Operation
ExpectToSeeDawn
Radiation levels had been negi for hours, but subsided right around launch time. The fleet headed for the launch pad where Eyeball was inducted and Flasher christened a powerful new ship called BirdOfPrey, sporting a new Flasher-(hopefully)-bend-proof fork design.

The fleet headed for the arboretum, but less than 1/4 light years from launch, Waltor took a nasty spill when his front thruster locked up and caved under his massive body. A nearby civilian came to make sure he was OK, and after some resting, the fleet continued. The fleet headed towards the Cental System when they encountered a second setback. BirdOfPrey experienced retro-rocket failure. This caused Flasher to be without any braking power, resulting in a rather nasty spill. Some quick repairs by the crew and a local got the ship back on its feet, but Flasher, experiencing some body damage, decided to head to the fort with Maddog as his guide.

The remaining batallion followed a wormhole along the 590 nm line to the JP System, and met up with LeftyLucy and Cosine. Upon arrival at the Arboretum, the fleet went into stealth mode following the spiral arm through heavy negi g-well with laser-sensors off and the sonic disruptor array brutally muted. While in orbit, the crew experienced minor secondary irradiation from the indigenous flora and some nebular activity. However, this did not deter three pilots from chopping donuts sans spacesuit during the extended shore leave.

NoWay was riding Annihilation in this manner, when he experienced ram failure in the bow...er, annihilation did - and he strategically abandoned ship but still got some injuries worth bragging about. The ship beyond repair was swapped for MadRabbit. This was not the only mechanical in deep subspace. SkyLab suffered from a tacoed thruster, luckily it was temporaily repaired by Waltor's thighs.

Despite the mechanical setbacks, pilots gathered to celebrate SCUL's birthday of 8 earth years. Some pilots spacewalked a fuel run to Fort Asticou and came back with some Earth TANG-analog fortfied to super-premium levels. There were scattered outbreaks of boppin' to chopper groove. And several pilots mysteriously disappeared into deep subspace.

The return voyage was uneventful; TorqueBox took video footage from Scrub and was given a medal of strength for his brutal climb and camera work during the mission.

The sky turned blue during the post-mission debrief.
Pilot Ship Points Promotion
Asher VWBeetle 552.041   Commander
Diva Incineraider 595.853   Captain
DrHeadCrash Delirium 1189.77   Commander
Eyeball Circus Peanut 235.569   Petty Officer 3rd Class
Flasher BirdOfPrey 317.275   Petty Officer 2nd Class
Fleet Admiral Skunk Catastrophe 931.3  
Inari Ez Raider 239.945  
MonkeyBomb Jumbo Shrimp 299.88   Petty Officer 3rd Class
moose LokiDucker 732.228   Commodore
NoWay Annihilation 472.016   Ensign
TorqueBox Scrub 440.324   Ensign
vomit Abandon All Hope 525.898   Captain
waltor Singularity 511.442   Captain
Mission Task Pilot
Filmer TorqueBox
Medi Bag Inari
Navigator waltor
Tailgunner Diva
Tool Bag DrHeadCrash
Division: MAD
Date: 06/07/2003
Status:  
Origin: Fort Summer
Destination: Arnold Arboretum
Light Years: 20.06
G-Well Activity: 2.999
Technical Rating: 3.824
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