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The F-29 Hellcat is one of the standard fighter jets of the UNSC. It is also one of the few ships that can operate in atmosphere as well as the vacuum of space. The jet resembles a modern fighter jet complete with rear facing wings and dual canards. The jet mainly lifts off from either a ground based airfield, a sea-going ship, preferably an aircraft carrier, or a by a space-based ship. F-29 Hellcats usually aid C710 Longsword Interceptors in combat missions mainly as escorts.
Thus being said the tiny fighter can fend for itself. Maneuvering thrusters are placed in strategic positions all over the fighter allowing it to flip, strafe and spin in space allowing the pilots to get an edge in dogfights.
The fighter itself posesses no slipspace drive so it must dock onto a larger vessel in order to jump away from a point in space
All Hellcat pilots are graduates from an airforce academy located in any point of UNSC space. Pilots are preferably within the ages of 18 and 30. Pilots are expected to have 20/20 vision or very close to that mark. In contrast to the Hellcat's size to the C710 Longsword, it requires more responsibility to pilot the F-29.
Any pilot that scores an 80% or higher on their exit examinations from the UNSC Air Force Academy will be entered into the final leg of the journey to get into the cockpit of the jet. Pilots must pass both simulation and live flight exams in atmosphere and space. Only twenty percent of these applicants actually pass this final examination.
"Whoa. I've been around many fighter jets in my day but a Hellcat really tests your ability. When I was in the simulators, I nearly crashed the thing fifty times! We were in an open field! I still have my grades to prove it!"
-Flight Officer David Creesh, 4th Fleet
"Hellcats, don't even get me started on those bad boys. I prefer my F-99A Picket over those deathtraps. You have to be crazy to even sit behand the control pannels."
-Sergeant Francais Hermain, 12th Squadron
"Many other flyboys think they can badmouth my baby. I say different. I've been flying the same F-29 since '30 and I haven't had a single problem with her."
-Lieutenant Bowman Sand, 1st Fleet