- This article is about an in-game mission. For the in-universe event, see Escape from Sand Island.
- "Arrest them on sight. They're spies! Shoot 'em if you have to!"
- ― Orson Perrault
The mission's objective is to shake off the 8492nd Squadron and reach safety. The player must closely follow Pops as he leads them through the Solo Islands, particularly through two tunnel flights. If the player strays too far from Pops, they will fail the mission. Reaching the other side of the island completes the mission.
The player cannot attack in this mission due to a lack of ammunition.
The S rank is automatically awarded in this mission.
All planes from the Sand Island detachment were shot down by naval jets from the carrier Kestrel. Likewise, all of the pilots are confirmed dead.
- This is the first time in Ace Combat where the player is scripted to be shot down. The only other mission where this happens is Nightmare in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.