Hi Blue!! I love your fic so much, I just love Lance and you write him so well!! im super curious cuz u write such detailed flight scenes with Lance and isnt he supposed to be the worst pilot? cant wait for the next chapter xx
Thanks so much for reading when I dream it happens in blue. It means a lot when you guys tell me how much you love it when it’s only just started. (’:
Lance is NOT a bad pilot.
So I keep reading stuff and seeing posts about Lance being a bad pilot or the worst pilot… and my heart rejects every notion of this. But he does seem to struggle more than the others. If we take into account that Lance was the best in the cargo pilot class, that doesn’t seem to make much sense. Is the cargo pilot program just that much worse? For an institution like the Garrison that seems unlikely. So, what’s the difference?
We already kind of answered that question. Lance was a cargo pilot. From what Pidge mentioned in the first episode, it takes months to get to the edge of the solar system, so it’s unlikely that cargo pilots are delivering cargo to the edges of space.
What if they’re not going into space at all?
That’s what I’m proposing in when I dream it happens in blue. Cargo pilots don’t have 0-g training or any sort of orbital space training. Lance was in the cargo pilot program, which meant he was hauling cargo around Earth’s atmosphere, and he was the best in his class at it.
It’s my headcannon that Lance isn’t a worse pilot than the other Paladins, he’s just inexperienced when it comes to 0-g flying. Flying in 0-g itself isn’t that hard theoretically, it would just be a complete change. You wouldn’t need a steady force propelling you in a certain direction, you’d just need one to get you moving and then you’d drift until you got to where you needed to go.
What really is the challenge is orbital space. It’s tricky to navigate because you’re still in a planet’s gravity, and going from the atmosphere to orbital space to open space is a really hard transition, especially for someone with little to no training.
Here’s an excerpt from my fic:
They’d entered the ocean planet’s orbit 3 hours ago, while Blue had done some scanning, trying to find the safest place to land. At first, Lance had been so excited. The water was a glorious blue. Or at least he hoped it was water. White clouds of vapor that Lance prayed were benign rain clouds swirled around the atmosphere. He’d practically pressed his face to the glass.
Blue had charted the best course for entry. A spot closer to the southern axis where the tidal bulge wouldn’t be as significant, and the water was relatively shallow. They had to maneuver through the orbit and then wait until they got in the optimal position for landing.
Lance had barely had two weeks of 0-g training before he left earth, and he hated that he was so new to it. He made rookie mistakes, because he was a rookie. Navigating orbital space was terrible, and Lance loathed it with a fiery burning passion. Everything was backwards. The farther away from the planet you are, the slower the spacecraft travels. In order to go faster you’d have to break, fire up the forward facing thrusters. This decreases your orbital energy, so you fall closer to the planet, where you travel faster. Oh, just that and you begin orbit with the roof of the cockpit facing towards the planet, the spacecraft belly-up!
It went against everything Lance knew about flying.
So Lance is an exceptional pilot on Earth. When dealing with Earth’s gravity and the density of Earth’s atmosphere, Lance is unbeatable. He’s just completely new to flying in space, which is why he’s working so hard to catch up. I mean, he was thrust into space with the rest of the kids, so that’s pretty traumatizing in itself, but if we are accepting my headcannon, it also means Lance was thrust into space with little training of how to actually fly an aircraft in space, which is even more terrifying a thought.
Lance isn’t a bad pilot, in fact he’s the best of all the Paladins on Earth. In space, he’s still learning.
Thanks for asking!