It really brought out the ace in me (or the FALKEN's TLS in some cases xD), but I've finally completed Ace Combat 5 in every way that I can. I acquired all of the medals, bought four airframes of each plane, unlocked every special color, and earned an S-rank on every mission in Ace mode.
"Many pilots have been hailed as aces; only a few have truly earned the title." ~1st Lieutenant Franklin Baelz
Manly tears were shed at finishing this game that's been a part of my heart for the past six and a half years. I've actually quit the game four times when I was younger: Mission 5 (the ballistic missiles scared the crap out of me), Mission 15 (I was SO confused on how the heck you were supposed to find Nagase), Mission 17 (Chopper's death made me quit the game for months... he's still my favorite), and Mission 18 (That fortress was tough for me to pass the first few times).
Anyway. I'm working on Ace Combat Zero now, seeing as how I've already completed Ace Combat 04. At the time of this post, I have 12 aces left to shoot down, six planes (and their special weapons) to purchase, and three medals to obtain (S-rank on all missions in Normal, Hard, and Expert). Earlier this morning I got an S-rank on all missions in Ace mode since I already had a huge head start on that. :P