Hello, I'm looking for an answer to a question relating to the performance of a WIGE aircraft at high altitude (between 5,000 and 10,000 ft.). To clarify, I play a (unrealistic) table-top wargame in which wing-in-ground-effect aircraft have recently been introduced. I'm a member of a group trying to establish roles for these vehicles besides the large cargo carrier, and a question about deployment at high altitude was asked. Ideally, the aircraft would be 'dropped' or 'launched' from a large inter-planetary aerodyne (termed a 'DropShip'), and be able to maneuver (possibly dogfight against opposing fighters without radar-guided or heat-seeking missiles) before successfully descending to low altitude and sustained flight using the WIGE principle. Available rules for the WIGE vehicles allow a controlled descent of 1 level of altitude per 'hex' travelled, roughly 6 meters vertical per 30 meters horizontal, with no allowance for climbing to higher altitude. (For example, a WIGE aircraft might fly off a 60-meter cliff and descend safely to its normal altitude, or maintain its altitude for a penalty in distance travelled until the end of its movement, at which time it is unable to sustain the altitude and descends safely. The WIGE aircraft is also unable to trade height for speed, 'bunny-hopping' over obstaces such as trees and low buildings.) So, we have these questions; 1. What kind of drop rate might be expected at 10,000 ft? At 5,000 ft? Would the aircraft simply drop so steeply it resembles a lawn-dart? 2. What kind of maneuverability would such an aircraft have between 10,000 and 5,000 ft, or 5,000 ft and low enough to allow the ground effect to support it? 3. WIGE aircraft might include some form of generic 'STOVL' equipment (the ability to redirect thrust, hydraulics to change wing pitch similar to a Korean war-era U.S. jet bomber - can't remember its name, sorry.), be provided with a 'swept-wing' concept to increase the amount of surface area of the wing, or other gimmick justified in the description of the vehicle (referred to as 'fluff'). Would that assist in high-altitude flight? What kind of trade-offs would be realistic in such a situation? We would appreciate any assistance, since we insist realism in the capabilty of such an aircraft be considered before any 'house rule' on the performance of a WIGE aircraft be created, and frankly, none of us are engineers. Thank you in advance.