Captain Seafort wrote:As Mark said, we don't know whether Pegasus survived that run. Moreover, Cain had to a) know or guess that the raiders would be called off, b) relied on Apollo and Starbuck taking out the Basestars' point defences and c) had to close to point blank range, risking (and possibly suffering) Pegasus' destruction in the explosions. Without that, given Tigh's attitude towards taking on a single Basestar in HoG, I've no doubt that a single Battlestar and its flight group would be hopelessly outmatched by a couple of Basestars and their raiders.
Tigh thought they couldn't take on one... Cain with a likely already damaged Battlestar and a pair of fighters did in fact take on two Baseships. Considering that Vipers and their pilots are clearly superior even when out numbered two to one. Its simple enough to see the Battlestar as the superior ship.
Captain Seafort wrote:Agreed. One-on-one, with no fighter support for either side, I'd give the fight to the Battlestar. With even minimal fighter support for the Battlestar against no raiders, we've seen that a Battlestar can destroy two Basestars, but we don't know if it can be achieved without losing the Battlestar.
We saw a ship that had been on the run and in constant combat succeed. So again I see no reason to believe a fresh ship couldn't complete the same task with equal or better results.
Captain Seafort wrote:I she probably was carrying max compliment - don't forget that all four squadrons had been fighting without reinforcement for a long time, and were probably seriously understrength.
Maybe a full Standard Compliment, but maxed out there's no reason the Battlestar couldn't fit 200+ Vipers.