The group arrives at the Texas safehouse, finding it pretty much abandoned and out of power. They scour the house, which is empty, and then open up the bunker, finding Tarion inside. There are no traces of the others who used to be at the camp, and the bunker’s pretty much out of power too. Tarion agrees to come with and brings her laptop.
They head back to the airport, to start looking for fuel so they can go back home. They find evidence of a battle going down, with the US air force as the losing side. Richard gets himself a Browning M2 machine gun and mounts it to his Hummer, because LAND OF THE FREE and stuff. However, they also find two trucks, one with a few nuclear (sic!) robots and one with an active radar station and targeting system. They find a second air force settlement, with a full mechanized defense plattoon, four APCs, two light and two (missing) heavy tanks. Aimi recalls seeing one of the tanks as a wreck outside, so they go on a mission to find the second one. They do, it’s out on a landing strip with a pierced side but otherwise functional.
The group decides to check the second airport in Houston, since the first one didn’t have any fuel. They move out, and begin poking around in shit. Aimi finds a crashed plane, digs around in it, and find the black box. She views the security cam footage, showing what looks like a flight stewardess going full zombie in first class moments before the crash. Aimi is intrigued, so she goes to the flight control tower to find out more.
She digs up records while the others gather on her and get the story from the black box. While they do, Callum spots a fuel truck and brings Richard to fill it up with kerosene from the other planes standing around. Peter stays with Aimi for plot reasons, while she grabs info about the flight. She finds a power panel and gets power rolling to the control tower to pull some shit from the computer, and unveils some radio communication between both airports, the air force, and the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. She also discovers the plane was shot down, it didn’t just crash.
Since the fuel truck is full, the group heads back to the George Bush airport to fuel up their plane and deal with stuff there, and Aimi decides to keep pursuing this plane thing, and see if the other control tower has better logs.
Turns out, it does, and it appears there was a fight between the air force at George Bush and the civillian flight control at the other airport regarding if the flight should be stopped. The air force didn’t get their way, and requested the USS Abraham Lincoln to fire on the plane with their cannon. They scored a hit, and that brought the plane down.
Aimi is mad. Really mad. So she grabs the longwave and is about to haul the ship on Navy Red. Nata stops her, telling her to get away from the airport since as soon as she’s transmitting, she’ll be revealing her position, and an aircraft carrier is perfectly capable of killing anything it can talk to. Aimi agrees, grabs the radio, and goes for a bike ride.
She starts transmitting through Navy Red, holding a fiery speak over the radio, outing pretty much anything and everything about the incident. Then, USS Abraham Lincoln replies.
The conversation is fiery, at best, and Aimi convinces the ship to fire into the horde to show they’re capable. The ship does, so Aimi keeps flaming the captain, calling him Mr. Pussylips and demanding an answer to why the plane was shot down. She manages to bring the convo to a halt without getting tomahawked in the face, and the group assemble back at the airport where they pack up their shit and leave while they figure out their next step somewhere away from where Abraham Lincoln might be able to fire at them.