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AC2medals

All of the ace pilot medals

Ace Combat 2 was the first Ace Combat game to introduce enemy ace pilots, also known as named aircraft. These aircraft are marked as "DANGER!" on the briefing screen before each mission. The player earns unique medals for shooting them down. Obtaining all of these medals unlocks the Aircraft Viewer in the options menu, but this must be accomplished across multiple playthroughs since some aces appear in different mission paths.

Below is a full list of enemy aces the player can face in Ace Combat 2. Note that some of these aces are squadrons of aces and the player must shoot them all down to earn the medal.

List of Aces

# Aircraft Callsign Mission
F-4E Phantom II Superfly "Easy Money"
Superfly is escorting the enemy reconnaissance unit, positioned between the C-17As and the E-767s. Superfly is worth $10,000.
MiG-29A Fulcrum Ricochet Tin Castle
Ricochet is positioned with the other air units close to the castle. Ricochet is worth $12,000.
Su-25TM Frogfoot D. Cowboy Opera House
The two D. Cowboy aircraft appear over the enemy oil refinery. They are worth $12,000 each for a total of $24,000.
F-117A Nighthawk Razorback Midnight Assassin
Bear Tracks
In "Midnight Assassin", the two Razorback aircraft appear close to the E-767s. In "Bear Tracks", they appear alongside the aerial defense unit. They are worth $15,000 each for a total of $30,000.
F-14A Tomcat Z.O.E. Captain Sledgehammer
The Z.O.E. Captain appears near the enemy's shipbuilding facilities and is worth $31,000.
F-16C Fighting Falcon Tallman / Metal Sphere Swordsmith
Tallman and Metal Sphere both appear in the aerial unit defending the production factory. They are worth $15,000 each for a total of $30,000.
MiG-31 Foxhound Stalker Toy Box
Stalker appears over the island's space center complex and is worth $20,000.
R-M01 Hangmen Seagull
The two Hangmen aircraft appear to the west, far behind the enemy fleet. They are worth $15,000 each for a total of $30,000.
F/A-18E Super Hornet Z.O.E. Major Seagull
The Z.O.E. Major appears above the westernmost group of enemy ships and is worth $32,500. If the player did not shoot down the F-14A Z.O.E. Captain in "Sledgehammer", the Captain will appear here instead of the Major.
YF-22 Lightning II Z.O.E. Colonel Power Play
The Z.O.E. Colonel appears with the aerial unit defending the hydroelectric plant and is worth $36,000. If the player did not shoot down the Z.O.E. unit in Seagull, that unit will appear here instead of the Colonel.
Tornado F3 Max / Goose El Dorado
Max and Goose appear leading the aerial units defending the missile silo base. They are worth $15,000 each for a total of $30,000.
EF-2000 D.R.2000 Dark Star
The three Death Rave 2000 aircraft appear escorting the C-5 Galaxy transports. They are worth $18,000 each for a total of $54,000.
F-15E Strike Eagle Xiao / Jian / Dao St. Elmo's Fire
Xiao, Jian, and Dao appear leading the enemy aerial unit. They are worth $20,000 each for a total of $60,000.
YF-23 Black Widow II F.F.F Dead End
The Fox Force Four aircraft appear defending the enemy garrison. They are worth $22,000 each for a total of $88,000.
F-15S Z.O.E. General Kingpin
The Z.O.E. General appears in front of the enemy headquarters and is worth $37,500. If the player did not shoot down the Z.O.E. unit in Power Play, that unit will appear here instead of the General. Whichever Z.O.E. unit appears here must be shot down to advance to the last two missions in the game.
ADF-01 FALKEN Z.O.E. Commander Fighter's Honor
The Z.O.E. Commander appears in front of Fortress Intolerance. The aircraft the Commander is flying can fire missiles and guns backwards in addition to normal front-facing fire. The Commander is worth $45,000. If the player shot down a Z.O.E. aircraft other than the General in Kingpin, the next-highest Z.O.E. aircraft will appear here instead of the Commander.

Etymology

All of the named aircraft in Ace Combat 2 are references to classic movies:

  • Superfly is named after the 1972 film Super Fly.
  • Ricochet is named after the 1991 film Ricochet.
  • D.Cowboy is named after the 1941 film Dude Cowboy.
  • Razorback is named after the 1984 film Razorback.
  • Tallman and Metal Sphere are references to the 1979 film Phantasm. The film's main antagonist is known as the Tall Man and uses metal spheres as one of his weapons.
  • Stalker is named after the 1979 film Stalker.
  • Hangmen is named after the 1959 film The Hangman.
  • Max and Goose are references to the 1979 film Mad Max and two of its protagonists: Max Rockatansky and Jim "Goose" Rains.
  • Death Rave 2000 is named after the 1975 film Death Race 2000.
  • Xiao, Jian, and Dao are named after the 1994 film The Three Swordsmen, known as Dāo Jiàn Xiào in Mandarin.
  • Fox Force Four is a reference to the 1994 film Pulp Fiction which makes mention of a failed TV pilot titled "Fox Force Five".
  • Z.O.E. is named after the 1994 film Killing Zoe, but Z.O.E. was later retconned into the Zone of Endless artificial intelligence.
  • The player's squadron, Scarface Squadron, is named after the 1983 film Scarface.

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