History Headscratchers / Area88

10th May '16 1:05:13 PM avon
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** The fact that Saki is only a Lieutenant Colonel (not even a full bird Colonel) in the Asran miliary may be an indication of how low on the ladder Saki is. He is not a crown prince (being a nephew of the King) and he is for the most part expendable to do such low-echelon work like manage a mercenary base. Also, according to a story that Charlie told Shin, Saki has a history of being a screwup. His scar was due to an error in judgement that resulted in a suprise attack that got his unit killed. He scarred his own forehead in penance.

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** The fact that Saki is only a Lieutenant Colonel (not even a full bird Colonel) in the Asran miliary may be an indication of how low on the ladder Saki is. He is not a crown prince (being a nephew of the King) and so he is for the most part expendable to do such low-echelon work like manage a mercenary base. Also, according to a story that Charlie told Shin, Saki has a history of being a screwup. His scar was due to an error in judgement that resulted in a suprise attack that got his unit killed. He scarred his own forehead in penance.penance.
** It is worth noting that Saki, being royalty, still flies commercial airlines, as seen in the manga. Not being a crown prince, he doesn't get the luxury of a private jet.
28th Apr '16 1:31:26 PM avon
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* In the manga, Mario Bandini was a former member of the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force's aerobatic team. Mario repeatedly demonstrates unprofessional behavior such as grandstanding, endangering other pilots, and disobeying orders. How did Mario last five minutes in the Italian military, much less long enough to earn a place on the Frecce Tricolori team? Any air force worthy of the name would have kicked out a soldier who demonstrated so little discipline and professionalism.

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* In the manga, Mario Bandini was a former member of the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force's aerobatic team. Mario repeatedly demonstrates unprofessional behavior such as grandstanding, endangering other pilots, and disobeying orders. How did Mario last five minutes in the Italian military, much less long enough to earn a place on the Frecce Tricolori team? Any air force worthy of the name would have kicked out a soldier who demonstrated so little discipline and professionalism.professionalism.
* A pilot must pay for all of his expenses. So what happens if he goes broke and can't afford to fly? Especially if it happens long before the end of his three year contract? Obviously this wasn't an option for getting out of your contract as Shin probbly would have easily chosen to do this. But what if they survive a crash and can't afford another plane? Are they demoted and carted off to one of the regular low budget infantry (assuming the strong likelihood that they also have merc ground troops), where they can expect a much lower pay rate as a ground troop?
22nd Jan '16 7:45:16 AM mrnickname
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** How do any of these people communicate with each other? We have a mercenary base in a North African country filled with soldiers from Japan, Germany, Denmark, the United States, Vietnam etc, etc, and all of them can understand each other without any problem whatsoever. Japanese man Rocky meets a Bedouin Chieftan in the middle of the desert and they understand each other perfectly. The most logical answer is that they all know at least some English, but most likely it's just TranslationConvention.
3rd Jan '16 4:33:58 PM Nopperabo
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* Right before making his move, Charlie revealed to Shin [[spoiler:" I've been hired to kill you. Can't say by whom. It's just buisness."]]. The problem is, he did this over the radio while they were in combat. Isn't it a possibility that this might have been overheard by other pilots. Channels are generally open to all squadron members during combat.

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* Right before making his move, Charlie revealed to Shin [[spoiler:" I've been hired to kill you. Can't say by whom. It's just buisness."]]. The problem is, he did this over the radio while they were in combat. Isn't it a possibility that this might have been overheard by other pilots. Channels are generally open to all squadron members during combat.combat.
* In the manga, Mario Bandini was a former member of the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force's aerobatic team. Mario repeatedly demonstrates unprofessional behavior such as grandstanding, endangering other pilots, and disobeying orders. How did Mario last five minutes in the Italian military, much less long enough to earn a place on the Frecce Tricolori team? Any air force worthy of the name would have kicked out a soldier who demonstrated so little discipline and professionalism.
2nd Oct '15 2:04:45 PM avon
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* In a very awkward momoent, Mick and Shin very briefly meet Traci, Mick's former fiancee whom he left in order to become a merc. She is with her new husband and the man innocently walks up to them and asks Mick to take their picture. He probably wouldn't have known who Mick was and although speechless, neither Mick, nor Traci reveal that they knew each other. In fact, they don't even directly exchange words during the encounter. After taking the photo, Mick openly wishes the two happiness. Why was a vacationing couple in a warzone like Aslan? And did Traci later explain who that nice guy was?

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* In During Act III, in a very awkward momoent, moment, Mick and Shin very briefly meet Traci, Mick's former fiancee whom he left in order to become a merc. She is with her new husband and the man innocently walks up to them and asks Mick to take their picture. He probably wouldn't have known who Mick was and although speechless, neither Mick, nor Traci reveal that they knew each other. In fact, they don't even directly exchange words during the encounter. After taking the photo, Mick openly wishes the two happiness. Why was a vacationing couple in a warzone like Aslan? And did Traci later explain who that nice guy was?was?
* Right before making his move, Charlie revealed to Shin [[spoiler:" I've been hired to kill you. Can't say by whom. It's just buisness."]]. The problem is, he did this over the radio while they were in combat. Isn't it a possibility that this might have been overheard by other pilots. Channels are generally open to all squadron members during combat.
2nd Oct '15 1:57:31 PM avon
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* Deserting by stealing a fighter plane (or even using your own) is just about the worst way to desert. You would have to find a place that will clear you for landing, no questions asked; something that doesn't happen anywhere. You will surely be detained for serious questioning, especially since you are a "under the table deal" mercenary and not on any official buisness with any country. Chances are high that you will eventually be positively identified. The time it takes to do this will be time enough for Asran's military (or the Escape Killers) to locate their escapee.

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* Deserting by stealing a fighter plane (or even using your own) is just about the worst way to desert. You would have to find a place that will clear you for landing, no questions asked; something that doesn't happen anywhere. You will surely be detained for serious questioning, especially since you are a "under the table deal" mercenary and not on any official buisness with any country. Chances are high that you will eventually be positively identified. The time it takes to do this will be time enough for Asran's military (or the Escape Killers) to locate their escapee.escapee.
* Charlie is one of the few pilots at Area 88 to survive a three year contract. Yet he is coming back. As part of a contract to [[spoiler: assassinate Shin]]. In Charlie's first appearance, he is unnamed but talking to someone on the phone (presumably Farina) explaining that after he does the job, he will be incommunicado for a while. Presumably because even if he fulfills the "hit" early on, he is still contracted to the usual Asran Air Force three year contract. He's risking a lot just to carry out a hit. He must be confident that either he will survive another three years, or that the war will be over long before that.
* Kanzaki tricked Shin into signing three years of his life away at a mercenary base on the expectation that he is likely to be killed. What if the war in Aslan were to unexpectedly end prematurely? A ceasefire or surrender could be called on a moment's notice. Shin would naturally be released from his contract and definitely Kanzaki would be up the creek without a paddle.
* In a very awkward momoent, Mick and Shin very briefly meet Traci, Mick's former fiancee whom he left in order to become a merc. She is with her new husband and the man innocently walks up to them and asks Mick to take their picture. He probably wouldn't have known who Mick was and although speechless, neither Mick, nor Traci reveal that they knew each other. In fact, they don't even directly exchange words during the encounter. After taking the photo, Mick openly wishes the two happiness. Why was a vacationing couple in a warzone like Aslan? And did Traci later explain who that nice guy was?
28th Apr '15 6:32:41 PM avon
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* The deal that the Maxwell company made with Kanzaki to land him 25% of Yamato Airlines stock would not stand up to close scrutiny. A young and fairly new pilot getting this much power early on and rising to the presidency all within about two to three years after his joining the company. Everybody should have suspected something much earlier than they did.

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* The deal that the Maxwell company made with Kanzaki to land him 25% of Yamato Airlines stock would not stand up to close scrutiny. A young and fairly new pilot getting this much power early on and rising to the presidency all within about two to three years after his joining the company. Everybody should have suspected something much earlier than they did.did.
* Mick recalled that he heard stories about three Black pilots who kill deserters, the Escape Killers. If these guys had such a reputation, then why weren't they recognized much sooner? Although Area 88 is a racially diverse base (other Black pilots such as Kim serve there), shouldn't the sight of a trio of Black pilots flying identical aircraft (in this case, the English Electric Lightning) jar a few more memories? One red flag is the possible observation that these guys may not be going on regular missions like everyone else, since it's not what they are there to do.
* Deserting by stealing a fighter plane (or even using your own) is just about the worst way to desert. You would have to find a place that will clear you for landing, no questions asked; something that doesn't happen anywhere. You will surely be detained for serious questioning, especially since you are a "under the table deal" mercenary and not on any official buisness with any country. Chances are high that you will eventually be positively identified. The time it takes to do this will be time enough for Asran's military (or the Escape Killers) to locate their escapee.
18th Apr '15 12:50:07 PM avon
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* The robot f-18s aboard Farina's land carrier were meant to be a cost effective way to deploy a large and expendable air force. The fact that living pilots are expensive to train has been brought up so there is a savings there. But the cost of the cutting edge f-18 (for its time) offsets that savings. Even if you strip the airframe of all but the basic neccesities, it seems to make the idea still more expensive than it's worth. Why not go with older model fighters or more importantly, smaller, more compact airframes from much less expensive fighters such as the reliable Mig-21s? It should be noted that the advances made in more recent fighters are for the purpose of more efficient pilot function as related to performance. However, an AI (Artificial Intelligence) will greatly compensate for the lacking performance in older jets. Since all this was with the purpose of selling to a customer, this would have made for a more attractive package. Also, at that time, the militaries of the world had already been experimenting with scaled down drone aircraft. The units used in Vietnam were about 33% smaller than an F-18.
* The deal that the Maxwell company made with Kanzaki to land him 25% of Yamato Airlines stock would not stand up to close scrutiny. A young and fairly new pilot getting this much power early on and rising to the presidency all within about two to three years after his joining the company. They should have suspected something much earlier than they did.

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* The robot f-18s aboard Farina's land carrier were meant to be a cost effective way to deploy a large and expendable air force. The fact that living pilots are expensive to train has been brought up so there is a savings there. But the cost of the cutting edge f-18 (for its time) offsets that savings. Even if you strip the airframe of all but the basic neccesities, it seems to make the idea still more expensive than it's worth. Why not go with older model fighters or more importantly, smaller, more compact airframes from much less expensive fighters such as the reliable Mig-21s? It should be noted that the advances made in more recent fighters are for the purpose of more efficient pilot function as related to performance. However, an AI (Artificial Intelligence) will greatly compensate for the lacking performance in older jets. Since all this was with the purpose of selling to a customer, this would have made for a more attractive package. The fact that Shin and Mick were able to steal two of these f-18s and escape from Farina's carrier also indicates that they were not as stripped down as they ought to have been. To be economical, they should have been unusable by human pilots due to the absence of avionics, instrumentation, controls, seating, and other elements neccesary for a human pilot. The robot (or more properly A.I unit) would replace all of this. Also, at that time, the militaries of the world had already been experimenting with scaled down drone aircraft. The units used in Vietnam were about 33% smaller than an F-18.
* The deal that the Maxwell company made with Kanzaki to land him 25% of Yamato Airlines stock would not stand up to close scrutiny. A young and fairly new pilot getting this much power early on and rising to the presidency all within about two to three years after his joining the company. They Everybody should have suspected something much earlier than they did.
17th Apr '15 2:57:29 PM avon
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* The robot f-18s aboard Farina's land carrier were meant to be a cost effective way to deploy a large and expendable air force. The fact that living pilots are expensive to train has been brought up so there is a savings there. But the cost of the cutting edge f-18 (for its time) offsets that savings. Even if you strip the airframe of all but the basic neccesities, it seems to make the idea still more expensive than it's worth. Why not go with older model fighters or more importantly, smaller, more compact airframes from much less expensive fighters such as the reliable Mig-21s? It should be noted that the advances made in more recent fighters are for the purpose of more efficient pilot function as related to performance. However, an AI (Artificial Intelligence) will greatly compensate for the lacking performance in older jets. Since all this was with the purpose of selling to a customer, this would have made for a more attractive package. Also, at that time, the militaries of the world had already been experimenting with scaled down drone aircraft. The units used in Vietnam were about 33% smaller than an F-18.

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* The robot f-18s aboard Farina's land carrier were meant to be a cost effective way to deploy a large and expendable air force. The fact that living pilots are expensive to train has been brought up so there is a savings there. But the cost of the cutting edge f-18 (for its time) offsets that savings. Even if you strip the airframe of all but the basic neccesities, it seems to make the idea still more expensive than it's worth. Why not go with older model fighters or more importantly, smaller, more compact airframes from much less expensive fighters such as the reliable Mig-21s? It should be noted that the advances made in more recent fighters are for the purpose of more efficient pilot function as related to performance. However, an AI (Artificial Intelligence) will greatly compensate for the lacking performance in older jets. Since all this was with the purpose of selling to a customer, this would have made for a more attractive package. Also, at that time, the militaries of the world had already been experimenting with scaled down drone aircraft. The units used in Vietnam were about 33% smaller than an F-18.F-18.
* The deal that the Maxwell company made with Kanzaki to land him 25% of Yamato Airlines stock would not stand up to close scrutiny. A young and fairly new pilot getting this much power early on and rising to the presidency all within about two to three years after his joining the company. They should have suspected something much earlier than they did.
10th Apr '15 11:21:34 AM avon
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* The robot f-18s aboard Farina's land carrier were meant to be a cost effective way to deploy a large and expendable air force. The fact that living pilots are expensive to train has been brought up so there is a savings there. But the cost of the cutting edge f-18 offsets that savings. Even if you strip the airframe of all but the basic neccesities, it seems to make the idea still more expensive than it's worth. Why not go with older model fighters or more importantly, smaller, more compact airframes from much less expensive fighters such as the reliable Mig-21s? Since all this was with the purpose of selling to a customer, this would have made for a more attractive package.

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* The robot f-18s aboard Farina's land carrier were meant to be a cost effective way to deploy a large and expendable air force. The fact that living pilots are expensive to train has been brought up so there is a savings there. But the cost of the cutting edge f-18 (for its time) offsets that savings. Even if you strip the airframe of all but the basic neccesities, it seems to make the idea still more expensive than it's worth. Why not go with older model fighters or more importantly, smaller, more compact airframes from much less expensive fighters such as the reliable Mig-21s? It should be noted that the advances made in more recent fighters are for the purpose of more efficient pilot function as related to performance. However, an AI (Artificial Intelligence) will greatly compensate for the lacking performance in older jets. Since all this was with the purpose of selling to a customer, this would have made for a more attractive package.package. Also, at that time, the militaries of the world had already been experimenting with scaled down drone aircraft. The units used in Vietnam were about 33% smaller than an F-18.
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