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Offline Flt Lt Robyn Hatfield

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2018, 05:13:32 PM »
Sea of Japan

<Shooter 5>

 The one good thing about being small was that cooped up in the cockpit of the 18' was far less of a 'pita' for both Robyn and Trish than it might be for some of the bigger pilots, meaning they had more endurance than their comrades. That made a dog fight less of a physical burden on the two girls giving them a slight advantage when tracking the enemy; visa vie they had more freedom to move about. With the two of them working in harmony, it didn't take more than 90 seconds for Robyn to get her bird in the right aspect for a kill; her opponent still possibly unaware of the moment that would spell his doom.

"All shooters, shooter five on the mark, bogey in the kill zone, Fox 2, Fox 2." For the moment Trish was a passenger feeding the data to her pilot. Bobbie released, watched the track for a few moments before turning away to engage the 23's coming below them.

Offline Lt Trish Ramirez

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2018, 05:56:24 PM »
Sea of Japan

<Shooter 5 WSO>

 The missile streaked away from the Hornet with a flash, momentarily blurring Trish's vision. When her eyes could finally see her radar screen her face lit up with joy as she watched the line of travel for the missile race towards its target. "Gotcha!" She all but yelled in joy when the blip disappeared off the screen. Far in the visual distance just as Bobbie was turning away from the corner of her eye Trish saw the fireball explosion. "Shooter five splash one!" Then the warning beeping came, Trish dropped flare as she felt Robyn's actions take up the alert, jinking the F18 left and right. A missile went shooting passed them over their right wing.

"Shooter six, engage that trash or I'll never speak to you again!" Rob was somewhere behind them, hopefully he was in the right place to take out the Mig 21 that had their number. "Robyn break right, break right!" She did yell this time at the brunette in front of her.

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Offline Sqdn Leader Catherine MacGregor

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2018, 06:14:33 PM »
<Sea of Japan>

~Shooter Two~


 "Now we're in it!" Cate exclaimed dropping her own tank as she banked heavily to cover Burgin. "Shooter one break left, break left!" The radio was full of chatter, so much so Cate had to try and filter most of it out other than what was meant for her. "Good job."She told her WSO.

 That was all she could manage to say as their own Fox 2 arced away and down taking out another Flogger. They were close enough to see the pilot eject, poor sucker had a long swim ahead of him. That left only one Mig 23 left, should she take it out or engage the 21's coming for them; hard question when your life is on the line. She made the choice. "Shooter three watch my back, I'm going after that last Flogger." She had less than two minutes to make that choice, otherwise he'd be almost on his target. One Aim 9x left, Cate lined it up in the cross hairs until the green square lit up. "Take him out Kim."

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Offline Jack Pierce

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2018, 02:10:16 PM »
<Approx. 20mi E of Gangneung, ROK - Sea of Japan>

The North Korean MiG-21s weren't showing any sign of aging in their performance, but four of them were already breaking from the fight to pursue the ones who had ignored them completely. Only two hung back to keep Jack and AJ from joining the fight.

"Shooter Flight, heads up. You've got multiple bogies closing from your six o'clock low." AJ called out as she entered into a turning fight with one of the MiG-21s.

Jack, meanwhile, was fighting more to keep a good angle on the MiG but it wasn't making it easy. His breathing was starting to become louder in his ears as he strained with keeping the Gs from affecting him. Adrenaline was flowing, and everything was focused only on his aircraft and the enemy's in his mind. Just as the IR seeker was growling in his headset to indicate a good lock-on, he had to pass on it as the MiG would jink in another direction. But he began to see a pattern developing, the mark of a pilot who had the mechanics down but not the intuition to expand on them. The jinks seemed to follow the same pattern of which way he would break, and that would be its undoing, despite the fact the aircraft seemed perfectly capable of keeping up with a Super Hornet.

When the HUD lock-on bracket appeared over the MiG again, and the tone filled his headset, Jack waited, and let the MiG break into a port roll to dive before pouncing. He had been responding by following and cutting his throttle back, something his Hornet had over the MiG was an aerodynamic form that gave him a lower stall speed, but this time, he increased throttle but kept just behind the MiG to close the distance a bit more abruptly.

"Guns guns guns." Jack reported as he tapped the trigger. The tracers ripped into the MiG's fuselage and smoke began to billow from it and the pilot abruptly yanked hard to the right and tried to climb, but his plane, now wounded, wasn't going to completely cooperate. He recentered the gunsight back onto the MiG and hit the trigger again.

"Guns guns guns." Jack said and this time, the MiG was really smoking as its engine was now shredded and leaving the pilot with a nose-down view of the Sea of Japan. But what surprised him was that the canopy wasn't blowing free for the pilot to eject. It just continued straight down to break up in the water.

AJ had taken up a different approach, allowing the MiG-21 she had engaged to come after her. A trick she had pulled several times, both on the ground and in the air, was to let people underestimate her to their own ruin. It was always a gamble but the Marine had a knack for pulling up good luck where none was to be found. The MiG was hot on her tail, and more than a few 23mm cannon shells streaked past her, but she weaved around those. Warnings were ringing in her headset but she had pushed them out of her mind, instead watching her speed and altitude.

Obviously, something as insane as the Cobra or Kulbit would be impossible for the Super Hornet, it simply could not mimic those famous maneuvers. But the core idea of intentionally stalling out her fighter, that was what AJ was going to go for, to bleed off a ton of speed in a hurry. Cutting back her throttles, she executed a barrel roll while stall warning indicators went off. Years of practice of intentionally stalling in order to land on an aircraft carrier had given her an idea what she could expect, but now was the moment of truth. And the MiG wasn't ready for it, blasting past her as she recovered by accelerating once more. And in the pilot's moment of confusion, AJ capitalized on it.

"AJ, Fox Two." She called out as she hit the firing stud on the joystick. A single Sidewinder streaked off of the pylon and streaked for the MiG, homing in on its exhaust. The pilot attempted to go evasive, but it was now too late. The missile's proximity detonator went off, and sent a hail of shrapnel and a large copper spring its way, shearing off the back end of the MiG's fuselage. It went to join its compatriot in the Sea of Japan, but too, the pilot did not eject.

"Shooter Three, splash one." Jack reported.

"Shooter Four, splash one Fishbed. Down to four." AJ said.

Offline LCDR Robert Burgin

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2018, 05:03:28 PM »
<Approx. 20mi E of Gangneung, ROK - Sea of Japan>


Burgin was still in the furball when suddenly his RWR began screaming at him, indicating a hostile launch towards him. "One, defensive" he announced as he broke to the left. His and Patrick's laboured breathing sounding over the ICS. They came out of the turn, and immediately went into a split-S to try and disengage.

As they pulled out of it, the MiG-21 that was engaging them burst into a cloud of debris. They set out to find another prey. There was one engaging Shooter Five. He switched back to his last Sidewinder and waited to get a tone. The moment he got it, he pulled the trigger. Except nothing happened. The missile didn't drop off its rail and as far as he could see it hadn't ignited either.

"sh*t, we've got a malfunction!" Burgin yelled. "Ditch it" Patrick replied almost immediately. The Commander selected the hardpoint and flipped the jettison switch. He banked to the right and saw that the malfunctioning sidewinder had indeed been released now. Then he got back on track. He slid the throttle up fully, engaging the afterburner to catch up to his prey.

As they got closer, he throttled down again. "Five, One here. Break right. We're going in for guns" he commanded. "Guns, guns, guns" he announced a moment later he depressed the trigger for a second, spewing a hundred bullets towards the MiG. As it was hit, it streaked down for an instant before entering a climb again. It exploded right in front of Burgin, giving him no time to evade the debris.

"sh*t!" he yelled as they flew through the pieces of metal. "Engine one, flameout" Patrick reported not long after they were clear. Burgin was immediately focused on turning it back on. A couple of seconds later, Patrick reported that the engine was restarting, the relief evident in his voice.

Burgin broke off from the fighting. "Three, One. Requesting you do a damage check to see how hurt we are" he said as they were clear. Patrick could see they were trailing some smoke. The control surfaces responded fine, and neither the pilot nor the WSO could see anything wrong with them. Their blind spot was their bottom, however. They could not see the extent of the damage there.

Offline Captain Robert Henschel

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2018, 04:38:33 PM »
<sea of Japan>
~shooter six ~

Rob had been staying close to Bobbie and Trish's tail.  A grin crossed his face when he saw them take out one bird, but it seemed another was there to take its place,  well  not on his watch.

"Don't get your panties in a bunch shooter five.  I've got target locked and loaded." With his words Rob hit the button, releasing his own Fox 2.  "Direct hit!" He shouted, punching the air as the Big 21 lit up like a Christmas tree,  that should teach them to stay away from his team,

Offline Flight Lt Kim Paine

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2018, 04:43:04 PM »
<sea of Japan>

~ shooter two wso~

There were shouts and explosions going on everywhere.   Kim worked to concentrate on just what she needed to stay alive.  And thanks to Cate's quick reactions as a pilot Kim could concentrate on her weapons screen.

Kim blinked as Cate suddenly changed direction.   They were going afte4 the lone fighter? So be it,  a feral smile touched her lips.  "With pleasure," she said, activating her weapon and watching it streak toward  the last Mig.   "Direct hit!"

Offline Sqdn Leader Catherine MacGregor

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2018, 02:21:15 AM »
<Sea of Japan>

~Shooter Two~


 "You gotta be kidding me!" Cate exclaimed loudly with a few more choice expletives thrown into the mix. Not that it really bothered her all that much except like all the others she was sweating, breathing heavily to the extent she had to flip her visor up even as she pointed into the sun, the Raybans did the job of protecting her eyes well enough though even if the glared over powered those all too expensive pair of glasses. She glanced either side to each wing tip, her bird was empty as far as Fox 2 was concerned, which left either going in for the gunfight at the Okay coral, or using the two 120's she still had hanging underneath. She checked the range of the Migs, they were too close, so she deemed it a wasted exercise to use the big mothers. "Going for guns Kim, you're a passenger now but keep a Mk1 eyeball out for other bogies, I do not like this." She felt like the commie bastards were setting them up for a fall, drawing them into a bigger fight, one they may not win. "C'est a la vie." she said turning the Hornet hard around.

 That last move nearly brought the Aussie undone, by a quirk of fate, or lousy flying on the part of the opposing pilot (some of whom it was suspected were Russians) a Mig shot up straight in front of her not a hundred meters away, instinct came to the fore as her thumb pressed the gun fire button, 20mm rounds streaked away as she yelled "Shooter two guns, guns guns!" Unbelievably she missed, that shot her ego down immensely for a moment; then in total disbelief she watched as her target Mig flipped over to port to avoid the insane Australian only to crash into his wingman. It was a spectacle she had never witnessed, two 21's locked top to top in a death spiral from which there was no escape. She almost laughed if it hadn't been so ridiculously bizarre. "Shooter two, splash two." She sighed.

Offline Flt Lt Robyn Hatfield

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2018, 03:05:53 AM »
Sea of Japan

<Shooter 5>


 "FYI Rob, we're wearing matching Mickey Mouse boxer shorts!" That was about all Bobbie could say when not 300 meters off to her left the spectacle of the colliding Migs distracted her. "Holy.....!" She couldn't take her eyes off the two birds locked as one as they headed for the sea. There were no chutes, that was impossible, kind of sad really even if they were the enemy. She couldn't see the last Mig, somehow it had disappeared, probably headed for home. She did though hear Burgin's call and as she was now closer to him she came up underneath him, examined his bird thoroughly. "One this is five, I'm under you. You have a large hole just in front of your elevators on the starboard side. You're losing oil, lots of it."