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Area 88 is a Japanese manga series by author Kaoru Shintani written from 1979 to 1986. Its story is focused on the exploits of Shin Kazama, a commercial airliner pilot turned mercenary fighting for money and survival in the fictional country of the Kingdom of Asran. Kazama and his fellow mercenaries operate a variety of Cold War-era combat aircraft, ranging from F-5E Tiger IIs and AV-8B Harrier IIs to prototypes such as the F-20A Tigershark. The manga spawned a 1989 videogame adaptation developed by Capcom (known internationally as U.N. Squadron) and two anime adaptations, an OVA in 1986 and a full-length series by the defunct Group TAC in 2004.

References in the Ace Combat series

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

  • The Special color of the F-20A Tigershark is a replica of the F-20 flown by Shin Kazama.

Ace Combat Infinity

  • Replicas of the aircraft flown by the main characters of the series are meant to appear in Ace Combat Infinity in a future update. Their existence had been revealed in a leak in Reddit and teased by Project Aces on their Twitter feed through videos in Vine, and confirmed in the 2014 Tokyo Game Show "Operation Future Prospect" trailer.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

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  • Area 88 Special Planes

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    • What makes me upset is that they keep the same Special Weapons... The only bad thing of the A-10 is the lack of UGB and/or LAGMs!That rea...
    • At least the F-20A gets the HVAA and QAAM to replace the HCAA and HPAA. Not very original, but a pretty big improvement nonetheless.
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