Shin's new fighter arrives and he sets out on a training flight to break it in, just as Kanzaki is piloting a commercial flight nearby under the watchful eye of Captain Shibukawa, who is evaluating him.
Kitri expresses doubts about Kim's abilities as a pilot, and Kim's Harrier is in bad need of parts and repairs, but when an enemy bomber squadron draws near, the shortage requires her, Shin, and Kim to fly out alone to defend the base.
Because of expenses related to his crash, Shin can't buy his freedom. Shinjou is expelled from the Area. Shin finds out Kanzaki and Ryoko are getting married, so he buys a new plane and attempts to desert.