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The Winds of Futuro were one of Belka's most experienced units, consisting of three two-man squadrons: Gabel, Schakal and Postler. Their only appearance was in Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.

History

Their assignment during the Belkan War was to hold the Futuro Canal, a vital Belkan position. Each Squadron was assigned to a different area of the Canal: the Gabel team was positioned at the Northern End of the Canal, protecting the Belkan Fleet, the Schakal squadron was at the Southern end of the Harbor, protecting the Fleet Facilities, and the Postler team was patrolling the middle of Futuro Canal, tasked with attacking any enemies in that sector.

"The Winds of Futuro" engaged as an entire group for the first time on April 24th, 1995. As the newly formed Osean 3rd Fleet began to make it's way into Futuro Canal with Osean and Ustian aircraft as part of Offensive Campaign No. 4101, to ambush the Belkan Fleet. The Gabel Squadron arrived late in the battle, and were shot down. The facilities at the southern end were also hit by Allied airstrikes. The Postler Squadron did its best the protect the Naval Facilities, but was shot down.

During those attacks the Osean 3rd Fleet managed to get into the Futuro Canal and defend themselves from multiple Belkan Aircraft which were scrambled to attack them. Among them the Schakal Squadron fell in and made multiple runs on the Osean Aircraft Carrier Kestrel. They too, were eventually shot down.

It is believed that "The Winds of Futuro" were all shot down by the 66th Air Force Unit "Galm", but these reports were never fully confirmed. Whether this is true or not, only three of the six pilots survived.

Pilots

Marco Metzelder

Callsign: Schakal 1
Age: 29
Sex: Male
Nationality: Belkan
Aircraft: Mirage 2000D

After the war he retired from the Belkan Air Force and returned home where services for returning veterans provided him with the means to attend the University of Dinsmark as an economic major. He now works at a private firm in the city of Sudentor.

Jorg Lenhmann

Callsign: Schakal 2
Age: 31
Sex: Male
Nationality: Belkan
Aircraft: Mirage 2000D

Retiring from the Belkan Air Force in 1988, he became a mercenary pilot. He fought in various fronts around the world, but returned to the Belkan Air Force at the war's outbreak. He was hit by enemy fire in a battle over the Futuro Canal and was killed.


Heiko Reck

Callsign: Gabel 1
Age: 29
Sex: Male
Nationality: Belkan
Aircraft: F-5E Tiger II

Flying in Gabel Squadron's number one, his duty was to control air superiority over the Futuro Canal. Together with Schakal and Postler Squadrons, they where known as The Winds of Futuro, and formed the backbone of Belkan air superiority throughout the front. He was killed in battle during Operation Round Hammer.

Fredi Starke

Callsign: Gabel 2
Age: 30
Sex: Male
Nationality: Belkan
Aircraft: F-5E Tiger II

He is the grandson of the top 1940's Belkan Ace Jonas Starke. Graduating from the Air Force Academy with honors, he protected the fleet on the Futuro Canal as Gabel's number two. He was shot down and killed during Operation Round Hammer.


Karl Eckmann

Callsign: Postler 1
Age: 34
Sex: Male
Nationality: Belkan
Aircraft: Su-27 Flanker

The number one fighter of Postler Squadron, A squadron feared by allied forces as the whirlwind. Postler Squadron's synchronous attacks became a major threat to allied forces on various fronts throughout the war. He now runs a shipping company in the principality of Belka along with his twin brother Klaus.

Klaus Eckmann

Callsign: Postler 2
Age: 34
Sex: Male
Nationality: Belkan
Aircraft: Su-27 Flanker

The number two fighter of Postler Squadron, A squadron feared by allied forces as the whirlwind. After the war, he started a shipping company with his twin brother Karl. It has since grown into the largest in North Belka.

Sources

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War - assault records

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