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- "The backbone of military aviation will always be rotary, and tactical airpower must remain in the hands of ground commanders. Fixed-wing costs too much to do too little—I see no reason to waste any more taxpayers’ money on the Petrel strike-fighter program when we could spend that on helicopter-launched missile systems. These birds represent better value and can do everything we need, and do it better in most cases—transport, combat, observation, maritime, and special mission. We do not need to fragment our defense strategy by creating a separate air force."
- — Gen. Jod Lombard, giving evidence to the COG Defense Committee on the lack of need to create a separate air force and expand fixed-wing procurement, two years before accepting a seat on the board of Helicopter Manufacturer Aiglar
The Coalition of Ordered Government Air Corps was the aerial arm of the Coalition of Ordered Governments military. The Air Corps was regarded as vital to the success of military operations, and participated in most military actions during the Pendulum Wars. During the Locust War and Lambent Pandemic, the Air Corps took heavy casualties from the various creatures that were under the control of the Locust, and it fell under direct army control, with the highest ranking remaining member of the Air Corps being Major Gill Gettner.
Based on the CNV SovereignEdit
After the evacuation of Vectes, the remainder of the Air Corps was split between the several onshore COG refugee communities and the rapid response force based on the CNV Sovereign. The King Ravens on-board Sovereign were sent to assist any settlement that was threatened, but the Lambent attack on Gerrenhalt proved that the COG was too widely dispersed for the Air Corps to protect all of the settlements. As the months passed, it became harder to maintain the King Ravens, and the Air Corps was reduced heavily. They continued to participate in missions and defend the ship, with KR Seven-Zero transporting part of Delta-One to Hanover to recover supplies, and several King Ravens participating in the defense of the Sovereign when the Lambent attacked it. However, the ship was destroyed, and the remaining Air Corps personnel regrouped with the rest of the survivors on the Hanover shore with what few King Ravens remained.
- Major Gill Gettner
- Lt. Rothesay
- Lt. Mel Sorotki
- Pvt. Dylan Murphy - KIA
- Daniels - KIA
- Eldon Rorry - KIA
- Strachan - KIA
- Unidentified King Raven pilot - KIA
- Unidentified King Raven pilot (KR Zero-Four)
- Unidentified Sergeant
- Main article: King Raven
The King Raven was the main workhorse of the COG army. Introduced in 17 B.E. under much controversy, since the Raven was mass-produced over the Petrel fighter, the Raven was viewed as a multi-purpose helicopter that could engage fortified areas, recon enemy movement, and transport soldiers from the field. Its roles include transport for squads of Gears, fire support, and general cargo transport. The King Raven is armed with two chin-mounted chain guns which allow the pilot and gunner to suppress moderate threats which may present themselves to the Raven. It is also equipped with two side mounted Chain Gun to allow passengers to fire from the Raven. King Ravens were instrumental in the COG assault on Landown, providing fire support for the COG forces upon the Rigs and also in delivering reinforcements and supplies to the battle site. King Ravens can also be used to evacuate injured personnel from the battlefield if circumstances permit.
- Main article: Tern
An aging helicopter that was replaced by the King Raven series in 17 B.E. The Terns saw action in the Battle of Shavad. During the Battle of Shavad, the slow moving Terns were easy targets for Indie anti-aircraft fire.
- Main article: Corva
The Corva was a helicopter series that saw action in the Pendulum Wars. It was viewed as an older series of choppers that took a lot of fuel to fly and were very slow, but able to remain in combat operations by 17 B.E. A single Corva was sent to resupply Anvil Gate during its siege but was to slow to avoid enemy fire and crash-landed, killing the pilot and destroying the cargo. The Corva was able to carry earthmoving equipment under its belly.
The Petrel, also referred to as the Petrel Strike Fighter-Bomber, was a fixed-wing, carrier-based, fighter-bomber, jet aircraft. The Petrels' main role was to take out designated targets such as key enemy military facilities. These aircraft carried two massive, very powerful bombs under its wings which could effectively destroy key enemy targets in a focused area. In 3 B.E., during Operation: Leveler and the subsequent Battle of Aspho Fields, two Petrels were shot down by Asp mobile anti-air tanks when they attempted to eliminate the Aspho Point Research Facility. Later, two Petrels scored a direct hit on the Beresphus Base command center, which disabled all UIR military garrisons stationed at the base.
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 107
- ↑ Gears of War: Dirty Little Secrets Part Four (Diaspora)
- ↑ Gears of War 3: Act I
- ↑ Gears of War: Anvil Gate
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