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Archive (First thread isn't there as it's on a different page. Find it by clicking "Pilot Quest" and scrolling down to July 2016. It's the first entry):
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Pilot%20Quest%201989,
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To say that the last few hours had been more tense than you would have liked was an understatement.

Just after you had arrived back at your hut, alarms around the base began to wail. You and the rest of Freelancer flight had bolted straight to your jets and scrambled into the air, thundering into the sky as fast as your birds could have carried you. However it was all for naught as you were recalled back to base as the situation became clear.

What was originally believed to be a full flight of incoming TU-95 Bears had turned out to be just a single one, apparently there had been a miscommunication between the radar controllers and the base command staff. So the entire scramble was for nothing. You landed along with everybody else as a pair of IJN F-4EJs were vectored to intercept the Soviet aircraft.

You found it hard to get to sleep that night, you didn't know if it was because adrenaline was still pumping through your veins from the scramble, the reconnaissance flight, or because you were just worried about your sister being on what could soon turn out to be the front lines in a possible war. Either way, you had to get up and walk around the base for about a quarter of an hour, the cold and crisp night air soothed your spirits and allowed you to drift to sleep.

You woke up and went through the monotone routine of a military morning. Wake up, clean up, get breakfast, go to the hanger and get ready for flight ops. Your patrol flight had to be delayed due to some slight software problems, but you took to the skies soon enough, patrolling the northern coast of the Japanese home islands.

"Flight 23, this is Stink-eye. How copy?" Your radio cracked into life as you were contacted by one of the AWACs units that helped bolster the Japanese radar network.

"Flight 23 copies Stink-eye. Send traffic." You radioed back as you looked out over your right wing. Scorpion was flying just off your wing while The Brits and the French flew about 250 feet off your wing, taking their flight directions off you.

"We have radar contact on approach from the North-West. Looks like another Bear probing our radar net." The AWACS controller informed you from his bird's position a few miles to your south. "Sending position data to you. intercept it and escort it out of our airspace."

>CONT
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>>532106
You clicked your mic twice in a wordless response as you pondered how to approach the situation.

>Head up and intercept it with the whole flight. They will probably turn around faster if they have a whole flight of 'cats on their asses.
>Head up with Scorpion and leave the Brits and the French to cover the hole.
>Have the Brits and the French intercept the Bear while you and Scorpion hang back, you don't really want the Soviets getting a better look at the E-'cat.
>Other (write in)
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>>532106
>>Head up with Scorpion and leave the Brits and the French to cover the hole.
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>>532109
>Have the Brits and the French intercept the Bear while you and Scorpion hang back, you don't really want the Soviets getting a better look at the E-'cat.
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>>532109
>Have the Brits and the French intercept the Bear while you and Scorpion hang back, you don't really want the Soviets getting a better look at the E-'cat.
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Need a tiebreaker
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>>532280
scratch that, writing
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Mind if I join in?
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"Slider, Durendal. We have a Bear incoming on the following heading and altitude." You data linked the data on the incoming contact to the girls as you spoke. "Intercept the incoming Bear and escort it out of Japanese airspace."

"Are you sure you don't want to come with us?" Durendal asked, sounding slightly worried. "You're usually one for an intercept or other fun things."

"Can't risk the reds getting more close-ups of the E-'cat." You responded as your supporting flight broke away to intercept the intruding Soviet aircraft.

"If we didn't want the Soviets to have pictures of the E-'cat then we wouldn't have sent you on that recon mission in it." Scorpion pointed out. "The D model has the same top speed."

"The D model isn't as manoeuvrable and has slower acceleration." You returned as the pair of you continued on your flight pattern. You switched frequencies so you could report back to the AWACS.

"Stink-eye, this is flight 23. Have sent aircraft 3 and 4 to intercept while 1 and 2 maintain patrol pattern." You reported back to the AWACS crew, who had undoubtedly noticed by now that your flight had split up.

"Understood flight 23. Maintain current patrol pattern while 3 and 4 intercept the Bear." The AWACS crewman replied, sounding slightly frustrated that you didn't follow his order to the letter.

Then again, most AWACS crewmen were failed pilots, so the inevitable envy that you could actually make decisions like that was probably what annoyed him.

You continued the patrol pattern for a while longer while Slider and Durendal intercepted the Soviet bomber.Zeus fed the radar picture from the AWACS into one of your MFDs, obviously after filtering out everything but your flight and the Bear. You watched as Slider and Durendal intercepted the Soviet aircraft and escorted it out of Japanese airspace before breaking away from it and heading back towards you.

As soon as your comrades formed up on you again, your radio crackled back into life.

"Flight 23, you are swapping out, return to Chitose Air Base." The AWACS crewman ordered before cutitng the connection, either because he had another flight to deal with or becasue he was still annoyed about how you handled the intercept.

"Ok girls, we're heading home." You broadcast to your flight as you turned back towards the airbase.

"Really? That was quick." Slider responded as the rest of the flight followed you back. Thankfully, nobody went for the open joke and instead the topic of conversation switched.

"Hey Slider. Did that Soviet crew wave at you?" Bats asked, sounding slightly perplexed.

"Yes, why do you ask?" Slider answered as if it was the most normal thing in the world.

"It just seems a bit odd to me. Aren't Soviet airmen meant to be mean?" Bats continued on with another question.

>"Well, some of them are. Others are assholes."
>"Oh yeah, Soviet bomber pilots are surprisingly friendly."
>"That was just a fluke. Soviet bomber crews are bastards."
>Other (write in)
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>>532340
Sure, I trust that you know how to take part in a quest thread?
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>>532447
>>"Oh yeah, Soviet bomber pilots are surprisingly friendly."
This is what I've honestly heard from a few pilots before, but they were dealing with modern(ish) Russian Air Force, not Soviets, so it may not be true.
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>>532447
>"Oh yeah, Soviet bomber pilots are surprisingly friendly."

especially the QT ones it seems
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>>532453
hey thunder what happened to thread 10?
also, any word on the bios?
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>>532597
Thread 10 is on the archive. I had mis-numbered it as thread 9 for some reason. I just decided to go back to the true listing, which makes this thread 11.

Also, bios are coming as soon as I have the time to finish them
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"Oh yeah, Soviet bomber crews are surprisingly friendly." You confirmed, before continuing. "Hell, back when I was flying off the USS Forrestal, the Soviet crews were seemingly too nice, so they would send up commissars to keep the crews acting professional, But they would just shake the aircraft around to simulate turbulence so that the commissar would sit down, then they could continue to talk with us."

"And how could you talk to them?" Bats asked, sounding rather intrigued.

"We used a signal light, they did the same." You answered honestly enough, you didn't really feel the need to tell them that you had to also translate every one of you messages into Russian. Which only made things more complicated.

"Isn't that against the rules?" Scorpion asked, her interest piqued on the subject.

"Scorpion, do I look like the person to follow rules?" You asked sarcastically. Of course it was against the rules, but what the Forrestal's captain didn't know couldn't hurt him.

"Well, you've been acting by the rules a lot recently. No buzzing towers, no drunken shenanigans, nothing. It's as if you've lost your edge." Zeus pointed out what you had already known. But then again, you couldn't really do those at TOPGUN. Especially with CINPAC overseeing your accelerated training.

"That's because CINPAC is watching our unit directly and told me directly not to do any more stunts." You conceded the reason behind your change.

"Wow, who would have known that a unit change would make my pilot a fucking pussy." Zeus spoke up, sounding disdainful. You knew that it was a joke, but you still couldn't stand for it. You made a mental note to kick his ass eventually.

The rest of the flight back to Chitose Air Base was filled with basic gossip. Apparently some pilot had been hitting on Scorpion and she was looking to take revenge on him. You knew that it wasn't you, but you felt the need to make checks on your uniform to ensure that it wasn't you. You landed a few minutes later, though your dismount was slightly delayed as your typical parking spot had been taken up by IJN F-14s, their original spaces had been taken up by 6 aircraft which were being wheeled into the hanger next to yours with obvious care.

As you dismounted, you pondered your next choices.

>Investigate the new aircraft. Maybe you have a compettitor?
>Talk with the guys in the ATC, maybe your sister's flight has arrived back by now?
>Go back to the hut, if your sister has arrived back then the guard should give her your message to go there.
>Teach Zeus a lesson in humility.
>Other (write in)
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>>532653
alright. i really appreciate you taking the time to update people like that
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>>532744
>Go back to the hut, if your sister has arrived back then the guard should give her your message to go there.
>Teach Zeus a lesson in humility.
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>>532744
>Go back to the hut, if your sister has arrived back then the guard should give her your message to go there.
>Teach Zeus a lesson in humility.
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>>532453
Ja. I'll respond in the next thread.
Is this based off of Ace Combat or something?
>AWACS Thunderhead
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As much as you wanted to check out the new aircraft, you had the sneaking suspicion that they were from your sister's unit. And if she was on the base then you were sure that the guard would relay the message to her. As such, the best place to go would be the hut. As such, as soon as you had finished shutting down your aircraft you made your way back over to the hut.

"Hey Razor. Who do you think fly those weirdly painted F-14s?" Zeus asked as you made your way back to the hut. Scorpion and the rest of the girls followed behind you with semi-regular spacing.

"We're on a base with a member of the Japanese Royal family and some weirdly painted jets show up. Take a guess who owns them." You replied unhelpfully to Zeus's question, leaving him to come to the realisation.

"So you think the fucking princess and her entourage fly those birds?" Zeus asked, only continuing once you had nodded in confirmation. "Kenji and Tatsuko are gonna shit a brick."

"Wouldn't you if say, the president's daughter was on the same base as you?" Scorpion asked as she and Vamps caught up with you.

"In fairness, I'd ask her out." You joked, only to cause Zeus to sigh.

"And once again, you think with your dick." Zeus mockingly criticised you. "I swear it's becoming a growing trend."

"Tell me one recent occasion where I've though with my dick." You asked you RIO, determined to get an answer out of him.

"Yesterday, when you tried to get that Soviet pilot to defect." Zeus responded almost immediately. "I swear you were only trying to get her defect so you could add her to your possible harem."

"Hey, I was tying to get her defect so ONI could focus on something other than me, and thus fuck off quicker." You responded sternly. "And in any case, what makes you think I'm trying to get a harem?"

"Because you seem like you need some good, non-crazy pussy after your last girl." Zeus replied as you both entered the hut. Inside was relatively cramped living. There were 8 bunk beds lined against the walls at the far end of the hut with lockers at the feet of each bed. There was barely enough room for a small rec area, with a mini TV, an old couch and a microwave. Kenji, Tatsuko, Kay and Rekker were all inside. Kenji and Tatsuko were idly chatting in Japanese while Rekker lay sleeping on his bed and Kay watched the TV. As everyone filed in, they all began doing their own thing. Mags climbed into bed and went out like a light, Slider and Scorpion joined Kay on the couch, Vamps started reading a book and the French began having their own conversation while writing letters.

However, while you planned how to get back at Zeus, someone knocked on the door with 3 short knocks.

>Open the door yourself
>Have someone else open the door
>Other (write in)
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>>532843
It's not based off ace combat. It's more-or-less based of what if the cold war went hot in the late 80s. However, in order to make it an actual war rather than a nuke throwing match, I had to change a few things in earlier history, roughly around WW2
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>>532903
>Open the door yourself
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>>532903
>Open the door yourself
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>>532903
>Open the door yourself
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>>532903
>Open the door yourself
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With everybody else doing their own things, you were left to open the door and greet whoever was knocking. You quickly turned on your heels, walked the few paces it took to get to the door, and opened the door.

You were greeted by 6 people, though out of all of them you could only identify 2 of them. The one directly in front of you was your sister, and standing just behind her was Princess Sakamoto.

"Bradly!" Your sister squealed happily as she dived into your chest and hugged you with all her tiny might.

"Hey Janice!" You greeted her with a hug of your own. "How the hell have you been doing?"

"I'm doing great. Here, let me introduce you to my unit." Janice let go of you and began gesturing to each member of her squad as she introduced them.

"This is our flight lead, her Royal Highness Princess Sakamoto." Janice gestured to the princess. As soon as the words left her mouth, you could hear Kenji's conversation, along with every conversation in the room stop. Almost as if someone had hit the mute button on a TV.

The princess sighed. "Did you have to bring up my rank Janice-san? You know it's only going to make them act like I'm more delicate than I actually am."

Janice shrugged, oblivious to the choking sounds coming from Kenji. "I guess, but they would find out eventually. So it's best to tell them now."

"I suppose you're right." Sakamoto conceded. "Please, continue Janice-san."

Your sister nodded, before then continuing on with the next person.

"That girl there is Yuiko Takebe. She acts as the Princess's RIO and personal bodyguard." Your sister gestured to a short girl with black hair and a passively aggressive look. Probably a given feature of any bodyguard.

Your sister then pointed to the only blonde in the group. "That there is my RIO, Miranda Hoskins." Miranda gave you a small wave before Janice continued on to the next person.

"The next girl is Iori Minase. She flies our 3rd aircraft with her RIO Chihaya Kisaragi." Your sister gestured to the final pair of girls, the only real difference between them was height and hair colour, aside from that they both looked too well manicured to be seasoned pilots.

They were probably the Idols that CINPAC had told you were in the princess's unit.

>"So, is that everyone? No offense but that seems like a pretty small number of pilots for a unit."
>"It's nice to meet all of you. Here, let me introduce you to my unit."
>Other (write in)
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>>533754
>"It's nice to meet all of you. Here, let me introduce you to my unit."
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>>533754
>>"It's nice to meet all of you. Here, let me introduce you to my unit."
9unit in blod better not be our dick)
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>>533754
>"It's nice to meet all of you. Here, let me introduce you to my unit."
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>>533754
>>"It's nice to meet all of you. Here, let me introduce you to my unit."
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"It's nice to meet all of you. Here, let me introduce you to my unit." You said as you stepped a bit further back int the room, so that Janice and her unit could get a better look inside.

"Starting from left to right on the couch. We have Minna Wiess, formerly Luftwaffe. She's my wingmate." Scorpion turned around along with everyone on the couch. She then smiled and waved at the group of visitors.

"In the centre we have Eleanor Halsey, formerly Royal Navy. She flies as the lead of 3rd flight." Slider turned in her seat to face the group of visitors, before then smiling and bowing her head respectfully.

"Then on the right we have Kay O'Hare, a born and bread American." Kay mirrored Scorpion's greeting, except with a more enthusiastic smile.

"Howdy." Kay greeted in her stereotypical southern accent.

You then turned your attention to your squadmates who were in their bunks. You then moved further inside, allowing the visitors a look past the lockers and fully down the aisle of bunk beds, towards your remaining squadmates. Some of whom were sleeping, others were writhing letters, and some looked like a deer in a car's headlights.

Oh boy, this was going to be a mixed bag.

You started by gesturing to Kenji and Tatsuko. "Those two are Kenji Nakamo and Tatsuko Himei. They are the IJN's contribution to the unit." As soon as you were finished, Kenji and Tatsuko immediately stood up and bowed to the princess.

"Please, Kenji-san, Tatsuko-san. You don't need to bow to me." Sakamoto spoke up calmly. "I only have to be proper in front of the cameras, and at family gatherings. In any other case, I'd prefer it if you didn't treat me any different to your squadmates."

Kenji and Tatsuko thankfully got the message and straightened up out of their bow, nodded at the princess, and returned to their conversation, this time in slightly more hushed tones.

"Just past them, we have Perrine Favreau and Amelie Villaceque. Both are from the AĆ©ronautique Navale, French Naval Aviation." You introduced the French pilots as you gestured at them.

"Bonjour." Both Durendal and Bats greeted your sisters unit, who waved in return. You waited for them to finish before continuing on.

"And now, we move onto the lazy RIOs." You commented as you noticed that the other 3 people in the room were asleep.

"Ok, so in turn. We have Samantha Lancaster, Halsey's RIO. Craig Rekker, Kay's RIO. And finally, Michael Shawcross, my RIO." You listed off the names of each sleeping RIO as you gestured at them.

>CONT
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>>533772
"It's nice to meet all of you." Princess Sakamoto greeted everyone. Though I must ask, are there any more of you? This hut is fairly cramped as it is but the presence of more beds tells me that there might be other people."

"Yeah, there are 4 others, including our boss. So in total, we have 16 people in our unit, and we fly 8 Tomcats." You replied with a shrug.

"Oh my... that's quite a lot of people to fit in one hut." The princess responded, sounding slightly shocked.

"Frankly, it's about as good as fleet life." You shrugged again as you responded, fleet life was cramped for obvious reasons.

>"So, is that everyone? No offence but that seems like a pretty small number of pilots for a unit."
>"I couldn't help but notice a few oddly painted Tomcats on the runway. Are those your birds?"
>"So, what birds are you flying?"
>Other (write in)
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>>533773
>"I couldn't help but notice a few oddly painted Tomcats on the runway. Are those your birds?"
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>>533773
>>"So, is that everyone? No offence but that seems like a pretty small number of pilots for a unit."
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>>533773
>"I couldn't help but notice a few oddly painted Tomcats on the runway. Are those your birds?"
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>>533773
>"I couldn't help but notice a few oddly painted Tomcats on the runway. Are those your birds?"
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>>533773
>"So, is that everyone? No offence but that seems like a pretty small number of pilots for a unit."
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"I couldn't help but notice a few oddly painted Tomcats on the runway. Are those your birds?" You asked your sister and the princess, slightly intrigued by the appearance of both them and the mystery aircraft.

The princess answered first. "Indeed, we just returned from a day trip to Tokyo to see my father, the Emperor. They're F-14J Kai's, upgraded F-14Js that we just got from the Mitsubishi aircraft plant near Kure."

"And how are they different to the normal F-14J?" You asked as you leaned back against one of the lockers.

"Well they have the system upgrades from the F-14B and an upgraded powerplant and IRST system, along with domestically produced ejector seats." The princess listed off effortlessly.

"How do they handle?"

"They fly very well, especially when compared to the early B model that I used to fly." The princess smiled warmly. Apparently satisfied with her new aircraft.

"Hey Bradley, you never said what you were flying? You still have that old A model?" You sister asked with an innocent smile. You knew too well that she thought she had the better aircraft and was trying to rub it in.

Well wasn't she in for a shock.

"Well, most of the unit is flying the new D model, with upgraded electronics, radar and IRST. Though I'm flying Grumman's experimental E model." You reported with a smile as your sister's smile faded away.

"I didn't know that the USN was bringing in new Tomcats." The princess said, sounding slightly annoyed.

"The D model is being brought into active service as we speak, a few units that we shipped out with had already made the switch." You reported calmly, you were actually rather surprised that the Princess hadn't been informed. Though it could just be that she was never told because she never asked.

"Well, in any case. Do you want to go up on a training flight? Me and your sister against you and one of your comrades." The princess suggested with a smile.

"Are you sure you can get clearance for that?" You asked sceptically, she may be a member of the Japanese Royal Family, but you still doubted that she could just brute-force something like that through.

"I'm pretty sure I can. So don't you worry about it." Sakamoto responded with a smile.

>"Yeah, I'm up for a flight." (Pick a wingmate)
>"Actually, we just got back from a flight. I'd prefer to take some time to rest before another flight.,
>Other (write in)
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>>533804
>"Yeah, I'm up for a flight." (Pick a wingmate)
Kenji and Tatsuko, it will help them get more used to the princess.
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>>533806
This.
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>>533804
I concur.
>>533806
>"Yeah, I'm up for a flight." (Pick a wingmate)
Kenji and Tatsuko, it will help them get more used to the princess.
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>>533806
this
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"Sure, I'm up for a flight." You nodded, though you were still a bit tired from your previous flight, you could deal with it wit the healthy application of more coffee.

"Splendid, I'll go clear it with the control tower, we probably won't be needed to scramble, so load up with a data pod and maybe some fuel tanks. We'll meet you on the flight line." The princess instructed you with a respectful, yet commanding tone.

"Alright then, just give me a bit to get my RIO up and we'll get going." You answered back, the princess nodded before speaking again.

"In which case, We'll leave you to it then. See you on the runway Mr Poole." Sakamoto said calmly, before leaving with almost her entire unit. Only your sister stayed behind.

Your sister looked at you and smiled innocently again. "We're going to kick your ass, just so you know." And with that said, she quickly left.

"Hey Kenji, Tatsuko, you both want to fly on my wing for this?" You asked the pair of startled Japs as you walked over to Zeus's bed and began shaking him awake.

"Are you sure Razor-san?" Kenji asked, sounding slightly worried. "Wouldn't it be overstepping my boundaries?"

"Of course not. The princess asked for the training match and we're going to give her one. And in any case, a quick rumble with her should help get you more comfortable with her." You replied as Zeus finally woke up. "Get up knuckle-head, we have a training flight."

"Who with?" Zeus asked groggily as you walked over to the small coffee pot by the couch and poured yourself a cup of the good stuff into a disposable paper cup.

"Princess Sakamoto and my sister." You responded nonchalantly, it took Zeus another few second to respond, but the sound of booted feet hitting the floor told you all you needed to know.

"I fucking hope you're joking." Zeus paused for a second to try and size you up. "Fuck, you're not joking."

>CONT
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>>533828
"How do you think we feel Zeus-san?" Kenji asked, keeping his hands firmly placed on Tatsuko's ears to hide the swearing from her. "We're flying on your wing."

"Well that will make things easier I suppose." Zeus conceded as you passed him a cup of coffee as you downed yours and went out the door, your groggy RIO and worried wingmates following just behind you on your way to the hanger.

Upon arrival, you could see that your ground crew were just clearing up their post-flight repairs.

"Hey chief, load me up with a data pod will ya?" You called out to your crew chief, who looked at his clipboard and then back at you.

"You aren't meant to be flying any training missions today, hell you aren't even meant to be flying another patrol until this evening. What gives?" You chief asked as you stopped in front of him, Kenji and Tatsuko were already making their way over to their crew chief to get themselves set up.

"Her Royal Majesty, Princess Sakamoto has requested that we perform a training flight with her. So we're loading up." You reported calmly as your crew chief looked at you as if you had just grown another head.

"I... I'll have to check in with whoever it is I have to in order to clarify this shit." Your crew chief sighed.

"She said that she would be heading to the ACT to get everything sorted there, you could check in there." You suggested to your crew chief, who nodded before leaving wordlessly. A few minutes later, your ground crew received the news and sprung into action, fuelling your aircraft and loading on the data pod.

As you finished your pre-flights, your radio crackled into life.

"Hello Poole-san." The princess greeted you. "I trust that you are ready?"

"Of course, what simulated load do you want to go with?" You asked as you cycled your engines up to 10% thrust and began taxing out of the hanger.

"I'll leave that decision up to you. I'm fine with anything." Sakamoto returned, leaving the decision in your hands.

>Simulated guns only, the honourable way.
>Simulated guns and sidewinders, the short-range load.
>Simulated guns, sidewinders and AMRAAMS. the patrol load.
>Other (write in)
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>>533829
>>Simulated guns and sidewinders, the short-range load.
Let's see how well she can fight at close ragne.
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>>533829
>Simulated guns, sidewinders and AMRAAMS. the patrol load.
Let's not get cocky and be prepared for any tricks she tries to pull, besides she has razor's sister to get a feel on how we think.
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>>533829
>Simulated guns, sidewinders and AMRAAMS. the patrol load.

This is training so let's simulate what we'd have in an actual rumble.
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>>533829
>Simulated guns and sidewinders, the short-range load.
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Need a tiebreaker
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>533869
1: "All The Shit"-load.
2: "I'm Down To My Knife"-load
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>>533875
What do you mean by the "I'm Down To My Knife"-load? Guns only?
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>>533878
No. Guns only would be: "OH GOD! OH GOD!, I'M GOING TO DIE!"-load.

Fighter pilots want to be on their way home when they are close to running out of missiles.

We have a tie so I asked the dice-gods to break it.
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>>533884
Oh, ok then, usually, the "OH GOD! OH GOD!, I'M GOING TO DIE!"-load would be absolutely nothing, as even with guns you still have a fighting chance, but I see your point.

Anyways, writing.
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>>533891
Not really. Guns are vastly over-rated. They are only useful in mountainous terrain, against defenceless targets or against fighters that have run out of missiles themselves.

They are nice to have as psychological backup, but efficient they are not.
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"In which case, let's go for a short-range load. Simulated guns and sidewinders." You suggested as you fell into line behind one of the weirdly painted tomcats. Unlike the normal IJN and USAF aircraft, the aircraft in the princess's unit all wore a distinctly unique pattern. However, you couldn't really pin a crew to an aircraft without asking.

"That sounds reasonable, We'll climb to angels 20 and wait for you to takeoff, one we have formed up we will head east until we a further over the coast, we'll then separate to 25 miles before beginning the training engagement. Does that sound acceptable?" Sakamoto laid out as she taxied onto the runway with your sister in tow. You and Kenji waited on the taxiway for them both to take off.

"Sounds good, We'll meet you up there." You agreed as the Princess began her takeoff. Both her and your sister gently took off and entered a 45 degree climb as you and Kenji made your way onto the runway.

"So Razor, what is the plan?" Kenji asked as you radioed the tower for clearance. You didn't answer him until you had got clearance and were rocketing down the runway.

"Simple, as soon as the engagement starts, we fire a sidewinder at them to try and make them go evasive, while they are going evasive we charge them and try to get either a guns or missile kill before they can return fire." You laid out your plan to your wingmate over a private channel as you climbed aggressively to catch up to the princess and your sister.

"And if they do the same thing to us?" Kenji asked again, his voice somewhat strained from the rapid climb.

"Our birds have much better countermeasures and we've been dodging simulated missiles at TOPGUN for a good few weeks now. We'll be fine." You comforted you wingmate as your formed up with the princess and your sister. Taking you position at her 5 o'colck with about 300 feet speration.

>Talk with Kenji and Tatsuko, see how they are holding up.
>Talk with the Princess, get to know her a bit better.
>Talk with your sister, find out just how she got into the same unit as a member of the Japanese Royal Family.
>Stay silent until you get to the training zone.
>Other (write in)
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>>533925
>Talk with the Princess, get to know her a bit better.
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>>533925
>Talk with the Princess, get to know her a bit better.
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>>533925
>>Talk with the Princess, get to know her a bit better.
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>>533925

>Talk with Kenji and Tatsuko, see how they are holding up.
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>>533925
>Talk with your sister, find out just how she got into the same unit as a member of the Japanese Royal Family.
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Because you still had a bit of time until you reached the training zone, you decided that now would be a perfect time to talk with the princess.

Why? Because why not.

However, she preempted you by radioing you first. "Freelancer 2-1, this is Shirotori 1-1. How are things on your end?"

"Freelancer 2-1 to Shirotori 1-1, I'm doing great over here. What about you?" You answered the question before returning it.

"I'm doing very well." Sakamoto paused, before then continuing. "You know, your sister thinks she can beat you."

"Do you think you can beat me, with her help?" You asked, hoping to try and get a feel for how she thought.

"I think so, though your sister did say that it was odd for you to choose guns and sidewinders. She was sure you had gone for guns only." The princess reported back, the sureness in her voice told you all you needed to know.

"Well, TOPGUN gave me a new look on missiles. And in any case, I felt it was prudent to give the both of you a way of fighting back." You replied confidently, after all, a pair of green pilots against a pair of TOPGUN graduates was an inevitable curb-stomp.

"Well, we'll see about that." The princess responded, but before she could sever the connection, you asked a question that has been nagging you for a while.

"So what's with the unit setup? I mean, there's you, my sister, your respective RIOs and a pair of Idols all flying 3 Tomcats in a unit. I mean, what's the reasoning behind that?" You asked as carefully as you could. The princess was silent for a few seconds before responding.

"It's... complicated, I would prefer to talk about it later. If you want you can come around to our barracks then I can fill you in there. You have a right to know." The princess responded with a very flat tone, it was obvious that the subject was a sensitive one.

"Oh my, is my brother and the princess hooking up?" Janice cooed over the comms.

"Quiet you-" Sakamoto began, only to be cut off.

"To think, so many of your suitors will be so disappointed at your decision, to think you would be interested in some filthy, American gaijin." Her RIO mocked, barely suppressing a giggle at the princess's expense.

"Ladies, please stop." The princess tried, the embarrassment obvious in her voice.

"Come on Razor, first that Soviet chick and now the Princess? When is it going to stop man?" Zeus chimed in, taking the opportunity to try and embarrass you.

"Everyone, please!" The princess yelled, shutting everyone up. "We have reached the training zone. Good luck Freelancer, you will both need it!"

As soon as the princess had finished, her flight immediately broke away, heading north.

"You know, I think she likes you." Zeus suggested as you broke south, Kenji holding his position off your right wing.

"Shut it, we've got a match to win." You snapped back at him as your flights moved further and further apart. You had only a few seconds to decide who you would go for.

>CONT
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>>533998
>Go after the Princess and leave Kenji to deal with your sister. She's less experienced so she should be an easier kill.
>Go after your sister and leave the Princess to Kenji. You need to get her first as a matter of pride.
>Other (write in)
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>>533998
>Go after your sister and leave the Princess to Kenji. You need to get her first as a matter of pride.
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>>534001
>Go after the Princess and leave Kenji to deal with your sister. She's less experienced so she should be an easier kill.
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>>534001
>>Go after the Princess and leave Kenji to deal with your sister. She's less experienced so she should be an easier kill.
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>>534001
>Go after the Princess and leave Kenji to deal with your sister. She's less experienced so she should be an easier kill.
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>>534001
>Go after the Princess and leave Kenji to deal with your sister. She's less experienced so she should be an easier kill.
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"Kenji, here's the plan. I'll go after the Princess, you will deal with my sister. She's less experienced so she should be an easier kill for you." You instructed as you approached 25 miles separation. A pair of mic clicks from Kenji signalled that he understood.

As soon as you reached 25 miles separation, you performed a split-S manuver to reverse your momentum. Even from so far away, you could tell that Sakamoto's flight had done the same.

You paused, you had planned to wait until 20 miles separation before firing your first simulated missile. But you immediately went evasive as your missile warning system sprang into life, telling you that a simulated missile had been fired at you.

Your response was to pull up and hit your afterburners. In spite of the weight of the entire aircraft working against it, your jet's engines pushed you past the sound barrier with ease while Zeus brought the electronic warfare systems online. And almost immediately, the missile warning system went offline.

You rolled over so you were pointed directly towards where Sakamoto's flight was coming from, and immediately you could tell that the princess was diving after Kenji while your sister was trying to climb to meet you.

You dived down on full afterburners, while it left you open to a sidewinder shot, you banked on your sister being so inexperienced that she still followed the lessons she had been taught in training as opposed to thinking on her feet.

However, you had no luck there as she launched another simulated sidewinder. Had you been in any other 'cat she would have had you dead to rights.

However, your E-'cat was something else entirely, it was almost trivial for you to pull out of the dive and go evasive, a move that would have made most missiles either loose track of you when you left it's seaker, or have a very hard time following you if it had kept it's lock. And the range-computers were accurate enough to tell that you had managed to evade the simulated missile. Leaving your sister with nothing but her simulated guns load.

"Hey, could you stop playing with your sister and FUCKING HELP ME!" Kenji demanded over the radio as he struggled to get away from the princess.

>Assist Kenji, you have the speed to get away quickly.
>Deal with your sister first, it will be easier to deal with the princess once her support is gone.
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>>534081
>>Assist Kenji, you have the speed to get away quickly.
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>>534081
>Assist Kenji, you have the speed to get away quickly.
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>>533896
>>Talk with the Princess, get to know her a bit better.
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>>534001
>>Go after the Princess and leave Kenji to deal with your sister. She's less experienced so she should be an easier kill.
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>>534081
>>Assist Kenji, you have the speed to get away quickly
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>>534081
>Assist Kenji, you have the speed to get away quickly.
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>>534081
>Assist Kenji, you have the speed to get away quickly.
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You looked out of your jet's canopy, searching for Kenji. Thankfully, you could easily see him, he was racing along the shore with the Princess in hot pursuit.

You slammed your jet's throttle to full and hit the afterburners, unleashing the fury of your jet's General Electric F110-129s. The sudden acceleration boosted you away from your sister's jet and on a straight intercept to hit the Princess.

However, your sister and the princess defiantly worked well together. You were sure that your sister had radioed ahead to the princess and informed her of your attempted intercept. This sudden realisation caused the princess to break off Kenji's tail and try to pass directly under you, even with your jet's impressive speed and manoeuvrability, you wouldn't have been able to get on her tail.

So, you took the easy option and sent a simulated sidewinder after her. Forcing her to go evasive while you bled airspeed to slow down. You rounded on the princess's tail and latched on.

You had to admit, she was a very impressive pilot, she was almost as good as you. But at the end of the day, your E-'cat was just too manoeuvrable to allow her to escape.

You got into gun range, selected the simulated guns and depressed the trigger on your joystick. Had you been firing live rounds, your spread would have blown off her vertical stabilisers and blown out one of her engines. The asymmetric flame out, coupled with the loss of the stabilisers would have then sent her jet into an irrecoverable flat spin, and at such low altitude there would have been very little time to eject.

Thankfully however, you weren't firing actual rounds. Instead, your jet's fire control systems sen their data back to the range computers, which then calculated the likelihood of a successful kill.

"Shirotori 1-1.... KIA." The range officer paused as he read out that the princess had been eliminated in a simulated dogfight. "Shirotori 1-2. KIA. Freelancer flight is victorious."

You cut your jet's afterburners as range officer made his assessment, you climbed behind the princess's jet as she climbed higher into the sky.

"Well done Mr Poole." Sakamoto congratulated you as your respective wingmates formed up on you.

"That's no fair. I had you dead to rights so many damn times!" Janice complained, sounding as grumpy as she usually was when she lost a competition.

>"The range computers factor in everything about the jets. It's not my fault I have a better jet."
>"You were flying too rigidly, it was too easy to evade you."
>Other (write in)
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>>534185
>>"The range computers factor in everything about the jets. It's not my fault I have a better jet."
But still mention she was flying too rigidly, and that we'd be happy to school her again sometime. Then hit on the Princess a little.
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>>534194
this. lets hope kenji doesnt kick our ass
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>>534194
I'll support this
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>>534185
>"The range computers factor in everything about the jets. It's not my fault I have a better jet."
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"The range computers factor in everything about the jets. I beat you fair and square." You explained calmly to your moody sister.

"It's not fair, I would have beaten anybody else fair and square." Janice huffed, still not taking the defeat well.

"Hey, it's not my fault I have a better jet." You replied defensively.

"Well, in any case. Where do you think we could improve Mr Poole?" Sakamoto butted in, keen to stop any potential for an argument. A wise choice considering that Janice could get very confrontational after loosing something.

"Well, I can't really comment on how you specifically performed, you'll have to defer to Kenji on that matter. However Janice, you were flying far too rigidly, it was too easy to evade you and if I had wanted to I could have easily got on your tail. You need to loosen up and be more flexible in a dogfight." You began your assessment, listing off the major problems as you saw them. "Additionally, you both separated and went your separate ways. In a dogfight that can be fatal as your enemy will absolutely use any trick they can to get on your tail. Having your wingmate close can help negate that risk."

"I see. Well, I was planning on bringing this up later with the entire unit, but now seems to be as good of a time as any. We'll soon be getting reinforcements for our unit, Royal Guard pilots. And one of them is slated to take Janice's position as my wingmate." Sakamoto revealed, her shaky voice proving that she defiantly didn't like said change. "Tell me Mr Poole, in your honest opinion. Do you believe it is best for myself and your sister to fly separately, do you think we work well enough together as a pair?"

Shit. This was a decision that you had no business making. But none the less, it had fallen into your lap.

>"I think that you both could be a great team, you just need to train more in order to work better together."
>"I think that both of you fly far too aggressively to be good wingmates. You should fly separately."
>"This isn't my decision to make. This is wholly in your hands."
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>>534296
>>"I think that you both could be a great team, you just need to train more in order to work better together."
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>>534296
>"This isn't my decision to make. This is wholly in your hands."
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>>534296
>"I think that you both could be a great team, you just need to train more in order to work better together."

she asked for our opinion
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>>534296
>"I think that you both could be a great team, you just need to train more in order to work better together."
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>>534296
>"I think that you both could be a great team, you just need to train more in order to work better together."

That said

>"This isn't my decision to make. This is wholly in your hands."
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>>534296
>"I think that you both could be a great team, you just need to train more in order to work better together."
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You took a couple of seconds to mull over the decision before you. However, you finally came to a decision and relayed it to the princess.

"I think that you both could be a great team, you just need to train more in order to work better together." You summarised, you could easily see that their working relationship was similar to how you and Scorpion operated. However, Scorpion could reign in her aggressiveness. You knew that Janice could easily go off the reigns if she felt like it, and in a dogfight, that could get her killed.

"Really?" Sakamoto gaped, apparently having expected a different answer from you.

"Yes. In fact, give me some time to talk with CINPAC. I'll see about possible giving the pair of you some training if you want it." You suggested. You paused to let it sink in, before then adding something else.

"However, this isn't my decision to make. This is wholly in your hands." You reminded Sakamoto, making sure that she understood that your hands were tied on the matter until she came to a decision.

"I see." The princess went quiet for a few seconds, before speaking again.

"I will have to think this over. upon returning to base. I will send someone over to your hut to bring you over once I have made my decision." Sakamoto decided, you found yourself respecting her decision before she had even made it. She was obviously a diamond in the rough when it came to leadership.

"I understand. I'll wait for your messenger." You calmly agreed as the flight back to the airbase continued.

The return to base was fairly quiet after that. The princess's flight landed first, followed by you and Kenji. Dismounting and your post-flight checks were also pretty quiet. Things were going normally until you were making your way back to the hut.

"Excuse me, Lieutenant Poole?" A voice called out to you as you were making your way out of the hanger. You turned to find yourself facing a woman with jet black hair and deep, piercing eyes. The patch on her uniform marked her out as a member of the Royal Guard.

"Lieutenant Poole, may I speak with you for a moment?" The woman asked respectfully.

>"Of course, what would you like to talk about?"
>I'm afraid I can't. I just got back from 2 flights in a row and I would like some rest before my 3rd flight later today."
>Other (write in)
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>>534411
>"Of course, what would you like to talk about?"
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>>534411
>>"Of course, what would you like to talk about?"
I'm sure we can spare five minutes to talk to her.
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>>534411
>"Of course, what would you like to talk about?"
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"Of course, what would you like to talk about?" You decided to talk with the Royal Guard pilot, slightly interested in what she had to say.

"I want to find out what your opinion is on Princess Sakamoto's flying ability. And that of her wingmate, Janice Poole." The Royal Guard remained in a stiff, professional stance while you leaned up against the wall of the hanger.

"They're certainly good when compared to other pilots who have been flying for a similar amount of time. They aren't as good as more experienced pilots such as myself and my unit. But considering that the members of my unit have been flying for years while the Princess and my sister have only just come out of training, it isn't really a fair assessment." You gave your assessment as if you were talking to CINPAC himself.

"I see. Would you say that they have any problems?" The pilot asked calmly.

"Not really. They have a couple of problems working cohesively, but that's a problem that many pilots have. I'm sure that some additional training could help them work together." You made sure to lie, if the pilot was part of the group that wanted to separate your sister and the princess, then you weren't going to try and fan the flames.

The Royal Guard pilot nodded, before speaking again.

"I see. Considering their apparent skill level, would you say that they are ready to fight Soviet forces in the event of a war?" The pilot asked be big kicker, could they fight.

The answer was very obvious from your point of view.

"It would be very dicey putting them on frontline duty without much flying hours. Though I am confident that with sufficient training, from the right instructors, they can become an effective fighting team." You carefully summarised, attempting to subtly suggest that you could train both the princess and your sister to be great fighter pilots.


The pilot was quiet, processing what you had just said. However, after a few seconds she spoke again.

"I see. Thank you for your time Mr Poole. if there is noting else to say then I will take my leave." The pilot bowed to you.

"There is nothing else to say, aside from goodbye." You responded as you bowed in return.

The Royal Guard pilot straightened up, before turning on her heel and walking smartly away. You then made your way back to the hut.

>Talk with your squadmates in the hut.
>Rest until the messenger arrives.
>Other (write in)
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>>534525
>>Talk with your squadmates in the hut.
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>>534525
>Talk with your squadmates in the hut.
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>>534525
>Rest until the messenger arrives.
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>>534525
Something else I'd like to add:
>Other (write in)
>See about getting some coffee for us and Zeus.
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>>534525
>Rest until the messenger arrives.

We need to if we've got another flight coming up
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>>534525
>>Talk with your squadmates in the hut.
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You couldn't help but sigh as you entered the hut, dealing with bullshit like this wasn't something you claimed to be good at. Most of the time you had the tact of a hand grenade. And seeing as you had practically volonteered to help train your sisters entire unit, you couldn't help but feel like the bullshit was starting to pile up.

So, you decided to do the smart thing to do when faced with a pile of anything. You roped in help.

"Hey, everyone." You began as you entered the hut, only to met a pair of annoyed glares. Slider and Scorpion were still up playing a game of chess on a fold out table. Almost everyone else had either left or were in bed.

"Quiet. People are sleeping." Slider hissed at you as you entered, she pointed over to mags, who was in bed hugging a pillow.

"Ok." You lowered your voice as you shut the door. You stayed quiet as you grabbed yourself a cup of coffee.

"So, what do you want?" Scorpion asked as you grabbed a fold-out chair and sat down.

"We may end up having to train Princess Sakamoto's unit. Put simply they are in shit-order." You summarised as you drank your cup of coffee.

"Are you kidding?" Scorpion hissed, sounding both shocked and annoyed.

"No. And if things continue the way they are then they are going to get fucked, hard." You responded honestly.

"Well, what makes you think that we are the best ones to teach them?" Slider asked calmly. "I mean no offence, but we aren't exactly the best role models."

"Who said that was the one who suggested it? I'm pretty sure that my sister suggested it." You couldn't help but shrug at your lie. You knew exactly who had suggested it and your comrades were talking to him.

"Well, in any case. I'm pretty sure that we can at least provide aggressor duties and some pointers to them." Scorpion suggested as she moved her queen forward, within striking distance of Slider's queen.

"Yes, well it's the best we can do. We wouldn't be the best teachers... checkmate." Slider finished as she moved her pawn forward, taking out Scorpion's king. Ending the match.

Scorpion stared at the board for a couple of seconds, trying to figure out how Slider had managed to get through her lines undetected.

"Do you want me to teach you Weiss?" Slider asked happily.

"Sure, you might as well get the practice at teaching." Scorpion joked before letting Slider teach her about her trick. While they were busy, you took the time to head off to the base's showers and clean yourself up.

>CONT
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>>534782

It was just before 7pm when someone knocked on the door. You opened it to find the princess herself standing there, just behind her was a jeep in Royal Guard colours.

"Hello Mr Poole. If you would like to come with me please." Sakamoto gestured back to the jeep, you followed her to the jeep and climbed into one of the back seats with her.

The ride to Sakamoto's barracks was very quiet, as was the walk in. You simply let her handle the talking and followed her. As she lead you into the barracks, you notices that it had seemingly undergone an almost complete makeover, the walls were lined to give the impression of traditional paper walls. The princess lead you into what looked like a rec room, with a pair of sofas and a table in the centre.

She gestured for you to sit down on one of the sofas while she sat down on the other.

"So, Mr Poole. What would you like to know about the unit?" Sakamoto asked, apparently ready for any questions you might have.

>"Why are you a pilot? Almost every other member of the Royal Family who has gone into the military has gone into naval command. What gives?"
>"What's with the current setup? A princess, an American and a pair of Idols. It almost sounds like a bad joke."
>"Where does my sister fit into all of this? What is here role in all of this?"
>"What's the point of such a unique unit? Surely it would have been easier to just join an already standing unit."
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>>534787
>"What's with the current setup? A princess, an American and a pair of Idols. It almost sounds like a bad joke."
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>>534787
>"What's the point of such a unique unit? Surely it would have been easier to just join an already standing unit."
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>>534787
>"What's with the current setup? A princess, an American and a pair of Idols. It almost sounds like a bad joke."
>"What's the point of such a unique unit? Surely it would have been easier to just join an already standing unit."
>Where do you see your weak points, and the weak points of the unit?
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Need a tiebreaker
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>>534888
nice trips, i will switch
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>>534787
>"What's with the current setup? A princess, an American and a pair of Idols. It almost sounds like a bad joke."
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>>534888
>>534893
>>534895
nevermind then, i wont
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Writing.
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Actually, I'm going to pause the thread here guys. I've been running for the better part of 12+ hours (not including the internet dropout), I'm too tired to go on. We'll finish up the thread tomorrow. I'll post a link on twitter and /qtg/ when it's time.
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>>534787
>>"What's with the current setup? A princess, an American and a pair of Idols. It almost sounds like a bad joke."
sorry i was late
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>>534954

Sounds good Thunder, thanks for running
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"What's with the current setup? A princess, an American and a pair of Idols. It almost sounds like a bad joke." You asked as your first question out of many.

The princess seemed to flinch at that, apparently not having expected you to be so blunt. But she answered none the less.

"Well, it's more because I wanted to be able to try and promote both American support and military service. Support for both has been gently decreasing." Sakamoto explained calmly. The firmness in her voice hinted that she had either rehearsed her explanation or had explained to a great many people.

"With everything that's going in, I would have assumed the opposite, that military enlistment would be higher than ever and people would be pushing for greater co-operation with America." You gave your opinion on the matter, only for the princess to sigh.

"People these days are... less supportive of the Royal Family. A number of people have been swayed by a few pro-communist groups. Meanwhile, the nationalists are trying to get US troops out of Japanese lands, and the bases transferred to us." Sakamoto's voice sounded more dejected, the situation was obviously something close to her heart.

"And how does bringing in both Idols and Americans help solve that?" You carefully asked, now even more intrigued about her reasoning.

"Well, the Idols make sense because a number of Idols are very popular these days, Iori and Chihaya are both very popular Idols in their own rights, both of them were open to the idea of flying with me. The idea behind bringing them in was that any Idol's fans can get quite competitive, and even aggressive during argumants about "who is is the best Idol". We hoped that by bringing them in, a number of their fans would also be tempted to join the military. And surprisingly, it's gotten some results." Sakamoto explained, giving you more information.

"And what about my sister and her RIO? Where does she fit in?" You asked the question that was closest to your heart.

"Bringing your sister and her RIO in was a play against the nationalists. One of the highest honours available is to serve alongside a member of the Royal Family. And for a while, one of the people slated to be a part of my unit was a member of a nationalist group. Part of the reason for bringing your sister in was to deny the spot to nationalist pilot. Another reason for bringing her in was because it would send the message that a member of the Royal Family would prefer to be in the same unit as the same unit as a filthy gaijin than a nationalist. To those that still cared about such a thing, it is a great insult." Sakamoto continued, and although her reasoning was sound, she still hadn't fully answered your question.

>CONT
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>>537147

"While that's a great reason. That still doesn't explain why you specifically chose my sister." You made sure to clarify your question further.

"Well, that is a story in itself. If you want to hear it then I can tell you, but if not then I can answer some other questions that you may have." Sakamoto offered.

>"Sure, I'm fairly interested."
>"Why are you a pilot? Almost every other member of the Royal Family who has gone into the military has gone into naval command. What gives?"
>"Wouldn't it have been easier to just join an already standing unit."
>Other (write in)
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>>537149
>"Sure, I'm fairly interested."
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>>537149
>>"Sure, I'm fairly interested."
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>>537149
>"Wouldn't it have been easier to just join an already standing unit."

Have that question answered befoge moving to storytime I would say.

>"Sure, I'm fairly interested."
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"Sure, I'm fairly interested." You took the Princess's offer as you reclined back into the couch in anticipation of the coming story.

"Well then, let's begin." Sakamoto began happily as she relaxed back into her couch as she got ready to tell the story.

"So, it was about a few weeks ago. I was flying with a temporary wingmate on a training flight when we stumbled across your sister during a roaming flight." The princess began her tail, leaving a small pause for you to ask questions.

"What's a roaming flight in the context of training?" You felt stupid even asking the question, but in your defence you had never encountered the term before.

"A roaming flight is where 2 or more flights will be sent into a set training area, where they fight until it's the last pilots standing. In any case, me and your sister were on separate flights and inevitably had to fight each other, both of our wingmates were eliminated in the process and we ended up in a dogfight. Then we were bounced by another flight that had stumbled across us." The princess answered your question before continuing, only stopping to leave a pause for you to ask a question that you didn't have.

"When we were bounced, I ended up being chased by one of the new aggressors, and no matter what I did he kept chasing me. He had me dead to rights when your sister came out of nowhere and took him out. I then took out the aggressor on her tail. When I had cleared her tail, she radioed me and asked for a truce until we had taken out the other aircraft. I accepted and she became my replacement wingmate for the rest of the training flight, even going as far as to not fire on me when it was just us left. Because of that I requested for her to be transferred to my unit." She finished with a smile. The memory of the flight was obviously a fond one.

>"That's very good. Even if it comes as a surprise."
>"That doesn't sound anything like her, back when she was younger she would do ANYTHING it took to win."
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>>537466
>>"That's very good. Even if it comes as a surprise."
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>>537466
>"That's very good. Even if it comes as a surprise."
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>>537466
>"That's very good. Even if it comes as a surprise."
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"That's very good. Even if it comes as a surprise." You couldn't help but smile. It was very nice that your sister was at least able to exercise restraint.

"Really, why is that?" The princess's smile instantly fell away as she asked her question.

"I was expecting it to end differently. Usually new pilots such as my sister would not be able to perform so well. But she managed to pull through well enough all things considered." You explained, hiding your main reason from her with your expert poker face.

"I see." The princess paused for a couple of seconds to check the time on the clock.

"Oh my, It would seem that we took a bit too much time. Dinner will be served soon." The princess explained, sounding slightly shocked at how fast time had gone by.

"In which case. I will not withhold you from your dinner." You said calmly as you stood up.

"If you want to, you could join us for dinner." The princess suggested calmly. "I wouldn't mind, and I'm pretty sure that your sister would be delighted for you to join us."

You took a couple of seconds to think before coming to a decision. However, once you had finished thinking, you gave your answer with confidence.

"If you would have me then i would be honoured to join you." Your answer brought a smile to the princess's face. And as she stood up, she spoke again.

"I would prefer it if you dropped the overly respectful bullshit. That should only be used in more... official situations. Like in front of cameras and the likes. In more casual situations like this you can lay off it." She instructed calmly as she lead you out of the room and towards the dining area.

The meal was a well cooked dish of rice and other assorted traditional Japaense foods. The food itself was delicious but the best part for you was begin able to talk more with your sister and the rest of the unit. After the meal however, you spend about an hour giving pointers to the girls on air combat manuvers, enriching their knowledge with experienced advice.

When you left, it was about 9:30 pm. You returned to the hut to find that your flight had been cancelled due to poor weather. A storm was rolling in and the winds made landing far too dangerous.

You went to bed that night still slightly worried for your sister's safety, but you none the less felt confident that she was in safe hands.

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That's going to be the end of this thread folks. Sorry that this thread was a bit stretched out but I was attempting a Saturday run for the first time. We'll probably try again this coming Saturday just to make sure if they are good to run with.

As always, if you have any questions relating to characters or the setting as a whole, then I can ask them to the best of my ability without spoiling things to come.
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>>537605
mind going into the divergencies from our timeline? i assume this isnt going to suddenly become fallout earth, but things could be different enough to impact our interactions with the world in a major way, and razor would be aware of most of these events, i would imagine
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>>537605
See you Saturday.

Adding to other anon's question, with a specific focus on aircraft. Any interesting fictional variants on your mind? Is the F-23 looking more likely than the F-22?
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>>537621
Razor would be aware of most of these events, though the major divergences are:

>The rivalry between the IJN and IJA boiled over during WW2, long before atomic weapons were used on Japan. The IJN forged a deal with the USN which essentially ended the war and allowed troops to be freed up to attack Nazi Germany. Ending WW2 a few months earlier. Though the civil war raged on for a good few years and only ended in 1947 after the USN re-enforced the IJN faction after the IJA started deploying chemical and biological weapons.

>Due to their eastern allies tapping out, Nazi Germany fought bitterly to the end, utalising both chemical and biological weapons to keep the allies at bay. But in the end, The war ended when members of Nazi high command killed Hitler as part of Operation Valkyrie, which happened a year later than in real life.

>The Soviets have an a-historically large navy, having not canned naval development after coming to power. Their navy almost rivals the USN itself in overall tonnage. And like the USN, many of these are surface ships.

>Because nuclear weapons weren't combat tested. There was less interest in them post-WW2 as few countries found them to be too expensive to develop and the projects were either canned or postponed. While a few have been tested and brought into service, many doubts and outright lies about nukes mean that many countries are reluctant to use them in combat.

>Many scientists that were key to nuclear weapons development either died or didn't join their respective countries nuclear weapons programs. Further delaying the first nuclear weapons test until April 1951.

>Many ships that would have been sunk later in WW2 or just after WW2 are still afloat. Japan still operates the Yamato class battleships along with the Shinano class aircraft carriers. Some other ships remain as museum ships.

>Overall, the lack of nuclear weapons has forced warfare to become more conventional as there is a heavy stigma on chemical and biological weapons,like the ones used in WW2.

>Because Japan was more powerful post-WW2 and was able to blame most of it's war crimes on the disbanded IJA, it assisted America in the Vietnam war. Which resulted in a victory for South-Vietnam at a steep cost. Hence why many American civilians find Vietnam a touchy subject.
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>>537649

On the aircraft front:

>The F-20 was a successful export fighter to nations who needed a large number of capable fighters. One of it's most successful exports was to South Vietnam in the closing days of the Vietnam war. In 1989, it makes up the bulk of the Vietnamese air force.

>Canada pushed on with the Avro Arrow, producing a very effective interceptor. An upgraded version with new electronics is replacing the current Arrow in service.

>The Soviet Union are making more advanced aircraft based off the SU-27 and MiG-29. However, they might be developing a more modern replacement if reports coming out of Moscow are correct.
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>>537721
and korea? how did that go for us?
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>>537728
Korea still remains firmly in the grip of the Japanese. However, Kim Il Sung is still alive and continues to push for a united, communist Korea. However, because the Japanese have a kill/capture order on his head, he instead resides in China and regularly makes speeches across China and in other Soviet-friendly countries.

Unsurprisingly, his speeches barely make it to Korea as the IJN intercepts them. The IJN itself has become the dominant sector of the Japanese military, with IJN marines taking the role of the army in everything but name.
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>>537721
>the lack of nuclear weapons has forced warfare to become more conventional
dis gon b gud



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