"Operation Raccoon Hunt" Encount is an intercept mission for 1st and 3rd Elements in Airforce Delta Strike that plays prior to either Twister or Lone Wolf, depending on if John Rundal is chosen. Like all other Intercept missions, this mission cannot be replayed in Free Mission mode.
On their way to the Drycharl Desert, Delta encounters a group of Ganos fighters lead by Donald Chan who orders seven of them to change course and move to phase B (likely to alert the squadron encountered in Lone Wolf and Far Behind) and the rest to intercept Delta. John Rundal chases after the seven leaving planes, wanting to shoot them down along with the squadron they're likely going to, against Amelia and Ruth's wishes. Delta manages to shoot down Donald and his remaining two reinforcements and then proceed to destroy the anti-air weapons in the desert.
One of the simplest and easiest missions in the game. You just have to shoot down Donald and two Finback models. Your allies are likely to help eliminate those other two planes so you can focus on Donald. He pilots a Jian-Ji/HonyzhaJi-7 and flies fairly quickly, but since his plane is an attacker, his missiles don't take away too much of your health if they hit you. The mission is completed once all enemies are shot down.
|Jian-Ji 8 "Finback A"||1||D||12,000|
|Jian-Ji 8IIM "Finback B"||1||C||12,000|
|Jian-Ji 7 MG*||3||D||17,000|
|Jian-Ji 8 "Finback A"*||2||D||12,000|
|Jian-Ji 8IIM "Finback B"*||2||C||12,000|
The reward for this mission is 30,000 credits plus a variable amount depending on how many enemies were shot down and what kind of weapon was used to shoot them down. The player also becomes able to proceed to either Twister if not playing as John Rundal, or Lone Wolf if playing as him.
- This is one of only two Intercept missions to have different dialogue if a certain character is being played as. The other being Encount (Tiger's Cave). The character in question is John Rundal in both cases.
- This is also the only Intercept mission in the game to introduce an O.C.C. ace (Donald Chan).
- Despite Donald ordering only three Dragon units to leave the airspace, seven aircraft can be seen leaving the airspace.
| Airforce Delta Strike Missions |
Missions in Bold indicate missions that must be completed before the phase ends (10 turns) or else a game over will happen.
Phases 1, and 10 to 14 don't have turns and won't end until a specific mission is completed.
Missions in Italics are secret missions; view their respective pages for details on how to unlock them.
Underlined missions are missions that end the game and allow the player to enter new-game plus.
|Phase 1||BLUE WING KNIGHTS · operation code H4 · The "GALE"|
|Phase 2||Force Scout (Team Bravo) · *Rail Road (Old Foxes) · Fleet Attack (The Newbie)|
|Phase 3||Over the Cloud · Roller Games|
|Phase 4||Twister (Encount) · Lone Wolf · Far Behind|
|Phase 5||Doll Master · Iceberg · Priority*|
|Phase 6||Night Blitz (Encount) · Big Bird · Armed Fighting Walker · Hyper Speed Rick · Metro|
|Phase 7||Tiger's Cave (Encount)|
|Phase 8||Wind Valley (New Generation)|
|Phase 9||Turning Point (R-Mite) · operation code T8|
|Phase 10||Up Stream · Meteor Structure|
|Phase 11||Departure · Decision|
|Phase 12||Skirmish · The Defender · The Decisive Battle · Rush Into the Red Star · The Last Duel|
|Phase 13||Battle of Under Ground · Mother Ship · Inside · The Asteroid|
|Phase 14||The Confront|