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Charlie 217 was a D-77 Pelican dropship attached to the UNSC Pillar of Autumn up to and including the Battle of Installation 04.

Operational HistoryEdit

Battle of Installation 04Edit

Main article: Battle of Installation 04

When the Autumn crashed on Installation 04, Charlie 217 was thought to be destroyed, and was listed as MIA (Missing In Action). In reality, it had actually managed to survive intact, although it was separated from the rest of the UNSC personnel at Alpha Base.

It was quickly captured by the Covenant, who subsequently killed everyone on board except the pilot, Lieutenant Rick Hale. Later, Zuka 'Zamamee and a team of 30 SpecOps Sangheili used the captured Pelican as a means to infiltrate Alpha Base to hunt for John-117.[1]

Before Hale could complete the landing, 'Zamamee killed him and landed it himself. He and the thirty Sangheili, cloaked in Active Camouflage, attacked the crew in the base.[2] Charlie 217 was destroyed soon after it landed by UNSC personnel. On Major Antonio Silva's orders, Navy technicians flooded the landing pad with aviation fuel and set the pad alight, destroying the Pelican and many of the Sangheili in the resulting flame and explosions.[3]

The wreckage of Charlie 217 was used by First Lieutenant Melissa McKay the next day as a trap for Covenant forces. The Covenant that responded fell into the Marine ambush, a fitting end to the life of the dropship, despite the intervention of the Flood that followed.[4]

SourcesEdit

  1. Halo: The Flood, page 208
  2. Halo: The Flood, page 210
  3. Halo: The Flood, page 213
  4. Halo: The Flood, page 245