The holotape can be found at the jet crash site, in a "black box". It holds an audio flight record of the pilot at the moment the Great War began in earnest, and documents his inability to raise any air traffic controllers on radio in the immediate aftermath and his crash landing in Point Lookout's back country.
Air Com, we have multiple flashpoints on horizon, come back?
Air Command, USN Three-Five-Oh requesting landing vector. Have zero ceiling visibility and low on state, somebody get me a landing clearance.
State One plus one zero to splash, have zero read on outer marker. This is USN Three-Five-Oh, I'm blind out here.
Attempting Emergency Landing over water. INS pinger active on distress band. Flaps up, descent to eight cherubs. Three green, over.
Five cherubs, treeline up, throttle easy on four lights. Prepping to pull the loud handle. <Static>
- The pilot in the blackbox recording uses aviation terms to describe their situation:
- "Prepping to pull the loud handle" means the pilot was about to use his ejection seat.
- "Low on state" means they were low on fuel.
- "State one plus one zero to splash" is fuel left for 1 hour, 10 minutes until they would be forced to crash land.
- An "INS pinger" is a device which broadcasts the inertial navigation system position of a crash landing.
- "Eight cherubs", "five cherubs" means they were descending from 800 feet to 500 feet.
- "Three green" means that the landing gear correctly deployed.
- "Four lights" means that all four glide path lights were in view and showing the correct color.