The F-7 Hellcat starfighter entered service five decades after Contact, after we’d had time to learn more about the alien gravitic technologies quickly taking over both military and civilian starship design. She was designed and built by the best gravtech engineers of the time to be the best starfighter ever built. They succeeded. The Hellcats soon replaced the older Blackhawks as the primary American starfighter and proved themselves throughout the Outer Colonies until The War came upon us all. Then they proved themselves again by taking down more alien starfighters than any other Terran fighter. Their frontline service ended with The War, but they continue to serve in system defense fleets, corporate security forces, and private hands throughout the Western Alliance and beyond.

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