In only a few hours of play I've upgraded from the Sidewinder to Eagle to Viper just by hanging around in Dahan and outfitting in iBootis. The Feds are paying out nicely to any pilots willing to help keep the crime down in the extraction zones. I join a couple of other player commanders and federal security NPCs on a short bounty hunt.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 16GB ram, i7-2600K @ 3.4GHz
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