Lens of History (59): Winds of Change

STEC Archives, Print Document Division
Curator signature: Jer
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Editor’s Note: The Abyssal War, particularly during the years 19[X] to 19[X+3], was often dynamic and unpredictable. Frankly, we were not very certain if the successes on the field meant much in the grand scheme of war or our capacity to sustain it.

However, by 19[X+4], the winds of change could be keenly felt.

A few chance encounters, some calculated risk-taking, and the careful but firm harvest of knowledge from years of accumulated research, and humanity finally understood just what it was that they were facing.

With that understanding came the ability to strike back.

Hey Mike, I’ll keep this short, but this is BIG.

It’s official – we’ve broken the 1945 barrier.

Four 20mm cannons. 8 hardpoints for either bombs or rockets. A single one of these things can sink an abyssal cruiser, and we can shove 40 or so of these things on a carrier girl with no modifications necessary for the logistics team. Fairy pilots report it being a stable gun platform, and a capable fighter bomber.

I think we’ve done it. See reports attached.


Carrier Qualifications Testing, United States Shipgirl Hornet (CV8/12)

Total number of attempted landings: 50

Total number of successful recoveries : 45

List of Mishaps:

Attempt 15: Missed approach leads to go around.

Attempt 23: Wire on flight deck snapped, sending plane off front of flight deck.

Attempt 27: Flight deck not cleared fast enough, landing plane collides with parked plane.

Attempt 32: Missed approach leads to go around.

Attempt 40: Landing gear damaged by rough landing. Flight deck receives light scratching.

Comments (Optional): N/A

Commander Feedback (Optional): Great numbers for a first try – Essex

Carrier Qualifications Testing, “Catapult Retrofit”

Executive Summary by Essex

[An image is attached, zoomed in on a bunch of confused-looking fairies fiddling with the frontal landing gear of an F9F as it waits for takeoff on a catapult. The blue colored plane contrasts starkly with the green and brown patterned flight deck]

Catapult testing for our catapult retrofit technology is promising, albeit unsuccessful. The fairies were slow to adopt the newer flight deck management systems, often preferring to fall back onto their previous training, leading to slower operations overall. Perhaps more fairy training is required, or one of our officers.

The catapult itself worked, albeit perhaps underpowered. For heavier aircraft or even a full combat load a small redesign to increase power would prove useful.

Catapult design tentatively approved as stopgap. Fairy training regimen rejected, suggest embedding trainees into experienced crews for a more practical learning environment.

STEC Archives, Print Document Division
Curator signature: Jer
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From the office of Adm. Michael Yin
1000 Chesapeake St.
Avalon Base
PSC 100845
FPO AP 966

November 21st, 199[X+3]

Phase 1 of Project Trinity has reported success. In short, STEC has jet aircraft.

While a technological breakthrough alone is usually not enough for me to formally report in this manner, the nature of this technological breakthrough – and more importantly, my proposal for our next action – requires special attention.

More specifically, the means of mass producing these shipgirl jet aircraft has also been developed. This represents a complete generational leap in our capabilities, which cannot be overstated.

In our internal testing, we have found that our carrier girls showed massive improvement across the board once equipped with such aircraft. Compared to our current standard F6F fighters, the new F9F jet fighters achieved nearly double the air to air kills, while efficiency of air-to-abyssal damage to prominent core-unit level Abyssals increased four to five fold depending on loadout.

Pursuant to STEC oversight guidelines sections 1000(a), 1000(b), and 1010(a), the original test reports are attached.

The United States has always been the arsenal of democracy. Now let it be the arsenal of humanity. While such a great technological breakthrough would certainly tip the sides in our favor alone, I strongly believe that as this is a fight for humanity, all of humanity must also be involved.

As such, I am requesting permission to immediately release all relevant documentation and technical expertise to relevant offices of our foreign shipgirl service allies. With the combined fleets of the world all possessing such powerful tools, defense of our coastlines would not only be much easier, but full on offensive operations against the Abyssals would be within the realm of possibility.

Respectfully yours,
Adm. Michael Yin.

STEC Archives, Print Document Division
Curator signature: Jer
Format: Message, Personal Object, Hand-written
Object: Collection, Personal Correspondences to Michael Yin, [ID redacted]
Location (if known): STEC Archives
Time (if known): November 21st, 199[X+3]
Note: Hand-written scribble appears on corner opposite of “Dear Mike” (highlighted in italics)

Dear Mike, (Some of the Republicans made a loud ruckus last time I sent ya something using official WH letterhead so here it is on plain ol’ printer paper.)

I am beyond pleased by the news of these developments, and doubly pleased by their deadly efficacy versus the Abyssal fleet. I eagerly await this week’s recurrent STEC technical briefings – I’ve already gone over the blitz over DC earlier in the day and offered my congratulations in person, but I figure I’d put something down on pen and paper for that little archive project you’re setting up.

Now, I’ve heard rumblings about your proposal – I’m looking forward to that Wednesday hearing, but I don’t think there’ll be too much trouble beyond the obvious. Looking forward to a productive meeting tomorrow!

Yours sincerely,

PS I’m sure I’ll hear about it tomorrow at the cabinet meeting, but let’s just say, I’m a touch bit concerned with the prospect of handing it to all our allies, particularly the one in the Asia-Pacific region…