Scorpion Strike

By John J. Nance

In the wake of desolate tract hurricane, a defecting Iraqi scientist has published Saddam Hussein's frightening plans for a devastating counterstrike opposed to his enemies...and the area. with out time to spare, American forces needs to remobilize to find and neutralize the underground laboratory the place a deadly super-virus is able to be unleashed. yet an eleventh-hour catastrophe thrusts the complete challenge into the fingers of Air strength comrades-in-arms Colonel Will Westerman and Reserve Colonel-turned-commercial pilot Doug Harris. Flying into the center of Iraqi strength, they need to depend upon their skills--and every one other--as by no means ahead of, to accomplish a project that appears an increasing number of like a suicide run...

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If that's the case, I’ve obtained it. ” Doug’s voice was once regular and calm, in sharp distinction to the stress he used to be feeling. “Jump seat, begin your callouts. What’s my airspeed? ” “One hundred forty,” Backus spoke back. without night-vision units to distort his eyesight, Backus were assigned to maintain his eyes glued to the airspeed and altitude gauges to again up the pilots. Will saved his eyes forward, his fingers following Doug’s at the controls, checking the alignment, which used to be lifeless on. “One hundred thirty-five, and your marker pace is one-thirty, sir. 300 toes above the skin, sink twelve hundred. ” Doug nodded, yet not anyone observed the gesture. They have been too shut now. the 1st set of light-stick markers slid prior the cockpit. “Jesus, Will. Are you definite this can be huge sufficient for our major wheels? ” “It’s 40 ft extensive. The wheels desire twenty, and the shoulder is hard-packed sand. ” “One hundred thirty-two knots, virtually on marker, 200 toes above, sink fee 13 hundred ft. Sink a thousand now, you’re 100 ft above, sink 8 hundred, on marker velocity, sink 8 hundred, fifty toes, thirty, twenty …” Doug flared the plane a little and allow it settle demanding and enterprise. “Spoilers! ” On Doug’s call-out, Will grabbed the T-handle lever that deployed the big panels at the wing referred to as spoilers and pulled it to the entire down place as Doug driven difficult at the yoke to maintain the tail from dragging, and taken the throttles to idle. they wouldn't use opposite strength to forestall. an excessive amount of noise. Doug labored challenging to carry the plane to the heart of the two-lane concrete highway, surprised the touchdown equipment was once nonetheless inside of its borders. “Jeez, this can be slender! I don’t understand, pilot. pace? ” “One hundred and 5. ” Doug pressed his ft into the pinnacle of the rudder pedals to use the brakes tough, they usually pitched ahead within the seats because the Starlifter slowed. “I’m killing one and four,” Will acknowledged, his hand snapping off the engine gasoline and ignition switches for the 2 outboard engines as they'd rehearsed. “Doors armed, Load, cleared to open. Watch the doorstep. And, copilot, you’re 80 knots. ” 140 toes to the rear of the cockpit, the loadmaster, who had pre-positioned himself on the folding cargo-loading ramp, struggled opposed to the deceleration to face opposed to the left aspect of the cabin and toggle the swap that opened the clamshell shipment doorways. The strain door were retracted into the ceiling whereas they have been on method. Now, because the clamshells got here into place, he all started decreasing the ramp. within the cockpit, Will took keep an eye on to taxi, cranking the nosewheel round to the left, taking the nostril equipment off the roadway and onto the hard-packed floor along the line as he reversed direction to park again at the highway dealing with east. 4 of the strike group contributors have been status by way of to place the 2 moveable ramps in position once they stopped, and presently the engines of the armored team of workers vendors and the Bradley fired up, the troops already in position inside—including Dr.

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