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Old 02-07-2020, 10:01 PM   #106
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Default Re: Last Two Spots on the Expedition

Originally Posted by Agemegos View Post
Well, that's where I'd put the marine biologist if I had one. Unless, or course, an unlucky roll on the fright table had given him or her a phobia of boats or deep water. And thenů.
So if I fill the last two spots with a marine biologist and a photographic expert of some stripe, you don't feel that I'm leaving any glaring holes?

Originally Posted by Agemegos View Post
Perhaps the question needs to be "who goes on the 'plane rather than the boat"? (a) The people whose investigations most profit from earliest-possible access? (b) The people who have to be there when the others get there, or who can give an early warning for the others not to land? (Heavily-ordained combat exorcists, big guys carrying miniguns, seismologists, mathematicians specialising in chaos theory, and a single short-sighted wireless operator with allergies.)
Well, I imagined that those who went on the seaplanes* were those who had made their way to Tortola earlier than the others, probably because they were members of the inner circle and/or so vital to analyzing reports of the island that they were flown out before the rest of the expedition was firmed up.

Also, of course, they'd have to be willing to fly into an area where two tropical storms might be going through in a matter of hours. Sailing into it is dangerous enough, but at least the research vessel was a seaworthy craft of decent size, which should be pretty safe battened down as long as it wasn't caught directly in the path of a hurricane. Landing a seaplane in those conditions, however, was always going to be extremely risky and there was always the expectation that they couldn't lift off again until after the weather improved.

So it had to be people nearly suicidally curious, adventurous or otherwise strongly motivated (perhaps by loyalty to a cause or to Kessler personally).

I've established that on the Wilson Global Explorer were a crew of two; the aforementioned USN aviator, John A. Hill, and Matt Trevino (October 10, 1942; Texas City, TX), crew chief/mechanic/man-of-all-work, late of the US Coast Guard. As were Professor Harlan P. Wehmeyer and two security experts, Teddy Smith (PC), former Selous Scouts and 2e REP of the French Foreign Legion, and Mike Reid (b. March 15, 1951; Springfield, Missouri), late of the 173rd Airborne, Rhodesian Light Infantry and the 2e REP of the French Foreign Legion.

That leaves one seat on the seaplane, for whomever makes the most sense.

*There were two; the Wilson Global Explorer that disappeared and the Grumman Goose that flew back to Tortola when the hurricane moved in.
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