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This article is about an in-game mission. For the in-universe event, see Operation One Pair.

"Long Day" is the sixth campaign mission in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. As a new member of Spare Squadron, the player must assist regular Osean forces in neutralizing an Erusean desert base.

Briefing

Your mission is to atone for your crimes by attracting the enemy's attention. First, I want you to head from the base to the desert region of Roca Roja to the northwest. And then second you'll attack the large Erusean base there. We've been unable to verify that base's ability to deal with fighters. You will attack and provoke the enemy into revealing their AA strategy. Get them to fire at you as much as you can. That way we can confirm where they're firing from. Then, it's a case of sending in our regular force to clean them out. For this mission, we've prepared a frontline base that can be used for ammo replenishment and aircraft repairs. However, this is not for you guys. Only the regular force has permission to use it. Even if you run out of ammo, don't forget that you're just decoys. You stay out there as targets for the enemy.

Objectives

There are three distinct sectors in the Erusean base: one to the north, one to the south, and one to the northwest. The player's main objective is to earn a total of 17,000 points (20,000 in hard and ace difficulty). The player has to travel between all three bases to earn enough points to complete the mission. Some parts of the base also feature tunnels that the player can fly into to destroy more targets.

A Return Line is located to the east, and despite AWACS saying that Spare Squadron is not allowed to make use of it, you can access it for resupplying during the mission.

When around seven minutes remain until the time runs out, a large squadron of MQ-99s will spawn and begin to attack. The player must survive and continue to earn points until the timer reaches zero to complete the mission.

Enemy Lists

Standard Units

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Unit Points Count Notes
Icon-AirEnemy F-16C 400
Icon-AirEnemy TU-160 1,200 3 [note 1]
Icon-AirEnemy AH-64D 200 4
Icon-AirEnemy AV-8B 320 3
Icon-AirEnemy CH-47 200 4
Icon-AirEnemy GRIPEN E 500 4
Icon-AirEnemy MIG-21 220
Icon-AirEnemy F-4E 220
Icon-AirEnemy MQ-99 350 21
Icon-AirEnemy MIR-2000-5 550 4
Icon-AirEnemy F-2A 300 2
Icon-GroundEnemy GROUND TARGETS 17,470 125

Special Unit

Unit Points Notes
Icon-AirEnemy F-14D "KITTEN" 1,300 [note 2]

Debriefing

You lost planes, but the mission succeeded. However, some of you crossed the return line for supplies and for repairs. This will result in solitary. Take them.

S Rank

Score 27,000 or more from destroying targets in the mission. Once reached, AWACS Bandog will compliment Spare Squadron for doing "a hell of a job".

Trivia

  • If the player flies through the tunnel at the western base, a unique conversation will take place. AWACS Bandog believes that Trigger has crashed, but Full Band reveals that Trigger had successfully flown through the tunnel instead.

Gallery

Footnotes

  1. The bombers will attempt to take off and fly towards the return line.
  2. The player must have completed this mission at least once, and must be playing on Normal difficulty or higher. Fly through the tunnel in the westernmost base. KITTEN spawns in the southwest corner.

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