Grant "Gunny" Olson.
Grant Olson is 35 years old (Born 1902), six foot, three
and is generally clean-shaven, with a short haircut. He
drinks, occasionally smokes and does go out on the town after raids,
but is very reserved when doing so, only several
instances going overboard and full-out like much of his gang does,
instead preferingto remain on the zeppelin.
was born to a known, but not wealthy ranching family in Montana in
1902, he remained there for some time, until 1916, when the Great War
was raging in Europe.
The US had not entered war by that time, but rumors of American
Volunteers going overseas to aid the beleagured Allies reached
him and in a youthful fit of foolishness, he left home,
and travelled to New York, stowing onto a cargo ship bound for France.
As lucky as he was, he just happened to pick a ship carrying men bound
for the Lafayette Escadrille. At first in trouble for
stowing away, he was quickly working out his punishment by doing ship's
duties. And as the Escadrille members debarked in
France, he was taken with them, the ship captain not wanting to be
responsible of him, and having nowhere else to drop him.
He served in the Escadrille until the first of 1917 as a camp
worker. It was at this time he helped out one of the mechanics
repairing a aircraft engine, and became enamored with them.
He quickly gained knowladge on their workings, and within a few weeks
was a mechanic's assistant.
However on his 15th Birthday, one of the Escadrille's rear observers
became deathly ill, along with a number of the camp personal from
tainted food. Grant was offered a job manning the rear gun
on one of the aircraft, and he jumped at the opportunity. During
that flight, he managed to cripple a German fighter enough for the
pilot to finish it off.
Grant remained a gunner until January 1918, until immediatly prior the
absorbtion of the Escadrille into the United States Army Air
Service. It was then, that he was allowed,
along with a number of other recruits, to be given flying
lessons. As the Escadrille was formally
absorbed into the official US air force, he was there as a
pilot. At the time the youngest pilot in the US Air
Service, he managed to get two kills before the war ended.
After the war he returned to the USA and the Montana Ranch. When
the Influenza struck, Montana was not as hard hit as the rest of the
country, and left them relatively un-touched. In 1921, he
used what extra cash he had to purchase a US surplus Spad and it became
his personal plane, most of his free time, and what little extra money
had going to it.
As the growing regionalism came, he supported the shift of power to
state governments, however opposed the complete dissolving of the US
government. However as it came, he banded together
with other locals into a raggedy militia, patrolling against pirates
and now-threatening Lakota.
In 1934 however, after finally saving enough money to aquire his own
modern fighter, a Whittlry and Douglas M210 Raven brand new off the
asembly line, he left the ranch behind and gathered a few
like-minded pilots and other Montanans and formed the
Grant, has in those 3 (nearly 4) years, done little else than devote
his attention to his band. The two short time periods
he slipped was helping a friend in Arixo, and another during a
"complication" with a female air pirate in Brazil.
His callsign stems from his main hobby, when not busy, often he spends
hours customizing some of his many firearms. Some of his projects
including converting a Colt 1911 to full automatic, and several
projects to make rifles to fire the powerful .40 and .50 caliber rounds.
This skill is an asset on the ground. Although he
leaves boarding operations to his men for the most part, there have
been a number of barroom fights or running gun battles where his creations have come in handy..
Whereas Raven, his wingman is likely to go into a project with
stealth, his Plan A usually consist of shoot first, shoot later, shoot
some more, blow up the pieces and when everythings quit moving examine
the aftermatch He never goes anywhere
with a minimum of a Colt .45 automatic, a concealed .38 Colt automatic,
and a pair of hand grenades.
9-4-8-6-5-3. He gets one free
double-down. Firing with no chance of jamming.
Raven Latin Lightning.
Grant flies a heavily modified Whittley and Douglass Raven, with the
factory armament ripped out, and replaced by a pair each of
Sperry-Browning .40's, .50's, and .60 calibers and adding 150 pounds of
This put increased stress on the wings, lessening it's
agility. However he feels the trade-off is worth it, with
the Raven's natural agility making up the differance.
Aircraft Stats: Speed 3, Accel 1, G's 2, +150LB of armor, 2X.60, 2X.50,
2X.40. The aircraft still has the Light stick, and all of it's guns are
A firm believer of being prepared on the ground as well as in the air,
he never leaves his room without a Colt 1911 .45ACP, which either rides
in a shoulder holster or a low-slung thigh holster, both of which
remain out of the way. He rarely carries two (As many
pilots do), however carries a magazine supply exceeding many infantry
As a backup, he carries a Colt 1908 ,380 automatic. Too small for a
good primary, but small, flat and easily concealed, making ita perfect
backup gun. As a last resort he carries a sheath knife, and
as a ace-in-the-hole, he also usually carries four grenades, 2
explosive, and 2 flash-bangs. All four slab-sided, allowing easy concealment in a pocket.
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