51st Fighter Wing
The Kharon’s Air Wing is brand new to the ship, and actually so is its existence. The last Air Wing on-board was shipped to the Battlestar Trident to accommodate the growing size and popularity of it. Because of this, the Admiralty created a new one in-place on the Kharon: The 51st Fighter Wing. People would have been pulled from squadrons all across the fleet to come in and fill-up the Air Wing slots. Some could have volunteered, some were given orders. A few might even know each other from before. But for all intents and purposes, everyone coming in is new to the Wing.
The Commanding Officer (CAG) of the 51st FW is Captain Karim "Spider" Marek.
- RED SQUADRON: Those pilots in Vipers are members of Strike Fighter Squadron 125 (VFA-125) – The "Vigilantes."
- Viper Pilot – A Viper Pilot flies the strike craft of the Colonial Fleet, and provides front-line defense and attack capabilities for the Kharon. Applications are currently being accepted for Ensign and Lieutenant (JG) ranks, as well as 'nuggets' (new recruits to the military with or without prior flight experience).
- BLACK SQUADRON:The officers in Raptors are members of the 4th Special Operations Squadron (4th SOS) – The "Ghostriders."
- Raptor Pilot - A Raptor Pilot flies the support craft of the Colonial Fleet, responsible for reconaissance, close air support, rescue and transport. Applications are currently being accepted for Ensign and Lieutenant (JG) ranks, as well as 'nuggets' (new recruits to the military with or without prior flight experience).
- ECO – An Electronic Countermeasures Officer is a Raptor backseater. They plot jumps, target weapons systems, run communications and conduct other related duties. Applications are currently being accepted for Ensign and Lieutenant (JG) ranks, as well as 'nuggets' (new recruits to the military with or without prior flight experience).
- Shuttle Pilot – The Kharon operates two shuttles from its Flight Deck that require a different kind of finesse. While not Raptors and not Vipers, this small handful of pilots report directly to the CAG for all tasking and operations. They fall under the command of the 51st Fighter Wing, not an individual squadron.
Thematic and Tactical Information
The following is a list of pages provided to this community that will aid in depth for the Viper Pilots. The sources for the pictures in these pages are fairly diverse and only a few of these are my creations. Where credit is due and known, it is given.
These are listed in order of importance and I personally consider knowing the mission of the Viper and the discussed guiding principals to be a HIGH PRIORITY. As a warning to all squadron members, the 'STRIKE ESCORT' introductory concepts within the 'Fighter Missions' page will be enforced ICly. If you chase kill counts while others die, your char will pay the price.
Fighter Missions - This section will discuss the operational concept behind fighters - which is important to the successful operations of a fighter group. It talks about the differences in mission profiles and why certain things are more important than others. What is particularly important is the subsection about 'STRIKE ESCORT.' Know this stuff. If you don't read any other page here, read this one.
Section (Wingman) Tactics and Theory - This page goes into detail about why wingmen are important, what their functions are, and how to best employ them as a team-member. Think you're too good for a wingman? Think again. These tactics have been proven to work effectively with the +combat system as well. However, they will not get you more kills. BUT, they will end the engagements faster and safer - which should be everyone's biggest IC concern.
Pilot Terminology - Pretty self-explanatory. Common terms pilots use, etc. Some of this is fairly vulgar. Like most pilots.
The Basics of ACM - This page covers gunnery principals and some elementary maneuvers that score kills. The concepts explained are fairly basic and the author did their best to keep it as simple as possible. Most of this applies the best in atmospheric conditions, but the principals of conservation of energy, mass, and momentum are still applicable in space. It should be noted, though, that most of this page is dedicated to improving pose quality and holds little value with our current +combat system. However, reading this page (in addition to Section Tactics) will also help you all understand how certain wingmen work as an effective team and have such a tight bond ICly.