Before the two planes take off, capture both of them in one shot. Got it?
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- This article is about an in-game mission. For the in-universe event, see Operation Sandstorm.
Whiskey Corridor is the 16th campaign mission of Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies. The mission is a long duration air-to-ground operation carried out over a wide area. The player may be required to make multiple trips across the Return Line in order to rearm or repair damage.
Whiskey Corridor is a narrow strip of land between Lambert and Amber Mts. The enemy has deployed a large tank force at the end of the corridor as its final line of defense. Despite being outnumbered, our allies must face this enemy contingent head-on in order to advance on the Erusian capital of Farbanti. Our projected casualty rate is extremely high. We need a miracle in air support to win this battle. Annihilate enemy ground forces and provide direct close air support to our troops.
The mission is a straightforward air-to-ground operation with numerous hostile fighters and helicopters distributed around the airspace. It is recommended that the player uses an attacker aircraft, preferably one which supports LAGMs or splash-damaging bombs. The player must attack any of the three main defensive lines, which mainly consist of tank units and mobile AA weaponry. Defensive pillboxes along the westernmost defense link require multiple missile hits to destroy. The play can also opt to proceed to the northernmost sector of the map and attack the filed HQ which garners an additional point reward. If the player has accumulated 3,500 points or more by the time the game clock expires, the mission is successfully completed.
Achieving an S rank on this mission requires the player to earn around 6,000 points. In order to do this, the player must destroy targets at a constant, hastened rate throughout the time limit. The sheer number of tanks units, long-range artillery and pillboxes will provide the bulk of the necessary points and will most likely require use of the Return Line at least once (depending on the player aircraft's payload capacity). Air-to-ground armaments with homing capabilities can make quick work of clustered ground units. If possible, down the enemy ace to earn an additional 240 points.
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- F-117 Kwee — Located near the center of the map's western border (only under SP New Game → Normal or harder)
The enemy abandoned its defensive line, and the road to their capital lies open.