McFadden's Sky Riders

McFadden's Sky Riders
Unit Profile (as of 3079)
CO
Formed 3071
Aerospace yes

McFadden's Sky Riders remained behind to form a new mercenary unit when their parent formation, Hell's Black Aces, was adopted into the Capellan Confederation in 3076.

History[edit]

Around 3070, following the climactic battle of Liao, the McFadden's Skyriders {sic} squadron within the Hell's Black Aces was reorganized as a detached squadron that hired out independently, while still flying under the Hell's Black Aces colors.[1]

As it so happened, this detached squadron included all those pilots who questioned the Aces' ever closer ties to House Liao at the time; the Aces considered joining the Capellan Confederation proper after their contract would expired in 3075;[1] this came to pass in 3076.[2] McFadden's Sky Riders under Colleen McFadden thus became an independent mercenary unit specialized in aerospace combat.

Up until ca. 3073 most of their contracts had been either for the CCAF or for local militias in operations in and around the Word of Blake Protectorate region.[1]

Still considered a detached part of Hell's Black Aces, they were hired by Chandrasekhar Kurita for Operation Higashikuni/Operation ANGEL REQUIEM, the assault on the Word of Blake's secret Ruins of Gabriel shipyard complex in the Odessa system. Gathering on Arcturus, the forces of the mercenary coalition came under attack from the Word of Blake in May 3073, and McFadden's Sky Riders provided vital support that allowed the mercenaries to halt the invaders (albeit being pushed to the brink of destruction themselves in the process).[3] They took part in the ill-fated subsequent first attack on Gabriel.[1]

As of 3079 the unit was mentioned as one of two units (the other being Summer's Storm) under long-term contract to corporate interests in the Draconis Combine such as DropShip and JumpShip yards and repair facilities, with clauses in their contract to put them under DCMS command if the need should arise.[4]

As of 3085 they were tasked primarily with guarding spaceborne factories in the Oshika Prefecture including the Hun Ho, Togura, Agematsu, and Midway systems, and also serve as trainers and instructors at the Aerospace and Interstellar Institute at Midway.[5]

Equipment[edit]

As of the fighting on Arcturus in 3073, McFadden's Sky Riders consisted of six aerospace fighters (including two Gothas and two Thunderbirds), and the Leopard CV-class DropShip Wicked Tale. Although they had no JumpShip of their own, they had a long-standing arrangement with the Merchant-class JumpShip Glitterstick.[1]

As of 3085 they were reported to be two wings at full strength.[5] Named members (as of 3073) included Lieutenant Commander McFadden, Lieutenant (formerly Major, demoted under unclear circumstances) Jason Windgate, and one Lieutenant Barstow.[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Operation Higashikuni Force Briefs Update document, p. 16
  2. Field Report: CCAF, p. 20
  3. Turning Points: Arcturus
  4. Field Report: DCMS, p. 20
  5. 5.0 5.1 Field Manual: 3085, p. 157

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