Payback 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, Payback and Fanboy were challenged against CAPT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell to see who could shoot the other down first. Payback and Fanboy were shot down by Maverick, and as a result, were forced to do two hundred pushups (the agreed upon amount set by Payback); the fulfillment of this lost bet was overseen by WO-1 Bernie "Hondo" Coleman, who stood-in as an impromptu drill instructor.
At the end of the training period, Payback and Fanboy were selected by Maverick and paired with LT Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw. They successfully complete the mission and return to the carrier to celebrate with other mission group members and deck crew.
- Prior to the special mission, Payback was assigned/attached to strike fighter squadron VFA-125 Rough Raiders.
- Payback and Fanboy's fighter jet is an F/A-18F; Modex #501.
- While in Dagger Squadron during the special mission, Payback and Fanboy are assigned aircraft callsign 'Dagger-04'; F/A-18F modex #04.