2237-09-01 - Transports Away

In the final battle for Delphi, the air wing tries to prevent the Cylons from fleeing in transports.

Date: 2237-09-01

Location: Over Delphi

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation:Delphi

Scene Number: 462

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Delphi's University District lies just east of the city center, an urban sprawl containing many buildings that date back to the city's early days. The Wolves are supporting the Caprican military's (hopefully) final push to retake the city. Even though the Cylons have been pushed back considerably, the brass estimates that there are a couple battallions and several air squadrons left. The colonials could be facing upwards of 2000 Cylons in fortified positions, with armor, artillery and air support.

The battle is already underway, and the din of gunfire and explosions can be heard for miles around. Despite their standing orders to spare buildings as much as they can, there's smoke cloying over the district from burning buildings and vehicles.

Stirling has been leading this wing of the Wolves air squadron. They've hit some AA batteries and some armored units already, and skirmished with a couple Raiders. Fortunately nobody's taken any nasty hits so far. Now word has come over the radio on the mixed-forces band. Stirling relays it to anyone who wasn't listening to the original message. "We're getting reports that the Cylons are prepping an evac from their airfield." The 'airfield' she's speaking of is a makeshift starport spread out across the university's athletic fields and nearby parking lots. "We're being tasked to intercept. Remember there's heavy SAM coverage in the area, so watch yourselves. Our mission is the transports, but we're going to have to take out their air cover enough that we don't get jumped. Use your best judgment. Good hunting."

Captain Elena "Harpy" Imbros is new to the Wolves, but not to flying. The tall blonde pilot got to know her assigned Viper over the last few days, so she feels fairly comfortable in the bird as they prepare for this final push. She grimaces at the news that the athletic fields have been turned into a Raider airfield. This is her alma mater and it's getting Cylon cooties all over it.

"Whisper, Harpy, copy that," Elena says over the comm, tapping the DRADIS screen to make sure it's glitch free as she drops into formation.

Calliope tries not to look down too much, though her eyes occasionally linger on a particular smoking building or common square. Before she swallows and fixes her attention back on her instruments, and the battle at hand. "Flight, Soundbite. I copy, Whisper. Loaded up and ready."

There are some holes in the port armor of Kell's Viper but they are more or less superficial hits, the three autocannon rounds that found homes in his fighter never penetrating the armor due to the angle they entered. A quick check of fuel and ammo shows that he has plenty for both when the reports comes in that Cylons are trying to flee. When their CAG mentions the SAM batteries though, Razor can't help but once as he never has a good time when surface to air missiles fill the air. He does flip on his comms to send an acknowledgement, "Whisper, Razor copies." A pause before he adds, "Jigger, Nova, still on your wings." It's worked so far when they were clearing the air of small numbers of raiders and strafing Cylon tanks, no need ot change.

Princess has already had a long night in the ECO's seat. Having been working on the active jamming of the AA sites as the wing hits them, Paige litsens to the orders, and lifts her head from the console for a moment. "Sounds like we're not quite done yet, Iris. Continuing to track targets - will switch to the rear guns as needed."

"Whisper, Hawk copies. Weapons hot." Emrys waggles his wings, playing with the viper as he makes sure it will respond just the way he expects it to. He looks out through his canopy, over to where Busker should be off his wing. A thumbs up is given, though it's debatable whether the other will actually see it.

With Pitbull -- poor guy -- in her backseat once more, Astraea is just happy to be cleared for flight again. Back at the controls. Back with her wing. And no longer a concussion risk. When Whisper gives the orders, she hits the comms: "Whisper, Nova, copy that. Eye on DRADIS for ground targets an' any incomin' missile locks." Because AAM batteries are such fun guys! She's settled just a bit behind and below Razor and Jigger; roughly midway between the two Vipers, to aim for ample coverage of DRADIS and Talons between the two. "Razor, Nova, copy. How's yer armor holdin' up?"

"Busker copies." Micah Knoor's voice fills the radio with a brilliantly Caprican accent. He's had a fairly lucky day, in point of fact. His viper has nothing but chipped paint a warm engines. It's exactly the way the pilot liked it. At Whisper's words, he glances starboard, leveraging his throttle to settle back just behind his wingman's port wingtip. Thankfully, rockstar hair was under control, nestled under an already sweaty helmet lining. The movement in Emrys' cabin earns him a laugh. See it or not, Knoor knew the motion. He returns with one of his own.

Delilah just pretty much keeps to herself but she does know most of the faces and some of the names. Unfortunately, she's not really put in a lot of effort to get to know her fellow man other than across a mess hall table or over the coms, or in the varied training sessions. As it is now, she gives her acknowledgement over the coms but falls silent immediately afterwards. There's enough to listen to with the chatter of the others, and she's content for that.

Eva's had a day, and her viper shows the slings and arrows of outra-- you get the idea. She's still in the fight, and still, perhaps uncharacteristically silent, as she forms up with Farmboy, not far from where the rest of the wing is gathering. She seems, at least from any communication she's given through the fight, not to be terribly bothered by the location, or the buildings being damaged. "copy that, Whisper."

The battle has been going long enough that Alain's long foregone his music and any light-hearted comments; there's something tired in his voice now, as he acknowledges: "Copy that, Whisper. Roger that, Razor." He checks DRADIS, marking the position of Kell's viper and Astraea's raptor. "Nova, Jigger. Tell Pitbull to keep those missiles away from your bus, eh? Going to be a rough one."

"Whisper, Iris, copy that." Irene acknowledges, checking her screen after to put her raptor on a new heading. She glances back at Princess after, nodding, "Right. This should be interesting." Interesting in the sense that it's not going to be that at all, but hairy. "I'm glad we still have some counter measures, because it's gonna be missile after missile after missile..." That said, she knocks on the side of her helmet either to wake herself up or for luck, or something. "And then maybe, another missile."

Like most of the others, Finn is not flying fresh. That said, he has managed to keep himself and his viper in pretty good shape thus far. He's flying on Cherry's wing, as usual, and perhaps still as usual, he is quiet on the comms.

Nora, like most, has taken a few glancing shots here and there but nothing serious, everything on her board reading green, and off comms she says a quiet prayer beneath her breath for that luck to hold as she forms up with the rest of the wing.

"Pixie, Harpy, I'm on your wing. Let's see about stopping those transports," Elena says over the comm in a Caprican accent. "Toasters are wrecking my home town and I've had about enough of it," she adds. She course corrects when DRADIS indicates a transport has launched, heading for it.

Stirling's voice comes over the coms. "Approaching the airfield now, we're heading for the first transport."

With her wing in place, Delilah comments back in return. "Harpy, Pixie, copy. The transports are priority." Once they are in agreement, she glances down at the DRADIS before altering a touch, hand on the stick as she prepares for the combat.

Calliope flies lower and lower as they approach the airfield, her ECO working hard on the jammers in the back of her Raptor. She acquires a Cylon tail, but she's reasonably experienced and going straight into evasive patterns and wiggling (such as Raptors wiggle) around its fire by now.

"Shirts, Bingo, I'm on your wing." Faye wiggles a little, her head moving up and around to look at the others. A glance back toward the Raptors, and then she looks back forward. One of the Raiders start angling in on them and she wasn't going to take a chance that it was going to come after her (or her wingman). "Shirts, Bingo, One bandit heading for the merge."

That edge of tension is still audible in Alain's voice as his DRADIS lights up, and he glances down at his instruments. "Razor, Jigger. How do you feel about playing distraction on those SAM sites, before they frak up our birds? Give the others a clear shot at the transport."

"Nova, Razor, all systems still green. That hit wasn't bad, armor stopped the rounds I think." Kell says as he glances back down at the panel that shows the system status of his Viper, everything still with a green 'OK' lit. As they approach the airfield, it's easy to tell that they are close because Razor's cockpit suddenly starts screeching at him, the 'LOCK' warning flashing bright red, revealing that he is now in range of one of the SAM batteries and it's painting him with a missile lock. "Flight, Razor, we're in range of the SAMs, got one locking on." He sounds calmer than he feels, knowing that usually when a SAM site has you bracketed, it does not end well. The Cylon bandits appear as well and one of the Raiders is angling in on his wingman, "Jigger, Razor, I'm on your wing, I can follow you in and try to keep that bogey on you busy while you make your run. No shot right now, trying to evade the lock."

Eva, as they move in closer to the zone of attack, pulls in a bit closer to Finn. She's flying a bit more conservatively than she might have done in the past, though, perhaps that's not entirely unexpected, given the particular threat they're going up against. The tone that signals missile lock doesn't even bring her head around to check the alarm, she just flicks it off with a fingertip. It's that sort of a day.

Nora has picked up the contact making a line toward her, amongst all the traffic clogging DRADIS. "Bingo, Shirts, I see him. I've got a line on the one aimed at Soundbite, but if we can't splash these quickly we need to prioritize the transports."

"Roger that, Razor, watch your back," comes Alain's quick response. His viper veers sharply and angles in for an attack run on the airfield, a path that'll take them over the SAM sites. Even while he flies, however, he veers left and right, seeking to throw off any locks (and probably the raider on his tail, too), as he approaches.

"Pitbull reports three batteries an' one transport," Nova reports as she brings up Talons. The woman glances over her own display, angling in to follow Alain and Kell for the moment. She frowns at the lock on Razor, sidling more in the Libran's direction just in case. "Flight, Nova, seein' what I can do 'bout this Transport."

"Let's work on those SAMs, Iris. I'll sing, you knock them down." Paige responds as she starts to bring up the counter-measure systems to try to stall them out. When she hears a second set of frequencies, she grins a little. "Soundbite, Princess, let's give them a duet!"

As they approach their targets, Farmboy pushes up the speed and rockets off towards the Raider that starts to target him. He's still quiet on the comms, not flying aggressively, as is his usual style, but also not flying defensively. He flicks off his safety and settles his finger on the trigger to open fire on the Raider he's veering in towards.

Micah adjusts his Viper's speed, bringing his stick down just enough to peel him from his wingman and give him evasive space in front of the transport. It's not a lot of room, but it's enough. "Hawk? Busker. One tango to dance." His fingers brush a familiar cluster of dog tags attached to his flight stick, drawing an involuntary smile. He, for one, voted for the 'two step'.

When the transport is called out, and Busker splits apart, Emrys zeroes in on it. "Busker, Hawk. Copy that." He calls back. The two men seem to have an instinctive understanding of each other's flight, and so no real discussion on the nature of the dance is needed.

Calliope suppresses Sam1 with Ecm and succeeds.

Calliope suppresses Sam2 with Ecm and succeeds.

Calliope tries to suppress Raider1 with Ecm but FAILS.

Raider4 attacks Elena with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body.

Delilah attacks Transport1 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Eva attacks Raider2 with Kew but Raider2 EVADES!

Raider3 attacks Irene with Kew but Irene EVADES EASILY!

Transport1 attacks Micah with Kew but Micah EVADES EASILY!

Raider2 attacks Finn with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing.

Paige tries to suppress Sam1 with Ecm but FAILS.

Paige suppresses Sam2 with Ecm and succeeds.

Paige suppresses Sam3 with Ecm and succeeds.

Raider5 attacks Nora with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Emrys attacks Transport1 with Kew but Transport1 EVADES!

Astraea attacks Transport1 with Talons and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Elena attacks Transport1 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Nora attacks Raider1 with Kew but Raider1 EVADES!

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

Faye attacks Raider5 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Irene attacks Sam1 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Weapon.

Sam2 attacks Eva with Missile but Eva EVADES EASILY!

Sam1 attacks Kell with Missile but Kell EVADES EASILY!

Micah attacks Transport1 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Raider6 attacks Alain with Kew but Alain EVADES!

Alain attacks Sam1 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Weapon.

Stirling attacks Transport1 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Kell takes careful aim at Raider6.

Sam3 attacks Stirling with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Nose.

Raider1 attacks Calliope with Kew but Calliope EVADES EASILY!

Sam1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Irene, Alain)

Stirling has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Sam3)

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

Stirling's missile does next to nothing to the transport, which is frustrating. But not nearly as frustrating as one of the SAMs finding its way up to her from the surface. There's a gout of flame and smoke as the Raptor rocks under the impact. "Flight, Whisper, breaking off to strafe those batteries."

Elena jukes a wing upwards and turns a shot from a Raider into just a scratch on her Vioer's paint. The maneuver makes her own shot veer off and just scuff the paint on the transport, but others have more luck. "Nice shooting, Pixie, coming around again!" she says over the comm, banking to make another pass at the transport.

Irene is quiet, concentrating on her task. "Sure thing." She replies, picking out her target SAM site and deftly faking out an incoming raider that tries to light up the raptor as she's sweeps in over the ad hoc airbase. The talon she fires hits dead center, setting off an explosion that intensifies when Jigger rakes the same site over with kew, and she veers off and up, getting a little altitude as she goes for a second attack run. "Scratch one. Let's try another."

Eva doesn't manage to get even a single hit on the raider that's on Finn's tail, but she seems to be playing a different playbook today, and rather than go after it a second time, she leaves it to her wingman, and charges forward to try to engage the transport directly. Limited time has a way of, sadly, focusing your priorities.

The missile launched at Kell from one of the SAM Batteries loses its lock mid-flight from the impressive jamming by the Raptors that are covering them and his cockpit goes quiet, allowing his heart to stop racing as fast. "Flight, Razor, thanks for the cover, clear now." He does stay on the tail of the Raider that is after his wingman, at a distance initially, and without the lock warning or a bandit on his six, Razor is able to focus better as he closes in on the Cylon. The faster he can shoot down the Raider, the sooner Alain will be out of harms way and they can focus on the objectives or the SAMs.

"Keep knocking them down, Iris. I'm starting to suppress the main systems of the transport, see if we can keep it from getting away." Paige reports as she works on her systems, attempting to make life easier for the wing to destroy the transports.

Calliope weaves around incoming Cylon fire, assuming a covering position within the formation. "Shirts, Soundbite. Thanks for the covering fire. I think I can keep him from hitting the bullseye. Princess, I never got much past karaoke, but we're singing over here for all we've got."

"Flight, Splash one on onna those batteries, but we gotta whole host of raiders still an' that transport is still out there." Astraea frowns, shifting at the controls. "Jigger, Nova, comin' ta help wit' that tail ya got." Even as she keys in new targeting for her talons.

Faye squeezes the trigger on her Kews, the shots hitting the raider and damaging it lightly. It still managed to get off some shots though at her wingman and she lets out a grumble of annoyance as she continues in on that Raider. "Shirts, Bingo, you alright over there? Still got that one your six." And she does, banking it one way -- then the other -- as she tries to get a better angle that won't result in her shooting in the direction of a friendly along with.

"Copy, Harpy, Coming around again." Delilah says over the comm as she lines up for another go. The others in the area she gives their space to, but for now it's only her and Elena and that transport. Once she's lined up she'll try the next pass to hopefully knock it out of commission.

Farmboy's KEW blasts slam into the hull of the Raider he's been targeting. They make contact, but they aren't enough to take the other ship down. As they scream past eachother and circle back around for another pass Finn manages to avoid all but a scratch to the paint of his left wing. As Cherry moves off to deal with the Transport, Finn checks his instruments and stays on the raider. There's plenty on that Transport.

Alain's evasive approach allows the viper pilot to avoid the KEW fire of the raider on his tail without too much effort -- trusting his wingmate to take care of the raider when he can. Instead, he's focused on the SAM site, though he's too late -- hitting it moments after the missile launches, just behind Irene's talon. His whooping call is quickly followed by, "Nice work, Iris! Razor, how're you doing back there?" although DRADIS probably tells him his wingmate is in one piece, one never takes chances with missiles. "Thanks, Nova. Circling back around for another run on the SAM sites."

Micah settles his viper just over the transport in time for a stream of KEW fire to erupt from the ship. A gentle stick down raises him just above the 'fireworks' in a smart but barely noticeable move. His own weapons open up shortly thereafter. They fall just after a smiliar blast from another on the wing, slamming into the body of the transport and knocking it slightly askew. It does keep flying, though. Limping but flying.

Emrys swears in the silence of his cockpit as his fire all goes wide of the transport ship. Shaking his head, he yanks the viper hard around for another go.

"Bingo, Shirts. All green," Nora replies, "Just a nick. This batch seems a bit sturdier than the last. Soundbite says she has her own six at the moment, diverting to intercept Transport along with the rest. Can't have them slipping off."

Calliope tries to suppress Sam2 with Ecm but FAILS.

Calliope suppresses Sam3 with Ecm and succeeds.

Calliope tries to suppress Raider1 with Ecm but FAILS.

Kell attacks Raider6 with Kew. Stopped by ARMOR on Nose.

Raider4 attacks Elena with Kew but Elena EVADES!

Micah attacks Transport1 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Paige suppresses Sam2 with Ecm and succeeds.

Paige suppresses Sam3 with Ecm and succeeds.

Paige suppresses Transport1 with Ecm and succeeds.

Alain attacks Sam2 with Kew but Sam2 EVADES!

Transport1 attacks Micah with Kew but Micah EVADES EASILY!

Nora attacks Transport1 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Delilah attacks Transport1 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Sam2 attacks Eva with Missile but Eva EVADES!

Sam2's weapon clicks empty.

Raider6 attacks Alain with Kew but Alain EVADES!

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

Eva attacks Transport1 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Nose. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Elena attacks Transport1 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.

Irene attacks Sam2 with Talons but Sam2 EVADES!

Emrys attacks Transport1 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider3 attacks Irene with Kew but Irene EVADES!

Faye attacks Raider5 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Raider2 attacks Finn with Kew but Finn EVADES!

Stirling attacks Sam3 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Raider1 attacks Calliope with Kew but Calliope EVADES EASILY!

Sam3 attacks Stirling with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Nose.

Sam3's weapon clicks empty.

Raider5 attacks Nora with Kew but Nora EVADES EASILY!

Raider5 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Faye)

Sam3 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Stirling)

Transport1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Delilah, Elena)

Elena sweeps back down at the transport and she unleashes KEW fire into one of the wings. It doesn't do terribly much damage, but it opens the way for Delilah to finish the ship off. "First transport down!" she reports over the comm. "Pixie, how bout we chase some raiders til they launch more?" She picks a new target, the one she just juked another shot from.

The first transport is... not away! It's actually going down in a shower of flaming parts that rain down on an old dorm. But another one is launching, also escorted by a couple Raiders. At least another SAM battery has been taken out.

Another blast from hew Kews and Faye takes down the Raider she's on, leaving her wingman clear, "Shirts, Bingo, Bandit down. Engaging one on Iris" And with that Faye's banking hard over, pulling back on the stick to try get toward the Raptor pilot. It would be important to keep them clear after all. "Iris, Bingo, on your Bandit."

Eva, seeing the transport go down, doesn't waste her time with watching the pieces fall, she's already moving on to the next target she can see that's within the range of her KEW fire.

"Iris, you got that last SAM?" Paige asks as she's pulling herself out of her seat to head to the KEW turret. "Going to try to get some cover to our rear on this pass!" She'll switch back to the ECO station as needed, but she saw that Raider on her DRADIS. "Whipser, Princess, one on you, going to try to get a bead on him."

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Calliope lets herself breathe a sigh of...if not relief, then at least momentary triumph, as the ground is cleared of some of those SAM batteries and the Raider on her backside turns its attentions elsewhere. She warms her talons, ready to play more offense than defense, and angles down to aim at one of the transports.

Stirling flies over one of the SAM batteries, coming around so her ECO can fire the rear turret at it. At least that was the plan. It goes a little sideways when the thing sends another missile to blast the front of her ship. The Raptor stalls for a moment, its bottom scraping against the top branches of a big tree briefly before Stirling rights it. She takes evasive maneuvers, ignoring the Raider on her tail to focus on the remaining SAM.

With more Raiders climbing to challenge them and defend the transports, Kell finds that the furball is getting more chaotic as he peels off of the Cylon he was chasing when he sees two more inbound on the DRADIS heading towards his direction. A quick glance over his right shoulder, he sees the two toasters chasing him, "Jigger, Razor, I think I see two bogeys on my six. Will try to draw them in your direction." As he breaks back in the direction of where Alain he, Razor spots a different Raider on his wingman's tail and takes a shot at it.

As another transport and its escort appears, Astraea takes a deep breath. Particularly when it comes into the area she's been keeping an eye on. "Frak." That's off-comms, thankfully. "Jigger, Razor- Nova. Y'all got more locks from what we're seein' here." At least only one SAM remains and it's blissfully quiet for the moment. She angles in closer to the two pilots she's been working with, trying to aid with one of the Raiders hassling them.

The raider that was on Finn shifts targets, rocketing off away from him. Finn arcs around, and throttles up, roaring off after the Raider. "Get back here you slimy, greasy, rust covered frakking tin can..." he grumbles, though into his comm. Yay for protocol. His flying style becomes more aggressive, fast and straight as an arrow.

About the time Pixie might have agreed on the Raiders, another transport is there and she immediately directs herself towards it. "Harpy, Transport targeted, if you have time to change target we can take this." Delilah realizes she's picked up a tail that isn't her wing though and goes for some more evasive maneuvering.

That raider's still on his tail, and Alain's approach to the SAM sites this time is a jagged one. Thankfully none of the missiles are aimed at him -- and though he manages to avoid more KEW fire from the raider on his tail, it forces his own shot on the SAM to go wide of the mark. "Frak," he swears in his cockpit. "Coming back around for another run on the SAM sites." This time, his path is just as evasive, conscious of that raider on his tail. "Razor, Jigger. Frak, copy that. Hold tight, I'll pull them off you after this run."

Micah manages to avoid the transport's KEW fire again. Though when he lowers his stick to fire, the light show goes wide, doing nothing but introducing some of the ship's paint to the surface of Caprica. The music of firing engines is not disturbed by swearing in the cockpit, though. Busker merely turns, his eyes looking first for Hawk, and then for the next target of opportunity.

Emrys zeroes in on the next transport. He's aware, somewhere in the edges of his mind and vision, that he's picked up a couple of new friends. He tunes the threat out, however, trusting in his innate abilities to keep him one step ahead of their weapons. There's a quick glance to ascertain Busker's position, and then he's gunning his throttle toward his prey.

Irene's raptor weaves out of more raider fire, throwing off her attack run badly enough that her rocket misses the the AA and puts a small crater in the field instead. "Thanks, Bingo." She calls out before breaking in an attempt to lose her pursuer and get another run at the last site. "Alright, take two, Princess. I hope this one is a keeper."

"You take me to all the best places, Iris." Paige responds as she opens up with the KEW turret on the Raider trailing Stirling. "Be back up there in a moment!"

Astraea attacks Raider7 with Talons and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Paige attacks Raider8 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Raider4 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES!

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

Alain attacks Sam2 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Calliope attacks Transport2 with Talons and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Kell attacks Raider1 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Irene attacks Sam2 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Weapon.

Raider3 attacks Alain with Kew but Alain EVADES!

Delilah attacks Transport2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.

CREW HIT! attacks Transport2 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg.

CREW HIT! attacks Transport2 with Shrapnel and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

CREW HIT! attacks Transport2 with Shrapnel and HITS! Impaired wound to Left Leg.

Micah attacks Transport2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Raider1 attacks Alain with Kew but Alain EVADES EASILY!

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

Eva attacks Raider9 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Elena attacks Raider4 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit. (Reduced by ARMOR)

CREW HIT! attacks Raider4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

CREW HIT! attacks Raider4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Impaired wound to Right Arm.

CREW HIT! attacks Raider4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head.

Transport2 attacks Faye with Kew but MISSES!

Raider6 attacks Emrys with Kew but Emrys EVADES EASILY!

Emrys attacks Transport2 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider7 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES!

Raider8 attacks Stirling with Kew but MISSES!

Sam2 reloads.

Raider2 attacks Delilah with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.

Stirling attacks Sam2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Faye attacks Raider3 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Raider9 attacks Emrys with Kew but MISSES!

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

Raider4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Elena, CREW HIT!)

Raider8 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Paige)

Raider9 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Eva)

Sam2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Alain, Irene, Stirling)

Transport2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Delilah, CREW HIT!, Micah)

The second transport goes down handily, spinning down into the ground, where it explodes in a fireball. Another is launching.
Elena flips her bird end over end to chase after the Raider that had scratched her paint earlier. She spirals behind in as it screams after Kell, and she hits something critical in the cockpit, namely the pilot. It drops out of the sky before she breaks back towards the next incoming transport. "Pixie, Harpy, coming back to help with the transports."

"Splash one. Job's about halfway done, Hawk." An angry sound, as Eva catches sight of two more transports launching, and all of the fun times that come with it. "Coming back around. Farmboy, how you holding up?"

"Thanks for the assist, Iris, Princess," Stirling calls back to them. "And nice work, flight. I think we cleared out all of the SAMs but watch out for mobile ones."

<FS3> Kell rolls Alertness: Good Success (8 7 7 5 4 4 3 2)

An exhale of breath, rather than Alain's whooping yell, suggests just how relieved the pilot is that the third SAM site is totalled by the combined efforts of the squadron. "Confirmed, SAMs are cleared. Razor, switching onto your bandits now," he adds, as he switches to a more direct style, now the threat of the missile-wielding SAM sites is sorted.

Micah looks directly at the transport as his fire finds home in the ship's body. Again it staggers, and again, he flies by, eyeing his DRADIS console and then glancing out the cockpit for a visual on any of Hawk's 'friends'.

"I'm fine." Farmboy calls back out over his comms, "This frakkin raider just won't go down..." He's still rocketing off after the same raider, which has moved on to yet another target. It's somewhere around there he realizes that he's got one on his tail. Still, he isn't going to leave Kell to get blowed up, so he sticks with his target, "Razor, this is Farmboy, I've got the one on your left."

Doing a quick barrel roll to the right, Kell manages to dance his Viper past the first burst of autocannon tracers from one of the Raiders. His own twin cannons roar to life and peppers the Cylon chasing his wingman, some of the rounds punches through and into critical systems. No flashy explosion follows by black smoke pours out of the stricken Raider as it spirals towards the ground, crashing. Razor then breaks hard left to evade the second Raider. As more Raiders arrive, Kell is aware enough to see that three of them are now heading at him. Focused, he starts juking and maneuvering his Viper into tight rolls to try to shake them, "Razor copies, going evasive!" One of them happens to be coming at him from his frontal arc and he snaps off a hurried shot before trying to break away from the return fire.

There's a growl of frustration from Emrys, audible only to himself, as yet another shot harmlessly grazes his intended target. "Thanks for keeping me clear, Cherry." He calls out, before scanning the skies for his next move. His touch on the stick becoming a little left deft, as the frustration of not having landed a good solid shot yet mounts.

Calliope keeps her attack focused on the transports going airbourne as the SAMs are cleared. Putting her bus deeper into the action of the fight.

Shaking a little, Pixie realizes she'd gotten hit. A wing shot, but mostly just a graze. Correcting after the hit she focuses solely on the transport and is satisfied as it doesn't get to port out but ends up in a big mess with hit from others. "Nice hit, Harpy. Welcome back." There's a smile in her voice over the comm despite the gravity of the situation.

And then that Raider shifts targets, Faye's still on it seeing the tracers soar in her direction and missing gloriously. Faye focuses in, laying into the raider once more and hitting it but not hard enough. It's not on Irene though so she gives it a quick look around to find where the Raptors are. She doesn't see one immediately on one so she banks over back onto the one she's after. The more she can knock out of the sky means less of the squadron getting shot at in Faye's book.

"SAMs cleared." Paige also confirms from her station as she lifts her attention to Irene. "Iris, we're free to hunt for the moment." she comments as she's scanning the skies for targets.

"Any time, Whisper. Thanks, Jigger!" Iris sounds off as the last SAM lights up and turns into a burning slag pile at the bottom of a very deep crater. She lifts the raptor's nose and climbs up off the deck, quickly gaining altitude and perspective so that she might acquire a new target. She spots a raider and turns into it, trying to get the right angle on it. "Alright, Cap, if it looks ugly, shoot it."

"Bingo, Shirts. Good shooting, thanks for the assist." Nora's KEW fire rattles across the body of one raider, but the sky is so full of traffic she's quickly lost line of sight on it again. Instead, she hones in on a nearer target. "Cherry, Shirts. I've an angle on your company, coming across from port-side in two clicks."

Eva says, "I'll never say no to an assist, Shirts. I'm going to stay on this heavy."

Astraea attacks Raider10 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Nose. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Emrys attacks Transport4 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.

Nora attacks Raider11 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Weapon.

Finn attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Eva attacks Heavy1 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Micah attacks Transport4 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider2 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES EASILY!

Transport3 attacks Irene with Kew but Irene EVADES!

Kell attacks Raider6 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

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

CREW HIT! attacks Raider2 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm.

CREW HIT! attacks Raider2 with Shrapnel and HITS! Impaired wound to Abdomen.

CREW HIT! attacks Raider2 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Transport4 attacks Stirling with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon.

Paige attacks Raider7 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Faye attacks Raider3 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Delilah attacks Transport3 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Irene attacks Raider12 with Talons and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Calliope attacks Transport3 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider11 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES EASILY!

Elena attacks Transport3 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Raider6 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES!

Stirling attacks Transport4 with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.

CREW HIT! attacks Transport4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Impaired wound to Left Arm.

CREW HIT! attacks Transport4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Head.

CREW HIT! attacks Transport4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Impaired wound to Left Arm.

Stirling's weapon clicks empty.

Raider7 attacks Elena with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider12 attacks Nora with Kew but Nora EVADES EASILY!

Raider10 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES EASILY!

Raider3 attacks Micah with Kew but Micah EVADES EASILY!

Heavy1 attacks Finn with Missile but Finn EVADES!

Heavy1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Eva)

Raider11 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Nora)

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

Transport3 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Delilah, Calliope, Elena)

Transport4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Emrys, Micah, Stirling, CREW HIT!)

"Harpy, Princess, I got the one trying to sneak up on you, make sure you take out that transport." Paige reports as she swings around the KEW turret. "Iris, that transport's targetting us."

Two transports take off in rapid succession, and are brought down in rapid succession. That seems to be the last of them, as the field below is now empty of aircraft. But a few more Raiders join the fray, belated air cover from another part of the city.

Elena clicks over the comm, "Pixie, Harpy, copy that. Taking the transport," she sweeps down on the rising ship and unloads KEW fire into the body of the transport. Along with the fire of Delilah and Calliope, it goes down. She jukes, but the raider chasing her still manages to peel the armor off an area of her Viper's body. "No worries, just a scratch," she quips.

"The heavy is down, but I think I see another one, moving to see if I can pick off a few more of these frakkers." She's still weaving and maneuvering as best she can but the constant stream of raiders is making it nearly impossible to find a clear bit of space to move.

Now Alain lets out another of his whoops of joy, as his KEW fire tears through the hull and into the body of the raider, moments after Finn's shot lands, too. "Nice work, Farmboy. Razor, you're looking clear now. Time to let loose." Of course, Jigger's version of 'let loose' is pretty tame, especially in comparison to the more aggressive members of the squadron. Almost immediately, he latches onto a raider trailing after Astraea's raptor. "Nova, I count one... two on you. Watch your six while I shake them off."

"If I could give a highfive over the comms, I would. Nice going," Pixie tells both Harpy and Calliope. About to ask about status of her wing she hears the assurances and there's relief but she doesn't linger on it. There's one on her six and she's adjusting to try and get behind it to return the favor.

Her talons just are not doing their job today. Astraea bites down on the inside of her cheek, adjusting a few settings on her targeting array. She's not noticing those targeting locks just yet; not quickly enough to be able to adjust her headings or go fully evasive, no. She's just focused on her current target and assisting her wingmate while Pitbull handles his jamming back there. "Frakkin' targetting systems... Remind me to have words wit' th' deck crew when we get back, 'bull." She finally gets a good look at DRADIS when Jigger's warning comes in, "Jigger, Nova- I see 'em!" But too late to go full evasive. She'll have to rely on her squadmates.

Micah peppers the wing of one of the transports, firing his forward stabilizers just enough to bring him around in an incredibly aggressive turn. And as he does? He's face to face with a raider providing KEW fire at his engines. It's an action he dodges gracefully, offering a light and hilarious Caprican swear word. "Bollocks."

"Pixie, Harpy, Soundbite. Sweet shooting," Calliope says. Taking a second to celebrate their victory over the transport, before she retargets at the field of Cylons. Aiming to punch more holes in that toaster air cover.

"Our busy night's just getting busier, Iris." Paige responds, singing out, "We have a raider that decided to come after us. Coming across our front, I'll keep our backside clean." she reports as she continues to fire into the Raiders as she gets opprotunity.

A bank over to one wing, a flick back over to the other side as she sticks onto the Raider and gives another burst of fire. "Shirts, Bingo, Raider's on you. Watch it." Faye's not about to give up on this Raider, doubly so now that it seems to be after her wingman.

Emrys finally scores an actual solid hit, but he doesn't have time to feel good about it. Instead he's locking onto the raider that's chasing his wingman as the other pilot attempts to lift the pressure on Nova.

"Jigger, Razor, I copy, thanks!" Kell says as the bandits are shaken from his tail, even the one that had a brief head-on pass with him where he got the favorable outcome over the Cylon. Instead of turning to chase the heavily damaged Raider, Razor peels off and tries to locate his wingman. Finding him, he sees that Alain has picked up another trailer and makes an intercept for it, increasing the thrust of his Viper to close the distance before he lets his autocannons rip.

Irene dings the raider chasing Nora and it rapidly reevaluates its target, flipping over and twisting itself around to rush back at raptor. "I see it, Princess. I made it angry." She says, watching it grow as it flies at her almost headlong, all she can do it line up another shot and hope for the best in the second or two she has left before they're close enough to kiss, or just like, collide and explode.

There's little sense of triumph for Stirling when the final transport goes down. She's struggling just to keep the bird's nose up. She tries to shake the one on their tail, trusting her ECO to take shots at it.

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When a pretty heavily damamged Raider rounds on Finn, he arcs off and moves in after the Raider at top speed, "Anyone reading anymore transports?" He rolls to the right to line up on the Raider, taking aim to unleash a KEW blast at it.

Nora finally gets a solid hit in, sending the raider pursuing Eva spiraling toward the ground with its guns in flames. But a moment later it's replaced with a half-dozen more, and she quickly circles to charge back into the fray. "Bingo, Shirts. I see him, taking evasive manuevers now. Iris, I appreciate the assist, though it looks like our mutual friend did not."

Kell attacks Raider14 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Eva attacks Raider17 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Wing.

Heavy2 attacks Astraea with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Controls.

Delilah attacks Raider13 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Micah attacks Heavy2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Wing.

Calliope attacks Raider15 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider16 attacks Astraea with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Irene attacks Raider12 with Talons and HITS! Graze wound to Nose. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider15 attacks Calliope with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing.

Alain attacks Raider16 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Wing.

Raider3 attacks Nora with Kew but Nora EVADES!

Elena attacks Raider15 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Raider12 attacks Irene with Kew but Irene EVADES EASILY!

Raider10 attacks Elena with Kew but Elena EVADES EASILY!

Raider6 attacks Finn with Kew but MISSES!

Emrys attacks Raider7 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit. (Reduced by ARMOR)

"Nova, be right with you, I think Whisper might need a bit of an assist first." Eva adjusts her trajectory, as she spies one of the new raiders moving in on the CAG's raptor. That's just not going to work. If they lose Whisper the might bring back Webb. And nobody wants that.

Stirling attacks Raider17 with Kew but MISSES!

Paige attacks Raider7 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

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

Raider13 attacks Delilah with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Cockpit. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Astraea attacks Heavy2 with Talons and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider17 attacks Stirling with Kew but MISSES!

Nora attacks Raider10 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider14 attacks Alain with Kew but MISSES!

Raider7 attacks Micah with Kew but Micah EVADES!

Astraea has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Heavy2)

Heavy2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Micah)

Raider15 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Calliope, Elena)

Raider16 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Alain)

Raider17 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Eva)

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

Raider6 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Finn)

Raider7 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Emrys, Paige)

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

Elena sweeps past one of the Raiders, and she dives under the fire from it, before sheblasts a gaping hole in the body of the ship, sending the smoking husk planetward. "Thanks for the assist, Soundbite!" she calls over the comm. "Pixie, Harpy, you have a tail. Coming to assist."

Unable to quite make it behind the Raider, Pixie only manages a harmless hit to the body of it while the kew from the Raider grazes her cockpit. Too close for comfort. "How you holding up, Harpy?" The question comes over the comm but she keeps her same target, "Copy, Harpy, looks like I could use it, I'm not managing to do any damage."

Calliope is firing off talons at as quick a clip as her Raptor can manage. It's not quite the flurry of KEW fire the Vipers can dish out, but it does the job, and she and Elena put away another Cylon. There's a grin in her voice as she replies to Elena, "Anytime, Harpy." Her eyes sweep over the field to try and keep track of her flightmates. Quick as things are moving.

While Alain manages to take out one of the raiders on Astraea's tail, with a whoop of delight -- it puts him in a position, moments later, to see the missile strike her raptor. "Nova, report!" he calls, as he swings his viper for a close pass of her bus.

"Busker, Princess, going to give you a helping hand." Paige reports as she warms up the KEW to open fire on the raider on his tail as she has to lead her shots away not to strike Hawk as he comes chasing in. Fortunately, it was only a small shift of fire that was needed as she turns her attention back to sweeping the skies.

Eva manages to intercept the incoming raider, her weapons fire fireballing the thing before it can get a good hit in on the CAG, "Whisper, I think you're clear for the moment, I'll stick on you, though. They've been looking for the wounded lately."

"Copy, Cherry, thanks. How's Nova doing?" Stirling isn't in a good position to see, but heard the radio chatter.

And there goes her entire control system. That missile hits and everything goes dark. Astraea's Raptor sputters, the tyllium drive blacks out and the nose of the bird dips in a worrying away. Between Nova and Pitbull, however, they're able to get the system back online. It takes a few long -- too long -- seconds but everything comes back up and she gets the Raptor leveled out. "Nova- flight." The pilot is breathing a bit heavily. "We're clear. Pitbull an' I are good. Took out th' controls. Walsh is gonna have her work cut out for her though." She frowns, hitting a few things. "Think th' targetin' was already off, though." A second later, "No other locks on me at th' moment, but we aren't doin' too great."

"It's a little cranky, Shirts." Iris laughs as she bounces a rocket off the raider's nose and banks just enough to avoid both a headon collision, and a spray of retaliatory kew fire from the Cylon. She keeps turning, noting the raider doing the same. Looks like it's super unhappy with her so it's another round of chicken for the dueling pair. "We'll get him on this pass. How's it going back there, Cap?"

Micah hits his thrusters hard, matching the heavy raider's movements toward Nova with exaggerated motions. Actually? His head bobs a bit and his fingers tap something on the controls. A rhythm. "Copy Princess." The crisp and clean Caprican accent answers a similar one as it echoes through the radio. More KEW fire forces Busker to evade, but that after a moment and a breath, he squeezes his own trigger. And he's answered by a hiss of metal and a falling, wingless, Heavy Raider. "Nova? Busker. You're clear of your dinner date. Status okay?"

"Nova, Jigger. Roger that. Keep an eye out for any tails while we clean them up." Alain's voice might sound relieved, but there's something determined in there too. The raider that was on his tail is now after his wingmate, and he swings back around for an assist. "Razor, Jigger. Looks like you got his attention. Let's show him how the Wolves greet their enemies."

Emrys manages to get his fire straight into the cockpit of the raider chasing Micah, peeling away from it to avoid the potentially explosive aftermath. The thread neutralized, he looks around for the next place to go.

A roll to the right and Finn unloads a series of KEW blasts at the Raider that targetted him. It was already limping, so the shots from his guns rip through the already damaged hull and the ship goes down with little fight. Finn rockets past where the Raider was and veers off to intercept the same Raider that Eva is attacking, "Cherry, coming in off your six."

Nora's luck is gone again as soon as it arrived, her KEW fire once again glancing off its target harmlessly. It draws the raider's attention, though, and as it wheels around to pursue Nora loops her viper to meet it, grip tight on the stick as she moves to reengage. "Just a little, Iris, I'm afraid you're bound to ruin his day. Good hunting."

Faye yanks back hard on the stick, putting the Viper through its paces as she kept up with the raider through the hard maneuver. An exhale to keep herself conscious as the color starts fading and then a squeeze of the trigger to lace the raider through its center. "Shirts, Bingo, you're clear!" A yaw over to the side and a Raider that's squaring off with a Raptor comes into her sites. "Iris, Bingo, Looks like fun. Lemme jump in there too."

Calliope attacks Raider10 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Nora attacks Raider10 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Micah attacks Raider13 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Nose.

Faye attacks Raider12 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider13 attacks Delilah with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Tail.

Eva attacks Raider14 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Emrys passes.

Elena attacks Raider13 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Wing.

Delilah attacks Raider13 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Irene attacks Raider12 with Talons and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Kell attacks Raider14 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Tail.

Raider14 attacks Kell with Kew but MISSES!

Paige attacks Raider10 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Tail. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider10 attacks Nora with Kew but MISSES!

Raider12 attacks Irene with Kew but MISSES!

Finn attacks Raider14 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.

Alain attacks Raider14 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Astraea attacks Raider14 with Talons but MISSES!

Raider10 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Calliope, Nora)

Raider12 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Faye)

Raider13 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Micah, Elena, Delilah)

Raider14 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Eva, Kell, Finn, Alain)

There's a moment, when there's a bit of relief, as the skies clear, but Eva keeps her flying tight, as she pulls back in to cover Stirling. Never trust a cylon that hasn't yet acquired the One R--. Sorry, again, she's still scanning the skies, moving and pivoting to try to get the total picture. With at least two of the raptors heavily damaged, now would be a terrible time to let down her guard.

Elena dives in at the raider chasing her wingman, from an angle, and nearly shears its wing off, setting it up for fire from Delilah. "All yours, Pixie!" she calls.

The last of the Raiders goes down, and the sky is clear. Well...this part of the sky anyway. There are still other sorties over other parts of the city. "Nice job, flight," Stirling says over the comms. "Job's not done yet though. We're being requested to assist the Capricans with a heavy dogfight over in grid 4. Watch your targets - there are reports of Cypers as well as friendly Vipers in the area. Cherry - you're flight lead. Nova and I are pulling back to the collection point, see if we can trade in these Raptors and do a quick turnaround." A supply run can make do with a half-busted ship right? "We'll rejoin when we can. Good hunting."

Alain's whooping yell comes moments after his KEW fire tears into the raider's body. "Nice work, flight," he calls over comms, banking sharply left to follow in Razor's wake, flying tight in formation with his wingman, ready to head onto their next battle.

<FS3> Eva rolls Gunnery: Good Success (8 7 6 5 4 3 3 2 1 1)

<FS3> Alain rolls Gunnery: Good Success (7 7 6 6 5 4 2 2 2 1)

<FS3> Kell rolls Gunnery: Great Success (8 8 7 7 6 6 5 4 4 1)

<FS3> Emrys rolls Gunnery: Good Success (8 6 6 6 5 4 3 3 2 1 1)

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

<FS3> Micah rolls Gunnery: Success (8 6 5 5 4 2 2 2 2 1)

<FS3> Finn rolls Gunnery: Great Success (8 6 6 6 6 4 4 4 3 3 3)

<FS3> Elena rolls Gunnery: Great Success (8 8 7 7 7 6 4 2 2 1 1)

<FS3> Delilah rolls Gunnery: Great Success (8 8 8 8 7 7 4 3 3 2 1)

<FS3> Nora rolls Gunnery: Great Success (8 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 2 1)

<FS3> Paige rolls Gunnery: Good Success (8 8 6 6 4 3 3 3 2 1 1)

<FS3> Astraea rolls Gunnery: Success (6 5 5 5 4 3 2 1)

Micah dips his Viper around, shaking his head in the general direction of the wound he inflicts on his final Raider of the sortie. "Busker copies, Whisper. Off we go."

<FS3> Stirling rolls Gunnery: Great Success (8 7 6 6 6 6 5 4 3 2 1)

Calliope sticks with the Wolves staying in the sky to cover the remainder of the fight with Cherry and the others.

<FS3> Calliope rolls Gunnery: Success (6 5 5 4 3 3 3 1 1)

"Whisper, Cherry, I copy, see you on your return. Flight, form up on your wingmen. I want two pair for each raptor for the approach. Break off to engage as needed, but from what we've seen recently, they're going to be targeting the raptors. If you take heavy damage pull back." A beat, "Raptors, confirm IFF for any cypers, but trust your instincts. If it's firing at you, fire back." And then they're off.

Faye rotates the Viper about, finding that Raider in her sights and she shoots a burst of fire from her Kews. The Raider finds the center of it shot out as she banks hard to avoid the Raider's explosion. "Iris, Bingo, I think I got that one. You okay?" She looks up at her instruments, pulling up and around. She banks it in a slow and easy turn around to fly alongside her wingman. A wiggle of her wings at Nora.

Elena links back up with Delilah's Viper and rejoins the formation. She zips to grid four and manages to pick off a ship for her efforts.

Nora acknowledges Faye with a tip of her wing in return as they slot into position alongside one of the raptors and speed forward toward the next stage of the battle.

"Bingo, Princess. Iris and I are just cozy, thank you very much." Paige comments in that graduated Caprican of hers, a flit of a smile over her features as she moves. "Turning the guns back over to you, Iris, I'll keep my eyes on the DRADIS.'

"Bingo, Iris. Perfectly okay, I didn't even spill my drink. Thanks for peeling that toaster off." Irene answers, doublechecking her indicators just incase the bus took some phantom bullets and is leaking or smoking or otherwise falling apart. Everything is green though, she soon finds. "Another lazy flight over beautiful Delphi, Princess. Let's go assist."


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