Lieutenant Natasha "Phoenix" Trace is a Naval Aviator and graduate of TOPGUN. Her weapon systems officer (WSO) is LT Robert "Bob" Floyd. Prior to the special mission, she was an F/A-18F Super Hornet aviator attached to VFA-41 Black Aces.
Phoenix is an elite TOPGUN graduate selected to return and train as a candidate for a secret mission to destroy a uranium enrichment facility.
During basic fighter maneuver (BFM) training, Phoenix and Bob were teamed with LT Jake "Hangman" Seresin to challenge against CAPT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell to see who could shoot the other down first. Hangman chose to abandon Phoenix and Bob, attempting to use them as bait. While this allowed Hangman to get behind Maverick, the instructor quickly "killed" Phoenix and Bob, and then turned the tables on Hangman and "killed" him as well. As a result, all three were forced to do two hundred pushups (the agreed upon amount set by LT Reuben "Payback" Fitch); the fulfillment of this lost bet was overseen by WO-1 Bernie "Hondo" Coleman, who stood-in as an impromptu drill instructor.
After one of the practice strike sessions, Phoenix's F/A-18F suffered a bird strike, causing a left engine fire and right engine overheat. Despite her efforts to extinguish the fires, the engines could not be restarted and hydraulics soon failed, forcing her and Bob to eject. Both recovered.
At the end of the training period, Phoenix and Bob were selected by Maverick and paired with him. They successfully complete the mission and return to the carrier to celebrate with other mission group members and flight deck crew.
In order of precedence:
|Air Medal - One 5⁄16 inch bronze Strike/Flight Numeral "2" device denotes two Strike/Flight awards.||Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal - Two 5⁄16 inch gold star devices denote third award.||Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal - Two 5⁄16 inch gold star devices denote third award.|
|National Defense Service Medal||Afghanistan Campaign Medal||Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal||Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Two 3⁄16 inch bronze star devices denote third award.||NATO Medal|
- Based on their interactions, Phoenix and Rooster are presumably good friends.
- Phoenix initially expresses a distrust for Hangman due to his arrogance and willingness to abandon his wingmen.