"Shut your mouth and fire back!"
Jack Bartlett

Shorebirds is the first campaign mission of Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War. While attempting to force a spy plane to land, the player is ambushed by unknown enemy fighters and must shoot them down.



The primary focus of the mission is to follow and force a spy plane of unknown origin to land. Destroying it fails the mission. After a short time, four MiG-21bis fighters will appear from the west and attack, but cannot be targeted due to AWACS Thunderhead ordering the player to not fire.

Mission Update[]

After Heartbreak One gives permission to open fire, the four fighters become marked as TGTs and the player must shoot them down. Once they are shot down, another wave will spawn. This continues until the recon plane crashes or four waves spawn, whichever comes first, after which no more waves will appear. Shooting down all planes in the final wave ends the mission.[1]

Enemies List[]

The following enemy lists have been verified with the Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War Perfect Guide.[1]

Standard Units[]

Section Unit Points Count Notes
Initial Icon-AirEnemy SR-71 - 1 Do not attack
Mission Update Icon-AirTGT MiG-21bis 220 4–16 [note 1]

Special Units[]

Unit Points Minimum
Icon-AirEnemy Hawk "GIGANTOR" 240 Normal [note 2]

S Rank[]

Achieving an S rank on this mission requires earning 1,760 points. If the player shoots down two waves, they will have enough points for an S rank.[1]



  • Despite appearing solely in this level, the SR-71 Blackbird is unusually detailed. Flying close to it, one can see YAF markings on the sides and the words "Yuktobanian Air Force" painted in white letters on the top, revealing its allegiance.
  • In early concept artwork of the game's opening, the aircraft used in Nagase's introduction were aircraft highly resembling Yakovlev Yak-28 bombers.


  1. The MiG-21s will show up in waves of four aircraft each. When the SR-71 crashes ("Enemy recon plane down!"), no more waves will spawn.
  2. GIGANTOR will spawn if the player causes a third wave of MiG-21s to spawn.