Operation
Appalachiamission '19
A flurry of activity as mounts are readied and the dust is cleared. In the distance, a klaxon sounds. The siren song of the night is strong tonight, and from all around, pilots are materializing on the launchpad. Most are old hands and have sturdy, proven workhorses, though there is one new recruit. A hardy few have the fruits of their winter labors, shiny, eyes full of hope. Their mettle is about to be tested.

One stands alone, illuminating the night, and his clear voice sounds. All the crowd begin to alight to the time tested music, circling, awaiting commands. And they are off, soaring through the night sky. Soon, it is rumored, a favorite haunt will be walled off behind enemy lines for a period of years. The fleet must honor the fabled nostrils, reveling in their audio qualities, and enjoying skyways that need not be shared, before the site is forgotten in the mists of time. They stop to reflect on visits past, and the new steeds are passed around so others may experience their personalities. One is heavy and stubborn, happy to lumber under load, another feels familiar, similar to many who have come before, but still an illuminating experience. The last of the new group can only be considered wily and flexible, a true bucking bronco, with a tendency to eject those who cannot treat it with respect.

As the temperature grows cool, the night calls, and the horde reassembles. Other locations must be greeted anew. In deference to the new beast of burden, the routing remains fairly flat, through stretches that need not be shared by the thundering ones. As these travelers emerge into the lights and noise in familiar territory, they pay homage by circling through an extra loop. Upon turning, an old friend, with a companion in tow, join the procession, like children following the pied piper.

As with all explorers, hunger grows with the passing of time. It was past due to find sustenance. The rest allowed for continued exploration of mounts new and old, as well of consumption of goods liquid, solid and gaseous. One rarely glimpsed member of the band chose this moment to depart, and not a moment too soon. As the journey began again, disaster struck. The stalwart lumberer became derailed. Though easily fixed, a pattern soon emerged. The next leg brought many repeat occurrences and soon caused an unplanned visit to a pirate ship, a safe harbor to delve deeper into solutions. The hour was growing late, and some were restless, eager to continue.

A few feet further on lay a monument, oft circumnavigated, so circled it was, while the chronic repairs occurred again. There was a vote, and it was determined that the night’s goal was just out of reach, due to the many unplanned stops. Homeward bound, a fix finally stuck, and there were no more pauses. In sight of home, a horseshoe formed, memorabilia was distributed, a cheer went up for failure! The new recruit was roundly berated for waggling his many arms and causing much sonic disruption. Finally, silence, dispersion.
Onward, the 24th season!
Pilot Ship Points Promotion
AceHole Temerity 144.772   Recruit
BaneThunderwolf Bieber Fever 439.525   Aviator
Civitron Starfire 143.405   Recruit
DrClaw Shockwave 380.381   Aviator
eXceSs Presto Changeo 253.886   Aviator
Fleet Admiral Skunk Cloudbuster 612.59   Aviator First Class
Kpafun CivilianShip4 18.9544   Recruit
Leotard Angry Candy 224.307   Recruit
Lordmcfuzz The Mighty Nein 987.566   Aviator First Class
Octopus Yer Mom 0   Recruit
Pastry Queen Everclashing Gobstopper 525.14   Aviator
perilous Saint Christopher 243.713   Recruit
RadMax Rapscallion 217.691   Recruit
Red Squirrel Curb Burner 516.093   Aviator
Shepherd Spooky Pirate 138.075   Recruit
Snow Deep Blue Dream 81.4717   Recruit
Stogie Chubz 352.408   Aviator
Taco Compliance 651.207   Aviator First Class
Tyrian Mjollnir 102.001   Recruit
vomit Civilianship 18.9544   Recruit
Wombat Dr. Love 112.972   Recruit
Mission Task Pilot
Airlock DrClaw
Chalk Bag Fleet Admiral Skunk
Cleaner Red Squirrel
Compressor Wrangler Red Squirrel
ComSat Monkey eXceSs
Comsat Monkey Partner 1 Taco
Damage Control Leotard
Deck Officer Pastry Queen
Deck Officer Asst. Red Squirrel
Flat Bag Snow
Life Support Synthesis Fleet Admiral Skunk
Medi Bag Shepherd
Minister of Zoobs Leotard
Mission Leader Fleet Admiral Skunk
Mission Pinner RadMax
Mission Reporter Pastry Queen
MRC Officer Lordmcfuzz
Navigator BaneThunderwolf
RadioBox A Leotard
Radiobox B DrClaw
RadioBox C AceHole
Radiobox D Fleet Admiral Skunk
Radiobox E Civitron
Recycler Red Squirrel
Skynet Operator (post-mission) Lordmcfuzz
Stellar Cartographer BaneThunderwolf
Sticker Bag perilous
Still Cam Stogie
Tailgunner Pastry Queen
Tool Bag Stogie
Wookiee Bag RadMax
Division: MAD
Date: 04/06/2019
Status: Failure 
Origin: Fort Tyler
Destination: Mechanical City
Light Years: 8.6669
G-Well Activity: 1.1242
Technical Rating: 0.4964