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|Primary Roles||Multi-role Special Missions Fighter|
|Cruising Speed||Mach 1.5|
|Maximum Speed||Mach 2.4|
The primary manned fighter used by the USAF during the time of Mission : Illumination. It entered service in 2135, and was flown well into the early years of the great war, before being phased out due to the civil and economic collapse of the world at the time. It was created by USAFI (United States Air Force Industries). The G2 replaced the ageing F42 Wildfire and F64 Vanquisher, the last remaining manned military fighters in the USAF lineup. It also replaced the last of the operational F35 Lightning IIs and F37 Thunderclaps, which were still being used by a few of the USA's poorer allied states.
HistoryEditAfter a few decades of success, the F42 was beginning to fall out of popularity with the USAF, in favour of unmanned drones, such as the G1 SkyCaptain. However, the need for a man in the machine, even if solely for the sake of public perception, rang in the ears of politicians and military strategists alike. For this reason, the last manned fighter the USA would ever produce as a nation, the G2, was conceptualized.
In a rather rushed development term of just four years, from 2130 until December of 2134, the G2 concept was taken from a simple mockup to a fully functional prototype, and finally, a production model for real world scenario testing. Thanks to advances in technology, the testing period for the G2 was shortened to a mere six months, after which point, in July of 2135, it was issued swiftly into active service as an escort for political officials and military cargo planes.
Unlike the F42 before it, it was not widely used at sea or in direct combat during the relatively calm years leading up to The Great War, but it did see some action in the Middle East in a both a ground attack and coastal defence role.