This class will familiarize you with the Cutthroats Mercenary Company, our history, and our goals. Those of you who are a Cutthroat or aspire to be one, this class is absolutely required if you plan on being an effective member of our Air Wing. A lot of this information can be found on the other Cutthroat pages. Consider this the one piece summary. At the end of the class, a detailed timeline is presented for those interested.
Eventually, Earthlink and CompuServe servers were combined and the fledgling Cutthroats found themselves amoung much bigger squads with lots of history and reputation. And, most importantly, we found that this complex new world contained major power vacuums in terms of game balance. Upon our arrival it was obvious that C-land was incredibly outnumbered and the game's overall underdog. Thus we moved into C-land and in doing so began our long tradition of siding with the underdogs. This became apparent when The Damned, a truly huge squadron, moved into C-land leaving B-land almost empty. We packed our gear and duffel bags and shipped off to B-land setting a precedent for our occasional migrations.
Each squadron in turn is lead by an SL (Squadron Leader) who's repsonsibility is the coordination and orders to specific flights. The 2 squadrons are further divided into 6 flights (3 flights per squadron). Each of these is lead by an FL (Flight Leader) who's job it is to keep flights together, organized, and on target.
Here's an example of how this works. CAG and Air Boss confer on private channel. CAG orders: "Bucs kill Grog, Swashbuckler bring goonies". Bucs SL decides to put Bluebeard on fuel, Yellowbeard on Ammo and Maint, Greybeard on ack and tower. Swashbucklers SL orders Crimson to fly with goonies, with Blackbeard as close escort, and Redbeard as a CAP team over Grog. Greybeard FL knows that ack must be down before the rest of Bucs get to the base so he hustles his team into action, they take fast fighter bombers to the target. Bluebeard FL knows that there are lots of fuels to kill and they're not easy targets so he assigns A26s for his flight, but to be safe only 2, the rest in fighters as escorts. Yellowbeard FL decides she'll take an A26 gunned with the rest of the flight in heavy fighters. Crimson FL tells flight to grab 2 goonies and 2 close fighter escorts. Blackbeard's FL decides to fly a mix of FWs and P38s while Redbeard's FL tells team to grab spitfires.
The Cutthroats are a very diverse group of people. The newsgroups allow us to get to know each other better and everyone gets a say in the direction that we are heading. This ensures loyalty and is a way to access information about the squad that would otherwise be difficult to acquire.
Last updated: 5/23/98
©1996, 1997, 1998 Julius Cisek aka "Boa"