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Aberrant: Stargate Universe - Speeding


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{14th October}

In the days since the 2nd mission Gwyn had been continuing his usual training regime, including working with Dr Lee and Colonel Carter (promoted during the Presidents visit) on building his knowledge of alien science and technology. During his daily sparring sessions with Major Caine he thought he was finally starting to see some improvement, but it was an event in the gym that finally provided to him that his powers had taken another step.

The gym was as busy as ever after dinner, the only time Gwyn got to do any training of his own, in this case he was bding his time until Major Hawke arrived for another sparring session. Gwyn was hoping to do better than the pasting he had taken last time, but would just have to wait and see. In the mean time he ran through a normal sequence of exercises, chin up, press ups, weights, rowing machine, treadmill and repeat until Major Hawke turns up. Things were going as expected until he got onto the treadmill, once he got up to a steady run the readings put his speed at about 5% higher than it had been beforehand.

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Run = 12 + Dex 5 = 17m/Turn = 340m/minute = 20.4 km/h

Now = 12 + Dex 5 + M-Dex 1 = 18m/turn = 360m/minute = 21.6 km/h

it's a small variation, could just be warming up or something. If it is a real improvement, which hopefully it is, it should be more noticeable at a sprint. Here goes...

Moving up to a sprint was usual for Gwyn anyway, with his enhanced endurance he could keep a sprint up for much longer than most others.

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Sprint = 20+(Dex 5 x3) = 35m/turn = 700m/min = 42km/h

New = 20 + (3 x (Dex 5+ M-Dex 1)) = 38m/turn = 760m/min = 45.6km/h

Ok, I'm faster by a bit, I wonder if I can push it like Omar was going on abou. So, pull the power in and hold it for a bit then release it he said...

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Shit I didn't hold it! Hang so why have I sped up? Looks like I got a power up! Better tell Caine about this. Heh I wonder if it works with the flying as well?

When he activated it, his speed had gone up drastically, once it settled down the treadmill put it at about double his previous speed or about 90km/h.

He spent the rest of the time until Major Hawke arrived trying to get the new ability under control, so he could turn it on at will. He hadn't got it completely done, but was certainly on the way there when the Major arrived and they moved over to the sparring area. Gwyn didn't bother telling the Major about the new ability as he didn't see an immediate use for it in this sparring match. He hoped to do better in the sparring match and he might have done slightly, but not enough to be sure of it.

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Major Ryan Hawke arrived just on time as usual and after his normal warm up they took up their positions for their sparring match. It went pretty much as usual with the Major being able to hit Gwyn for some damage anytime he wanted unless Gwyn went to a low-density form, but in none of his forms could Gwyn land a blow with any regularity - they all were by luck if at all.

At the end of the match Gwyn decided to tell Ryan about his recent discovery.

"I seem to have developed a new trick Major. When I was on the teadmill waiting for you to arrive I managed to trigger an afterburner type effect, my speed roughly doubled. I know you mentioned about flying the other week so I wondered if you wanted to come along when I ask General O'Neil if I can go out to the Alpha site for some flight practise?"

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"Count me in. Will be nice actually have some freedom to Fly."

He tossed a towel to Gwyn and nodded. "Tell you the truth, I always loved flying. Just was too big for the cockpit, or so the story goes. That's how I ended up as a Marine."

The two of them got cleaned up and Then both went to General O'Neil to see about getting some real flight time.

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On the way to O'Neil's office, on the off chance he was still around, Gwyn added to Ryan, "Do you think we should try to get a general invite for any flyers going? I know that Aradia in SG-22 can Shapeshift to a flying form and their may be others who develop it in some way later on. Also do we want to make it a regular thing, once every couple of days, or at least once a week?"

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Once in the General's office Gwyn and Ryan saluted. O'Neill motioned to the chairs in front of his desk after casually returning the salutes. "So what brings you boys down to the principal's office?"

The two men smiled at the general's dry humor. Being the ranking person Ryan spoke, "Sir, we would like to request permission preferably on a regular basis to go to the Alpha Site for flight practice. It is too dangerous here on Earth to go flying regularly even at Groom Lake, too much chance of people seeing it. I also understand you have a pair of 302's on sight. Sir, Colonel Mitchell has kindly offered to give some of us flight lessons in the event it should ever be necessary. I understand that SG1 has had to fly death gliders on several occasions and it would be good if some of the personnel on the Specials teams had those skills."

O'Neill listened to the request and nodded along with the words. "Permission granted on the flight time, but you tell Mitchell that if he so much as puts a scratch on one of those birds it's coming out of his paycheck even if it takes 300 years to pay off. The other thing is that you will have to go through with the regular scheduled gate openings. No special trips through just to going joyriding."

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"Thank you sir. I wouldn't woory too much about Colonel Mitchell Sir, Major Caine has expressed an interest in getting his flight certification and he should act as a calming influence." Gwyn reassured the General.

"I believe the weekly Alpha site connection was today General? So our first opportunity will be next week, the 21st. We'll round up the other Specialists with flight abilities and who might be interested in Colonel Mitchells offer in the meantime."

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Ryan smiled. "Let's go."

The two of them put the word out to the teams that anyone who wanted to come could but that they needed to meet at the gate quickly.

Ryan was the first to arrive.

(This ficton is open to all Flight capable specialists and thosw who wish to get their flying certifications.)

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Caine showed up early with his modified flight gear. AFter all when you had an aircraft that could all but be a spacecraft, you needed those nice little extras.

Looking over at Cam,

"Colonel, I feel a bit rusty with the skills, but I'm sure my relfexes are up for it. Point me in the right direction and I won't let you down."

As Gwyn came up,

"Going to go all out today? Well," Caine gave a toothy smile, "I'm going to have to smoke you."

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"That may be Major," replied Gwyn in his own flight suit, "but at least I'll still be in the sky during your flight training, rather than being on the ground as you will be during mine."

"I've got a speedometer rig coming through with us so we can gauge the speed of all the fliers, but yeah, I'm interested to see what speed I can get up to now with the 'afterburners' on."

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Cam was busy checking his flight suit out so didn't pay to much attention to the gathering men. This suit was nothing new to him but from past experience he knew that such a thing could save your life. In his case it really had. He caught up to the conversation a few seconds late then looked up at Maj. Caine.

"Morning Majors, and Gwyn. Check you suit over and if you haven't been a flyer before make sure one of your buddies checks it out for you as well. Last thing you want is a malfunctioning suit. I don't know about how us specialists will handle the G's, but for a regular pilot they are the difference between remaining conscious and not. The 302's are more advanced that any other craft we've got. They are capable of maneuvers that would kill their pilots if not governed by a flight computer. Keep that in mind as we go up. Now for the flight training in the 302's I'll take one of you up and Captain Gerald will take another. The birds are two seaters. Once we're in the air I'll give you guys some basic instruction on handling the controls. Just remember, never jerk the stick around, make nice easy movements and underestimate how much you need to move the stick. If you've ever flown a regular fighter before these things will blow you away." He looked around at the three men, "Any questions?"

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"I know it only takes a man so far, but I've read up on the specs for this craft. When do we begin?"

Major Caine didn't seen cocky, but confident. He clearly understood that he didn't truly understand the capacity of the 302, but was eager to experience it.

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Gwyn rapidly finished checking his suit, paying most attention to the G-harness that his altered nature may not help with rather than the life support aspects. As he does so he chips in, "Well that make three for three, I've read the manuals and mission reports relevant to the 302 and a number of basic flying and piloting manuals, but I've never handled any aircraft before. Heh, unless you count Microsoft Flight Simulator, which I don't."

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Cam chuckled at that last bit. "No, flight sims don't cut it. They may teach you the controls and instruments, but add in the crazy motion and your inner ear telling you conflicting things to what your eyes see and there's no comparison. I'll warn you guys, almost every single person that goes up in a fighter for the first time looses his or her lunch. There are a couple bags next to your seat in easy reach. Make damn sure you know where it is and grab it if you feel like you'll lose it. It's no fun at all to fly around in the cockpit splattered all over with puke. And these birds are virgin, no one has ever spilled their cookies in them, or so Captain Gerald tells me. You boys don't want to dirty up their cockpits." Cam smiled at the other Specialists, but the Captain gave him a serious nod of his head as if to say 'don't let it happen'.

"Ok men mount up. Been 6 months since I've been in the cockpit and I want to see how I do after getting my system upgraded."

Cam and Captain Gerald took the lower seats in the two 302s leaving the rear for the two Majors. Caine climbed up in the bird with Cam and Ryan went with Gerald. The 302's took off at nearly maximum Gs getting airborne faster than any other fighter could have and seemed to have power to spare even in a sharp climb. These things were capable of going into space afterall, regular flight was nothing compared to that. The two pilots flew some simple formations then split up so that Cam to take a few minutes to get readjusted to the controls. He tried to stay aware of Caine behind him. He didn't want puke in his hair after all.

"How you doing back there Major?"

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In the meantime Gwyn went for a flight of his own, although without the comfort of the 302 around him. He was unable to match the fighters acceleration or speed, but his maneuverability was better and he still managed to get clocked by the ground crew at a respectable 500kph.

He buzzed around enjoying himself and finding an obstacle course to test himself on until he heard on the radio that the others in the 302's were returning. Then he returned to base himself and rechecked his flight suit to make sure nothing had been misplaced during his own training flight.

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"Good. I've been here before. Really, I feel that way. It's strange, but it's happened before. I like it, though I don't want to do any 'dream driving'. The down side of this is I remember flying different high performance aircraft, not this one. Trust me, I have no desire to become a part of the landscape."

"Baring that, I'm ready to go. Checklist first, right?"

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"As long as you don't expect me to take off and land this quality piece of equipment. If I broke it, I would never live long enough to pay it off."

Caine finished the the checklist, he gave a thumbs up and readied himself for the G-s of the take-off. Frankly, it was the G's that he looked the most forwerd to. That and the feel of the stick in his hands knowing space was just a flick and a pedal away.

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