Ed Island Air Force

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Ed Island Air Force
EIAF
Balkenkreuz.svg
Balkenkreuz insignia seen on aircraft
Ed Island Air Force Insignia.png
EIAF insignia
Military overview
Formed 1909
Anthem Erzherzog Albrecht Marsch
Jurisdiction Ed Island
Headquarters Luftwaffe Ministry, Bridgestadt
Child Military Ed Island Astronaut Corps


The Ed Island Air Force is the air force component of the Ed Island Military and the second-largest of the four main service branches. One of the most renowned air forces in Antarctica, EIAF pilots have a reputation as "knights of the sky," fueled by EIAF legends such as the Round Table and the various ace pilots since the Khanzem War. The EIAF operates over 1,100 combat jet aircraft, making it one of the most well equipped air forces in Antarctica. Most Ed Islandian Air Force aircraft, especially its most modern aircraft, are sourced and produced domestically with a small number being license built international designs.

Overview[edit]

The EIAF operates several squadrons of foreign mercenaries in combat positions, including personnel from Castilla, Japaland, Snowiny, and more.

History[edit]

The Ed Island Air Force has its origins in the Comona Islands Hot-Air Balloon Flying Club, a private civilian club which operated hot-air balloons for leisure flights over the Comona Islands. Native revolts on the island of Fanta in 1890 resulted in the Ed Island Army seizing the club's balloons and using them to drop dynamite on the protesters. Following this experience, the Ed Island Army formed a small balloon corps used for observation purposes.

The EIAF first saw action during the Khanzem War as a subsidiary of the Ed Island Army known as the Luftstreitkräfte, where aircraft were first used as reconnaissance aircraft and artillery spotters. In the months following Ed Island's entry into the war, many new tactics and uses for aircraft were pioneered including the first dogfights and bombings (which began as little more than dropping grenades from planes).

During the postwar period surrounding the Wulfen War, the EIAF was at the forefront of aviation technology with developments underway in pressurized cabins and jet aircraft.

UCAV Development[edit]

Ed Island has been a leading party in the development and fielding of unmanned aerial vehicles, which range from small strategic strike platform to advanced unmanned fighters.

Ranks and Uniform[edit]

Roundel[edit]

Originally, early aircraft of the Luftstreitkräfte were painted with an Imperial tricolor on the tail in peacetime. Early in the Khanzem War, a Cross pattée was applied to each of an aircraft's wings and the sides of the aircraft. In following years, the cross was simplified into a straight armed cross which saw use throughout the last year of the war.

In 1932, the Balkenkreuz roundel was refined with four narrower white flanks on each side of the cross. A low visibility variant of the cross appeared near the end of the Wulfen War where only the flanks in either white or black were used. Both variants of the Balkenkreuz remain in use today, typically painted in white and black or low-visibility grey.

Organization[edit]

The Ed Island Air Force is a complex organization which follows the militaristic and nationalist principles set by the knights of old. In the modern era, the air force is centered around two pillars: education and industrial might, the latter of which is its backbone.

The air force highly values the lives of its soldiers and personnel, understanding the difficulty of replacing skilled pilots, placing emphasis on the single rule of returning from the battlefield alive. The training regime for new pilots is divided into various small classes, and teaches them practical skills to use in warfare to turn them into fearsome fighters. A number of pilot academies exist which are known for producing various elite airmen, including some of Ed Island's top aces. Furthermore, connections exist with several other air forces across Antarctica which gives pilots a chance to serve abroad.

The Ed Island Air Force, like most other air forces, is divided into divisions which are further split into squadrons. Other divisions also exist such as the EIAC Aviation Test Corps, which is responsible for testing new aircraft and flight technologies.

Aces and Ace Squadrons[edit]

According to tradition, an Ace is a pilot who is credited with five or more air-to-air kills. An Ace Squadron is an EIAF designation for a squadron comprised entirely of aerial aces. According to tradition dating back to the Khanzem War, pilots who become aces are gifted cups made of silver engraved with their name, the date on which they became an ace, and the five aircraft they shot down. Aces are also given leniency when it comes to "customizing" their aircraft; a wide range of camouflage schemes and insignia may be seen on ace aircraft throughout the air force.

Traditionally the Ed Island Navy and other Ed Island Military pilots have been included with the EIAF aces list for simplicity's sake, although those branches may possess their own leaderboards.

Top 10 Aces[edit]

  1. EIAF Ensign.png Daniel Christiansen (Callsign: Kolibri) - 112 kills
  2. EIAF Ensign.png Erich Klinsmann (Callsign: Reiher) - 104 kills
  3. EIAF Ensign.png Rainer Walter (Callsign: Vampir) - 96 kills
  4. EIN Ensign.png Rambert Booher (Callsign: Huckebein) - 83 kills
  5. EIAF Ensign.png Adreas Reiske (Callsign: Eisvogel) - 79 kills
  6. EIN Ensign.png Selig Stahl (Callsign: Habicht) - 70 kills
  7. EIAF Ensign.png Sven Reuter (Callsign: Strom) - 66 kills
  8. EIAF Ensign.png Lola Sommer (Callsign: Iris) - 61 kills
  9. EIN Ensign.png Thomas Hein (Callsign: Kritiker) - 59 kills
  10. Snowjave Naval Ensign.png Stephen Edmunds (Callsign: Tempel) - 54 kills

Notable Ace Squadrons[edit]

  • Infinity Squadron
  • Arrowblade Squadron
  • Rot Squadron
  • Grun Squadron
  • Blau Team
  • Indigo Squadron
  • Gelb Team
  • Schwarz Squadron
  • Schnee Squadron
  • Varcolac Squadron
  • Flag of Castilla.png Espada Team
  • FlagOfJapaland.png Clover Squadron
  • FlagROSn.png Vampire Squadron
  • FlagROSn.png Crimson Wings

Italics indicate foreign mercenary team

Aircraft Inventory[edit]

Ed Island possesses a large number of Generation 4, 4.5, and 5 aircraft, many of which are kept in storage in case of emergencies. Due to Ed Island's unique Advanced Automated Aviation Plants, which are capable of autonomously producing nearly any airframe in existence when provided the materials and schematics, large numbers of aircraft are produced by the EIAF for a fraction of what they would normally cost.

Fighters[edit]

Designation Name Role Years Active National Origin More Info


F-9 Grey Ghost Multirole 1976- Ed Island Flag.svg Ed Island Toggle
  • Crew: 1, 2
  • Length: 19.43m
  • Wingspan: 13.05m
  • Height: 5.63m
  • Empty Weight: 12,700 kg
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 30,845 kg
  • Powerplant: 2x F100
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 2.5+
  • Service Ceiling: 20,000m
  • Combat Radius: 1,967 km
Description

The F-9 is the primary fighter in the air force used to gain and maintain air superiority in combat. It is one of the most successful fighter aircraft in Antarctica, with a kill ratio of over 100 victories to one defeat. Introduced in 1976 as the F-9A/B, in 1978 the fighter underwent slight redesigns as the F-9C/D to include 900 kg of additional fuel, provisions for conformal fuel tanks, and a higher maximum takeoff weight. The F-9E is a strike fighter variant featuring conformal fuel tanks and a more advanced radar, with a single seat variant known as the F-9F. Other variants are currently being tested in limited service, such the super-maneuverable F-9S/MTD, ground attack F-9G, or the reduced RCS F-9SG.

The F-9 was exported to numerous other countries around Antarctica including Magyaria, the USA and Acadia as the P-15, the Free Republic of Guymed as the PAF-15, and to South Joseon as the F-9K Slam Ghost. Guymed additionally modified several of its aircraft with canards and thrust-vectoring F120 engines to create the PAF-15S/MTD in order to match the abilities of the F-9S/MTD and F-24. The F-9 was also unsuccessfully offered to Frankterre, Penguio, and UnitedTerra, all of whom chose domestic designs instead.


Miscellaneous:
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F-10 Vulcan Multirole 1978- Ed Island Flag.svg Ed Island Toggle
  • Crew: 1, 2
  • Length: 15.52m
  • Wingspan: 11.13m
  • Height: 4.96m
  • Empty Weight: 9,527 kg
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 22,100 kg
  • Powerplant: 1x F100
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 2.0
  • Service Ceiling: 18,000m
  • Combat Radius: 550km
Description

The F-10 is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft developed by Wernher & Noah. Developed as a lightweight alternative to the F-9 Grey Ghost, it the most commonly exported aircraft from Ed Island is used by over two dozen nations across Antarctica. After improvements and upgrades to the aircraft in the 1980s, it became the first fighter aircraft in Antarctica to be equipped with an ASEA radar, as well as gaining provisions for conformal fuel tanks and slight tweaks to the overall design as the F-10C/D. A strike fighter variant of the F-10 known as the F-10XL competed against the F-9E but lost, with the two airframes given to the EIAC for testing.

The F-10 is notably used by the EIAF Phoenixes aerial performance team.


Miscellaneous:
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F-23A Virus Fighter 2011- UnitedTerra flag.PNG UnitedTerra
Ed Island Flag.svg Ed Island
Toggle
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 21.84m
  • Wingspan: 18.30m / 11.54m when wings are folded
  • Height: 4.36m / 3.40m when stabilizers are folded
  • Empty Weight: 16,800kg
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 35,000kg
  • Powerplant: 2x ERG-1000
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 4.1
  • Service Ceiling: 22,000m+
  • Combat Radius: 1,050km
Description
Derived from the UnitedTerran P-23 Virus, the F-23A is a multirole air superiority fighter with variable geometry wings which adjust to the aircraft's speed. The F-23A's forward-swept configuration allows it to demonstrate unparalleled combat maneuverability while its retracted configuration gives access to supercruise and stealth capabilities. Compared to the P-23, the F-23A features more advanced avionics as well as two additional internal weapon bays between the engine intakes, allowing for a larger number and variety of munitions to be carried. Unlike its UnitedTerran cousin, however, the F-23A lacks any sort of carrier capabilities.


Miscellaneous:
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F-24 Reaper Fighter 1992- Ed Island Flag.svg Ed Island Toggle
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 18.92m
  • Wingspan: 13.56m
  • Height: 5.08m
  • Empty Weight: 19,700 kg
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 38,000 kg
  • Powerplant: 2x F119
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 2.5+
  • Service Ceiling: 20,000m+
  • Combat Radius: 852km
Description

The F-24 is a fifth-generation tactical stealth fighter and the first fifth-generation aircraft to come into service in Antarctica. While designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, the F-24 also has ground attack, electronic warfare, and intelligence capabilities. With its super-maneuverability and stealth characteristics, the F-24 is matched only by the P-23 Virus and its Ed Islandian counterpart.

The only foreign nation to operate the F-24 is the United States of Antarctica as the P-22. Despite requests from the Antarctican government, these variants possess 'watered down' avionics and software compared to their Ed Islandian counterparts due to the sensitivity of such systems.


Miscellaneous:
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F-27 Lightning Multirole 2013- Ed Island Flag.svg Ed Island Toggle
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 20.60m
  • Wingspan: 13.30m
  • Height: 4.30m
  • Empty Weight: 13,100 kg
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 29,000 kg
  • Powerplant: 2x F119
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 2.2+
  • Service Ceiling: 19,800m
  • Combat Radius: 1480km
Description
Derived from a prototype competitor to the F-24, the F-27 is a long-range fifth-generation escort fighter. While stealthier and faster but less agile than the F-24, its longer range made the aircraft ideal for long range strike missions. The F-27 features diamond-shaped wings and a V-tail, and is powered by two F119 engines, the same as those on the F-24.


Miscellaneous:
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F-31 Specter Multirole 2015- Ed Island Flag.svg Ed Island Toggle
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 15.4m
  • Wingspan: 12.7m
  • Height: 4.33m
  • Empty Weight: 13,199 kg
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 31,800 kg
  • Powerplant: 1x F135
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 1.6+
  • Service Ceiling: 18,300m
  • Combat Radius: 2,220km
Description

The F-31 is a fifth-generation stealth multirole fighter with three main models: the F-31A CTOL variant, F-31B STOVL variant, and F-31C CATOBAR variant. The F-31A is the smallest and lightest variant of the aircraft, and is the only variant equipped with an internal cannon. The F-31B, while similar in size to the F-31A, sacrifices a third of its fuel capacity for a vertical flight system to allow for vertical landings on the navy's amphibious assault carriers. This system does not allow for vertical takeoffs, however, and the aircraft must takeoff conventionally. The F-31C carrier variant features larger wings with foldable wingtip sections, stronger landing gear, strengthened tailhook for use with carrier arresting wires, and a twin-wheel nose gear. The F-31 also features additional sensors and avionics compared to the F-G10 in order to give the aircraft similar capabilities to the EIAF's F-23A or F-24 fifth-generation aircraft, including an electro-optical targeting system and capabilities for data links between aircraft.

The F-31 is a licensed variant of Munijoch's F-G10 fifth-generation fighter, which Ed Island had a large factor in its development due to the nation's experience with stealth aircraft. The EIAF operates the aircraft's A variant in small numbers.

Bombers[edit]

Designation Name Role Years Active National Origin More Info


FB-24 Strike Reaper Tactical Bomber 2000- Ed Island Flag.svg Ed Island Toggle
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 19.51m
  • Wingspan: 14.02m
  • Height: 5.08m
  • Empty Weight: 19,950 kg
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 54,431 kg
  • Powerplant: 2x F119
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 1.92
  • Service Ceiling: 20,000m+
  • Combat Radius: 3,334km
Description
A strike bomber derived from the F-24 Reaper, featuring a redesigned airframe to improve the aircraft's stealth and supercruise capabilities. The main wing features a delta configuration to increase air-to-ground capabilities, and its body has been extended to expand its weapon bay. The FB-24 features over 80% parts commonality with the standard F-24, including avionics, software, and flight controls.


B-76 Ace Strategic Bomber 1986- Ed Island Flag.svg Ed Island Toggle
  • Crew: 4
  • Length: 44.5m
  • Wingspan: 42m (wings extended)
    24m (wings swept)
  • Height: 10.4m
  • Empty Weight: 148,000 kg
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 216,400 kg
  • Powerplant: 4x F101
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 1.25
  • Service Ceiling: 18,000m
  • Combat Radius: 5,543km
Description
The B-76 Ace is a supersonic variable-geometry heavy bomber in use with the EIAF. As of 2017, it is one of three strategic bombers in use with the EIAF, the others being the B-158 Great White and B-5 Mobius.


B-198 Great White Strategic Bomber Ed Island Flag.svg Ed Island Toggle
  • Crew: 5
  • Length: 48.5m
  • Wingspan: 56.4m
  • Height: 12.4m
  • Empty Weight: 83,250 kg
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 220,000 kg
  • Powerplant: 8x TF33
  • Maximum Speed: 1,047 kph
  • Service Ceiling: 15,000m
  • Combat Radius: 7,210km
Description
Large eight-engine strategic bombers introduced in the late 1950s, capable of carrying over 70,000 lbs of munitions. The EIAF currently operates the B-198 G and H variants.


Miscellaneous:
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Other[edit]

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Experimental[edit]

Designation Name Role Years Active National Origin More Info


ADFX-01 Lancer Multirole 2013- Ed Island Flag.svg Ed Island Toggle
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 23.9m
  • Wingspan: 15.7m
  • Height: 5.7m
  • Empty Weight: 19,600 kg
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 39,325 kg
  • Powerplant: 2x GD425
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 2.0
  • Service Ceiling: 21,000+
  • Combat Radius: 1,200km
Description

An advanced fighter intended to compete with the F-23A Virus, featuring forward-swept wings and the capability to mount a Tactical Laser System (TLS) on its body.

The lone prototype was stolen during the Ed-Snowinn War and used by the Snowinn Wisna Squadron. After the war, remains of the destroyed aircraft were reclaimed by Wernher & Noah and inspected to further development on the production model.

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