The Let's Play Archive

Ace Combat 2 & Assault Horizon Legacy

by nine-gear crow, Trizophenie

Part 17: Mission 15A – Operation St. Elmo's Fire, August 16th, 1998

Escorting the Breakthrough Channel Operation / Infiltrate the Geothermal Plant

Mission 15A: Operation St. Elmo’s Fire – August 16th, 1998
Mission 16: Operation Visiting Hours (Legacy Version)

Overview: Operation Alphaville continues as Scarface Squadron provides top cover escort for the FCU Allied Navy’s 4th Fleet and its flagship, the carrier White Valley, as it breaks through the URF naval blockade of Payton Channel on its way to Saint Ark.

Guest Commentators: poorlywrittennovel “returns” to comment on the exact same mission he did last time only from three weeks in the past this time. In the Legacy version of Visiting Hours, JamieTheD joins me to watch Trizophenie casually flaunt the game’s collision detection parameters.


Also known as “St. Elmo’s Light”, St. Elmo’s Fire is a luminous plasma discharge phenomenon caused by a coronal discharge from a sharp or pointed object passing through an electric field, usually during a thunder storm. The effect was named after St. Erasmus of Formia, who was also called St. Elmo, the patron saint of sailors, as the discharge would often be seen emanating from the masts of ships passing through stormy weather.

St. Elmo’s Fire is characterized by its bright blue or violet and fire-like appearance. The phenomenon has been referenced numerous times in nautical literature as well, such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, and William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The three Aces who appear in this mission (and scattered throughout Assault Horizon Legacy)—Dao, Jian, and Xiao—are a reference to the 1994 Hong Kong wuxia adventure film The Three Swordsmen (known in China as Dao Jian Xiao or 刀剑笑). The film starred Andy Lau, Brigitte Lin, and Elvis Tsui as the titular swordsmen; Siu Sam-siu, Ming-kim, and Wang-to, respectively.


Medal: Dao, Jian, & Xiao
Awarded for: Shooting down all three Aces Dao, Jian, and Xiao in Mission 15A.
Description: N/A



Tracks featured in Mission 15A:



Tracks featured in Mission 16: