2237-08-16 - Convoy Attack

The Air Wing tries to bomb a convoy transporting AA to Delphi.

Date: 2237-08-16

Location: Skies Over Delphi

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation:Delphi

Scene Number: 399

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The skies over Delphi. The air wing of Dauntless has been assigned to try to break open a cooridor for the insertion of Marine troops at the city's railyards. A flight of Raptors is coming in low to bring the bombing of the AA systems, while a squad of Vipers is taking the high road. "Flight, Jar. We're about to enter the engagement zone. Sing out and look sharp." he calls out over the comms. With it only the small squad of Vipers, he doesn't break it into wings, instead keeping it as a whole unit.

"Jar, Banshee, I copy. Eyes open and looking for unfriendlies." Aubrey settles into the formation, the woman scanning both DRADIS and through her canopy.

"Jar, Jukebox. Copy that. Eyes wide open." Paquette checks his DRADIS, before he forms up in the formation, looking around carefully as well. Starting to hum a bit to himself in the cockpit as he keeps an eye out for the enemies.

"Jar, Bingo, on the mark one eyeball." Faye responds as she picks up on someones wing. Newbie to the squadron and all that. She keeps her eyes up and out more than on the DRADIS, with a consistent scan across her gauges just to make sure all it running according to plan.

<FS3> Mason rolls Alertness: Success (8 5 3 3 3 2)

<FS3> Aubrey rolls Alertness: Good Success (8 8 7 5 5 2 2 1)

<FS3> Faye rolls Alertness: Good Success (7 7 6 5 4 3 2)

<FS3> Paquette rolls Alertness: Great Success (8 7 7 7 6 6 2 1)

"Flight, Jar. Copy that. Happy hunting." Mason offers over the comms. Beneath them, scattered cloud cover makes it hard for the Viper team to see how the Raptors are doing, but the DRADIS is showing their contacts on the edge of the screen. The more immediate threat is the pair of triple wings that are making their way in from the northwest. Two Raiders with a single Cyper joined in as an attack squad that is moving up in an intercept course of the bombers.

"Flight, Banshee, I have 6 contacts on radar that aren't marked friendly. Two look like Cypers. Can we get confirmation?" Aubrey asks.

Turning to scan the skies as DRADIS shows their contacts, Paquette studies the enemies there rather carefully. Cursing a little to himself as he seems to notice something. "Flight, Jukebox. Is it only me, or does one of those Raiders carrying that new missile profile...?" Moving with the others for now, he mutters something more under his breath, in Leonese.

"Got a Raider going in on one of the Raptors. Gonna try to stop it." Banshee's voice comes over the comm, a scowl on her face as if the Cylons have adopted their tactics of taking out missile boats first.

Faye isn't much for talking now that the skies have suddenly been filled with enemies -- or more directly -- now that the enemies have been sighted. She gives a little wiggle of the wings and notices one of them starting to angle in on Irene. "Oh no you don't." She mutters off-comm, rolling over and applying some speed. "Iris, Bingo, targeting the one after you."

Somewhere on the low road, is the raptor carrying the two former child stars, Iris and Clutch. "Here goes. Jam them up, Clutch. I want to hit our targets today." Which explains why she keeps the flying pillbox plowing ahead, burning hard, when she notices one of the raiders peeling off to intercept. "Thanks Bingo, I'll try to keep it entertained."

Flying with flight, Kell is staying in formation with one of the Vipers and Raptors when contacts start being called out, eyes looking quickly in the heading that they were marked. The blips on the horizon slowly grow larger and the silhouettes quickly reveal them to be hostile. As the furball is joined, Razor sees one of the stolen Vipers heading in on their Raptor and quickly maneuvers himself onto the bogey's tail. "Iris, Razor, getting the other." A quick glance behind shows that a Raider is cahsing him but the Cylon is ignored for now, focused on clearing Irene's tail. Raptors and wingman are his usual priorities for coverage.

Mason attacks Cyper2 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Nose. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Paquette attacks Raider1 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Wing.

Kell attacks Cyper1 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Raider4 attacks Irene with Missile but Irene EVADES!

Juliana suppresses Raider4 with Ecm and succeeds.

Juliana tries to suppress Cyper2 with Ecm but FAILS.

Juliana suppresses Raider3 with Ecm and succeeds.

Irene passes.

Aubrey attacks Raider4 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Raider2 attacks Kell with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Tail. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider1 attacks Paquette with Kew but Paquette EVADES EASILY!

Raider3 attacks Mason with Kew but Mason EVADES!

Faye attacks Raider4 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Tail. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cyper2 attacks Aubrey with Kew but Aubrey EVADES!

Cyper1 attacks Irene with Kew but MISSES!

Cyper1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Kell)

Raider1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Paquette)

Aubrey grunts as she sweeps in at an angle on the Raider chasing the Raptor, and she looses KEW fire at it. It pings against the body of the ship, scratching up the paint but not much more. She spirals to avoid the fire of a Cyper as she calls over the comm. "Iris, Banshee, that Raider is still on you! Coming around again!"

The first pass between the two wings doesn't go well for the Raiders, as they are hit and hit hard. "Flight, Jar. Great job! Keep on target, don't forget to save some for the AA pass." he calls out as he cuts from the Cyper he was chasing to form back up on the others, targetting one of the raiders in the process.

"Come on!" Faye yells off-comm as she found her shot spoiled by a bit of bad air, the shot only grazing the tail, that was just in time to see another one of the Raiders turn and look like it's about to go toward Irene. A hard bank, a slip to get on the inside of the arc, and she changes to the new target only to see it turn toward her as well.

Diving down on the Cypher that is intent on the Raptor's tail, Kell gooses his thrusters to get even closer and then presses down on the trigger stub. The twin autocannons roar to life, spitting out multiple rounds that tears through the stolen Viper. The Cylon's fuselage is shredded and quickly loses hull integrity, causing it to break up with debris spinning and falling towards Caprica. "Iris, Razor, one cleared! Assisting with the other." A quick scan of the situation shows that another bogey has been shot down as well. Pulling his Viper up in a brief climb, he quickly follows up with an inverted roll and once more dives back down on the Raider that is packing modified firepower.

Looks like Iris is going to be earning her pay on this run, banking hard to avoid getting chewed up by kew from the cypher all while a missile lock tone screams in her ear. "We're popular today." She says, as if she were merely commenting on something as mundane as the weather. She deftly deploys countermeasures and breaks the opposite way, the cylon missile juking off harmlessly on her former heading to explode well clear off the port wing. "Flight, Iris. We'll keep them jammed. Thanks for the help."

Now look, one of those Raiders happens to be heading straight for Paquette. So Paquette heads straight for that Raider in return. Rolling out of the way of the incoming fire, he lets his own fire turn the Raider into a nice little fireball. Then he sees the remaining Raider from that little three-ship wing come for him, and he heads for that Raider as well.

Raider4 attacks Irene with Missile but Irene EVADES EASILY!

Raider4's weapon clicks empty.

Paquette attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Tail. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Irene passes.

Raider3 attacks Mason with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Aubrey attacks Raider4 with Kew but Raider4 EVADES!

Cyper2 attacks Faye with Kew but Faye EVADES!

Faye attacks Cyper2 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider2 attacks Paquette with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.

CREW HIT! attacks Paquette with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Juliana tries to suppress Raider4 with Ecm but FAILS.

Juliana suppresses Cyper2 with Ecm and succeeds.

Juliana suppresses Raider3 with Ecm and succeeds.

Mason attacks Raider3 with Kew but MISSES!

Kell attacks Raider4 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Paquette has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Raider2, CREW HIT!)

Raider4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Kell)

Paquette spends a luck point and is back in the fight!

Aubrey sweeps in at the Raider again, but it dodges her KEW fire. Fortunately, it dodges right into the path of Kell's shots. "Nice shooting Razor!" she calls over the comm as she scans for another target.

A second pass between the two wings doesn't end up so well for the Dauntless wing this time - Mason grunts as his plane takes several hits and his bingo board lights up with several red lights as he turns his attention to rerouting power. "Flight, Jar. If I lose comms, Razor, you're in charge of the flight." he offers quickly before he returns to the flight.

Coming down through the clouds of Delphi, the railyard comes into view, already there are several bomb craters from earlier attacks. An AA battery comes to life to target towards the flight, as a pair of Raiders also come in for the attack.

Faye lets out something akin to a cackle with a grin as she slips the Viper to the right, then back to the left, avoiding the shots coming in from the Raider before pulling the viper up onto a wing and pulling up and over to give her a shot in at the wing of the enemy craft. She laces the Raider before pulling back hard to come back around to try and pull in on its six. "C'mon, c'mon...! I got you! I got you...!"

This time, it's Paquette taking the hit. His cockpit is hit, one of the shrapnel pieces going into his arm, which causes the Leonese to cry out a bit. "Flight, Jukebox. Took a bad hit to the cockpit. Somehow, I think that guy was angry for me taking down his partner..." Moving in far more defensively now.

Another missile pursues Irene's raptor, but she kicks the tub into a roll at the last second and it streaks on by. She said she was hitting her targets today so she quickly corrects course, not letting anything dissuade her. "Flight, Iris. I have a visual on the target area now. Starting attack run." And so she does, nosing up and then dropping in, putting the AA site front and center so she can fire off a rocket.

With Aubrey's help, the Raider is herded into the stream of autocannon rounds that Kell's Viper was spitting out, flying right through the brilliant tracers as it tears into another Cylon. This one meets the same fate as the Cyper, the craft breaking apart. "Banshee, Razor, thanks for the assist. Iris, your six is clear." When Mason calls out that he is next in line to lead, Razor is surprised for a moment before he sees the status of their flight, that both Jar and Jukebox are in bad shape, "Jar, Razor, I copy." For now, the best he can do is keep his squadmate's tails clear.

Raider2 attacks Faye with Kew but Faye EVADES EASILY!

Kell attacks Raider5 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.

CREW HIT! attacks Raider5 with Shrapnel and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Raider6 attacks Paquette with Kew but Paquette EVADES!

Raider3 attacks Aubrey with Kew but Aubrey EVADES EASILY!

Juliana suppresses Cent1 with Ecm and succeeds.

Juliana suppresses Raider5 with Ecm and succeeds.

Juliana suppresses Raider6 with Ecm and succeeds.

Mason attacks Raider3 with Kew but Raider3 EVADES!

Cyper2 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES!

Irene attacks Cent1 with Talons and HITS! Graze wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Faye attacks Cyper2 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aubrey attacks Raider3 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider5 attacks Mason with Kew but Mason EVADES EASILY!

Cent1 attacks Irene with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Controls.

Paquette attacks Raider2 with Kew but Raider2 EVADES!

Cyper2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Faye)

Irene has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Cent1)

Raider5 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Kell, CREW HIT!)

Aubrey jukes easily to avoid the fire from a Raider, but then she sees the Raptor get slammed by AA fire. "Frak!" is her apt response, as she switches targets.

The missile streaks towards the Raptor and explodes near it, causing heavy damage. In the meantime, Mason frowns as he presses the attack on the Raider that won't seem to want to be hit. "Iris, Jar, sing out. What's your condition?" he asks as he tries to remain in the battle.

Irene spends a luck point and is back in the fight!

As enemy reinforcements join in on the defense, Kell pulls his Viper into another climb, being taught in flight school that altitude is an advantage that one should not surrender in a dogfight unless forced to. He then inverts his fighter again and soon enough picks out another bogey, the one chasing their heavily damaged flight lead. Focused as he closes in on his target, Razor's autocannons tears into yet another Cylon, this time the majority of his rounds punching into the cockpit section of the Raider. The Centurion piloting the disc shaped craft is pulverized by the heavy rounds and the decapitated Raider is now flipping end over end down towards the earth. Suddenly, his cockpit begins screeching at him, the warning that there is a target lock on his bird. The AA battery is now focusing on him. He immediately goes into evasive, trying to dodge the incoming missile while he descends towards the battery.

The shots from another raider skim by over Faye's canopy a bit of luck on her side as she had been pulling hard around toward Cyper2, who happened to be trying to go after another one of the pilots. A kick of the rudder just that little bit more as she held the turn, feeling the g's piling on as she said in a strained voice "Right there, right there-!"
She depresses the trigger, the shots lacing into the body of Cyper2 and it spins and banks out of control. A push of the stick, a release of the rudder, and a pull up to reverse direction as she goes after that one who had shot at her. "Flight, Bingo, one more down."

Paquette doesn't manage to hit anything this time, but manages to avoid getting hit as well. Moving for another enemy, he frowns, starting to sing a bit to himself. Careful about that not going on the comms.

Irene has very few options, rushing headlong at an AA site as she is, no time or air to dodge in and still get a shot off. The instant the rocket is away, she just burns hard to get beyond the nest, but the missile pursuing is more nimble and twice as fast. The explosion engulfs the raptor and it comes out the other side of the fire and smoke awfully shaky. "Flight, Iris. Bad hit, controls severely damaged. Gods damn." Still, she keeps it in the sky, which seems like an accomplishment in itself and not only that, seeing a raider coming in to try to finish her off, she stubbornly lines up on it and just dares it to try.

Cent1 attacks Kell with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Cent1's weapon clicks empty.

Raider2 attacks Faye with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Raider6 attacks Aubrey with Kew but Aubrey EVADES!

Raider3 attacks Paquette with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body.

Faye attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Juliana suppresses Cent1 with Ecm and succeeds.

Juliana tries to suppress Raider2 with Ecm but FAILS.

Juliana suppresses Raider6 with Ecm and succeeds.

Aubrey attacks Cent1 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Kell takes careful aim at Cent1.

Paquette attacks Raider6 with Kew but MISSES!

Irene attacks Raider3 with Talons but MISSES!

Mason attacks Raider3 with Kew but MISSES!

Kell has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Cent1)

"Flight, Jar..." Mason frowns a little. "We're going to try to make one more pass at these frakkers. We don't break the AA this time, withdraw." the flight leader orders as he sees how hard his team is getting hit.

Aubrey screams downwards at the AA battery, and she unloads KEW fire into its body with a vengeance, even as she pulls up to avoid the fire from the Raider chasing her. Something is smoking where she hit the AA, and she grins. "I made a hole!" she declares.

"Frak!" Faye pulled up right into the shots from Raider two, feeling her craft shudder as it found the mark. She banked the fighter hard, trying to keep up with the Raider who had shot at her, her own hitting its guns in return. A growl as she noticed it wasn't where she was aiming, but either way she eases up at hearing the flight lead, noting that her own ship is hardly in the best position to handle another solid strafe from that Raider anyway. A doubleclick on her comms to make it known she heard Mason.

Descending in altitude, Kell tries to break right when he sees the missile with the smoke trail climbing up to meet him. His Viper doesn't evade quick enough though as the warhead easily tracks him and slaps into the side of his fighter. A tremendously loud bang reverberates inside his cockpit and the systems shutdown for a moment. Missile strikes are no longer a foreign experiene for poor Razor and he immediately goes through the procedure to restart his systems after realizing that he is still alive. However, this time his Viper is unresponsive. Going through the procedure two more times while watching himself bleed altitude with each passing second, Kell make sthe decision to bail. Reaching up over his head, he pulls hard on the ejection lever and his canopy is blown out, then seat rockets out of the cockpit.

At least this time Paquette only takes a paint-scratcher to his Viper. But his own shots miss, as he turns around once more. Twisting his Viper around to try avoiding getting hit. Oh, there's a Raider. Let's shoot it? Maybe... Definitely maybe.

"One more pass and we're bugging out. Clutch, get on the gun. Dissuade anything that tries to get on our tail or shred whatever looks juicy if we're clear." Irene calls back, since the bus just isn't responding to her like it should. Frustrated, she stomps her foot a few times into the deck and pretends like that somehow makes the controls work again. The bus does give a promising jerk and then turns into a bank. Good enough, she goes for the AA one last time.

Aubrey attacks Cent1 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Weapon.

Raider2 attacks Faye with Kew but Faye EVADES!

Faye attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent1 reloads.

Raider6 attacks Aubrey with Kew but Aubrey EVADES!

Raider3 attacks Paquette with Kew. Stopped by ARMOR on Wing.

Juliana attacks Raider6 with Kew but Raider6 EVADES!

Paquette attacks Raider2 with Kew but MISSES!

Irene attacks Cent1 with Talons but MISSES!

Mason attacks Raider3 with Kew but MISSES!

Cent1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aubrey)

With the AA being blown, there's a spectacular explosion down below. At least the area is cleared for the troops to land and rescue Kell. "Flight, Jar. I have visual on Razor's chute. Sending SAR request, Flight withdraw!" he calls out as he mutters. Mission accomplished. At a cost.

Seeing Kell go down, Aubrey clenches her teeth, and jukes the Raider behind her once more, before she levels the AA battery with KEW fire. "AA is down! We need SAR for Razor!"

"Banshee, Jar, I'm already contacting local forces for the recovery. Jukebox, if your bird is too damaged for RTB, there is a friendly base thirty minutes south of Delphi." Mason responds as he frowns.

A sigh, as Faye's shots seem to just dent the Raider as she hears the call, a bank of her viper back toward base even as that other raider seems to be turning to follow, "Jar, Bingo, permission to engage the one on Jukebox at least?"

Nodding to himself, Paquette stops singing as he hears the talk. "Jar, Jukebox. I should be able to get back to the ship. And someone taking out that guy following me around sounds good, thanks."

"Bingo, Jar, you have one on you. Clutch, provide covering fire. Hit and run, team. Last attacks, return to base." Mason sounds terse - but he's allowing the last attack. Stirling may have his ass for it later, but he's only ordering the Vipers that are able to attack to do so. "Bingo, Banshee, last pass. All other Vipers, Arr-Tee-Bee."

Iris gets the raptor lined up and fires off a rocket at the AA, which, given how shaky the bird is, is a small miracle in itself. The talon goes high and completely flattens an outbuilding in the trainyard, sending shards of wall, roof and atomized furniture into the sky with the fireball. "Killed it." She congratulates herself, then burns hard and straight for the treetops, making the pillbox as stable as possible for Clutch to provide covering fire. "Flight, Iris, breaking off."

Raider3 attacks Paquette with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aubrey attacks Raider3 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Faye attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Raider6 attacks Aubrey with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Irene passes.

Paquette passes.

Raider2 attacks Faye with Kew but Faye EVADES!

Mason passes.

Juliana attacks Raider6 with Kew but Raider6 EVADES!

Paquette has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Raider3)

Raider3 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aubrey)

Paquette spends a luck point and is back in the fight!

With another Raider being blown to bits, the remaining Raiders bug out to head back towards their lines, leaving the flight alone after their attack. Not that they didn't get their pound of scrap in the process.

"Jukebox, Banshee, you ok there? looked like a bad hit, but your tail is clear! I'll follow you just in case," Aubrey notes, settling in behind the very damaged Viper.

Another chatter of her kews as she gives a fleeting shot at the Raider who seems to be out for her. Another stitching of dents on the raider before they both break off at the destruction of another of their number. She whips her head to one side and then the other, looking for the Raptor and then the other Vipers. "Flight, Bingo, mine's breaking off. Looks like he stopped wanting to play." And with that she pushes her own viper over and falls in closer to the rear of the formation.

Taking another hard hit to his Viper, Paquette mutters something angrily to himself as the craft spins a bit. Getting it back into place, he takes a few breaths. "Banshee, Jukebox. Aside from getting a bit dizzy, I'm not leaking more than before that hit. Thanks for clearing my tail. I owe you one." Working on bringing his Viper back home, he mutters something to the craft, under his breath.


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