Well, the simulator didn't go nearly as planned, but I did get to meet some some of my fellow pilots, Paladin and Angel. Both of them were really kind and gave me some combat tips. It seems like a fairly nice group of people.
I flew two missions today in the Enyo system, both with the pilot named Spirit. She really knows her stuff, but is quite humble about it, making her the polar opposite of Maniac.
The first mission I flew was a fairly simple Recon; all we had to do was scout out a few nav points. We ran into a group of Kilrathi ships near nav points one and three, but they were no problem. Unfortunately, a group of asteroids had drifted into the area of the second point, which we just had to put up with. After all of that, it was a simple flight back to the Tiger's Claw. I'm thankful for getting a fairly simple first mission. It really helped to get the nervousness out of my system.
Once back on the Claw, I went to the bar to unwind and ran into Spirit and a guy called Hunter. Spirit congratulated me on a good first mission, letting me know that the Colonel seemed quite pleased with my performance. Hunter, seems pretty cool; he seems to really enjoy mixing it up with the furballs, which I can appreciate, even if I don't share the same level of enthusiasm.
The second mission was to escort a Drayman Transport to a nearby jump point. I once again flew with Spirit. The transport was waiting for us as we left the launch bay, and we began our trip.
There was an asteroid field directly between the Claw and the jump point, so we were forced to take a detour to a nearby nav point and go around the rocks. As we neared the nav point though, a couple Kilrathi ships were waiting to ambush the transport. Thankfully, they retreated quickly after a brief show of force. We were attacked again as we neared the jump point, but we made short work of them. The Drayman jumped out of the sector without issue.
I decided to take the same path back to the Tiger's Claw as we took on the way to the jump point, so we could avoid the asteroids. As we rounded the field, we ran into a couple more Kilrathi ships. After that, it was smooth flying back to the Claw.
During debriefing, a rather pleased Colonel Halcyon that he wanted to see me later that day. I was quite nervous, even though I had just been praised by him for a job well done. It turned out that he was only letting me know that I was being transferred to another squadron, the Blue Devils. I will be flying a Scimitar attack fighter on my next mission. I went to the rec room to celebrate and ran into a couple pilots from my new squad, Knight and, funnily enough, Iceman. They were arguing about the pros and cons of the Scimitar. Apparently, it's got a lot of weapons and armor, as Knight said, but Iceman was quick to warn me that it was slower and harder to handle. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to adjust, but I should probably study up on it anyway.