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Contents

  • 1 Helldiver Squadron Offensive Tactical Force
    • 1.1 Fighters
    • 1.2 Bombers
    • 1.3 The Beginning
    • 1.4 Drawbacks
    • 1.5 His Main Tactic, if Bombable Wasn’t Installed on the Victim’s Aircraft
    • 1.6 Reasons
    • 1.7 The Roots of Helldiver Squadron
    • 1.8 The Tactical Force
    • 1.9 The Espionage Wing
    • 1.10 Applications

Helldiver Squadron Offensive Tactical Force

Helldiver Squadron was officially created in February of 2013. It was designed to replicate WWII-style offensive squadrons, to replicate modern fighter fleets, and was specifically designed to launch attacks on the European Air Force. The Commander of the squadron and the lead plane in many of the offensive maneuvers is a bounty hunter, often appearing under the callsign, “Friend” or “ForHire”. Several pilots have been attacked by his private aircraft, and have been destroyed through the FlightGear feature Bombable. The fighters and bombers he flew came to be feared after several attacks were launched, of his own accord, on the KSFO airport.

Fighters

The most well-noted attack craft used by “Friend”/”ForHire” are as follows, in usage order— most used to least used:

Beaufighter —modified for Bombable

A6M2 Zero —modified for Bombable

A-10 Warthog —modified for Bombable

British Aerospace Harrier —test craft

Grumman F-14 Tomcat —test craft for pylon-mounted armaments

Grumman F-6F Hellcat —unknown use

Avro CF-105 Arrow —interceptor runs, mainly antagonizing other craft

Several other fighters have been reported to be seen, but the vast majority of reports claim to have seen the fighters listed above.

Bombers

Reported bombers that “Friend”/”ForHire” has flown, not in usage order:

Beaufighter —modified for Bombable

Rockwell B-1B Lancer —high-impact explosives test craft

B-36D Peacemaker —heavy bomber test craft

B-52F —test craft–unknown use

Convair B-58 —Mach test craft for heavy, long-range bombing

B-29 Superfortress —bombing test runs

B-29 —bombing test runs

F-117 Nighthawk —bombing test runs

Handley Page Halifax Bomber —strike force test runs

Avro- Lancaster Heavy Bomber —strike force test runs

All Mig types have been flown by the Commander.

Several other bombers have been reported to be seen, but the vast majority of reports claim to have seen the bombers listed above.

The Beginning

The main use of the bounty hunter’s flights are attack runs, strike force runs, bombing, intercepting convoys and tanker aircraft, antagonizing of multiplayer units, attack runs on private aircraft, bombing of ground units, strafing ships and floating aircraft, and using attack craft disguised as private planes; the Bombable feature was applied in these circumstances.

Drawbacks

The main drawback to the Commander’s attacks were that in order for an aircraft to be shot down, the victim would have to have Bombable installed, and also would have to have an aircraft equipped properly with the feature.

His Main Tactic, if Bombable Wasn’t Installed on the Victim’s Aircraft

“Friend”/”ForHire” often would remedy this problem by circling at high speeds around the victim, often doing flybys near or over the windshield area. On some occasions, the hunter would run straight through the victim from behind, maintaining the same speed. When this occurred, the pilot being assaulted could not see anything, because the hunter’s fighter was inside the victim’s model. Afterwards, the victim would switch to Model View, and therefore could control their aircraft to a certain degree. Once it was obvious that the victim was capable of shaking off the hunter, the attacker would fall behind, and place the afterburners or tail in the direct view of the player, taking up the entire screen with the model. The victim would not be able to control their craft; thus, they would lose all stability and crash. This was his main tactic in the event that his prey had not installed Bombable into their FlightGear interface.

Reasons

“Friend”/”ForHire” never attacked aircraft unless he was hired, as described by his callsign. His form of pay for his services was a direct signed loyalty to the Helldiver Squadron. Many refused, and he subsequently left them to their own devices. He never shot down any craft unless he was hired to shoot down the planes by another user. However, many raids he carried out on ground units were entirely initiated by his own interests, often testing atomic bombs, nuclear warheads, and other types of air-to-ground armament. The nuclear attacks proved futile, and the atomic bombs glitched, thus ending the “private Cold War” he had started.

The Roots of Helldiver Squadron

After the Commander was unsuccessfully attacked in August of 2012 by a Bombable-equipped private fighter, he decided that his reputation was getting around, and that he needed a bigger threat. He named the new wing Helldiver Squadron Offensive Tactical Force. The goal was mainly to coordinate planned attacks on any craft in a designated no-fly zone over several places in Europe and in the United States. All would be given a warning to either land or fly in another zone. However, the Squadron would never give a warning to any craft that appeared or professed to be part of the EAF.

The Tactical Force

The Force’s main goals are:

Orchestrated offensive maneuvers on ground targets

Attacks on the EAF

Escorting of other craft in turn for loyalty to the Force

Securing no-fly zones

Shooting down any craft designated by an employer as a threat

Following the Commander in coordinating offenses on the EAF

The Espionage Wing

The Espionage Wing is an extension of Helldiver Squadron, and has the sole purpose of gathering information on the EAF’s movements. Members of this wing often join the EAF’s ranks and even fly with them on missions, just to learn their plans. All information is sent back to the main hub of the Espionage Wing, or E.W.

Applications

The Force has been ready for pilots to apply and join. However, the Commander noted that one of the main tactics of his Espionage Wing was to join the ranks of the EAF, and send the information back to base. He didn’t want the same tactic employed by the EAF, so he constructed more complicated ways of applying. The site for the Force is undergoing some changes as of now, and it has not been said as to when it will be back up and running.

Website: Helldiver Squadron Offensive Tactical Force

Contact Helldiver Squadron Offensive Tactical Force: helldiversquadron@gmail.com

E.W. applications are on the site.

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