K'tithrak Mang System - Series 8 - Mission 3
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- 1 F-57 Sabre piloted by Zachary Colson
The Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel Carl T. LaFong
Although the evidence was circumstantial, Angel confronted Jazz with the knowledge that he was the traitor. Jazz didn't even try to talk his way out of the situation. Instead, he pulled a gun. Angel managed to knock the gun away, and Jazz ran. He launched in a Sabre, and I got the order to go after him.
I had engaged almost every Kilrathi ace in a dogfight at one time or another, but my confrontation with Jazz was the toughest of my career. When fighting the Kilrathi, I always felt that I had the best flight technology on my side. Against Jazz, the technology was dead even, and only skill would lead to victory.
When I caught up with Jazz, I locked the target to engage the I'M and set my guns to full. I figured that with full guns, whenever I could get into a position for a shot, it would count. I don't think my fuel would have held out for long, because almost the entire dogfight was fought with the afterburners glowing. Just when I thought I had him, he'd slide away, hit the afterburners, and run. I'd chase him, and he'd hit the brakes, then light up the burners again and just manage to get away. I fired all my dumb-fires with not even one coming close. After a few minutes, Spiculums were everywhere, and since our ships were the same, the image-recognition missiles acted more like Pilums. They would lock onto either one of us.
I really didn't like those odds, so I dropped a chaff pod to draw the missiles, and burned away from the resulting blast. Jazz made a mistake by pulling the same brake-and-afterburner stunt three times in a row. The last time I was ready, and hit him with three shots from the full guns. I saw him eject from the debris, and although I really wanted to dust him with my guns, I used the tractor beam to pull him in.
After returning to the carrier, Sparks told me that the original flight disk from my last mission on the Tiger's Claw had been found in Jazz's locker. I was finally cleared.