|Born:||Unknown Possibly 1980 or 1982|
|Died:||December 22nd, 2024|
|Created By:||Project Ace|
Blaze was an Osean pilot, captain, and flight leader of the Osean Air Defense Force's Wardog Squadron (later Razgriz Squadron). his signature aircraft is the F-14A Tomcat at the height of the First Circum-Pacific War, before it was changed to the Osean Made Black Raven in 2022.
Blaze initially served under Captain Jack Bartlett until the latter was shot down on September 27, 2010 during Operation Gyre. Blaze assumed command of the squadron after his squadmate, Kei Nagase, declined her own promotion to flight leader. Over the course of the First Circum-Pacific War, Blaze led his squadmates to numerous decisive victories, which turned the tide of war in Osea's favor.
The Wardog pilots' tactical efficiency was lauded by the Osean military and feared by the Yuktobanians, earning them several nicknames—most famously, "The Demons of Razgriz". However the tide turned when the squadron found out about the truth on the wars initiation which in turn forced the squadron to evacuate from Sand Island. While being led by Pops, the group was shot down by Marcus Snow while over the Ceres Sea, but little did everyone know, was that Marcus Snow had ordered the group to bail out so he can bring down their Hawk Training jets.
Knowing the truth now, while under the command of Pops and Captain Anderson of the OFS Kestral, Blaze would lead the squadron on missions in order to aide in the freedom of the worlds governmental figures, such as President Harling of the Osean Federation, and Prime Minister Seryozha Viktrovich Nikanor, where thanks to Blaze and the new and fully formed Razgriz Squadron, the First Circum-Pacific War after 2 months of raging would finally end on December 31st, 2010, after the destruction of SOLG, and the elimination of parts of the Grey Man.
According to Journalist and witness of the whole war Albert Genette, it was claimed that after the war had ended, Blaze and the members of Razgriz had never taken into the skies again, this was indeed true, as the Squadron disappeared from public view. However by 2022, Blaze would eventually return along with the squadron of Razgriz at the height of the Imperial Cold War that was dangerously inching closer to war, the group eventually returned to the Reactivated Sand Island, and took part in the defense of trainees that were being led by Jack Bartlett, further reaching the breaking point and initiating the Second Circum-Pacific War on May 22nd, 2022.
As of 2022, Blaze continued to use his signature airplane the F-14A Tomcat, until the Battle of Sand Island on November 18th, 2022, where during the course his Falcon was destroyed. He has since then been presented by a newly made prototype Osean plane called the MAR-098 Black Raven, that was just manufactured a week ago, and was presented to Razgriz 1, he has since then fought the entire Second Circum-Pacific War, with the Black Raven as his new signature Plane.
About 2 years into the war, Blaze was able to lead Razgriz Squadron on major sorties all around the Osean Federation as part of Osea's official defense of their nation, while at the same time venturing on solo sorties behind enemy lines in order to destroy vital ammo dumps and munitions factories so that way the Verusa Powers could be crippled in the occupied areas of Osea that are in their control, however on December 22nd, 2024, Saipin forces attempted to launch a full scale V10 class Nuclear device against Oured, which was capable of blowing up 800 square miles of landscape, thus resulting in the Battle of Jordez.
During the engagement Razgriz Squadron began to work jointly with Mobius Squadron as they attacked the Nuclear site, jointly with ground forces, however during the later stages of the battle, Blaze's wings are severely damaged during the assault as he makes his way into the tunnel in order to destroy the missile, realizing that his time had come, Blaze for the first time ever speaks to his squadmates and orders them to evacuate the area, along with all ground units despite constant pleas from Nagase, Bartlett and his entire squadron to turn around and have Mobius 1 move in and take out the missile instead.
Blaze knew that by the time Mobius 1 flew in, it would be too late, Nagase has a last emotional moment when she declared her love for him, and Blaze responded with his last words being, "I know." He would then ram the MAR-098 Black Raven into the missile causing a nuclear explosion in Saipin, eradicating the entire facility along with 600,000 Saipini military forces.
His Death would devestate everyone in the Osean Federation, but mostly his squadmates, Jack Bartlett, Pops, but most of all Kei Nagase, who took his death hardest the most, along with Jack Bartlett. However his sacrifice was not in vein as the destruction of Jordez had weakened the Saipini military so badly, that the Osean Army was finally able to wrestle back its territory, and Invade Saipin completely knocking it out of the war, and causing a critical blow to the Verusa Powers.
He would eventually be replaced as Squad Leader, by foreign ISAF Pilot, Mobius 1, 5 days later, as part of Usea's promise of coming in as an alley.
Some time before the start of Ace Combat 5, Blaze was assigned to the Wardog Squadron under the command of Captain Jack Bartlett (callsign Heartbreak One). This was likely after the incident involving the unidentified aircraft, which resulted in the loss of many Sand Island recruits. Blaze flew as the fourth fighter in Wardog Squadron, alongside Bartlett, Kei Nagase (callsign Edge), and Alvin H. Davenport (callsign Chopper).
Blaze's first known operation in Wardog Squadron was Operation Lagoon, on September 24, 2010. An SR-71 spy plane of unknown origin had been confirmed flying near Cape Landers. The Osean Coastal Defense Force SAM defense systems attacked and damaged the aircraft, preventing it from climbing to altitude and escaping. Wardog Squadron was sent out to try and force the aircraft to land, and were forbidden from firing upon it. At the start of the operation, Bartlett gave Blaze the nickname "Kid", which would stick with him for the duration of Ace Combat 5. Afterwards, the Wardog Squadron encountered several unknown aircraft. When these aircraft opened fire, Captain Bartlett ordered Wardog squadron to attack, against their orders. All aircraft were shot down, and Wardog Squadron returned to base, where Captain Bartlett was reprimanded for disobeying orders.
Three days later, during Operation Gyre, Wardog Squadron was sent out to destroy enemy UAVs launched from a spy ship with orders not to fire on the ship. Again, bandits appeared and Wardog shot them down against orders. Afterwards, Bartlett was shot down by a SAM from the spy vessel, and ejected from his plane. After the engagement, the remaining members of Wardog squadron returned to base to refuel after the declaration of war on Osea by Yuktobania.
First Circum-Pacific War 2010
Taking Command of Wardog
After refueling, Wardog Squadron scrambled to Port St. Hewlett, which was being attacked by Yuktobania. Blaze took command of Wardog Squadron when Edge refused to take up position as flight lead. Blaze and the Wardog Squadron helped defend the aircraft carrier OFS Kestrel as well as the 3rd Osean Naval Fleet from the attack, allowing much of the fleet to escape from the port. However, a Yuktobanian naval blockade was waiting, which the Kestrel and the fleet broke through with air support from Wardog.
After the battle, it was discovered that Captain Bartlett was not at the site of his wreckage, and Blaze continued to take temporary command of the squadron while Bartlett's replacement, Lieutenant Colonel Ford, travelled to Sand Island. However, Ford was shot down during an air raid over Sand Island, leaving Blaze in permanent command of the squadron. During the battle, Airman 1st Class Hans Grimm (callsign Archer), a rookie pilot, joined the Wardog Squadron.
Blaze and the Wardog Squadron then deployed on an escort mission involving regrouping the Osean Navy at the Eaglin Straits. The task forces assembled included three carriers- the OFS Vulture, the OFS Buzzard, and the OFS Kestrel (which had escaped Port St.Hewlett without any damage, thanks to Wardog). The carriers were then attacked by VTOL aircraft launched from Yuktobania's underwater carrier submarine, the Scinfaxi. The Scinfaxi then launched a wave of burst missiles which destroyed most of the fleet, including the Vulture and the Buzzard. Having escaped the missiles but without enough fuel to return to Sand Island, Wardog refueled and rearmed at Heierlark Air Force Base in North Osea (formerly South Belka). Wardog escorted several new pilots (aka "nuggets") back to Sand Island, and since the inexperienced pilots could not refuel in midair, they were forced to stop at several air bases.
Blaze and the others were then tasked with defending Basset Space Center, and the SSTO containing the laser cannon that was to outfit the Arkbird, Osea's greatest technological achievement. They protected SSTO and Basset from airborne tanks and cruise missiles, and came home without any major damage. For a while, it remained unknown why Yuktobanian forces targeted the Space Center. When they returned, Yuktobania attacked Sand Island again. With the Arkbird's lasers, they destroyed the enemy amphibious assault fleet, and the advanced submarine Scinfaxi, though they lost all of the trainee pilots.
Things were quiet for several weeks, and then the newly promoted 1st Lieutenants of Wardog were sent on patrol missions on Akerson Hill, where a passenger jet, carrying then-unknown Osean President Vincent Harling, was on a top-secret mission to North Point. As such, the jet could not transmit a friendly IFF signal to the network of anti-air missile batteries below, one of which damaged the jet and limited its mobility. After a surprise attack by Yuktobanian forces, and a struggle inside the jet which killed the captain and injured a few others, Blaze guided President Harling's plane safely to the ground, where the mysterious "8492nd Squadron" took over the rescue.
Blaze assisted in the landing of Osean forces on Yuktobania, and his fame started to grow. When Yuktobania began to withdraw, Blaze, Edge, Chopper and Archer shot down a squadron of transports and jamming craft. However, during this operation, the mysterious "8492nd Squadron" launched a terrorist attack on a civilian engineering college and killed several civilians. Osea pointed the finger at Blaze and Wardog, and they were ordered back to Oured for an inquiry.
Wardog proved their innocence when they were given the task of defending Apito International Airport from a reprisal Yuktobanian attack and neutralize a chemical threat on Bana City. Blaze saved many civilian lives, and was presumably cleared of all charges. On their way back to Sand Island, all of them were exhausted as they completed yet another difficult mission.
The Demons of Razgriz
Upon return, they were sent up yet again to destroy the sister submarine of Scinfaxi, Hrimfaxi, in the Razgriz Straits. They destroyed it, and as it sank a Yuktobanian soldier made a quip about the four planes being "The Demons of Razgriz" - birthing a nickname that caused fear among allies and enemies alike.
They then destroyed ground and air forces at a POW camp in Glubina during a bad storm. Aided by the elite Osean Marine unit Sea Goblin, they rescued the imprisoned pilots, however, much to Nagase's disappointment, Captain Bartlett was not among them. Edge was shot down, but she ejected safely without any injury. As the Sea Goblin gunship went down to rescue her, it crashed as well. Blaze was forced to return to base without his wingman. They returned to Glubina and rescued Edge as soon as the weather improved. Four once again, Wardog attacked Yuke forces in the Jilachi Desert, with the soldiers beginning to call them "The Heroes of the Razgriz Straits". This is the first time that friendly forces realized who the "Razgriz" were after hearing it from enemy soldiers.
Novemnber City Disaster and Siege of Cruik Fortress
During a ceremonial flight over November City's football stadium, performed by the now famous Wardog Squadron, Osean Vice President Appelrouth enthusiastically tried to rally the audience to back the Osean war machine, but all in attendance, instead of cheering, sang a popular anti-war song. At that moment, Yuktobanian fighters appeared and began attacking Wardog. Reinforcements were called, but the leader of the 8492nd Squadron deployed ECM devices and convinced the incoming reinforcements that the whole emergency was just a drill, subsequently leaving Wardog to stave off the Yuke forces alone. The four pilots fought bravely, but Chopper sustained critical damage to his aircraft during the battle; his systems were failing and he could not eject. He waited as long as he could before dropping his plane into the center of the stadium. Enraged at the loss of their close friend, Blaze, Edge, and Archer seemed to summon incredible abilities to fly their aircraft, decimating the enemy forces, until reinforcements finally arrived, too late to be of any help.
For his heroics, Chopper received a posthumous two-rank promotion, presumably to Lieutenant Colonel. Swallowing their sorrow, the remaining members of Wardog then captured the "impregnable" Cruik fortress.
The Truth is Uncovered Escape from Sand Island
Passing through the Vladimir Mountain range as they returned home exhausted, they were ambushed by the "8492nd Squadron", and several Belkan fighters. It was quickly determined by Wardog, and concurrently at Sand Island by Pops and Gennette, that it was the 8492nd who had kidnapped the president and indirectly resulted in the death of Chopper.
They returned home, and discovered most of Sand Island was against them - the adjutant base commander Allen C. Hamilton, in truth a member of the Belkan nationalist group known as the "Grey Men", had been manipulating the base commander and others against them. Pops, their only remaining ally, provided training jets with which to escape Sand Island, and they disappeared with the help of Marcus Snow and the OFS Kestrel's captain, Nicholas A. Andersen, Snow joined the unit as they, with the help of the Kestrel-based Sea Goblin helicopter squadron, liberated President Harling from his prison in Stier Castle (Here, in Ace Combat 5, the player can see one of the craters from the nuclear detonations from the war 15 years ago), where the 8492nd, also known as the Belkan Grabacr Squadron, had been keeping him. During the war 15 years ago, Belka had been defeated by the allied Osean and Yuktobanian forces, and it was determined that this war was their revenge.
The Ghosts of Razgriz
Blaze's squadron was renamed the "Ghosts of Razgriz" by President Harling after they rescued him. Relying upon dates and geological coordinates provided by an anonymous figure, Blaze flew out on a solo reconnaissance mission to Mt. Schirm in Belka, and photographed several Osean, Yuktobanian fighters and workers who were at the mine entrance. As this was to be strictly a recon mission, he was forced to fly completely unarmed aside from a special airplane-mounted camera. This was ultimately a problem, as Blaze was then forced to retreat from the approaching Grabacr and Ofnir Squadrons, and his squadmates rescued him from the west. It was confirmed that the 8492nd Squadron was in fact Grabacr, and that both it and Ofnir were Belkan aggressor squadrons, assigned to act as spies for the Osean and Yuktobanian militaries, respectively. Razgriz returned the next day and sealed in what they believed the nuclear weapons were stored in Mount Schirm's mines.
They were directed to a canyon in Yuktobania where a resistance movement, under direction from the mysterious friend of the Ghosts of Razgriz, were dismantling a nuclear weapon. Blaze eliminated all enemies that were searching for the movement, and then shot down the Ofnir Squadron, Belkan aggressors in Yuktobania, who had been sent to destroy them. It was then revealed to Blaze that the mysterious friend was none other than Captain Bartlett. The Razgriz then shot down the Arkbird, which had been captured by Belkan operatives, over the Ceres Ocean. They made contact with Jack Bartlett and Nastasya Vasilievna Obertas, a Yuktobanian recon Major who had broke his heart fifteen years earlier, again when they helped him escape with the unconscious Yuktobanian Prime Minister, Seryozha Viktrovich Nikanor, who, just like Harling, had been a prisoner of the Belkans. Blaze and his wingmen shot down the Grabacr, who had arrived to kill them.
When they returned to the Kestrel, Razgriz destroyed an enemy fleet that had been sent to find them, as well as an Osean battle group that was sent to kill the "traitorous" Andersen.
Assault on Sudentor and Operation Arcadia
Afterwards, they discovered that the V2 rocket, a weapon of mass destruction, had been loaded onto an attack satellite, the SOLG. The SOLG's control was in the hands of Belka's South Belka Munitions Factory, posing as Grunder Industries, friend and weapons manufacturer of Osea. The Razgriz were about to launch when Kestrel was hit by two sub-launched missiles. The original order was to abandon ship, as well as any hope of stopping the Belkans, but Captain Andersen overrode this order and launched the four planes into the sky, saying in a life raft:
"I've lost time and time again. But now, I've finally won. ...Look! We launched them off safely, there's my victory. As long as they're in the air, I haven't lost."
Blaze was joined by Yuktobanian and Osean forces after both President Harling and Prime Minister Nikanor made a speech asking both armies to stand down. As they reached Sudentor, where Grunder had chosen to base themselves, they destroyed hostile ground units and the SOLG control by navigating a narrow tunnel while being chased at high speed by Major Hamilton, a Belkan operative within the OADF. It was then revealed the SOLG was programmed to reenter the earth's atmosphere if control was ever cut off from the ground. Based on its descent trajectory, it was to crash in the middle of downtown Oured. Blaze led the Razgriz one final time as they shot down both Ofnir and Grabacr, and then the SOLG.
Post War Years
Little is known of Blaze's activities following the war, but the Razgriz Squadron did not engage in further battles again and Blaze, along with the other members of Razgriz Squadron, left the Osean Air Defense Force some time after.
In 2020, all information regarding the Razgriz Squadron personnel and The Circum-Pacific War was released to the public by President Carter Howell, during the time of the Imperial Cold War. It was stated that no one outside Osea knew the information regarding Razgriz Squadron acept the people of Osea, and the Yuktobanian refugees who arrived in the country via Yuktobanina's fall as a Republic a year earlier in 2019.
Return to Active Duty
Despite having to disappear from public eye as Albert Genette had stated at the end of the First Circum-Pacific War in 2010, Blaze made himself known 12 years later in 2022, on the final year of the Imperial Cold War, where he re-enlisted himself back into the Osean Air Defense Forces, and was once again placed on Sand Island, where he would be reunited with Jack Bartlett.
During the time of his voluntary return into active service, Blaze would not be the only one to return to the military, as his formal Wingmates Kei Nagase, Hans Grimms and Marcus Snow, had also joined in a day after Blaze did, and the 4 would reunite on Sand Island. Their reunion was cut short following a report that the 154th Tactical Fighter squadron, a squadron of a couple of trainee fighter pilots who were practicing over the ocean under the command of Alex Moore had been shot down with all pilots confirmed to be Killed In Action during the incident.