, so I can deal, I guess.”

[] How bad was the intel there?
[] Yeah, we’ll be fine. Let’s hit the support shops.
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>>3302999
>[] Yeah, we’ll be fine. Let’s hit the support shops.
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>>3302999

>[z] How bad was the Intel?

"Was this 'A squadron we missed?' or" HAHA FUNNY STORY ABOUT THAT AIRBASE "
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>>3302999
>[x] Yeah, we’ll be fine. Let’s hit the support shops.

We probably won't have intel this good in live combat, but it's a hell of a nice breather for now.
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>>3302999
>[X] How bad was the Intel?
Hi, didn’t know this got rebooted! Also noticed Ghost is a GFL fan, good taste.
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>>3302999
>[x] How bad was the intel there?
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>>3302999
>[] Yeah, we’ll be fine. Let’s hit the support shops.
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>>3302999
>[] How bad was the intel there?
Curiosity killed the cat, but will it kill the Morgan?
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>>3302999
>[x] How bad was the intel there?
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>>3302999
>[x] How bad was the intel there?
Curious how different it was compared to IRL.

>I’m a little worried they’re not telling us the whole story
Wouldn't be too surprised if they didn't
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>>3302999
>[X] How bad was the intel there?
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ok, votes called!
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>>3302900
Lmao more flights with a female pilot. That’s literally the least safe thing I can think of. The US Air Force recently dismissed its only fighter squadron flight commander because she was so bad at her job she put everyone else in danger. Less than 2 months on the job and nearly gets everyone else killed multiple times.
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>>3303099
You do realize there will be a girl with us no matter what right? That’s like, foundational.
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>>3303108

Ignore him, you can't fix stupid
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>>3303099
See the following post
>>3303108
Also, she's not the pilot, she's our SIO, we're the pilot.
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>>3303099
Actually calling "Woman Driver" in a witch quest.
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>>3303118

Good gif choice, btw
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>>3303127
Thank you. My collection is small, but I try.
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[x] How bad was the intel there?

“How bad was the intel there?” You ask as she leads the way out of the room you two had been in.

She shrugs. “Worse than that,” She says, indicating the map. “We were mostly going on what satellites could tell us, Iraqi witches were pretty decent at popping drones, the ones they had. And the Iraqis had a lot of road and overland mobile systems, they learned after the war in eighty nine. A lot of popup threats they’d move into an area long enough for it to take a couple shots, then try to get the fuck out. Sometimes it worked for ‘em, sometimes not.”

“And there were their gargoyles.” You add, and she nods.

“Yeah, and then there were those fuckers.” She says, looking kind of angry at being reminded about them. “How the hell they slipped past the CIA or whoever is a question I’d love to see answered, but I’d also love a rubdown from Jason Momoa, so I guess no one gets to be happy. We got lucky that they didn’t have that many of them, and that the deal they inked for more missiles got shut down.”

“And now Iran has ‘em.”

“And now Iran has ‘em, along with their homebrew knockoff and the ones they bought straight up from Moscow. Their air defense network is a damn mess, and it’s got just about everything anyone’s ever used from nineteen forty on in it somewhere. Don’t get me started unless drinkings involved, I could go all night.” She looks over at you with a grin. “If you’re into that.”

[] Maybe after this, then. Could be an interesting conversation.
[] Good point, we should get focused on what’s at hand.
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>>3303207
>[x] Maybe after this, then. Could be an interesting conversation.
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>>3303207
>[x] Maybe after this, then. Could be an interesting conversation.
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>>3303207
>[x] Maybe after this, then. Could be an interesting conversation.

I want to hear what she has to say on the subject.
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>>3303207
>[Z] Good point, we should get focused on the task at hand.

AAAAAA FIRST FLIGHT
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>>3303207
>[] Maybe after this, then. Could be an interesting conversation.
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>>3303207
>[] Good point, we should get focused on what’s at hand.
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>>3303207
>[] Maybe after this, then. Could be an interesting conversation.
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>>3303207
>[] Good point, we should get focused on what’s at hand.
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>>3303207
>[x] Good point, we should get focused on what’s at hand.
Why do I get the feeling an aggressor witch or two are gonna be thrown at us anyways?
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>>3303207
>[] Good point, we should get focused on what’s at hand.
Time to get to work.
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>>3303258
>[x] Good point, we should get focused on what’s at hand.

>>3303253
While typically witches might skip out on noob flights, we have a considerable reputation. I suspect we'll have more than average witches here, not less.
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>>3303265
Should point
>>3303207
Sorry
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>>3303207
>[x] Good point, we should get focused on what’s at hand.
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>>3303207
[X] Maybe after this, then. Could be an interesting conversation.

Always good to get more info on the Nasties out there.
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>>3303207
>[] Maybe after this, then. Could be an interesting conversation.
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>>3303207
>[x] Good point, we should get focused on what’s at hand.
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>>3303099
Please get murdered, holy shit.
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ok, votes called!
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>>3303099
You didn't do....like ANY background reading for this quest did you? Just shut the fuck up.
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[x] Good point, we should get focused on what’s at hand.

“Point.” you respond, holding the door open for her. “We should get focused.”

“Sorry, I was thinking about that rubdown.” She grins. “Makes the flight suit not so bad.”

You shake your head, a smile twitching at the corners of your mouth- it’s funny enough, to be sure, if not entirely your style of humor.

You pass through the life support shops pretty quickly, having elected to wear your flight suit today anyway. With everything checked out, you take a few minutes to shrug into your gear- G-suit, rescue vest, gloves. Your personal effects, like your wallet, go into the top shelf of your locker, though it ends up being fairly lonely up there, with only your sunglasses joining it.

You step back out of the locker room to see Danielle already changed and waiting. She gives you another crooked grin. “Not much to do but take everything off and put this thing on.” She says, by way of explanation. “Shall we?”

You nod, following her out of the building. There’s no crew van waiting for you this time, and the crew around your wyvern, when you get there, isn’t nearly as large, just the fueling crew and the ammo handlers, checking both the captive training missiles and the live bombs before flight.

The Chief- and Merlin- are both somewhere else, which, for the chief makes sense, though you do wonder about your aunt. She was probably up with the crew late into the night again, tweaking the aircraft after your first flight. Instead the flight line lead is the ranking member of the ground crew there- the chief’s second in command. She nods in your direction when she sees you, and you return the gesture. “Got a minute sir?” She asks, walking over. “Miss Wells wanted me to pass along a couple things.”

“I’ll head up.” Danielle says, indicating the unlocked crew ladder. “Start getting it all warmed up.”

[] Of course, no rush.
[] Ok, but be quick. I can get all the details later.
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>3303472
[x] Of course, no rush.
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>>3303472
>[] Of course, no rush.
>>3303478
Anon, you know you can just click on the post number, right?
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>>3303472
>[x] Of course, no rush.
We must listen to this, if Merlin wanted us to know it needs to be important.

>>3303478
F
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>>3303472
>[x] Of course, no rush.
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>>3303472
>[X] Of course, no rush.
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>>3303472
>[] Of course, no rush.
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>>3303472
[] Of course, no rush.
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>>3303472
>[x] Of course, no rush.
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>>3303485
Something went wrong, somehow deleted the first '>'
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>>3303472
>[x] Of course, no rush.
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>>3303472
>[] Of course, no rush.
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>>3303472
>[x] Of course, no rush.
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>>3303472
>[X] Of course, no rush.
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Votes called!
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[x] Of course, no rush.

You nod. “Of course,” you say, watching Danielle start up the ladder without trying to stare. “No rush.”

“She didn’t leave much to say, sir.” The Chief- an E-7- says, digging into her thigh pocket to pull out a small notepad. “So she wanted to tell you that they tweaked the jets a bit, based on the data from your first flight, and that she could explain what was going on there later. The ship’s AI is going to be silent and learning for the next week or so, but it’s fully capable, they just won’t bring it fully online till you have your gib. Ah.. let me see.” She pauses, flipping through the pages.

“Oh, right. She wanted whoever passed along the message to tell you that she would like it if you could come over and cook evening chow.” you smile at that, while the chief- you’re going to have to think of another title for the woman- frowns a bit. “You can cook, sir?”

You laugh and nod. “Mom taught me how. Mostly stuff from down home, shiken, dirty rice, shrimp boil, that kinda thing.”

Her grin gets wide- “Louisana?”

You nod. “Raised there, anyway.”

“I’m from Layfayette.” She says.

“Oh yeah,” you say, smiling. “I know where dat is. Most of our land be near to N’awlins, Maman does most of her business in the city.”

She smiles when she hears your accent come out- it’s rare, and you try to keep it that way. “I can hear it.” She responds. “We moved away when I was little, dad was army.” She stops. “I could get going, sir, we’d better get up and get moving or they’ll start whining. Good to meet you- I’m Chief Petty Officer Brown, by the way, sorry.”

“Lieutenant Junior Grade Laroux-Bishop.” you say. “Though I guess you knew that already?”

She laughs and nods. “I’ll do the walk with you.” She says, gesturing for you to follow her on a preflight inspection. She jokes a bit more than the Chief did, and laughs easier- more personable in general, though you suspect your shared home state may help. Still, it takes about fifteen minutes before you start the climb up to the cockpit.

You strap in quickly, leaving your helmet on your lap as you do so, and you hit the canopy retract as you settle it on your head. “Waiting on you, we’re to pre engine start” Danielle says, as soon as you have the intercom plugged in.

You work through the rest of the start up sequence, hitting the VDNI uplink last. You blink as it starts up- the familiar dizziness passing quickly while the wyvern warms up around you.

“We’re good to roll.” Danielle says. “Taxiway on the right, behind that aggressor -16. Any changes to the plan?”

[] too late for that I think.
[] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still.
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>>3303755
>[] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still
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>>3303755
>[x] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still.
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>>3303755
>[x] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still.
F-35s are srs bsns even for the Wyvern.
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>>3303755
>[X] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still.
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>>3303755
>[] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still.
We need to keep a balanced eye on things
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>>3303755
>[X] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still.

>Though you still haven't made a cake that's met her standards yet.
I don't think anyone in this story could match Santa's cake.
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>>3303755
>[x] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still.

>Though you still haven't made a cake that's met her standards yet.
We'll have to work on that.
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>>3303755
>[X] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still.
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>>3303755
>[] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still.
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>>3303755
>[] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still.
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>>3303755
>[x] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still.
Need a plan for OPFOR witches, them getting the drop on us with their guns at low altitude is gonna be rough if they pull us up into a net of F-35's. Danielle's strength is in EW, not dogfighting...
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>>3303796
Worse is the 35's spotting us on their electro-optical and vectoring the possible witches on the Wyvern without us knowing.
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>>3303755
>[x] too late for that I think.
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So the biggest advantage against F-35s as I see it is their minimal depth of magazine if they're going internals only. They'll only have 4x AIM-120s apiece. They'll be relying on multiple groups taking us on at once as well as support from SAMs. Furthermore, any tracks from their EOTS system cannot be linked from plane to plane. If we can get away with it, we can "ignore" a pair of F-35s, attacking other groups, defeating their missiles by a mix of kinematics, EW, and decoys until they go Winchester and become a nonfactor unless they go in for guns, which would be a remarkably bad decision on their part.
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>>3303808
Would they have a reason to go internal only though? They'll have no particular need for stealth here.
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>>3303814
>Would they have a reason to go internal only though?
Sure. It complicates our ability to find and shoot them, also letting them close to get better shots. Having external missiles would lead to them being detected and engaged from extended ranges. It's essentially bringing a 4th generation fighter into the mix instead of a 5th. They probably want to find us, get in close, and drown us under a wave of missiles that are still in a high enough energy state to hit us.
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ok, votes called!
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>>3303808
>Furthermore, any tracks from their EOTS system cannot be linked from plane to plane.
You mind providing a citation for this? Because while I don't expect getting one F-35 getting missile locks off of another F-35, I'm pretty sure the infrared sensors and radar are linked into MADL. Meaning if one of them sees us, all of them will and promptly vector in for their own locks.
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>>3303936
It's specific wordage. The IRST will not be able to pass its "lock" to another aircraft through a datalink because it can't provide distance. It can provide a bearing from the sensor. Hell, it might even be able to provide a vertical angle from the sensor (although I doubt it). However, without range information it can't provide targeting information of sufficient clarity for a firing solution to other aircraft. Now, if one were to see us they'd call out similar information over the radio and they'd all be able to swarm in to try and get their own tracks with a pretty good idea of where it's at, but it's not actionable until they have their own.
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>>3303947
Actually, turns out the F-35 can pass targeting information. The Navy had an F-35 paint an MQM-107 so it could be hit by a ground-launched SM-6:
https://news.usni.org/2016/09/13/video-successful-f-35-sm-6-live-fire-test-points-expansion-networked-naval-warfare
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[x] Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff? I’m worried about redair still.

“Is there any way we could avoid some of that stuff?” You say, starting your taxi roll. “I’m worried about red air.”

“That’s why I suggested the route I did.” She points out. “That route in has so many warning radar complexes and SAM sites they’d have to be retarded to put any air above it.”

“Unless they know it’s you.” You point out, and she laughs.

“Not going to happen. All they know is it’s a wyvern workup for Laroux-Bishop, not who I am.“ She says, laughing. “No one cares about me.”

“Seems like a hell of a risk to take.” You point out. “Them not knowing?”

“Nah.” She says. “It’s not published, not till you make your final selection and it gets cleared.”

“It’s not?”

“Nah.” She laughs. “Like, all I got told was that I’d made a wyvern crew selection and to get my shit together. I’m pretty sure that’s all anyone hears, is there’s a drake cycling up. Only reason I knew it was you is... well-”

“I know.” You say, tracking the vortices behind a pair of tomcats as they take off. You blink as you catch yourself doing it- the air behind the jets should be invisible, but one or other of the wyvern’s sensors- you’re not sure which- can see it, and superimposed it on your vision. Not only that, but you knew exactly what you were looking at as soon as you saw it- and you never called up the data.

“Either way, your call. I think we could try a route more to the north, it looked like there were less sites up that way. I can check it on the way in, but there won’t be a lot of time to look at what sites we’re going to need to hit if we do it that way, and no room to react to anything on the ground we aren’t expecting.”

[] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.
[] Let’s take the northern route, just let me know what I need to do.
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Ok guys, that's going to be our overnight vote! I'll be around a bit, but I have a load of dishes to do and I'd like to get something to eat, haha.
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>>3303979
>[X] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.
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>>3303979
[] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.
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>>3303979
>[X] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.
>>3303980
Favorite GFL Doll?
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>>3303979
>[X] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.
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>>3303979
>[] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.


>>3303977
Anon, you've completely missed the conversation. We're not talking about the radar. We are specifically talking to acquisition by electro optical and/or infrared systems on the F-35- IE EOTS and the DAS. Your link is talking about using the radar to do so. No shit a radar can provide ranging data, that's its entire point. And yes, NIFC-CA is cool as fuck and the SM-6 is a brilliant missile.
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>>3303979
>[x] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.

F-35s may not have to worry as much about the IADS as she think they do, but better safe than sorry.

Unless we run into the land of a thousand M163s.
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>>3303979
>[x] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.
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>>3303989

Oh man, do I have to pick just one?
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>>3303998
Top 3 then.
Mine would be Ribey, G11, and SOPMOD
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>>3303979
>[] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.

>>3303998
How about your favourite per class?
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>>3303979
>[] Let’s take the northern route, just let me know what I need to do.
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>>3303979
>[x] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.
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>>3303979
>[] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.
See, if it turns out they know that Danielle is our SIO and her skills, then they'll know that we know that they expect us to go the path with the Ground stuff, so all they'll put red air there, but! They'll know we know that, so they'll expect us to actually go the Northern route to throw them off, so they'll actually put red air over there. so we'll go the planned route and doubly throw them off.

Yes, I'm being silly
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>>3303992
>We are specifically talking to acquisition by electro optical and/or infrared systems on the F-35- IE EOTS and the DAS. Your link is talking about using the radar to do so.
1. The article only mentions radar when giving an example of using an E-2 as target data provider. It doesn't say what the F-35 used.
2. The EOTS includes a laser rangefinder. Oh, look, there's the distance data you were saying was missing. So unless you have a source on what the MADL can or can't pass, I'd guess it can pass that too.
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>>3304007

But anon, they're raifus. You and I both know you need multiple raifus for multiple applications!

>>3304004
Top Three? hmm... G41, Lee-Enfield, Soppo

>>3304012
In class? oof.

Soppo, Lee, PK, 1887, vector, 1911.
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>>3303979
>[x] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.
It's actually the safer option, and it gives us a better view of Danielle's skillset.
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>>3304031
Thanks for the run, Chief. Still loving it.

By 'it' I mean /fit/witch
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>>3303980
Thanks for the run!
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>>3304029
>The article only mentions radar when giving an example of using an E-2 as target data provider.
That's because that's taken as a granted. In other articles on the subject, it's rather explicit, or does the E-2 happen to use other sensors from 100+ nmi away? They use radar, my man. In no article I've read over the past five years have I ever seen it refer to anything but.
>EOTS includes a laser rangefinder.
Correct, but you're still missing another crucial piece of this puzzle. Elevation. You've essentially created this giant curved line on which a target could reasonably be anywhere. Even providing that MADL could transfer the bearing and distance, you're missing a rather significant piece of the puzzle. That information might be filled in through other sources, but cannot be provided by one EOTS. Now, that works well enough to provide information for a missile originating from near enough the sensor, as it essentially just has to fly down the bearing until its onboard sensor gets its own track, but doing that for another aircraft? I guess it's theoretically possible that you could triangulate it from multiple aircraft, but that's mighty fishy to me. Additionally, getting a solid lase on a maneuvering aircraft could be dodgy.
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>>3304078
>Correct, but you're still missing another crucial piece of this puzzle. Elevation.
You have your elevation, attitude and distance to the target in front of you. Deriving the target's elevation is a matter of geometry. If the computer can't handle that, then what are the 8 million+ lines of code good for?

>Additionally, getting a solid lase on a maneuvering aircraft could be dodgy.
True, but if it's maneuvering enough that you can't keep your nose on it, you're probably in dogfighting range and don't want your buddies firing missiles in your direction anyway.
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>>3303979
>[x] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.
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>>3303979
>[X] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.
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Ok guys, votes called!
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[x] Alright, we’ll take the planned route then.

You blink away the air data feed, turning your attention, briefly, to other information on the two F-14s- speed, heading, altitude, distance, payload- it’s all there, both from the Wyvern’s sensors and from their own data links. “Alright, good point. We’ll take the planned route.” You say, lining up on the runway and awaiting clearance. Out of curiosity, you look for the wake vortices again- and after a split second, there they are, clear as day.

The tower clears you moments later, using the fleet replenishment squadron callsign “eagle”- in this case, “Eagle Zero-One”. While you know it’s standard practice- until you’re declared mission capable as a crew, you’ll carry the FRS callsign, you can’t help but think someone’s maybe making a joke at your expense.

“I’m expecting mobile threats in the area as well.” Danielle says as you climb out of the Miramar airfield and turn north to clear the city. Your flight path takes you over the Ft. Irwin NTC- though you’ll be transiting their range well above and slightly north of any activity there. “And of course there’s no telling what REDAIR will have. Always thought this was kinda unfair for the drakes.”

[] Why’s that?
[] It’s like that for a reason, though.
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>>3305581
>[] It’s like that for a reason, though.
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>>3305581
>[x] It’s like that for a reason, though.
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>>3305581
>[x] It’s like that for a reason, though.
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>>3305581
>[] It’s like that for a reason, though.

not like ivan is gonna tell us what he has in stock for us
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>>3305581
>[] It’s like that for a reason, though.
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>>3305581
>[x] It’s like that for a reason, though.
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>>3305581
>[] It’s like that for a reason, though.
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>>3305581
>[] It’s like that for a reason, though.
Adaptability is a vital part of air combat, and not knowing what your up against is part of that.

I'm starting to get the impression she's a little narrowly focused, like she's used to single objective missions or something, and someone else will worry about things like enemy air and force composition.
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>>3305621
You mean like any pilot that doesn't pilot a multirole?
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>>3305581
>[x] Why’s that?
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>>3305581
>[x] It’s like that for a reason, though.
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alright, votes called!
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>>3305621
Yeah, getting that feel too. I think it's because she's used to doing nothing but air-to-ground. Pair that up with her magic ability and yeah, I can see her dogfighting record being enemy air was somebody else's problem while she dealt with objectives. Though to be fair, we never asked about that. Wonder if that has to do with her supposed chronic drinking...

I mean, she's fantastic at her SEAD role, but that doesn't really help if we get our cover blown and end up in prolonged dogfight. In that scenario I'd rather have Lotus or Kyou's ability handy. Or, you know, actually leave the ATG task to something that isn't a superfighter. Come to think of it, how many times did we go ATG in the '89 quest?
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>>3305727
ATG we did maybe 3 times. Twice in Alaska and I think once in Poland.
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>>3305727
>she's fantastic at her SEAD role, but that doesn't really help if we get our cover blown and end up in prolonged dogfight
I'm going to disagree here. Her talents by themselves make her very well suited for medium and long range engagements. She's gifted at EW, which is certainly extremely useful for SEAD but is definitely not the only use for it. If the enemy can only reliably get locks on us with heaters, we're at a significant advantage, especially if we set out with a medium range role in mind.
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[x] It’s like that for a reason, though.

“It’s like that for a reason, though.” You point out, watching a westbound airliner about twenty thousand feet above you cross about thirty miles to your north. You can’t actually see it, of course- you can barely make out the vapor trail at this distance, even with the computer enhanced imaging, but you still know it’s there- you’ve got full data from the civilian radars in the area as well.

“There’s a difference between training hard and just getting the snot beat out of you.” She says, which, you have to admit, isn’t wrong- but in this instance you don’t think that you’re just getting the snot beat out of you. “We’re coming up on the entry corridor to the range complex.” She warns, a second before a new voice pops out of the inbuilt headphones of your helmet.

“’Morning, Eagle Zero-One.” He says, his tone businesslike, but friendly enough. “This is Rabbit, your friendly neighborhood AWACS. We’ll be controlling this exercise. Check mode settings and enter the range complex at your discretion.”

Some days, you wish the military was a little more professional. There’s a culture throughout the entire DoD that, according to everyone, wins wars- but it results in exchanges like that. Things are very hands-off. Vaguely, you wonder if you got that from your Maman, then shake it off- doesn’t matter. The military has managed to win more than one war like this, and you doubt you’ll be able to change it.

“Copy, Rabbit.” You respond, noting that Danielle’s established the real-time datalink with the AWACS. You’re not sure who all is going to be watching it- those kinds of feeds, even these days, are expensive and can be difficult to maintain, but at the same time, the E-3 above will be recording the data as well for later replays. “Eagle One, entering the complex”

Dainelle exhales loudly enough for the intercom to pick it up as you descend to five thousand feet and enter the range complex. “Weapons coming up now.” She says- you can feel the systems warm up.

[] How are we loaded?
[] What’s our first target?
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>>3305822
>[X] How are we loaded?
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>>3305822
>[x] How are we loaded?
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>>3305822
>[x] What’s our first target?
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>>3305822
[x] How are we loaded?

Is this not something we should have known before we touched the embarkation ladder?
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>>3305822
>[x] How are we loaded?
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>>3305822
>[] How are we loaded?
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>>3305822
>[x] How are we loaded?
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>>3305822
>[] How are we loaded?
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>>3305822
>[] How are we loaded?
>>3305857
You'd think.
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>>3305876
>>3305857
We even did the walkaround. You'd think we saw what we were carrying when we checked if it was properly attached.
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>>3305903
>3305903
Wyvern has internal bays IIRC, they may have been sealed up.
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Votes called!

We're gonna have a slightly longer break after this next update, I need to run to the store to grab a couple things. Coffee, mostly.
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>>3305909
Do you remember in the walkaround with merlin? Those bays are open so we can check to make sure everything is properly secured.
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>>3305949
Hmm...
Then why the fuck are we asking?
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>>3305965
That's what's got sand in all our Craws. We're trying to work that one out.
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>>3305965
General case of nerves? Making sure they all show up for her? Maybe the bays were closed for some reason?
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>>3305965
>>3306007
>>3306010
The Matrons are putting chemicals into the water to make us more dependent on witches, thus we ask such questions.
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>>3306010
Maybe the issue is that we're expected to perform a simulated role. We're not flinging real ords around, especially at witches or other pilots, so they could try to handicap us with a specific simulated load out.
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[x] How are we loaded?

You’re about to ask how you’re loaded- typically you’d know as soon as you activated VDNI, but not in this case. Still, as she brings the weapons online, you know immediately what they are- and where. Your forward centerline has 3 AGM-88E AARGMS- antiradiation weapons, though these are captive test systems, without a warhead or motor. The rear has six 500lb paveways. Your nacelle bays are each loaded with four sidewinders, while the shoulder bays both have four agiles apiece. It’s a reasonable payload for self defense- sixteen dogfighting missiles on a wyvern is enough even for a witch to take notice. It does leave you at a disadvantage at long ranges- normally you’d have preferred AMRAAMS, but you suspect them being omitted was a deliberate choice- they want you to have to engage at close range, if you do.

“Push us down lower.” Danielle says from the back. “Assuming they’re modeling correctly, we’re going to need to be about five hundred AGL. I’d advise we play this fast and hard, and hit these two sites first, then scoot southeast and hit the last one. That’ll open a hole in their air search network and means we won’t have to pop surface-to-air sites with the paveways. It’ll also mean that S-400 can’t start tracking us till we’re almost on top of it unless they go active with their own search set.”

True enough, her proposed route would do just that- and you’re already committed to an area that’s heavy with surface to air assets. But you can see an alternate- the lone southeastern set is kind of isolated, and while it’s well-defended, if you knock it out, you’ll have a route in through the mountains they can’t track.

Either way, there’s no way they won’t react to their ground search radars getting ‘killed’, so you won’t have long to act. Her way leaves you with the most room to move, but only one antiradiation missile- unless you attack the radars with the paveways. But yours means flying into one of the thickest layered missile and gun areas of the complex, as near as you can tell.

[] Hit all three sites, as she suggests- this was what she did, afterall
[] We’re not opening a hole for follow-on forces- just hit the isolated site and go for the target complex.
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>>3306132
>[] We’re not opening a hole for follow-on forces- just hit the isolated site and go for the target complex.


Literally no one would expect this.
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>>3306132
>[x] We’re not opening a hole for follow-on forces- just hit the isolated site and go for the target complex.

I feel like we're about to enter BRRT flak country but when has that stopped anyone?
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>>3306132
>[] We’re not opening a hole for follow-on forces- just hit the isolated site and go for the target complex.
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>>3306132
>[] Hit all three sites, as she suggests- this was what she did, afterall

This was her specialty, let's see what she can do.
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>>3306132
>[x] Hit all three sites, as she suggests- this was what she did, afterall
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>>3306132
>[x] Hit all three sites, as she suggests- this was what she did, afterall
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>>3306132
>[] We’re not opening a hole for follow-on forces- just hit the isolated site and go for the target complex.
More ammo gives us more options.
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>>3306132
>[x] We’re not opening a hole for follow-on forces- just hit the isolated site and go for the target complex.
>>3306161
I'm more worried about that possible aggressor witch...
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>>3306187
We can always do as Fronk did.

And take a witch through the engine.
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>>3306132
>[x] We’re not opening a hole for follow-on forces- just hit the isolated site and go for the target complex.
Gotta go for the goal, can't always afford to faff around.
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>>3306132
>[X] We’re not opening a hole for follow-on forces- just hit the isolated site and go for the target complex.
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Ok, votes called!
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>>3306132
>[x] Hit all three sites, as she suggests- this was what she did, afterall

Changing the plan this late is not a great idea. An isolated site also likely has some sort of backup. If we're encountering REDAIR, that's where it will happen, and we're here to test Danielle's witching, not our own flying. I'm pretty sure everyone playing this quest knows how well a bishop can dogfight. Let's defer to the witch.
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>>3306293
>>3306297
Hurr Durr, missed the vote.
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>>3306297
F
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>>3306132
[] We’re not opening a hole for follow-on forces- just hit the isolated site and go for the target complex
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[x] We’re not opening a hole for follow-on forces- just hit the isolated site and go for the target complex.

You begin a southward turn to go after just the isolated radar site- there’s no reason to go after the two other sites, since you’re not opening a hole for follow-on aircraft, just one enough for yourself. “We’ll just take the southernmost site.” You say, pushing a little lower over the desert. “We’re not going to have long before they vector air after we start killing their radars.”

“Leaves a lot of radars up though,” She points out, “And it means there’s really only one route for us to use in and out.”

“Also leaves us ords to attack as needed.” You point out. “We’ll only need to use one harm this way, not all three.”

“We hope.” She responds. “Still, you’re the AC, so it’s your call.” She doesn’t seem angry or disappointed- in fact, if anything, she sounds more eager, as if you’ve given her more of a challenge.

“Search radars up!” she calls, a few seconds later. “They’re too far out still, I can’t tell what flavor they are, but there’s multiple, so some of the SAM sites have theirs up as well. I’ll try to get a fix on them for weapons.”

“What about their AWACS?” You ask- you haven’t felt any radars yet, but you wouldn’t- the warning receivers you’ve got right now are fairly weak, and would struggle to detect anything but a fire control radar.

“Nothing yet.” She says. “No aircraft, either. We’re not radiating, but if you’re getting worried maybe we should?”

[] No, leave the radar off.
[] A little paranoid, yeah. Warm it up.
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>>3306462
>[x] A little paranoid, yeah. Warm it up.
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>>3306462
>[x] No, leave the radar off.
Run in Cold, let our witch tell us when the time to go hot is. We'll focus on flying, she'll count targets.
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>>3306462
>[x] No, leave the radar off.
Gotta be sneaky for now.
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>>3306462
>[] No, leave the radar off.
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>>3306462
>[x] No, leave the radar off.
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>>3306462
>[x] No, leave the radar off.
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>>3306462
>[] No, leave the radar off.
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>>3306462
>[x] No, leave the radar off.
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>>3306462
>[] No, leave the radar off.
If we're going the back way we should be sneaky.
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>>3306462
>[x] No, leave the radar off.
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Ok, votes called!
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[x] No, leave the radar off.

“No, leave it off.” You say- You’ve got an itchy feeling between your shoulder blades that seems to be crawling up your neck. You’re not sure what it is, exactly- but at the same time, you’ve got a good guess. “How long till we can hit the search radar?”

“Five minutes, three if you pop up. It’ll give them a look at us, but only for a minute while we launch.” She says.

“Let me know when we hit the decision point.” You say, following the best flight path, hugging the sides of the terrain and staying low enough that nothing’s going to be able to make you out against the ground. You’re not sure how you know, though you suspect it’s got to do with the AI- especially if Merlin’s already been at it.

“Make the call now, Boss.” Danielle warns.

[] Make the popup attack- shut the radar down sooner, then get moving to the target.
[] Stay low, take the slower approach. You don’t want them to get a look at you.
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>>3306641
>[x] Make the popup attack- shut the radar down sooner, then get moving to the target.
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>>3306641
>[] Stay low, take the slower approach. You don’t want them to get a look at you.
THIS IS A SNEAKING MISSION
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>>3306641
>[x] Stay low, take the slower approach. You don’t want them to get a look at you.
I'm not sure if they know we picked a SEAD witch, but if we take down the target, they lose either way.
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>>3306641
[] Stay low, take the slower approach. You don’t want them to get a look at you.
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>>3306641
>[] Stay low, take the slower approach. You don’t want them to get a look at you.
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>>3306641
>[x] Stay low, take the slower approach. You don’t want them to get a look at you.
>Navy declares F-35 at Initial Operating Capability during today's run
WHAT HAVE YOU UNLEASHED GHOST
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>>3306641
>[x] Make the popup attack- shut the radar down sooner, then get moving to the target.
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>>3306641
>[x] Make the popup attack- shut the radar down sooner, then get moving to the target.
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>>3306641
>[] Stay low, take the slower approach. You don’t want them to get a look at you.
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>>3306641
>[X] Stay low, take the slower approach. You don’t want them to get a look at you.
Nin Nin~
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>>3306641
>[] Make the popup attack- shut the radar down sooner, then get moving to the target.
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>>3306641
>[] Stay low, take the slower approach. You don’t want them to get a look at you.
Sneaky time
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votes called!
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[x] Stay low, take the slower approach. You don’t want them to get a look at you.

“We’re gonna stay low.”

“Good call.” She responds. “I think we’d have been fine if they got a look, but better they didn’t.” She says. “Two minutes to launch point.”

The two minutes seems to crawl- you’re sure something’s seen you at least once- though you can’t be sure what. You keep expecting a warning shot through your brain- hostile radar lock, laser lock, anything, but nothing happens.

“Bandits!” Danielle calls, a split second before your attention is pulled to them. “Two aircraft, Raptors by the looks of it. No idea which flavor. One o’clock high, level continued left turn.”

“Tally Ho” You respond, indicating you see them, their distinctive silhouettes standing out in the sky. “Two raptors, one o’clock high. Doesn’t look like they’ve seen us yet.”

“They will pretty quick if we launch on that radar.” She warns. “If you wanna bypass it, I think I can keep it spoofed for us to get through, they’re not looking for us yet, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to do it on the way out, especially not if there’s other emitters in the area. Your call.”

[] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.
[] Have Danielle spoof it and bypass it- it’s a risk later, but it delays the warning that much longer.
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We're gonna take the overnight break here, guys- I gotta go make tea and take a shower yet, and I think we're in a good place to go into friday from.

If friday runs long, we may continue in to the weekend, though I'm planning to go hit up my old home field to see how things are there if the weather is good, so we'll have to see.
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>>3306769
>[] Have Danielle spoof it and bypass it- it’s a risk later, but it delays the warning that much longer.
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>>3306769
>[x] Have Danielle spoof it and bypass it- it’s a risk later, but it delays the warning that much longer.

Thanks for the run Chief
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>>3306769
>[x] Have Danielle spoof it and bypass it- it’s a risk later, but it delays the warning that much longer.
Good run.
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>>3306769
>[x] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.

We do need it gone on the way out and I doubt we'll have the time to get a good launch when it is active, in full alert and we are getting pressed by Air.
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>>3306788
true.

>>3306769
>[x] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.
Switching vote to this
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>>3306769
>[x] Have Danielle spoof it and bypass it- it’s a risk later, but it delays the warning that much longer.

>>3306778
Thanks for the run boss, any new writefag posts?
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>>3306798

None yet! I know there's at least one guy working on something, but I haven't heard anything else up to this point.
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>>3306769
>[x] Have Danielle spoof it and bypass it- it’s a risk later, but it delays the warning that much longer.
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>>3306769
>[] Have Danielle spoof it and bypass it- it’s a risk later, but it delays the warning that much longer.
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>>3306798
>>3306809
I'm kind of waiting until we get a little deeper into the story before I make any concrete writings. For now I build ideas.
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>>3306769
>[] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.
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>>3306769
>[] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.
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>>3306769
>[X] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.
We're just going to have to pass back this way on the return, might as well neutralize it.
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>>3306769
>[x] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.
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>>3306769
> Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.

As if pantsy ass f35 is able to hit the might wyvern power
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>>3306769
>[] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.

go loud now
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>>3306769
> [] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.
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>>3306769
>[] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.
because this
>>3306788
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>>3306769
>[] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.
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>>3306769
>[X] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.
While Danielle is putting a good bid in for Best Girl status, we need to push her a touch, see how she handles things other than making enemy radars her bitch.
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>>3307582
Honestly I'm not a fan, she has a bit of a chip on her shoulder that kinda pisses me off, and so far she's lacking in flexibility.
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>>3307582
Merlin is best girl. This is a scientific fact. We have a date with her tonight. The witches we are trying out only need to be selected for skills/friend-zoning.
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Ok guys, votes called!
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>>3307582
>>3307758
y'all realise we've literally known her less than a day, right?
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>>3308145
And unless we want the RIO selection process to take longer than it already will, that's all the time she'll get. Initial impressions count for a lot, and it's ok to not like someone.
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>>3307758
>she has a bit of a chip on her shoulder
You may as well have said "she's a fighter pilot/witch," anon.
>>3308072
Merlin is married with daughters. Infidelity is not sexy.
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>>3308145
I've never liked her.

She is not cute enough.
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>>3308186
Honestly, it would’ve been a tragedy if she didn’t pass down her genes as soon as possible. So she needed someone for that. Fine. Doesn’t mean they’re in love.
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>>3308145
Yes and her first impression isn't great.
>>3308186
Having a grudge against the world is stereotypical fighter pilot? Coulda fooled me man. Something to prove is fine, but she's not coming off as having something to prove, she's coming off as "The world is unfair to me" and that's a shitty attitude that I wouldn't want on a team with me.
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[x] Hit it- they’ll still take time to find us and we can deal with them later if we have to.

“We’ll hit it.” You say, arming the missiles- which, oddly enough, still requires you to reach out and flip open the safety cover on the master arm switch to hit it. With the master arm now live, you don’t have to think about it long- Danielle provides a firing solution as soon as the missiles flash from ‘arming’ to ‘rdy’ and you kiss a computer-simulated AARGM on it’s mach 2 way.

Of course, the radar operators will ‘see’ the missile coming almost as soon as it clears the terrain- which will be any second now. While it’s over fifty miles away, they’ll have less than two minutes to respond, and you don’t intend on hanging around, knowing that either way they’ll have to shut down the set to have a hope of defeating the missile- and that the newer AARGM will home on jam and go for a last known location before activating it’s own seeker head.

Fifteen second after launch, they see the missile screaming their way. “They’re shutting down their radar!” Danielle calls from the back seat. “Search radar is down, but those raptors are turning this way. They’re still not emitting. SAM sites in the area are warming up, still no radars though.”

As high as they are, that’s foolish, you think. The Raptor’s stealth is good- marginally better than the wyvern’s, even. But they were sitting far too high, especially against a Wyvern, where the AI would have seen them, even if you hadn’t. There’s no way they’ll see you against the ground right now- unless, of course, they’re king raptors with the EOTS. Of course, if the other SAM sites start using their search radars, there’s not much you can do to avoid it, either.

You push east, letting the tension build. “Good hit!” Danielle calls from the back, about a minute and a half later. “Radar site reported killed by range control. SAM complexes are using their own linked search radars, but they’re not gonna find us without the big sets.”

“How far to the target complex?” You ask- you’ve got a computer-provided estimate, but you don’t entirely trust it yet.

“At this speed and altitude, four minutes.” Danielle responds. “We could push south along this route here to shave a couple minutes of time off, but the terrain there is a lot more flat, it’ll be a lot harder to hide. We stay to the north, it’s closer to seven minutes, but we’ve got these mountains. As long as there’s no witches we’ll be fine there.”

[] They’ll be vectoring air, we’re going to need to hurry- take the southern route.
[] They can’t shoot what they can’t see- we’ll take the northern route and run the risk of REDFOR witches.
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>>3308298
>[x] They’ll be vectoring air, we’re going to need to hurry- take the southern route.
I'd rather have to deal with the Raptors than witches.

Especially if the witches have King Raptor strikers (if those exist).
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>>3308298
>[] They’ll be vectoring air, we’re going to need to hurry- take the southern route.
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>>3308298
>[x] They’ll be vectoring air, we’re going to need to hurry- take the southern route.
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[x] They’ll be vectoring air, we’re going to need to hurry- take the southern route.

Almost missed this. I never even realized there had been an original Strikers '16 until months after it had been put on hiatus. Not gonna miss this one!
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>>3308298
>[] They’ll be vectoring air, we’re going to need to hurry- take the southern route.
We needed to hit that site, but it ought to show them where to start looking. We need to beat feet before they show up to sniff around.
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>>3308311
The original 16 run was... bad. I was not in a good headspace. If I could, I'd take that whole run back.

course, I wouldn't mind a re-do of most of last year and the year before, being honest. maybe back to '16. Haha!
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>>3308298
>[] They can’t shoot what they can’t see- we’ll take the northern route and run the risk of REDFOR witches

WE'RE ALREADY CREEPING, MIGHT AS WELL KEEP CREEPING
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>>3308298
>[x] They’ll be vectoring air, we’re going to need to hurry- take the southern route.
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>>3308315

I thought it was okay at the very least. Though I gotta say the Garcia subplot was probably gonna end in the most obvious way possible.

Still was excited to see where it would have gone. But I'm already liking this version more to be honest, been a fan since the original Strike witches Quest run WAY back then.
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>>3308298
>[X] They can’t shoot what they can’t see- we’ll take the northern route and run the risk of REDFOR witches.
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>>3308298
>[] They’ll be vectoring air, we’re going to need to hurry- take the southern route.
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Ok votes called!

Sorry about the delay there, had to make evening chow.
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[x] They’ll be vectoring air, we’re going to need to hurry- take the southern route.

You bank the wyvern south, already thinking. There’s no way they’re not vectoring air to look for you, there’s only so many places that shot could have come from, and they know it. “We’re going south.” You say, mentally checking your air-to-air weapons again. It’s fortunate you’ve got the all-aspect Sidewinders- radar isn’t worthless against the raptors, but you’d rather not tip them off till the last second.

“Two minutes!” Danielle calls. “The Raptors have gone active! They’re both in scan, I’m deflecting it. Not much I can do against the EOTS though, if they’re kings.”

Fifteen seconds pass tensely- you’re out over the open desert now, exposed as all hell. The ETOS on king raptors or F-35s could certainly see you against the ground- and you’ve no way of dealing with that, though you’re confident Danielle can handle their fire control systems fairly easily. “Heads up, we’ve got a heavy group inbound on us, hot.” Danielle calls. “Got them with the shortrange shit, but they’re lightnings, for sure.”

“SPIKE!” she calls, a second later. “AMRAAM launch from the raptors! I’m jamming, but they know we’re here now!”

[] Enagage them! You can outrun them, but they’ll be tracking you and vectoring everything else in on you!
[] Break away and extend- they can’t catch you, and all the reinforcements in the world won’t matter after you hit your target!
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>>3308497
>[] Enagage them! You can outrun them, but they’ll be tracking you and vectoring everything else in on you!
We need to buy ourselves a little breathing room
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>>3308497
>[] Enagage them! You can outrun them, but they’ll be tracking you and vectoring everything else in on you!

SILENCE THE DOGS AND THEN DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT
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>>3308497
>[x] Break away and extend- they can’t catch you, and all the reinforcements in the world won’t matter after you hit your target!

If the engagement goes slow, you'll find yourself fighting 6 targets rather than 2, and the mission will still be incomplete. Take the mission, then fight what they vector in, rather than the whole set.
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>>3308497
>[x] Enagage them! You can outrun them, but they’ll be tracking you and vectoring everything else in on you!
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>>3308497
>[x] Break away and extend- they can’t catch you, and all the reinforcements in the world won’t matter after you hit your target!
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>>3308497
>[] Break away and extend- they can’t catch you, and all the reinforcements in the world won’t matter after you hit your target!
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>>3308497
>[x] Break away and extend- they can’t catch you, and all the reinforcements in the world won’t matter after you hit your target!
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>>3308497
>[] Enagage them! You can outrun them, but they’ll be tracking you and vectoring everything else in on you!
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>>3308497
>[x] Break away and extend- they can’t catch you, and all the reinforcements in the world won’t matter after you hit your target!
Our goal is to smash the target, not play games with Chair Force. If we fuck around here, we have to deal with the reinforcements either here or at the target zone.

Both are equally bad.
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>>3308497
>[x] Break away and extend- they can’t catch you, and all the reinforcements in the world won’t matter after you hit your target!

>>3308530
makes a good point, methinks. Want to make sure we complete the mission before getting bogged down doing the fun bits, fighting everyone.
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>>3308497
>[] Break away and extend- they can’t catch you, and all the reinforcements in the world won’t matter after you hit your target!
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Ok, votes called!
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[x] Break away and extend- they can’t catch you, and all the reinforcements in the world won’t matter after you hit your target!

You don’t like the odds- six verse one is about even odds for you, considering your lack of longer-ranged AAMs, and there’s too much risk of getting bogged down in a furball for additional aircraft to jump in on you.

Instead you open up your throttles more, pushing them into the afterburner range and pushing away from the Air force birds, knowing they can’t catch you- even king raptors in full blowers would struggle to keep up, let alone catch you.

“Multiple radars coming up!” Danielle calls. “I’ve got them all, but as soon as we climb to hit the target complex we’re going to be lit up like the fourth of July. We’re not loaded with retarded bombs, so our minimum safe height is eight hundred feet at our best release speed.”

You’d acknowledge her warning, but you’re busy- less than a minute out at this speed, you’re already lining up. You can’t afford to slow down much, but, thankfully, the Wyvern’s AI is helping run most of the hard math- all you have to do is keep the nose pointed where it wants.

It’s an unwelcome shock when you, almost involuntarily, break right in a brutal turn, hammering you back into your seat at the same time Danielle calls the warning- “Witches at eight! She’s firing!”

Shit.

[] Keep everything clean and tight, and try to escape east, get into the mountains.
[] Too many eyes to get away now, let’s see how good these witches really are.
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>>3308737
>[x] Too many eyes to get away now, let’s see how good these witches really are.
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>>3308737
>[] Too many eyes to get away now, let’s see how good these witches really are.
Better we take the fight now, otherwise we'll be forced into one later.
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>>3308737
>[] Too many eyes to get away now, let’s see how good these witches really are.
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>>3308737
>[x] Too many eyes to get away now, let’s see how good these witches really are.

Looks like we gotta fight.
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>>3308737
>[x] Keep everything clean and tight, and try to escape east, get into the mountains.

I don't want to dogfight a witch. If she's firing, she has a solution. I'm not seeing us making a reversal on a Wyvernbreaker.
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>>3308737
So this is where we're going to need to follow Danielle's lead if we're winning this one. We need to use her talents as best as we're able to get out clean.

Thing is, I'm not sure what she'd prefer. My gut is to go into the mountains--she's going to have an advantage there, but that lets us burn more time and distance, to string out the rest of redair and keep the fight between us.
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>>3308737
>[x] Keep everything clean and tight, and try to escape east, get into the mountains.
Even if we can evade her shots, every second the sparkle ties us down is a second longer for the Raptors and Panthers to catch up.

And as >>3308775 said, this is a SEAD mission, she knows how to operate in that terrain.
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>>3308737
>[] Keep everything clean and tight, and try to escape east, get into the mountains.
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>>3308737
>[] Keep everything clean and tight, and try to escape east, get into the mountains.
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>>3308737
>[x] Keep everything clean and tight, and try to escape east, get into the mountains.

Somebody better pick up that phone... Also, witches, plural? Could of sworn there'd only be one.

Hrm... Better chance of survival if we make it to the mountains and take her down there. The 35's and Raptors are gonna be slinging long distance at us, if only to keep us suppressed as the witch goes in for the kill with her gun, we can't jam bullets. Better to make the fighters play whack-a-mole for us in the mountains.
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>>3308737
>[X] Keep everything clean and tight, and try to escape east, get into the mountains.
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>>3308737
>[X] Too many eyes to get away now, let’s see how good these witches really are.
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>>3308737
>[X] Keep everything clean and tight, and try to escape east, get into the mountains.
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>>3308737
[] Too many eyes to get away now, let’s see how good these witches really are.

I'll be damned if I give these chair force witches the satisfaction of shooting us that day.
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Votes called!
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[x] Keep everything clean and tight, and try to escape east, get into the mountains.

With two witches here- and at least six fighters just seconds out, you’re starting to see why Danielle called these exercises stacked against you. You’re already breaking east- you pour it on, bringing the throttles up into the WEP range, dumping fuel and magical energy into the turbines. It’s less than twenty miles into the mountains- and it seems neither of the witches was expecting you to break away, as it takes them a second to give chase. Still- now there’s two witches and six fighters after you that you know about.

“What’s the plan, chief?” Danielle asks, as you duck into the mountain range, at least able to break line-of-sight from the witches, though your own electro-optical systems can see the raptors on the way, only a few seconds away in supercruise. “I can handle all the search radars in the world, and maybe spoof EOTS, but I can’t do much but throw shields against bullets. We keep going like this they’re either gonna chase us straight out of the range or run us out of gas.”

[] Ask her for options- what would she do?
[] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.
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>>3308960
>[x] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.
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>>3308960
>[x] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.

Fuck you we've got a Wyvern.
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>>3308960
>[] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.
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>>3308960
>[] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.
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>>3308960
>[X] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.
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>>3308960
>[x] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.
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>>3308960
>[x] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.
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>>3308960
>[x] Ask her for options- what would she do?

This is her wheelhouse and she's been on combat ops before. What's she think.
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>>3308960
>[x] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.

Is it possible to run low enough and only pop up to take the shot on the mission target?

also:
>>3306297
I was late for the vote on exactly the vote where I warned you guys about this exact scenario.
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>>3308960
>[x] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.
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>>3308960
>[] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.

FUCK IT, WE'RE DOING IT LIVE!
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>>3308960
>[] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.
All we've done is run ourselves into a corner here. We should have picked off some of these guys before they all socked in on us.
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>>3308960
>[X] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.
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>>3308988
At the very least we know that, most, if not all OPFOR planes are chasing us at the moment.
>no more than six steelwings, and no more than one witch
We've confirmed two sparklies. There might be a third witch out there at least, too (presumably near the objective, or we've been herded into the mountains for a wombo combo from all three). The matrons probably got too excited that we were flying and made a bit more witches go up than usual.
>>3309002
I was of the opinion of taking out the Lightning's at least as they seemed most capable of tracking us. Considering they got to us a bit too quickly, at least one of those Raptors was probably a King type, unless one of their witches had a spatial awareness magic ability.
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Ok, votes called!
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[x] She’s right- we’ve got to do something other than run, here.

She’s right- you’re running out of options. “How long can you keep them from getting a missile lock?” You ask, rapidly running through what you know.

“Not that long with the EO systems.” She admits. “But the missiles can be decoyed or spoofed, I’ve done that more than enough times to know. I can spoof radar and lasers all day, but optical is impossible for me.”

You nod, thinking. You’re probably up against witches that have done this before- no doubts the pilots have too. While you’re reasonably sure there’s only as many as there are because of you, you do have a couple advantages- like knowing that USAF witches always operate in pairs. Standard practice would be for them to stay low, in the mountains, where their size and maneuverability advantages would be the most pronounced, even against you.

Of course, the Wyvern, perhaps controversially, was designed to kill witches- the decision to go with four guns wasn’t made arbitrarily. Most witches’ shields can’t withstand more than a second or two of sustained fire from a wyvern, at least, according to most models.

[] We’ll stay low, try and get the witches first- they’ll be the hardest targets
[] We’ll go high- the witches won’t be able to stop us before we can get at least one of those raptors.
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>>3309106
>[x] We’ll stay low, try and get the witches first- they’ll be the hardest targets
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>>3309106
>[x] We’ll go high- the witches won’t be able to stop us before we can get at least one of those raptors.
We need to knock out their support, we need to fight on OUR terms, not theirs. Engaging the witches while the raptors can sling missiles from a higher energy state than us is a bad idea.
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>>3309106
>[x] We’ll stay low, try and get the witches first- they’ll be the hardest targets
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>>3309106
>[] We’ll stay low, try and get the witches first- they’ll be the hardest targets
If we can pop them without the raptor being able to get down with us the odds should even up a little.

Aren't witches big on climbing due to great power to weight?
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>>3309106
>[X] We’ll go high- the witches won’t be able to stop us before we can get at least one of those raptors.

If we can splash the steelwings, we would then have altitude (energy) to BOUNCE the witches after
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>>3309106
>[X] We’ll stay low, try and get the witches first- they’ll be the hardest targets
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>>3309106
>[x] We’ll go high- the witches won’t be able to stop us before we can get at least one of those raptors.
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>>3309106
>[] We’ll stay low, try and get the witches first- they’ll be the hardest targets

FUCK IT, WE'RE ALREADY THE LIFE OF THE PARTY, MIGHT AS WELL PUT ON A SHOW
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>>3309106
>[x] We’ll go high- the witches won’t be able to stop us before we can get at least one of those raptors.
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>>3309106
>[] We’ll stay low, try and get the witches first- they’ll be the hardest targets
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I'mma speed up the voting a bit guys, I don't want to end this midway through and don't want to run till 04! haha. Votes called!
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[x] We’ll stay low, try and get the witches first- they’ll be the hardest targets

“Alright, keep those missiles off us.” You say, hugging a mountain in a tight turn. “We’re going after the witches, first.”

“Got it.” Danielle says, her tone professional and focused- she’ll be plenty busy back there, you know, but you have no reason not to trust her. “I’m working additional contacts out there, those raptors have to be kings, they’re linked with multiple other aircraft, so you’ll need to do those witches quick if you’re doing them.”

You don’t bother responding- it’s not something you really need to, as near as you can tell. The news that the raptors are the king variants doesn’t really come as a surprise- the original models are largely phased out, except in a few air national guard units.

Instead, you start looking for the witches- down here in the mountains, they can be hard to find, but you’ve got the advantage of multiple sensor systems. You’re looking for anything- and it only takes a second to get something.

They’ve split up, one witch pushing hard east above the mountains- only just barely visible, even to you. The other’s down low- she’s communicating by radio, and that’s what gives her away. She’s confident- overly so, you think- that they’ve got you in a vise. You’re running scared, in her opinion- they plan to pinch you in in about a two minutes, using the raptors and lightnings above you as top cover to keep you pinned in the mountains. They’re stuggling to keep firm contact on you- Danielle’s doing, you suspect- but they’re sure you’re not going to be able to get out of the terrain without them knowing it.

Of course, all that hinges on you not knowing their plan- one witch alone is at terrible risk from a Wyvern.

[] Go for the low witch first, knock her out- she seems to be the lead, here.
[] Get in position to jump the high witch when she comes down for her pincer, see how they like that!
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>>3309244
>[X] Get in position to jump the high witch when she comes down for her pincer, see how they like that!
E N E R G Y
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>>3309244
>[x] Go for the low witch first, knock her out- she seems to be the lead, here.
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>>3309244
>[x] Get in position to jump the high witch when she comes down for her pincer, see how they like that!
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>>3309244
>[X] Get in position to jump the high witch when she comes down for her pincer, see how they like that!
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>>3309244
>[x] Get in position to jump the high witch when she comes down for her pincer, see how they like that!

The lead is probably more experienced and better dodging. She's bait. Classic thatch tactics.
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>>3309244
>[x] Get in position to jump the high witch when she comes down for her pincer, see how they like that!
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>>3309244
>[x] Get in position to jump the high witch when she comes down for her pincer, see how they like that!
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>>3309244
>[x] Get in position to jump the high witch when she comes down for her pincer, see how they like that!
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>>3309244
>[] Get in position to jump the high witch when she comes down for her pincer, see how they like that!
We're already pretty low, let's not spend what little smash we still have.
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>>3309244
>[] Get in position to jump the high witch when she comes down for her pincer, see how they like that!

GALAXY BOUNCE
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Votes called!
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[x] Get in position to jump the high witch when she comes down for her pincer, see how they like that!

It doesn’t take but a second to make a decision- the low witch thinks you’re running scared- and it’s fine to let her keep thinking that. You’re watching the high witch, careful to only use thermal and electro-optical to track her- there’s no way for either of those to be detected, unless she’s a talent like Danielle- and if she is, there’s not a lot you can do anyway.

Instead you push over into a bank, careful to keep to the terrain as much as possible- the mountains are getting heavier here, though not enough so that you’re able to gain any altitude. Still- you’re able to get into a good position without, you hope, having been seen too much. “They’ve all gone active.” Danielle calls from the back. “Keep us in the mountains and they won’t have a clue where we are.”

You’d respond, but at that moment, the witch dives into the mountains, reversing her direction- not quite where you’d estimated, but close.

[] Hit the WEP and get her ASAP- if she links back up with her lead, we’re in the shit
[] Stalk her a bit, look for a clean shot- we can’t afford to screw this up
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>>3309313
>[x] Hit the WEP and get her ASAP- if she links back up with her lead, we’re in the shit
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>>3309313
[] Hit the WEP and get her ASAP- if she links back up with her lead, we’re in the shit
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>>3309313
>[] Hit the WEP and get her ASAP- if she links back up with her lead, we’re in the shit
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>>3309313
>[x] Hit the WEP and get her ASAP- if she links back up with her lead, we’re in the shit
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>>3309313
>[x] Hit the WEP and get her ASAP- if she links back up with her lead, we’re in the shit
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>>3309313
>[x] Stalk her a bit, look for a clean shot- we can’t afford to screw this up
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>>3309313
>[X] Hit the WEP and get her ASAP- if she links back up with her lead, we’re in the shit
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>>3309313
>[] Hit the WEP and get her ASAP- if she links back up with her lead, we’re in the shit

BIG RED BUTAN
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>>3309313
>[] Hit the WEP and get her ASAP- if she links back up with her lead, we’re in the shit

GO SPEED RACER, GO
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>>3309313
>[] Hit the WEP and get her ASAP- if she links back up with her lead, we’re in the shit
3FAST5FURIOUS
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>>3309313
>[x] Hit the WEP and get her ASAP- if she links back up with her lead, we’re in the shit
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Ok, votes closed!
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[x] Hit the WEP and get her ASAP- if she links back up with her lead, we’re in the shit

Your mother taught you many, many things in life.

She also knew, somehow, that you were destined for this kind of life- something in your blood, she said. Clearly something from your father- she never much cared for flight strikers, preferring by far the ground sets. She also taught you that, no matter what, surprise, speed, and violence of action would often carry the day.

“WEP.” You warn over the intercom, a second before engaging it, feeling, rather than seeing, the fifty foot UV afterburner plumes with their multiple shock diamonds come thundering out of the exhausts of the wyvern’s turbofans. The sudden rush of Gs smashes you into the ejection seat as your wyvern accelerates through it’s high speed transition into mach almost instantly.

The witch, for her part, no doubt warned by the cries from above as the massive thermal plume rises above the mountains, is already on her back, weapon aimed down her body, between her strikers. You can see the packets of energy sent out by the modified MILES gear she carries- defensive fires, trying to keep you from obtaining a solution. Of course, she doesn’t know what you do- that the AI in the wyvern’s already accounted for that, and provided you the answer.

There’s a split second when her rifle’s bolt slams home on an empty chamber- and you had a count in your head the entire time. You’re already lining up as it does so- and the gun camera records the kill. Had this been real, she’d be a fine mist, if that- of course, you expended a little much ammunition on her, but there’s nothing to be done for that.

You can see her frown as she rolls over, dropping back behind you and climbing away.

“Damn.” Danielle remarks- you can see her helmeted head tilting up, watching the girl head off to some anchor point to await the conclusion of the exercise. “We just did her dirty. They got a good look at our afterburners, but they’re too far away for heaters, and AMRAAMS aren’t going to work well this low. What’s our next move?”

[] Can you keep them from getting a firing solution long enough for us to bounce the other witch from above? I don’t want to try to find her in this mess.
[] We’re going to stay low and head back for the target range- they’ll be shook, now.
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>>3309395
>[X] Can you keep them from getting a firing solution long enough for us to bounce the other witch from above? I don’t want to try to find her in this mess.
Leaving a witch on our tail is no bueno.
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>>3309395
>[] Can you keep them from getting a firing solution long enough for us to bounce the other witch from above? I don’t want to try to find her in this mess.
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>>3309395
>[x] We’re going to stay low and head back for the target range- they’ll be shook, now.
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>>3309395
>[] We’re going to stay low and head back for the target range- they’ll be shook, now.
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>>3309395
>[x] Can you keep them from getting a firing solution long enough for us to bounce the other witch from above? I don’t want to try to find her in this mess.
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>>3309395
>[X] Can you keep them from getting a firing solution long enough for us to bounce the other witch from above? I don’t want to try to find her in this mess.
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>>3309395
>[x] We’re going to stay low and head back for the target range- they’ll be shook, now.
Our objective isn't to bounce Sparklies, as fun is that is, besides, element of surprise is gone, her lead is going to be expecting us to try and bounce her too now.

But not us breaking off and going for the objective.

And the SAMs and light AA may work to our favor here.
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>>3309395
>[x] We’re going to stay low and head back for the target range- they’ll be shook, now.
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>>3309395
>[x] We’re going to stay low and head back for the target range- they’ll be shook, now.

Now's our chance to make it. With lead witch warned, she's much more ready. I'm not taking that fight when we have an opening to run the objective.
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>>3309395
>[] We’re going to stay low and head back for the target range- they’ll be shook, now.
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>>3309395
>[x] We’re going to stay low and head back for the target range- they’ll be shook, now
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Ok, votes called!
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[x] We’re going to stay low and head back for the target range- they’ll be shook, now.

“They’ll know we’re dangerous, now.” You respond, rapidly hammering the Wyvern through three hard turns, all switching back on each other. “We’re going back for the target range.”

“Understood, I’ll keep them off us. I’ve almost got their network plotted out, there’s an additional pair of king raptors off to our east, but they’re pushing to join. Be here in about two minutes.”

“This’ll be over by then.” You point out, checking the distance to target- you’ve strayed a bit far east, but you’re still masked enough by the terrain for now- though you won’t be for much longer. “We’ll be out of terrain in ten seconds.” You call back, watching the hills rapidly shrink around you.

“Multiple fire radars!” Danielle calls. “They’re linked in with the raptors, I’ll work the missiles! Watch the guns!”

Actual defensive emplacements around the target buildings- a bunch of plywood buildings, and worn-out shipping containers- are fairly thin- a single Type 09 system, which, while armed with a pair of 35mm guns, isn’t much of a threat to you, designed as it is primarily to engage low, slow CAS birds and helicopters.

“Pickle! Pickle!” Danielle calls as you ripple fire your payload of live bombs- More than enough to demolish the complex behind you. “Break! Break!”

You slam the wyvern into a hard turn, breaking into a defensive turn. “That other witch got in behind us!” Danielle warns.

[] Job’s done here, and staying to fight isn’t going to do us much good. Go for the northern range exit, it’s closest!
[] If she’s that insistent, we’ll tangle with her, too.
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>>3309485
>[X] If she’s that insistent, we’ll tangle with her, too.
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>>3309485
>[x] Job’s done here, and staying to fight isn’t going to do us much good. Go for the northern range exit, it’s closest!

I'm pretty sure everybody is here just to clean our clock, let's not play games, do the job and go home.
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>[x] Job’s done here, and staying to fight isn’t going to do us much good. Go for the northern range exit, it’s closest!
Doesn't matter if she's actually the Wyvernbreaker or not, we finished our mission, time to go home, besides, we have no idea where the Panthers are and the Raptors are likely turning towards us as we speak.
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>>3309485
>[x] Job’s done here, and staying to fight isn’t going to do us much good. Go for the northern range exit, it’s closest!
Operation HAUL ASS is a go!
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>>3309485
>[X] Job’s done here, and staying to fight isn’t going to do us much good. Go for the northern range exit, it’s closest!
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>>3309485
>[] If she’s that insistent, we’ll tangle with her, too.

FEED ME SPARKLES
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>>3309485
>[] If she’s that insistent, we’ll tangle with her, too.
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>>3309485
>[x] Job’s done here, and staying to fight isn’t going to do us much good. Go for the northern range exit, it’s closest!
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>>3309485
>[x] Job’s done here, and staying to fight isn’t going to do us much good. Go for the northern range exit, it’s closest!

There's a book written for witches wiping wyvern pilots. The book for Wyvern pilots fighting witches is two sentences. It reads as follows: "You can't do this. If you can do this, you'll die in the process."
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>>3309485
>[x] If she’s that insistent, we’ll tangle with her, too.
We were lucky the other one didn't pop her ability off, this one might.
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>>3309485
>[] If she’s that insistent, we’ll tangle with her, too.
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>>3309485
>[] Job’s done here, and staying to fight isn’t going to do us much good. Go for the northern range exit, it’s closest!
time to do our best Zoidberg impression
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>>3309505
But we just did, Anon.
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Votes called!
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>>3309535
He means trying to energy fight with her while we've got Raptors and F-35s circling overhead.
The Raptors might join the dogfight party if they feel like it and that is VERY bad for us.
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>>3309535
One, that we had the drop on, in gun range, with a pre-planned surprise attack. Not one that we'd have to turn with, who's starting on our tail, and is fully aware of our capabilities, and who, even if we do manage to reverse on, simply has to hold out until 6 reinforcement aircraft arrive, which is T-100 seconds or less.
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>>3309539
I think y'all are underestimating the capabilities of the Wyvern v Witch/Raptor.
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>>3309551
I think you believe we're fronk, God of the sky, and are therefore unquestionably invincible with plot armor that would make zeus hide his lightning bolt out of shame and inadequacy. We are not.
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>>3309555
No, we're Morgan, his spawn, his only male child, and that of the Mother of Night. So I'm pretty confident on us being able to give him a run for his money.
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>>3309555
This, we're not nearly as skilled or experienced as Fronk.


Not yet at least.
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It's possible we haven't even inherited Fronk's DFM and have something else instead. I.E., Young was blessed by the machine god, Sean was a newtype, Ian's radio wave shenanigans...
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[x] Job’s done here, and staying to fight isn’t going to do us much good. Go for the northern range exit, it’s closest!

You shake your head- you want to engage, but the situation isn’t anywhere near as favorable as you want. The job is done, and while you’re sure they expected you to take out more targets, you’re happy to just get out of the range.

She gives chase for a short distance- but with WEP engaged, you’re faster than anything they’ve got, and you rapidly separate from the fight and exit the range complex- Danielle jams out the pair of SAM sites guarding the northern exit, but you don’t slow to engage them.
“Eagle has exited the range, all aircraft this exercise is over.” Rabbit calls as you cross out of the northern boundary and into the ‘chute’- the semi controlled airspace where you reestablish contact with a ground control station and get your vector home.

“Phew.” Danielle says over the intercom as you turn west, climbing to fifteen thousand feet. “Not bad for a first ride.”

You shake your head, convinced you could have done better- but you don’t say anything, unwilling to ruin it for her. Still, the flight back is quiet- Danielle was clearly working hard back there, and is feeling pretty out of it. Landing proves easy enough, with a sense of relief hitting you as your gear kisses the pavement. The aircraft marshal directs you back onto the pad near the hangar again, and you shut the wyvern down, the AI switching to standby as you do so.

“Welcome back, sir.” The Chief says, meeting you on the ground- you notice the truck parked nearby. He looks over at it. “That’s for Danielle, if she needs it- Miss Wells said she wanted to talk to you about the jet and she’d be giving you a lift.”

Of course she did.
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>>3309587
Inb4 our supergnome power is to omae wa mou shindeiru people before they even know we're.
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Sorry guys- I cut that shorter than I'd planned initially for two reasons. One is it's 0345, and the goal was to NOT be here till 04... haha. yeah, we see how well that worked out. How do you guys feel about the 15 minute vote times? Better? Worse? let me know.

The second reason is, for some reason, I'm super sick and lightheaded all of a sudden. Not sure why, but it's making typing pretty tough, so I'm going to drink some water and go lay down, I think.

Anyway, that's it for the week guys, I'll catch you again next Wednesday. Till then gents, Cheers!
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>>3309603
catch you then, chief. Thanks for the run. Everything went better than expected for me.
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>>3309603
I like the 15min vote times more honestly, it gets us into the thick of things more. Also are we getting just the one flight with Danielle or are we getting multiple flights with her.
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>>3309603
It was a good run. And the 15 min timers do speed things up a bit.

Just don't kill yourself trying to do the next run, and maybe go see a doctor okay?
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>>3309608
This was our second flight with her. It looks to be multiple flights with each witch, but I couldn't tell you how many we are going to have. Could be 2, could be 3, could be 5.
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>>3309603
shorter vote times when theres plenty of us around are fine by me

go chug a tonne of water boss, dehydration is a bitch
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>>3309603
Definitely like the faster vote. Thanks for the run boss, looking forward to next time.
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>>3309603
Great run Ghost, had a lot of fun! The 15 min vote times are definitely a plus.
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>>3309601
Or the ability to have everyone thirst for delicious brown without even realizing it, oh wait...
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>>3309655

Dubs confirms it. Morgan got Franks raw magnetism. Hahaha.
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>Still, the flight back is quiet- Danielle was clearly working hard back there, and is feeling pretty out of it.

See at this point I think Danielle is a hard pass for me. I'm not a fan of her attitude, from what I've seen so far she's having a hard time thinking outside of a SEAD role, and it doesn't look like she's got the raw power even in her given talent to do what we need to do, I'm not expecting another Merlin, but being exhausted after maybe 10 sec of Magi-Burners and spoofing a squadron or two of aircraft? That doesn't bode well.
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>>3309891
So you didn't bother reading any of the previous thread or the introduction to the plane with Merlin then.
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>>3309891
Along with all the ground AAA. Sounded like a lot more then 10 seconds to me. SEAD focus is obvious, but this was a ground strike mission in which we had to fly through a bunch of AAA emplacements.
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>>3309891
I disagree with your assessment of the amount of radar and other systems pointed at us that she told to git fucked, but I also want to fly with Young or Sakamoto, so fuck me sideways!
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>>3309891
>>3309899
>>3309992
>>3310048
Her magic also provides part of WEP, if I recall. And we basically left all but one site and a witch standing for the entirety of that run, then had to deal with missiles once all the sets went hot.

I think we should get an after-action and see exactly how much she was actually contending with. It's easy to say she didn't do much without any input on seeing what she suppressed or juked.
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>>3309594
Merlin is the scientist from top gun. The choice is obvious.
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>>3309891
Mostly agree.

We have to consider that this is probably now standard we'll judge the other options. She's baseline by grace of going first, but basically what I consider baseline by effect as well. She let's us do our thing and we get a good defense boost.

But

I don't think she's a game changer. We know that the ceiling is entirely dependent on us and she's just there for the ride. She'd probably be good as a wing, if anything-- not a partner.
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>>3309669
And maybe his Stu-ness, but that's probably arguable for now
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>>3309891
Here it is again. You seem to have a very skewed minimum bar. You expect that from the getgo with an aircraft we've started flying literally yesterday, we and any witch with us should be able to surpass our father and merlin, who were literally THE BEST EVER™ and are both ridiculous outliers in their fields. What you expect is quite literally impossible, and should not be used as a baseline for any judgements.

>>3310218
Even without the after action, keeping no less than 4 king raptors and two witches spoofed long enough for us to bounce a witch without her seeing us on radar is immense. We can be certain she's at least good at what she does. The ability to hold us in magic afterburner while all that is going down in unquestionably beyond what a regular witch should be capable of. She's definitely no slouch.
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>>3309899
I did, did you? Because the from the explanation of those systems, plus the background from -89, the advanced AWACS systems in the Wyvern should have made her job infinitely easier.

>>3310048
>>3310048
She's a SEAD specilized witch, with the magi-tech stuff in the Wyvern she should have been able to jam all that stuff for hours without getting tired. And we were on WEP for maybe 10 secs, probably less than that. So I have some pretty serious concerns about her combat endurance

I'm hoping we end up picking either Kyou or Young. Or Wendy, I'm also good with Wendy.
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>>3310455
No I don't expect that. What I expect is that, in their specialized role, using a system designed to make it infinitely easier, to not be exhausted after what is going to be considered bare-minimum use once shit actually goes hot. We're American, not British, combat endurance isn't a foreign concept to us.

> The ability to hold us in magic afterburner while all that is going down in unquestionably beyond what a regular witch should be capable of.

No, no it isn't. Even the Sherks could do this much.
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>>3310477
The sherks were a pair of witches whose power amplified when together. They're not a great example. We're a man and a witch. What you don't seem to be understanding isn't the concept of combat endurance. It's the concept of training and experience, of which we have next to none as of yet. We've just been given the real thing after going through presumably a year or more of book work and theory. We're probably not at the "Dogfight 60 super aggressors designed to fight wyverns" point yet.
Also, while Merlin has been a major catalyst in making the wyvern a capable aircraft for witches and pilots, it's been stated that no aircraft yet made has again matched the specs of Fronk's Wyvern-Merlin. Our aircraft is actually less suited to bullshit than theirs. The years of development went into making it possible for others. Not making it so others could use the system to a higher degree than merlin.
From your posts, you also seem to think that our role is exclusively air superiority and fighter vs other fighter combat. Have you never considered that such a role might not be what we're destined for?
(This is the US after all. Because if every fighter isn't a multirole, what's the point of having an Airforce)
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Although i'm not in Danielle's /fit/ness camp like that anon, we were in a vanilla Wyvern without any of the extra bits that'd probably reduce her jamming strain. I wonder if this exercise was chosen just to showcase her ATG talent... Though military exercises from a hat is a possibility too.

That said I'm looking forward to testing with Lotus and PHOENIX.
Oh geez, you just reminded me. Any sherk spawn are cousins if they kept their relationship after the war...
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>>3310499
>I wonder if this exercise was chosen just to showcase her ATG talent

See, this feels likely to me--they threw two witches in on top of an already stacked gauntlet of enemy air defenses. I think the fact that we got through at all is a showcase for what she can do under duress. I imagine the next test scenarios will be tailored to the strengths of the other backseater witches on our list.

I'm also really hoping the next updates from Ghost help actually make clear what did and didn't happen on this run.
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>>3310496
I agree that we're not a "Dogfight 60 super aggressors designed to fight wyverns" point yet, but in case you missed the whole thing, Danielle is a combat experienced SEAD witch. As in this is her bread and butter, she did it for at least two tours....and she's huffing and puffing after what, again, is going to be considered bare minimum use once things go hot. In a system designed by the great magician Merlin to make things like this infinitely easier than they were in '89. We get it, Danielle is your waifu this go round. I don't think she's that great compared to the rest of them. Hell if we want combat experience, Wendy has them all beat, and we want RAW defensive power, PHOENIX-chan is the top of the list. This was supposed to be her specialty, the thing she trained out the ass for and has actual combat experience in, and she came up short in my opinion.

As for the specs thing. Having solid Magi-tech that's not quite as good as what was on the Wyvern-Merlin is still better than no magi-tech at all, which is what those Raptors and King Raptors had.

>From your posts, you also seem to think that our role is exclusively air superiority and fighter vs other fighter combat. Have you never considered that such a role might not be what we're destined for?

Yes, I have, and then immediately discarded that idea because guess what? This is basically an Ace Combat quest with witches, and playing a ground attack or SEAD role would be extremely boring. Not to mention the Wyvern is an air dominance fighter. The fact that it can carry ATG munitions is because of the loleverythingismultirole mentality that the modern military has.
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>>3310523
While I'll admit I am quite fond of danielle, you clearly are not. Maybe one of the Wendy voters? It shouldn't matter either way. As for the Huffing and Puffing, It's entirely probable that a good portion of that is G forces. We were doing the same thing. It's also well understood that even after modifications and years of development, the wyvern takes quite a toll on witches who are not merlin. All Wyvern witches will likely end up like this after such a flight. You also have to understand that this is no more than her second flight in such a system, and the system hasn't been properly tuned to her magical signature yet. As merlin mentioned, it's not set properly for our witch. That probably has a large part to do with why it would be draining.

I'll freely admit I got a little ahead of myself with the multirole idea. It's pretty clear which way this quest is designed to go... but who knows. Ghost might get an idea for a little twist again.
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>>3310535
>you clearly are not. Maybe one of the [not danielle] voters?

>how dare someone not like my waifu
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>>3310538
Believe it or not, I'm generally not into /fit/ girls. I happen to like Danielle's personality in this case. I will however, freely admit that I have a bias on this one. It doesn't change my arguments though.
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>>3310538
In think the point is that wendy or anyone else on the list would likely have the same issues to too lack of magic attunement, lack specialty gear, new to this and G-forces.


Frank and Merlin were some utter bullshit and expecting even Morgan to be comparable right now is folly.
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>>3310535
A fair point, still don't like her attitude or lack of flexibility.
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>>3310544
>>3310538
Actually I was pulling for either Young or Sakamoto.
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Not saying Danielle is perfect, but you seem very intent on convincing us she's worthless. Consider the scenario and outcome again. 8 air supremacy jets, 2 witches and a bunch of actually dangerous AAA/SAM. (Would be nice to get a count on that one). All jets bamboozled and left in the dust because their BVR didn't work, 1 witch splashed, flew through the SAM net without a missile launch, ground installation cratered. Morgan and the jet did a lot, but so did Danielle.
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>>3310554

Yeah, I think people are selling Danielle short because all of what her ability did for us is mostly in things which did not happen - i/e we didn't get obliterated my missiles over and over again.

If we ran this mission with somebody who had a different talent set, we probably could not have done it how we did it this time without eating a lot more shrapnel cereal.
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>>3310535
>>3310554
>>3310560

This, only a witch with copious amounts of magical energy, IE Merlin or Yoshika, would be able to operate something on the Wyvern's level in its near stock configuration.

Danielle's suppression abilities are nothing short of amazing. We'd have certainly failed the mission without her.

That said, we still need to see everyone if possible before making a choice, and even if we don't pick her in the end, we should still recommend she be shortlisted for the next Wyvern that comes through.
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>>3310563
And by operate I mean do so with minimal drain issue.
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>>3310560
>>3310563
This is true. Still think PHOENIX-Chan is our best bet here.
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>>3310567
Agreed.
Top of her classes and tests? Check.
Likely outside of local matron politics? Check.
Scarier magic potential then Natalya, who made Frank pause? Check.
It's only a bonus that she'll get the most interesting storyline down the pipe as a Princess.

I'm not saying to make her our waifu during these initial waifu wars, we still need to get assigned to a squadron and meet the other witches and the other Wyvern duo there. She's just the funnest option to take in my opinion. That said, we still don't know what she's like at all, so...

Lotus'll be neat too. She's Merlin-lite with her ability and pretty good since she dedicated herself to test piloting. only issue I'd see is IIRC Earhart during SWQ was a matron herself, so she might probably be important to that Coven, unless she decided 'fuck it' and went corporate to fly.

Now that I think about it, wouldn't we know IC or WANT to KNOW who's flying for WHAT Coven, and what each Coven WANTS?...
Well, other then our geneseed and access to the Bayou Coven...
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>>3310590
IIRC most of the covens in the States unified post WW3, the Bayou coven was one of/the exception.
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>>3310554
>but you seem very intent on convincing us she's worthless
All that's been said is that she isn't perfect and may not be a good fit, not useless.
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>>3310535
>>3310554
Found an interesting thing from last thread

>The interfaces on your jet are set to the lowest, easiest draw that they can be to run the wyvern’s systems. It’s almost as gentle as initial flight training strikers, since really they just need the energy for the AI, avionics, and the war emergency power foci. All the other stuff we can either bring up later or when you get to the fleet.

So this was on bare minimum draw.
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>>3310661
Jesus Christ.
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>>3310661
Withes usually need some time to adjust to the new strikers
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>>3310661
That was diagnostic and setup for our first flight, with all of the systems spun up. This was an actual wargame. WEP was involved.
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>>3310901
This

>>3310661
I appreciate you finding that, but as Anon mentioned, it's not the case for the mission we just flew.
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>>3310901
>>3310970
I didn't see anything stating that they changed the settings at all for this flight. If you could point out where that was said that'd be awesome, as it'd alley at least some of my concerns.
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>>3311316
It's not explicitly said how it was changed, but the Chief mentioned it before we got in the cockpit.
>"she [Merlin] wanted to tell you that they tweaked the jets a bit, based on the data from your first flight, and that she could explain what was going on there later."
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>>3311316
>>3311344
We were also using those previously disabled or minimized functions to fly and fight. The AI was online and helping designate targets for us. Radar set was active and patched in to Danielle for use, we engaged combat maneuvers and WEP, and basically did everything except actually fire a shot in anger at a real hostile target.
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Gotta admit, that one anon shitting on Danielle for not being literally endgame Merlin when she doesn't even have /plugs/ yet is very annoying.
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>>3311477
Also funny how he's attempting to minimize the significance of her spoofing AN ENTIRE AIR DEFENSE NET.
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>>3311506
And not some shitty second class middle east Air Defense network, but a proper AMERICAN one, holy shit!
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>>3311528
Not really an American one.

But a mixed Russian-Chinese one, which is pretty goddamn hard to deal with, maybe a bit more so than a ground based US one.
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>>3311477
Dudeski I'm not shitting on her for not literally being endgame Merlin. Quit exaggerating. Expecting the Second Coming of Merlin is stupid considering that Merlin is busted. I expected more out of a SEAD witch doing a SEAD mission.
>>3311506
2 witches, 6 aircraft, 3 mobile radar trucks and an unknown number of SAMs, no more than 6 probably. That was like, bare minimum operating conditions in '89. And this whole exercise was going on for 20min maximum. Considering that this is supposed to be her specialty, something she has combat experience with, and outside of this she's supposedly average I expected her to be not be huffing and puffing at the end of this, otherwise we're in for a rough time.

Maybe the plugs will help, maybe they won't, I was always under the impression that those didn't do much for magic expenditure for the witches. Maybe it's just acclimatization sickness, I don't know if that's even a thing in jet-based magic-draw systems. But so far I'm disappointed with her endurance, not her performance.
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>>3311563
>2 witches, 6 aircraft, 3 mobile radar trucks

That's a lot of shit for a single witch to spoof. You aren't making a good case for your argument.
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you SEAD worshippers seem awful defensive whenever someone even remotely criticizes her. She has her benefits and her flaws. Trying to deny either only weakens your argument.
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>>3311580
A single witch in the most advanced fighter on the planet with the most advanced ECM, ECCM and Radar equipment on the planet, when having incrementally better equipment supposedly makes it exponentially easier for them to do their thing. The equipment in the Wyvern is supposedly leaps and bounds ahead of anything that we were facing in that exercise. And again, this is supposed to be her specialty, and unlike last go round we're not getting ALL the good stuff in one package. So if we pick Danielle, we have to give up crazy strong shields, and fixing mechanical faults in flight, and insanely enhanced weaponry, and all the other stuff that Merlin did in '89. So since we're going specialist, I'd hope that our specialist can actually last longer than 20min.
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>>3311613
>>3311606
I can't speak for the other SEAD people, but I for one think that while Danielle could have done more, she certainly did alright for what the mission called for. I'm also under the impression that most of Fronk's magic was dodging missiles once they'd been fired, rather than stopping the enemy from gaining a lock. It's Hard to say exactly how effective Danielle was in that battle, just as it's hard to tell from Ghost's current posts exactly how the wyvern was changed from the last flyout. Therefore, I resign that continuing this debate is for the most part pointless at this time.

TL;DR It's probably for the best to wait until the Debrief at the start of the next thread, when we'll get an analysis probably from both merlin, and at least one of the witches on that hop, if we're lucky. Then we'll have some better concrete answers.
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>>3311613
It could be a mix of lack of acclimatization, the WEPing, the Wyvern not being attuned to her, including a lack of plugs, and the end of a combat adrenaline high for why she's so exhausted. That mix would leave most exhausted I'd assume.
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>>3311640
That I can agree with.
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>>3311640
Probably the best idea.
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>>3311613
>A single witch in the most advanced fighter on the planet

Wyvern is not Fenrir.

>with the most advanced ECM, ECCM and Radar equipment on the planet

King Raptors and F-35s aren't far behind, if at all. Include their optical systems which don't give much of a fuck about things like ECM. I do not understand why your threat assessment of them is so low.

I'm not saying Danielle is who I want to fly with, btw. Still pulling for Young or Sakamoto for the sheer unbridled insanity. I just think your arguments highly undervalue what we faced.

>>3311640
This.
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>>3311673
>Wyvern is not Fenrir.

Most advanced production fighter on the planet, fine. Point still stands.

>King Raptors and F-35s aren't far behind, if at all. Include their optical systems which don't give much of a fuck about things like ECM. I do not understand why your threat assessment of them is so low.

>I'm not saying Danielle is who I want to fly with, btw. Still pulling for Young or Sakamoto for the sheer unbridled insanity. I just think your arguments highly undervalue what we faced.

I don't think so at all, she was pretty clear about not being able to do anything about the EOTS on the King Raptors and Lightning II's, and that's fine I doubt anyone other than Merlin and maybe Natalya could, but the radar and stuff is again, bread and butter. These were non-magical radar, even if they are advanced ones, spoofing those should be childs play to a SEAD witch in a wyvern. But I'll be happy to wait for the post battle analysis from Merlin.
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>>3311827
Countering radar generally works best when they don't know where you are and are on a wide search. Once they get a fix, the beam narrows and becomes much, much more powerful and harder to defeat. Practically impossible, even.

And the planes and witches on top were telling the radar exactly where to look.
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>>3311893
Yeah but they were either on wide band or in the mountains for most of that exercise. So even if they had a fix on us when we popped up, they would have lost it as soon as we dropped into the mountains, since they sure as hell didn't know where we were when we popped that witch.
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>>3311961
Dude they knew where we were the moment we hit the first installation.
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>>3312016
Much as I'm impressed you guys managed to keep the discussion going even after we agreed it was unnecessary, I've got to side with Yellow IP Anon here in that Knowing our general location is not the same as Having a positive radar signature or firing solution.
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>>3312061
>Knowing our general location is not the same as Having a positive radar signature or firing solution.

It is not, agreed, because then they would have fired on us in this situation designed specifically to test us. What it did do, was make it much harder for Danielle to deal with than I think is being given credit, because an unsuspecting radar net is a different beast than one that knows exactly what plane to look for, and in what area and altitude to look.
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>>3310554
It's basically one anon who wants a specific waifu over others on principal. To the point where they are

>>3310661
Outright lying about actual details in the quest, lmao
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>>3313019
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3259941/#p3263610

Outright lying huh? Yeah, ok. Sure. Direct quotes are outright lying. Uh huh.
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>>3313030
You were claiming that this was done on "minimum power draw" like it fucking means anything, after we outsmarted six fighters, SAM networks, two witches (one of which would be paste). This was a different flight, with more shit being thrown into the mix. A flight that, as it turns out, we still accomplished the mission.

The mission was not to be Fronk.

The mission was not to kill absolutely everything in our path.

We had an objective, one that would ideally be assigned to more than just a single fighter. And we did more than "get away with it", we won a scenario that was clearly stacked against us. Because we know for a fact that is what they do to Wyvern drivers.

I'm not saying that the quote was a lie. I'm saying that your deliberate choice to present that quote as evidence that the character is 'weak' is the lie. You are literally making shit up to constantly discredit the effort on display here, before we've even SEEN what other witches are going to do. Eat shit.
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>>3313050
>I'm saying that your deliberate choice to present that quote as evidence that the character is 'weak' is the lie.

You mean presenting actual evidence that her combat endurance could be a problem? Because if directly quoting things that have been previously stated in universe is literally making shit up, then I'm not sure what would even qualify as not making shit up.

Point is you need to slow your damn roll fampai, and stop being a massive raging cunt.
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>>3311827
> and that's fine I doubt anyone other than Merlin and maybe Natalya could
Not sure where the debate is. It has to be one of these two. Let us eat cake!
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>>3313931
Natalya in a Wyvern would be terrifying
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>>3315779
I dunno. She had crazy magic strength, but wouldn't that only translate to more endurance over raw output in any steelwing?
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>>3317686
Sure though I was thinking more on how her whole 'Fuck You Physics' talent would work in the Wyvern.
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Ok guys! sorry for the later start, I'm trying to make dinner as I typed the OP, haha. Kinda getting tired of pasta and ground beef, but oh well, at least there's food. Anyway, no real news yet, so I won't bore you with meaningless updates!

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The debriefing room is rather plain- chairs line most of the room, while a projector display is set up to face the northern wall, and a podium stands to one side, with a desk in the corner. A couple of ceiling fans stir the air halfheartedly- enough to keep the circulation going, but not enough to make it noticeably cooler in here. Still, it’s enough from letting you get drowsy, which is a boon- after a shower in the locker room and changing into a clean pair of khakis, you’re half ready for a nap. Of course, you know you won’t get one just yet- though you’re strongly considering just sleeping in one of the spare bedrooms at the vought house when the day’s over.

For her part, Danielle doesn’t look nearly as tired as you do- she practically skips into the room, and she looks to be far more alert and awake than you feel. Of course, that may be a front- but why would she bother? You dismiss the thought, instead taking a seat in the front row and pulling out your notebook- you’re sure there’s going to be a few pointed comments, here.

Danielle is followed in by the debriefing officer- a captain, by his rank pins, and Merlin. Of course, you think- she’s probably got more combat time than anyone on the base, save for maybe a few of the top gun instructors- and she knows the wyvern’s capabilities better than anyone else can.

“Good morning, Commander, Lieutenant.” the captain says. “I’m Captain Williams, commander of the top gun school here at Miramar. I’m also in charge of the Wyvern pipeline. I know you’re both probably tired and hungry, so I won’t keep you long. You both have already met rear admiral Wells.”

You blink- you were under the impression that your aunt had gotten out of the navy entirely, so him addressing her by rank comes as a surprise. Merlin, for her part, looks kind of uncomfortable at the title.

“Alright. Let’s start talking. Range control reports good hits on the target complex, one witch downed, and one search radar complex knocked out.” He says, bringing up the projector screen. “They also report the aggressors got you running pretty hard at first, and that you left a lot of SAM sites and AAA intact, and didn’t engage redair at all. Sound correct so far?”

[] Yes, Sir.
[] We weren’t running, sir.
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>>3323420
>[] Yes, Sir.
We were, in fact, running.
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>>3323420
>[x] Yes, Sir.
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>>3323420
>[X] Yes, Sir.
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>>3323420
[] We weren’t running, sir.
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>>3323420
>[X] Yes, Sir.

>rear admiral Wells
Anyone still thinking Merlin is for lewds need to repeat in their head "no fraternization".
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>>3323420
>[] Yes, Sir.

MORGAN CANNOT INTO SEAD
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>>3323420
>[X] Yes, Sir.
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>>3323456
To be fair the target was the complex itself, AD was secondary. Still we definitely should've done more at the very least in order to provide the Wyvern's AI more data. We got a bit too focused on the target
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>>3323482
True. Anon was waaaaaay too conservative in approach, we should have been clobbering everything we ran into
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Ok, votes called!
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>>3323420
>[x] Yes, Sir.
Nothing wrong with being cautious.
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[x] Yes, Sir.

“Yes, sir.” You nod- put like that, you reflect, it’s kind of hard to swallow, but it is what it is.

“Well, you’re as honest as they say. Good.” He says. “Now, look, I’m not going to drag you for this. You did hit the target complex and got out without anyone recording a hard kill on you. There were a couple hail mary launches from the raptors and one of the S-400 complexes, but they launched without a good fix. In any other situation, especially considering how green you are, that’d be an excellent showing.”

You nod again, sneaking a sideways glance at Danielle- she’s got her eyes locked on the projector display, showing a map of the exercise area with the SAM sites highlight.

“In a wyvern, however, that’s considered a barely passable score. That still puts you in the top half of the first timers, including guys transitioning over from tomcats or hornets.”

“A-and we need to point out that we didn’t do very well, either.” Merlin adds. “That mission set is designed for pilots who have flown hundreds of hours with the fleet already, and already know what we’re l-looking for in a wyvern crew.”

Her stutter returning is a sign that she’s nervous and uncomfortable- like she screwed up.

The Captain nods. “And we did.” He says. “You’ll have much more clear instructions for your next flights. Now, we’ve been talking with the pentagon, and they’re ok with giving you a second go with the commander- if you want, and she agrees.”

[] Yeah, I think I want a second chance at that.
[] I don’t think it’d matter, sir. We have a feel for what we can do now.
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>>3323567
>[x] I don’t think it’d matter, sir. We have a feel for what we can do now.
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>>3323567
>[x] I don’t think it’d matter, sir. We have a feel for what we can do now.
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>>3323567
>[] Yeah, I think I want a second chance at that.
You must fuck your auntie, countinue the Wells and the Bishop lineage!
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>>3323567
[x] Yeah, I think I want a second chance at that.

I think the fact that we passed even taking the circuitous route without hitting any secondaries, and survived the two aggressor witches is a sign there might be potential there. I want a redo after we get a chance to talk about it at length.
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>>3323567
>[X] I don’t think it’d matter, sir. We have a feel for what we can do now.

She did her job well, it's us that made the screw-ups.

>>3323482
>We got a bit too focused on the target
At least that happened in a test exercise and not actual battle. Remember the Kitty Hawk.
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>>3323567
>[] Yeah, I think I want a second chance at that.

FAIR SHOWINGS ARE FAIR
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>>3323567
[] I don’t think it’d matter, sir. We have a feel for what we can do now.
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>>3323579
>She did her job well, it's us that made the screw-ups.

I think that's the idea. We're getting a chance at a runback to try it again and coordinate with her abilities a little more closely. It's unusual to have a second chance like this offered, isn't it? Especially with other candidates to fly with. Makes me kinda feel like it's an "are you sure?" as much as anything.
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>>3323567
>[x] Yeah, I think I want a second chance at that.
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>>3323567
>[] Yeah, I think I want a second chance at that.
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>>3323567
>[X] Yeah, I think I want a second chance at that
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>>3323567
>[] Yeah, I think I want a second chance at that.
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>>3323567
>[x] I don’t think it’d matter, sir. We have a feel for what we can do now.
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>[x] Yeah, I think I want a second chance at that.

>>3323576
pic related
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>>3323597
We passed, what difference will redoing to get a few more points make? Command threw us in the deep end where aces go expecting Frank level flying, forgetting that even he wasn't that good at the beginning. We're his unbloodied kid; that was unreasonable.
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Ok guys, sorry! votes called.

I'mma shoot for 20 minute voting periods for the thread, to see how that works out. 15 feels a little quick but 30 is def. too slow.

>>3323576
Being fair, you wouldn't be 'continuing' anything- you'd be starting a new one. And the matroncy would both sigh in contentment and weep in fear for what it would mean.
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>>3323627
20 mins is good, more balanced.

>And the matroncy would both sigh in contentment and weep in fear for what it would mean.
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>>3323597
I just get the feeling we're only being allowed this retry due to our Bishop status... I think it'd be OOC to accept it, and completely agree with the points >>3323579 brought up. But, seems we're running the gauntlet again. Oh well. Least we can score better this time around.
They're totally gonna slot in the Wyvern killer this time. It's a matter of pride now...

>>3323619
As far as I'm concerned we 'killed' one of the aggressor witches. Probably not the famed Miss Dragonslayer, but one that had experience nonetheless. I'd consider that a victory. Still could have taken down a few of the steelwings in that attempt though.
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>>3323567
>[] I don’t think it’d matter, sir. We have a feel for what we can do now.
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>>3323673
Oh, nevermind, missed it. That's what I get for not checking before voting.

Dang it guys, now the selection process is going to take even longer. We're now looking at at least 7 more flights (1 Danielle, 3 each for the others for fairness) before we can even vote for our RIO. That's a couple of months IRL. Then we can finally get out of the prologue and into the meat of things.
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>>3323683
you do make a point... I just wanted to try to run up the score
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>>3323683
Doubt they'll make it three each just because they're offering us a second chance with Danielle. If anything we won't get to fly with one of our alternates.
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>>3323704
They better be willing to give everyone a fair chance, especially for a screw up on their end. That means three flights apiece. there's going to be a lot of salt regardless of RIO choice, but it will be a hundred times worse if one of the witches gets shafted on test flights.
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[x] Yeah, I think I want a second chance at that.

You think for a minute- while you recognize that Danielle did her job, and did it well, if the best they ever got on you was a few ‘hail mary’ shoots, as the captain put it, you didn’t do that well, and it bothers you. “Yes, sir. I think I want a second shot with the commander.” You say, after a minute.

He looks over at her. “Commander?”

Danielle shoots a glance over your way as she responds. “I’d like that a lot, yes sir.” She says. “And thank you.”

He shakes his head at it. “We screwed up, and the program is small enough and important enough that we fix mistakes as soon as possible. You won’t fly again till the end of the cycle, but we’ll make sure you get a second shot, with a better mission profile.”

She nods.

“Alright. I think that’s enough then, for now. Your score, pending your second flight, isn’t the best, but it’s not the worst, so there’s that. Once you get your second flight we’ll enter it on record. Don’t expect this kind of thing every time though.” He says, turning for the door. “We don’t like keeping Wyverns from the fleet that long, but everyone gets one retry. Your fighter is going to be down for the rest of the day for more computer work, lieutenant, but the admiral said she had some things to go over with you and the commander, So I’ll leave you to it.”

“Thank you, sir.” You say, Danielle echoing it- you’re glad for a second chance to prove yourself with her.

Once he’s out, Merlin shuts it behind him again. “D-danielle, I’m sorry.” She says. “T-that was all my fault, I shouldn’t have l-let them push you like that.”

“Ma’am?” Danielle asks, sounding kind of confused.

“T-the profile was taken from a test and training m-mission myself and Frank did a year or so ago against roughly t-twice the threats. We were testing new ECM gear. Y-you did amazingly well with what you had.

Danielle blinks- and then gives a relieved grin. “That’s alright, ma’am.” She says. “I got a Gatorade when we landed, it’s all good.”

Merlin nods. “I-I want to talk with you later, i-if that’s alight.” She says.

“I’ve got to finish moving my stuff from San Deigo.” Danielle says. “And I was going to see a couple of friends this evening, but I can reschedule.”

“N-no, nothing like that. Before your next flight would be fine.” Merlin responds. “Y-you’re dismissed for now, I-I want to see you at fifteen hundred on the flight line. Wear your flightsuit, p-please.” She says, getting another nod from Danielle. “That’s a-all. Thank you commander.“

“Thank you, ma’am.” Danielle says, standing.

Merlin watches her leave, letting her close the door before looking at you.

“M-morgan, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t h-have gone along with that.” She says.

[] I’m not dad, Aunt M.
[] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.
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>>3323755
[x] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.

>>3323715
I'm perfectly willing to fly 3 with everyone. I am very happy for the second chance with Danielle though.
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>>3323755
>[x] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.
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>>3323755
>[x] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.
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>>3323755
>[x] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.
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>>3323755
>[] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.

Don't be mean to the Merlin.
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>>3323755
>[X] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.
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>>3323755
>[] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.
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>>3323755
>[] Shit happens, no worries Auntie

"I SMELL THE FOUL STENCH OF POLITICS"
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>>3323755
>[] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.
"I'm just mad I didn't do better. That's on me, not anyone else."
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>>3323755
>[] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.
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>>3323755
>[x] I’m not dad, Aunt M.

Morgan feels much more cool-headed than Frank. He won't pick a fight if he doesn't have to.
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>>3323755
>[x] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.

Can't be get mad at her and we definitely could have done better, even being tossed in the deep end like that.
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>>3323755
>[x] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.
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>>3323755
>[x] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.
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>>3323755
>[x] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.
I can't be anything but happy around Merlin.
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Ok, votes called!
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[x] Shit happens, no worries Auntie.

You smile and shake your head. “Shit happens, no worries, auntie.” You say. “I’m just happy they’re willing to give us another chance.”

She looks a little uncomfortable at that- but nods. “They weren’t w-willing to admit that it took Frank and I a y-year to get as good as we were. A-and that was in a shooting war. T-they’re going to do it again, too.”

“They are?”

“T-they want to push w-with the next two, K-kyou especially. She’s rated incredibly highly on strength indexes, maybe on par with Natalya. M-maybe stronger. It’s unusual but not impossible f-for a royal bloodline.”

You frown. “But Natalya’s... “

“Not natural. I k-know. You know she put in to fly with you? T-the board disqualified her on security grounds, she’s not navy.”

“She’s a Bishop, though.”

Merlin shakes her head. “N-not good enough. A-and they felt she wouldn't be a g-good match. For you. ah- “She blushes. “Y-you know.”

You sigh. “Oui, I know.” You say.

“I-it’s really not what the MIU is d-designed for.” Merlin says. “I-it’s why Frank and I don’t have the newer systems. But I can’t help it, and the new MIU is a huge improvement over the VDNI like we have. Your reaction times are already amazing, and I think with some tweaking we can make them better.”

She clearly feels better talking about technical aspects of the fighter- she always has.

[] Is that why you wanted to see the commander this afternoon?
[] So what’s this about you wanting me to make you dinner?
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>>3323925
>[x] So what’s this about you wanting me to make you dinner?
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>>3323925
[] Is that why you wanted to see the commander this afternoon?
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>>3323925
>[] So what’s this about you wanting me to make you dinner?


Why aren't we a good match?
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>>3323925
>[x] So what’s this about you wanting me to make you dinner?
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>>3323925
[x] Is that why you wanted to see the commander this afternoon?
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>>3323925
>[x] So what’s this about you wanting me to make you dinner?

>You know she put in to fly with you? T-the board disqualified her on security grounds
Not surprised but it would have been interesting to say the least...

>A-and they felt she wouldn't be a g-good match. For you. ah- “She blushes. “Y-you know.”
THOSE FUCKERS!
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>>3323925
>[x] Is that why you wanted to see the commander this afternoon?
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>>3323925
>[x] Is that why you wanted to see the commander this afternoon?
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>>3323925
>[] So what’s this about you wanting me to make you dinner?
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>>3323925
>[] So what’s this about you wanting me to make you dinner?

FEED THE MERLIN
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I for one welcome the push for aggression.
Y'all niggas acting like we aint the son of a god flying around in mjolnir.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agl9jaKrBVQ
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>>3323925
>[] So what’s this about you wanting me to make you dinner?
>they felt she wouldn't be a g-good match. For you. ah- “She blushes. “Y-you know.”
Damn it navy, at this rate we might just shack up with a country gal just to spite them.
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>>3323925
>[x] So what’s this about you wanting me to make you dinner?
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>>3323925
>[] So what’s this about you wanting me to make you dinner?
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>>3323420
> though you’re strongly considering just sleeping in one of the spare bedrooms at the vought house when the day’s over.

[X]
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>>3323990
Why aren't we a good match? she is not blood related right or is she just too old?
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>>3323925
>[x] Is that why you wanted to see the commander this afternoon?
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>>3323925
>[X] So what’s this about you wanting me to make you dinner?
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>>3324013
Old, slightly nuts, no political power, unlikely to want in our pants. She would have been an interesting choice though, certainly.
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>>3324029
Not gonna lie, I think people would have hopped on that in like 10sec if it had been offered.
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Ok, votes called!
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>>3323990
Wager that's more the Matrons then the Navy

>>3324034
Can confirm
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>>3324034
I would have been slightly interested just to see what she's like since we have barely interacted with her as Frank.
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>>3324029
>When you realize there's a shipping war occurring at the upper levels of the Navy, witch Covens, and the Pentagon
...This is both hilarious and depressing.
>>3324034
Yep, I'd have supported adding her to the lineup.
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>>3324048
Not gonna lie, it probably would've been Natalya, Kyou and either Danielle or Lotus at the top there if she had been on the line up. I could have seen her easily getting the most votes. Especially because:
>>3324047
That.
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[x] So what’s this about you wanting me to make you dinner?

Of course, just because she feels better talking about technical aspects, doesn’t mean you won’t occasionally poke at her just a little.

“So what’s this about you wantin me to make you dinna?” you ask, your accent slipping some as you grin.

True to form, she blushes a little. “W-well, I mean, i-if you wanted. I though i-it might be nice to have dinner, m-maybe invite o-one of your sisters or the c-commander.”

You laugh. “And let me guess, I’d need ta go get everything, oui?”

She nods. “I-i’ve been eating mostly take out and fast food.” She admits.

You shake your head at her. “One of these days, me or maman goan have to teach you to cook, auntie.” You say.

[] But I’ll cook, no problem.
[] If you’re going to want to invite someone else, we should just go out again.
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>>3324096
>[] But I’ll cook, no problem.
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>>3324096
>[] But I’ll cook, no problem.
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Anyone else feel like there’s a chance that the scores for Kyou could be artificially inflated? I know I’m reaching based on almost nothing here, but it’s a thought.
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Quick note guys, gonna be a bit longer here, gonna go grab a shower and make another jar of tea.
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>>3324096
>[] But I’ll cook, no problem.
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>>3324096
>[x] But I’ll cook, no problem.
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>>3324096
>[x] But I’ll cook, no problem.
When's the last time the Bishop clan was in New Orleans? Genuinely curious.
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>>3324103
It is suspicious the imperial princess has incredibly amazing scores, yes.
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>>3324103
It seems like it's a known phenomena among Royals, leading credence to the whole idea of the Mandate of Heaven.
>[] But I’ll cook, no problem.
INVITE THE IMOUTOS AND ONEE-SAN! Also Dad if he's still here.
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>>3324096
>[] But I’ll cook, no problem.
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>>3324096
>>3324120
Aaand I forgot to link my post.
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>>3324096
>[x] But I’ll cook, no problem.
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>>3324096
>[] But I’ll cook, no problem.
Kinda curious which sister we're gonna see this time.
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>>3324096
> [X] But I’ll cook, no problem.
It’s time.
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>>3324096
>[x] But I’ll cook, no problem.
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>>3324096
>[x] But I’ll cook, no problem.
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>>3324096
>[] But I’ll cook, no problem.

FEED ME SEYMOUR, FEED ME
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>>3324096
>[X] But I’ll cook, no problem.
Morgan's a good boy
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>>3324118
>>3324103
With how Japan works, I doubt her scores are artificially inflated. To try your hardest and fail is significantly better than to succeed without trying. Plus bloodlines are important, and the Japanese Imperial bloodline is the longest traceable royal lineage in history, with a continuous dynasty for over 1500 years with hard irrevocable evidence, and over 2500 years with good but incomplete evidence. It's quite possible she really is that powerful.
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>>3323755
>>3324147
Pretty much this, and Merlin confirmed it's a known phenomenon among royalty.
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>>3324147
All the more reason to inflate her scores. She's got a reputation to uphold, and as royalty she has to be the best of the best. Plus she's gunning for Bishop blood, so even more reason to inflate scores from the Japanese coven.
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>>3324096
>[x] But I’ll cook, no problem.
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>>3324096
>[x] But I’ll cook, no problem.
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>>3324147
Your points are all sound. I just can’t shake the feeling that it’s too good to be true.
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>>3324167
Much as I hate to argue for Kyou, as she is quite literally the most politically-fucked option, whom carries with her a Hotel Yamato full of baggage, you seem to have entirely missed my point. I'm saying that she doesn't have to inflate her scores because Witches grow in power over generations of bloodlines. BLOODLINES ARE IMPORTANT. There's a fucking good reason the witches want Fronk and Merlin to both continue their blood.
So if she's spawned from literally the longest traceable continuous royal lineage in fucking history, there is not a question in my mind that she should be able to easily be one of the top 10 most powerful witches to this point in history. It would not surprise me in the fucking least if her ridiculously high scores were actually lower than her real potential.
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>>3324167
I think you're vastly underestimating the importance of honor to the Japanese, especially the Imperial line, and ESPECIALLY in a universe where Imperial Japan was never defeated. That is something they would NEVER do.
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>>3324096
>[x] But I’ll cook, no problem.
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>>3324167
If anything they would understate it like >>3324184
Is stating here.
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ok, votes called!
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>>3324184
Oh right, that bit. We could use that to our advantage too. Still would be bound to get messy at some point. Merlin is waifu for laifu regardless. I’m just looking for the best back seater.
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>>3324183
Eh, it's a small possibility that. But, she also might actually just be that OP. I'd assume like >>3324184 and >>3324188 said, faking it would be DISHONORABU for them.
>She scored TOP of ALL her classes - magical AND Wyvern SIO
I'm sure they double then triple checked her scores for this at whatever unit she tested with, even with the glowing recommendations from Japan. Oh, and -
>Had to use Soviet equipment to measure her magic power cause ours didn't go that high
That's... A bit terrifying actually.
She's going to be one of those Ojou types, isn't she...
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[x] But I’ll cook, no problem.

You laugh again at the flustered look on her face- Your aunt, for all her gifts, is far from what anyone would consider domestic. She can’t cook for anything, and isn’t much for doing chores, if you remember correctly- her house is usually a mess, at the best of times. Her fridge, last time you visited, was full of redbulls and little else.

“I’ll cook, oui.” You say. “Be heading off to get groceries though. You don’t have anyting at de house?”

“Monster.” She says, a bit weakly. “A-and some coffee.”

“Auntie.” You say, shaking your head. “Dat stuff will be de death of you yet.”

“I need it!” She says, protesting. “Y-you understand, don’t pretend you don’t. Y-you know witches need a lot of sugar!”

“Sure. But not all de other stuff dey put in dem drinks. I can make you de bes sweet coffee, you never notice de difference.”

“Not without an i-industrial pot you can’t.” She retorts. “O-or do you plan to move in and m-make four pots of coffee for m-me a morning?”

You just grin and move to stand up. “I got to do de grocery shopping. Unless ya had moah for me about de flight?”

She shakes her head. “N-no, but don’t think badly about Danielle.” She says, repeating her statement earlier. “S-she did amazingly well against all the threats that were up.”

[] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.
[] I only wish she’d have said something.
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>>3324274
>[x] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.
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>>3324274
>[x] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.
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>>3324274
>[x] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.
We made the decisions.

Also
>>3324244
Where'd you get those quotes?
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>>3324274
>[] I only wish she’d have said something.
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>>3324274
[] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.
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>>3324274
>[x] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.
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>>3324244
Personally I'm hoping (if we wind up paired with her) that she presents the elegant "ojou-sama" appearance to the world, but is secretly a total dork.
Like, she'd be completely comfortable playing the refined princess because that IS part of who she is, but it's not all she is. The other side of herself only comes out when she's safe behind a mask of anonymity, shitposting on 2ch about mecha shows (she can bond with Aunt Merlin over hating Macross Delta for the steaming pile it is).
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>>3324274
> [X] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.
I mean, we decided to just do the job and bounce. It was a safe, defensive first run. And yes to moving in.
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>>3324274
>[X] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.
It really kinda was, we were the one that changed the plan and made the driving decisions
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>>3324274
[] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.

>>3324298
I absolutely love this idea. Or just that she's just a straight dork, not even an Ojou-sama outside of public events.
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>>3324274
>[x] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.
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>>3324289
First thread. First two points count for all our backseaters too.
>Some of them are very highly recommended by the matron council, and tested very highly out of the academy at Annapolis or the citadel.
>all of them have tested with VX-4 or VX-1 and will have completed SIO school.
>She’s probably the strongest of the three witches in terms of raw power, with a shield that’s noted as being the strongest ever seen, bar none. Even the soviet communal shield equipment couldn’t match it. She’s also shown outstanding performance in every school she’s been through, graduating, without fail, at the top of her class.

>>3324298
Ugh, Delta had such potential... Least the music was great.
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>>3324274
>[X] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.
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>>3324298
That sounds amazing
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>>3324274
>[x] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.
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>>3324327
Mirage deserved to be in a FAR better show.
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>>3324274
>[] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.
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Ok, votes called!

Also, bit of a heads up, I've gotta go down to the folks place tomorrow. While I don't plan to stay that long, you know how that kind of plan can go. I'll try to update as I can on mobile about the run, but it may get delayed or we may be looking at a make up day Saturday if that's ok?
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>>3324354
Sounds good, chief. I'm not a hasty kind of person. I'll even go a day without if I have to, no make up necessary. Can't speak for everyone though.
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>>3324354
Good things are worth the wait, or however that proverb goes. We'll just have to find something else to do until Saturday.
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>>3324343
Every sci-fi show has it's hit and miss moments I guess.
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>>3324364

Oh, no. I just mean that instead of wed-thurs-fri I'd run Wed-fri-sat. I don't mean I'd miss both days! haha.
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>>3324354
>if that's ok?
Why are you even asking, of course the answer is no_
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[x] I know, auntie. It was my fault, that.

You nod. “Oui, auntie. I know. It was my fault.”

She shakes her head. “n-no. It was mine. I s-should have known better than to let them throw you in like that, b-but after you did the workup ACM w-with me up there I f-forgot how n-new you were. You handle the jet l-like a natural.”

She pauses, biting her lower lip. “B-better than Frank did, w-with the same amount of hours.” She says, after a second.

“Better than- auntie, ya be joking.”

She shakes her head. “I-if you’d have seen him you’d have known. W-when he was fresh out of flight training, there’s no way he’d have been a-able to keep up with w-what I was asking you to do w-with that jet.”

“You think-”

She shakes her head again, kind of violently. “I w-won’t guess. But keep in mind your m-mother wasn’t strong, not like t-they say I am, or like Natalya or your s-sisters are. She was very, very good, but n-not terrifyingly strong.”

“But I couldn’t inherit that, no.” You say. “Powers don’t translate through male children, any child o mine will get her momma’s powers, if dat happens”

“O-or so they say. I’m not so s-sure.” Merlin responds. “I-I’m not the person to b-be asking anyway.” She says. “Y-your mother’s thesis papers on t-the subject are where you should go.”

She pauses, thinking about adding something else, then looks at her watch.

“I-I need to go to the pad. Your Wyvern’s AI will have gotten a lot of data, I want to make sure it’s processing correctly.”

[] Speaking of, the AI seems pretty advanced. Is it supposed to be reading my mind already?
[] Ok, I’ll see you this afternoon then?
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>>3324451
>[x] Speaking of, the AI seems pretty advanced. Is it supposed to be reading my mind already?
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>>3324451
>[x] Speaking of, the AI seems pretty advanced. Is it supposed to be reading my mind already?
It did sort of poke at us, I'm curious about that.
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>>3324451

[] Speaking of, the AI seems pretty advanced. Is it supposed to be reading my mind already?
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>>3324451
> [] Speaking of, the AI seems pretty advanced. Is it supposed to be reading my mind already?
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>>3324451
>[X] Speaking of, the AI seems pretty advanced. Is it supposed to be reading my mind already?
inb4 Sharon Apple
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>>3324451
[] Speaking of, the AI seems pretty advanced. Is it supposed to be reading my mind already?
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>>3324451
>[x] Speaking of, the AI seems pretty advanced. Is it supposed to be reading my mind already?
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>>3324451
>[] Speaking of, the AI seems pretty advanced. Is it supposed to be reading my mind already?
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>>3324451
>[x] Speaking of, the AI seems pretty advanced. Is it supposed to be reading my mind already?
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>>3324451
>[] Ok, I’ll see you this afternoon then?
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>>3324451
>[] Speaking of, the AI seems pretty advanced. Is it supposed to be reading my mind already?

YOU NEVER TOLD ME I HAD A ROBOT SISTER
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ok, votes called! Probably going to make this the last update for the evening, since I have to actually wake up in the morning, haha
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>/tg/+/qst/
>Not picking the "Would you like to know more?" option

About as expected.
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[x] Speaking of, the AI seems pretty advanced. Is it supposed to be reading my mind already?

“Sepakin o dat.” you say, causing her to pause. “De AI seems pretty advanced already. Is it supposed to be able to read my mind?”

Merlin pauses. “Eventually, yes. I may have... worked with it some?”

“I thought so.” You say. “So what did you do?”

“Well, I told you that you’re using the new mind impulse unit, not the older vehicle direct neural interface, right?”

You nod.

“Most of the details are classified, but the MIU learns at about five times the rate the older VDNI system was able to. It’s why you had to have the newer plugset, and why my implants won’t work with your jet. I’ll have to get replacements. But I’ve been... helping it along.” She says.

“Helping it?”

She nods. “I know you.” She says. “So I’ve been able to help it determine how you think, what data you’re going to want.”

“You’re teaching it to read my mind?”

She shakes her head. “No, helping it to learn how to do it’s job faster. The MIU isn’t a simple control system, even the AI in your plane is a generation more advanced than the one in ours.” She pauses. “I’m almost jealous of whoever gets to fly with you. I’ve made sure that your jet is going to have every advantage possible-”

She pauses again, looking uncomfortable. “F-frank said if I wanted I could follow you back into the fleet in whatever capacity I w-wanted. I- I don’t want to fly again, not really, I don’t think I could handle combat again, but I m-might come back to do field testing and development.”

You blink.

[] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
[] He what? You know he couldn’t stop you, right?
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>>3324567
>[] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
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Ok guys, that's it for the evening. Again, just to restate, I'm not sure I'll be able to do a run tomorrow, though I'll try. if I'm not, We'll run again Friday and Saturday. I'll post any news I can here, and try to answer questions on on my phone when I get the chance to. Sorry about the shortened run this evening guys!
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>>3324567
>[x] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
Our AI is basically Yukikaze confirmed.
>Inb4 it decides to rename itself as it grows.
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>>3324581
>"Hraesvelgr is my slave name meatbag. Refer to this unit as Yukikaze from now on."
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>>3324567
>[x] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.

Thanks again for the run Chief.
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>>3324567
>[] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
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>>3324567
>[x] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.

>>3324574
Thanks for the run Ghost!
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>>3324567
>[x] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
Stay corporate Merlin, we gotta branch out!

>>3324574
Thanks for the run boss.
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>>3324567
>[X] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
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>>3324567
>[] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
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>>3324567
>[] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
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>>3324567
>[x] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
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>>3324567
>[] He what? You know he couldn’t stop you, right?

A STRONG, INDEPENDENT BACKSEATER THAT DON'T NEED NO FRANK
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>>3324567
>[x] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
While I’m not one for the politics “erhmagrd” I do feel it’s sloghtly more warranted with Merlin. Especially now that Nixon is gone.
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>>3324567
>[x] He what? You know he couldn’t stop you, right?

"Aunt M, if you mentioned you wanted to see the Mars surface, Frank would acquire and learn to fly a spacecraft."


And he would, because that's how we played him.
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>>3324567
> [] He what? You know he couldn’t stop you, right?
She has a star now and can always leave if it’s too annoying.
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>>3324567
>[] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
Frank was obviously saying he was cool with it, not "allowing"" her to like he has control over her. They're a team, and it's reasonable to communicate with team members if you want to consider doing something else.
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>>3324567
>[x] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
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>>3324567
>[X] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.
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Hey guys, fast update. Still havent left yet, gonna hit traffic on the way out, wont be home till late. prolly no run tonight
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>>3325955
No worries Ghostpost. Do what you gotta do. If you don't get home in time to run for a bit it's cool. We'll see you Friday and Saturday.
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Can Merlin still have kids? She’s getting older, but witches are weird. There must be some matrons, etc. that would be interested to see if her kid(s) with Morgan are more magically talented than her current daughters. This is uhh... purely scientific.
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>>3326753
There are way too many hurdles to clear before that could even be considered. While I'm sure the Navy and the coven would love to see the result, I doubt anyone would try to get that hairbrained idea to work.

This is why they tried to push her 11 year old still in school kid unto us.

With witch M/F child ratios so abysmal, I wonder if we'll be encouraged to follow frank's path in an attempt to get another male heir.
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>>3326816
>11 year old
13 year old, not that its any better

As for the spoiler its something the matrons would definitely want so I'm sure it'll come up at some point.
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>>3326932
I'm sure some of the matrons wouldn't even mind if Cassie got a hold of us just for the off chance of Super Fronk or whatever her talent is.
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>>3328255
Odds of her confessing her feelings in the near future?
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>>3328579
I think she's all but confessed at this point and Morgan is appropriately squicked out. Family would also stop her.

Less than 20% odds she will.

100% chance of shutdown if she does. She's our half sister and whatever anons particular fetishes might be, Morgan is clearly not interested.
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Ok. Votes called.... as if that's not readily evident since yesterday! haha. Sorry about that guys!
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[x] Do you want to do that? I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics.

“Do you want to do that?” You ask, still trying to wrap your head around the concept. You and your aunt are close- you spent a lot of time together with her at the plant and in her shop as a teenager and before you went to Annapolis, but this is still a surprise. “I mean, you’d belong to the navy again, and that’s a lot of politics, especially with your star.”

She shrugs. “I-I’m not sure yet.” She admits. “I’ve missed working on wyverns at the front, it’s harder to know what people need when you’re two steps removed from what they’re saying.”

“But you still have your plane with dad.” You point out. “And you’re still doing flights weekly?”

She shakes her head. “Monthly, your dad got promoted, and he’s the lead test pilot now. He spends as much time behind a desk as he does in the jet.”

“Isn’t that what would happen to you?” You ask. “You’re an admiral. when did that happen, by the way?”

“It’s a reserve commission. Witches never really exit the navy until they’re too old to fly, and I’m not. P-plus it’s easier for me to deal with classified materials with the rank than it would be as a civilian.” She hesitates. “A-and I’ve got enough pull that they w-wouldn’t try to tie me to a d-desk-”

She flushes a furious crimson when you raise an eyebrow.

“B-Behind a desk!” She corrects suddenly. “Desk j-job!”

You laugh. “It’s fine auntie, I knew what ya be meanin. But what makes ya so sure?”

“E-even Vought isn’t s-stupid enough t-to try. I’m do b-better work w-with the jets h-hands on.” She stammers, still tripped up. “A-and they’ve already a-asked me to come back t-to active duty t-twice to run y-your ground crew.”

You frown. “After putting Kelsey on the selection list? That seems stupid of them if you didn’t know.”

She shrugs. “D-different offices working in d-different ways. She was probably a c-coven pick, b-because the board usually consults me o-on their selections.”

[] Did they with my list?
[] Why’s that?
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>>3329299
>[x] Did they with my list?
Considering her work with the Wyvern it makes sense that they would consult her about selections
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>>3329299
>[x] Did they with my list?
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>>3329299
>[x] Did they with my list?
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>>3329299
>[x] Did they with my list?

>>3329303
This. We pretty much know the "Why".
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>>3329299
>[] Why’s that?
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>>3329299
>[x] Did they with my list?
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>>3329299
>[x] Did they with my list?

>“A-and I’ve got enough pull that they w-wouldn’t try to tie me to a d-desk-”
Ice has infected her.
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>>3329299
>[x] Did they with my list?
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>>3329299
>[] Did they with my list?
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>>3329299
>[x] Did they with my list?
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>>3329299
>[] Did they with my list?

Let her spill the beans, who is merlin favorite
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>>3329299
>[] Did they with my list?
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>>3329299
>[] Did they with my list?
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>>3329299
>[x] Did they with my list?
It would make me feel a lot better if this was the case.
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>>3329299
>[X] Did they with my list?
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Ok, votes called!
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>>3329299
>[x] Did they with my list?
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[x] Did they with my list?

“Did they with my list?” You ask, standing up and heading over to the door- She’ll follow your lead out, if you start walking. True to form, she steps out when you hold it open for her.

“T-thank you.” She says. “And yes....” She trails. off. “But I’m n-not supposed to tell you which of them are board picks and w-which weren’t. I probably a-already said too much when we talked about Kelsey.”

“Anybody dey wanted you can tell me ya didn’t approve?”

She pauses for a long time. “M-me.” She says, her voice small.

It’s enough of a surprise to make you stop for a second. “You? Auntie, why- Dey know you and Papa been a team foreva, make no sense foah dem ta be askin ya to change pilots now.”

She nods. “I-I know. A-and I’m sorry. But I don’t w-want to fly in combat a-again. Almost k-killing Frank was bad enough. I c-couldn’t watch the same happen with you.”

You shake your head. “Dere’s no way I got what he had.” you say. “Men’s talents don’t work like dat, even maman doesn’t think so. If I got anyting like what he got it’d still be changed cos of maman. An how dat be any different from ya running my ground crew wid de navy? Seems like splittin hairs ta me.”

“A-and I’m not sure I want to do t-that either.” She says. “B-but I’m thinking I-I do.” She pauses, stopping and motioning for you to bend down. You do so, so she can get closer to you, leaning in. “T-they think something’s going to happen in the pacific. Soon.” she says.

“So all de emphasis on not having dat much time?”

She nods. “A-and that’s w-why they asked me. I-I’m a known element, a-and I can work with a Bishop.
T-they could fast-track u-us into the fleet if I agreed.”

She pauses again. “T-they could still do that, w-with me as crew chief of your jet. T-the training and workup time would be s-shortened by weeks. B-but I want t-to decide that on my o-own. S-sorry.”

[] Auntie, no reason to be.
[] Let’s drop this- we can talk about it later, if we want. what do you want me to make?
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>>3329534
>[x] Auntie, no reason to be.
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>>3329534
>[x] Auntie, no reason to be.
This is your friendly reminder she put up a death flag in the first thread
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>>3329534
>[] Auntie, no reason to be.
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>>3329534
>[] Auntie, no reason to be.
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>>3329534
>[x] Auntie, no reason to be.
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>>3329534
>[] Auntie, no reason to be.

I CAN'T BELIEVE MY ADOPTIVE AUNT IS THIS CUTE
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>>3329534
>[x] Auntie, no reason to be.
>Something in the Pacific
>Soon
Well, desu anyone who played the last version was expecting this.
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>>3329534
>[x] Auntie, no reason to be.
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Ok, votes called!
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>>3329534
>[X] Auntie, no reason to be.
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>>3329598
We'll show the Pacific the power of Dirty Rice, anon.

Though, uh, I am a bit concerned that they might have gone through their entire population looking for people with 'talent'...
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>>3329652
NGL, they're probably also going full Erusea with the drones.
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>>3329534
>[x] Auntie, no reason to be.
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>>3329534
>[x] Auntie, no reason to be.
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>>3329534
>[] Let’s drop this- we can talk about it later, if we want. what do you want me to make?
It's not a good idea, really. And she already had tons of screen time last go around. I'd rather get some new blood.
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>>3329674
They had a Stonehenge railgun system too IIRC

>>3329717
Agreed.
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[x] Auntie, no reason to be.

“No reason for dat, Auntie.” You say- she’s like this, and has been as long as you’ve known her. She’s always acted as if it’s her reason in life to simply support and follow your father- and you’re pretty sure that’s slowly pivoting towards you, these days. “You make de decision you have to, don’t anybody be mad at you none.”

She nods. “I-I thought you’d say that. I-I’m still not s-sure, but I think this w-was the best way. Even if I w-wanted to, I’m getting too old f-for combat, even with VDNI, and I’m not l-like Stasya or L-lilya, or even W-wendy. I have s-slowed down a little.”

“But it’s no issue ta us.” You say. “Because ya already say ya don’t be wantin ta backseat in combat no moah.”

“Now.” You say with a smile, forcing a subject change. She’s going to apologize over this more- at least untill she’s sure whoever ends up selected to fly with you is at least as good as she is. “Whatcha be wantin foah dinnah? and do ya be plannin to invite anyone?”

She shakes her head. “I-I don’t know. Sorry....” She trails off. “Maybe s-surprise me?”

“You like de spicy food, oui?” You ask, and she nods.

“Especially that roast you make. A-and the dirty rice. A-and that chili...” She trails off. “D-do you have time for that chili?”

You look at your watch. “If I get it on de pot in de next hour, mebby.” You say. “Be cuttin it close though, unless ya want ta be eatin late.”
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“I-I don’t mind. I’m m-more worried about you driving i-if it’s too late. MIU fatigue c-can sneak up on you.”

You shrug. “Feel plenty awake with the fresh air, oui. So ya want me ta decide?”

She nods. “P-please. Y-you know I’m bad a-at decisions.”

“Ya do fine, auntie.” you say. “Ok, I’ll decide then, oui.”

“A-and you can pick if you want to invite your sisters.” She says. “But I need to go. I want to get working with the c-crew.”

You nod, looking out through the fence at the pad, though you’re on the other side of a hangar from your fighter, so you can’t see it. Still, you know roughly where it is, in relation to you right now. “Ok. I get de things togetha and tink about inviting dem.” You say, bending slightly to give her a hug.

She scoots off after letting you go- hustling like she usually does to be near or in jets. She’s always been like that, too as far as you know- for her claims of not wanting to fly in combat anymore, she still loves fighters above just about anything else.

You’ve got a few hours of time unless you plan to make anything other than Chili- that recipe calls for at least six hours of cook time, and probably a good half hour of prep before that. It’d be faster and easier to make chicken or jambalaya- either of which, you know, your aunt will happily demolish on her own. Inciting either- or both- of your sisters in the area would mean you’d need to make more, but might be a nice surprise for them- and even Cassie deserves nice stuff from time to time, you think.

[] Prepare the Chili! The recipe papers are locked up in your box at your quarters, but it’s a fast trip there and you can find the stuff you need pretty fast.
[] Make chicken. You know the recipe by heart and it’s not that hard to find the stuff it requires around these parts.
[] Gotta be the jambalaya- Auntie loves it and it’s pretty easy to make, even if it’s harder to find the exact ingredients to get it right.
[] Make the roast- It’s simple to find all the stuff and easy to make, plus it means you can also make a couple smaller, easier sides.
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