- "I've never been in an aerial battle of this scope before."
At 1200 hours on May 28, the Allied Forces dropped the non-aggression treaty they had with Belka. Simultaneously, they sent almost every available air unit into Airspace B7R to take control of the area. Given its importance to Belka, its valuable resources, and its direct path into either Belka or Ustio (depending on who controls the corridor), it was a target ripe for the picking. After destroying Excalibur, if the Allies could take control of B7R, Belka would have to retreat further into the north with its loss of battle capabilities.
However, Belka would not give up B7R without a fight. Just as the Allies did, Belka deployed nearly every air unit it had available into B7R to defend it at all costs. This was going to be a large battle with heavy casualties, but there was no avoiding it.
Even though the Allies had the initial element of surprise on the Belkan air units who didn't expect such a large attack, the surprise wore off soon enough and Belka began to gain the upper hand. Eventually, both sides dropped all squadron formalities and began to attack each other mercilessly in the "every man for himself" situation it had turned into. The operation was beginning to fail, when the Allied Forces sent in the Galm Team for immediate support.
By the time Cipher and Pixy had arrived, 40% of Allied forces had been lost. It isn't known how damaged the Belkan side was, but it was clear that Belka was winning. The two Galm pilots, however, immediately went to town. They started to shoot down every plane they came across in a matter of seconds. Within a few minutes, the Allied forces were regaining momentum and it was the Belkans who were falling apart. Both sides especially observed Cipher's extraordinary performance, and commented that he was the kind of pilot that they would call a "Demon Lord."
There weren't many planes left by the time Belka had "sent" reinforcements. The 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Schwarze" had showed up, but they apparently weren't there for reinforcing. In fact, they were chasing Huckebein, a fleeing pilot who ran into B7R to lose Schwarze in the confusion. Schwarze would have kept him in their sights even in B7R, but Pixy and Cipher began to engage them, distracting them and making them lose their target. One Belkan pilot remarked, "This is the worst kind of support we could hope for."
It is unknown what became of Huckebein, but Schwarze left him to fate and engaged the Galm Team, seeing what they did to the Belkan air units in the area. They felt as though they could shoot down these annoying flies and gain more respect in the Belkan air force. However, it wasn't long before all of the Schwarze pilots were shot down. Belka's air units retreated, and B7R was now under Allied control.
This battle was a major victory for the Allied Forces. They now had control of B7R, a very vital air corridor that helped to push Belka back even further. Belka was losing more and more ground, and its forces were dwindling. The war was going to end soon and everyone, even Belka, knew it.
- Some accounts do vary on the Belkan ace squadron that appeared in B7R. Some say that the 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Schnee" or the 126th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Silber" showed up as real reinforcements sent by Belka; regardless, all accounts agree that Cipher and Pixy shot down whatever reinforcements really did show up.
- This was the largest air battle in all of history until Operation: Countdown took the title.
- The battle is likely inspired by the real-life Operation Battle-Axe, in the North African theater of World War II. The beginnings of each battle mirror each other: British forces attacked the Germans with superior numbers, but suffered heavy casualties. The similarity ends there, as the real-life Operation Battle-Axe failed in its objectives, while the in-game operation is a resounding success.