I wrote this guide for the same reason as my Freefall Guide i was sick of seeing Vertical Bird SnP's. It is one of the missions people always have trouble with for some reason. So i have wrote this guide hopefully you will read it and use the information contained within it to complete this mission yourself rather than asking someone else to do it for you.
Obviously you load up your save game. I find it's easier if you save at Madd Dogg's Mansion which you will have taken back in the previous mission "Home In The Hills". Now if you haven't saved there. Get there. The mission marker is outside of the door. Don't worry about starting the mission with no weapons you will be given some later. Anyway walk into the mission marker to trigger the mission. It will play a rather amusing cut scene in Madd Dogg's studio it will then play another two cut scene's, all three of them can be skipped if required. You start the mission on a beach with a boat infront of you.
No obviously you are supposed to get into the boat and drive to the marker indicated in the mini map. Sail towards the marker and as you near the marker you will see a ship this is were the marker is indicating part of your mission is inside this ship. Anyway carry on towards the marker and eventually a cut scene will play it shows a small boat entering the ship and Toreno blabbering on about something. But during the cut scene a crucial thing happens which allows you access to the ship the door opens. Now stop your boat and get out you need to swim into the ship.
As you enter the door another little cut scene will play this basically is telling you that you need to switch off the ship's SAM rocket launchers. They will pose a problem to you later if not switched off. Swim a bit further into the ship and you will notice two people talking to each other one a army man and the other a mantinence man. Now if the army men guarding the boat spot you they will shoot you and if the mantinence men spot you they will trigger an alarm which will cause the army men to shoot you. Now as i said earlier don't worry about starting the mission with no weapons because when you entered the boat it gave you a knife and silenced pistol, you can use these but i prefer using a heavier weapon such as an assault rifle. Take out the army man and the mantinence man an alarm wll go off as soon as you shoot don't worry about it there aren't that many army men on the boat and they don't recieve back up's. When the alarm go's off two more army men will come running into the little room you are in. Kill them, you can kill the mantinence man if you like but it's not needed to complete the mission. Now look on your mini map there should be a little yellow marker this is the control switch for the SAM missile which if you remember we need to switch off. So you need to head towards that. Head forward to the end of the room there should be a open doorway go through it. There will be some stairs through the doorway go up them and stick to the left door when you reach the top of them. Keep heading in htis direction and you will eventually reach the yellow marker. There will be another mantinence man enroute to the marker you can kill him if you like or you can leave him alone the choice is yours. Anyway when you reach the back of the ship and the yellow marker it should look like this.
Walk into the red marker to switch the SAM missile's off. It will play a little cut scene.
This is telling you that the SAM missile's are disabled and no longer pose a threat to you or the mission. After the cut scene you are in the SAM room go out of here and wait a minute eventually a army man will come for you kill him. Now look in front of you there will be a doorway were you came from and a big open space to the right of this go for the open space. Carry on down here and wait when you come to two planes. Eventually at the very end of the ship another plane will come down and land another army man will get out of this kill him. Now you should be left with three planes like this.
Yes i have badly edited that image. The plane circled in yellow is the one you are supposed to steal. The two planes circled in green are the planes you are supposed to destroy. Now destroying those two planes isn't crucial for the mission but it makes life easier later in the mission so destroy them. But be warned they blow up so keep your distance when destroying them. And you may have noticed by now the little red markers on your mini map they indicate a army man. There i one more army man above you he should be killed when you destroy the planes but if not head back to the stairs you came up and there will be another flight near by go up and kill him. Now two planes destroyed and all army men dead get into the plane you left alone. It will raise on it's platform to be level with the runway.
But theres a problem it's facing the wrong way. We can overcome this obstacle by gently pressing the accelerate button to make the plane lift up a bit this will change the view and allow you to view behind. Now press and hold the corresponding button to make the thrusters on the jet face a different direction on the pc it is the nubmer 8 button on the number pad. Now align yourself on the runway to take off using the view keys and a bit of accelerate. Now take off. When you are in the air raise the landing gear number 2 on the PC.
Eventually a cut scene will play and one jet will come and try to engage you. If you hadn't destroyed those two jets on the ship there would be three jets after you now, obviosuly one is easier to handle.
Now there isn't really anyway i can explain how to do the ensuing dog fight easily so i am going to explain how to use the features that will help you win.
I will be explaining this using PC controls i don't know Xbox or PS2 controls.
You can launch counter measures to help prevent you getting blown up by missiles. You can either use the left mouse button or Right Control i find it easier to use Right Control. The counter measures you launch look like this.
It is a flare that will distract the enemy missiles. Enemy missiles appear as mini red markers on your mini map like in this image.
The bigger red marker is the enemy jet. If the enemy has locked onto you and has launched missiles your plane will beep to warn you this is when you start pressing the counter measures button.
Now obviosuly you don't want to keep getting shot at by the enemy jet so you want to fire back. You use the Left Control button to fire your missiled but they aren't very accurte on there own luckily for us the jet has got a inbuilt lock on system. You can use this by holding down the Right Control button and facing the enemy jet. It will display green like this.
When it is attempting to lock onto a target save your missiles for the lock on they will just miss at this point. It will change to red when it has locked on like this.
Now you can fire your missiles you need to tap the Left Control button to fire the missiles. Each plane will take on average three missiles to take down. That is all the help i can give you on destroying the enemy jets. When you have destroyed the jet your real mission begins.