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"So that's Stonehenge huh?"
—Foudre talking to his wingman

Nathan "Foudre" Roche, callsign Foudre. A veteran pilot of the Continental War, flying briefly for the Federal Erusean Air Force until September 19, 2005, when he was shot down and almost killed over Farbanti by ISAF aircraft, barely managing to eject before his aircraft exploded. His precision airmanship skills and good leadership made him famous among his peers and he served as an instructor for several years before becoming the captain of an Erusean Air Force aerobatics team whose name is roughly translated to to "The Red Lightnings".

He and his team participated in air shows all over the world, impressing thousands of spectators with their coordinated stunts and formation flying. This was a risky job and several accidents resulted in the loss of several aircraft throughout the years, although no pilot was ever lost in the crashes. Some of their most famous flights were the ceremonial flights conducted over Farbanti, such as when a new king ascended to the throne and their planes flew above the city leaving trails or orange and white smoke, the colors of the Erusean flag, usually followed by a number of aerobatic displays over the city.

Despite their role as a display team, they were still combat pilots and when the Lighthouse War broke out he and his team were pressed into service. Their knowledge about airmanship and tactics proved to be very valuable. Initially staying away from the frontlines as a reserve unit, the worsening strategic situation for Erusea meant the frontlines continually got closer to their base near Gunther Bay. By mid July, Nathan was starting to fly more and more combat missions, where the excellent teamwork between him and his teammates was a great factor for his success. Having spent years flying in unison with them and practicing maneuvers was vital for air combat, the five-man squadron became very famous pilots among the Eruseans as an elite squadron of ace pilots. Unfortunately, it did not last long. On July 25, a takeoff accident during a routine patrol mission during poor weather claimed the lives of two of his closest teammates. Just a week later, the other two were shot down by Osean air defenses during a botched air assault on an Osean air base, the two pilots survived but were captured by the Oseans, but were thought to be dead by Nathan. This drastically affected his morale. While his team was flying up to that point with a conventional two tone green and grey camo, at his request he was allowed to bear his aerobatic colors in combat as a show of respect for his fallen comrades.

On August 19, he was scrambled as part of the Erusean attempt to stop Osea from repairing the last of Stonehenge's railguns as a desperate attempt to get rid of the Arsenal Birds and their overwhelming firepower. He had a difficult time believing what he saw. Even as an experienced aerobatics pilot, the maneuvers that one particular ace pilot flying for the Oseans seemed impossible. The rest of the Osean pilots in the same squadron were no slouches either, but the performance of the pilot with the Three Strikes was on a whole other level. He did not have time to admire his performance, however, as he was engaged by the ace and quickly shot down over the desert. His parachute was spotted by the survivors of an Erusean tank convoy rolling through the sands of the desert below, some of the troops immediately attempting to rescue him. Nathan was alive and conscious, though he had sustained serious injuries from shrapnel on his legs, requiring an emergency amputation of his right leg up to the knee by field medics. As Erusean forces retreated after losing the battle, Nathan was among the wounded who managed to be rescued and be taken to a field hospital, allowing him to survive the battle.

Although he missed the rest of the war due to his injuries, Nathan returned to the skies once the war was over, helped by prosthetics. He was reunited with the survivors of his former squadron once they returned to Erusea and joined by some talented new pilots, also veterans of the war themselves, they established a new aerobatic squadron. Today they still fly, showing the same precision and finesse as they did in years before.