It sucks that no updated Raptors were available. If we were able to pick ships at will based on rank in WCI, I would mostly fly the Raptor, with switches to the other ships when the mechanics needed time for repairs or upgrades. If I wanted a challenge ("Hard mode"), I would go to the Scimitar.
Simple, being able to pick your ship is privilege of rank. Same as being able to pick who you fly with.Respectfully, I'm not sure what your post has to do with this thread.
Until we get to Wing Commander III we're not the top of the chain of command in the Fighter Wing on the Carrier.