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    AFTERBURNER 2
    PLATFORM: Sega Genesis
    AUTHOR: Casey "Raditz-San 2" Morris (Listed as Magician Type 0)
    <radical_radittsu@hotmail.com>
    Composed using: FAQEdit Version 1.0 (www.oddco.com)
    Last updated: 3/4/2001 - 1:44:53 AM
    Version 1
    Useless fact: At the beginning of Terminator 2, John Conner is 
    playing the orginal Afterburner in the arcade.
    If you find an error, please be nice about it.  I am VERY tired...
    
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    Legal
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    Look, it's 2001, and I've decided I don't give a damn.  Just leave my
    name on it and it's yours.
    
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    Index
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    1. Walkthrough
     1. Stage 1
     2. Stage 2
     3. Stage 3
     4. Stage 4
     5. Stage 5
     6. Stage 6
     7. Stage 7
     8. Stage 8
     9. Stage 9
     10. Stage 10
     11. Stage 11
     12. Stage 12
     13. Stage 13
     14. Stage 14
     15. Stage 15
     16. Stage 16
     17. Stage 17
     18. Stage 18
     19. Stage 19
     20. Stage 20
     21. Stage 21
     22. Stage 22
     23. Stage 23
    2. Story
    3. Frequently Asked Questions
    
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    1. Walkthrough
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    Key terms
    
    Groundhugger: A plane that stays near the ground.
    
    A set of planes: A group of planes that comes from behind and flies
    ahead.
    
    Lagger: One of the planes that stays behind you.
    
    Missile: A missle that tracks you from behind... you'll see when you
    get to it.
    
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    1-1. Stage 1
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    Shortly after the game starts, some planes will come from both sides
    from behind.  Another set will come from behind from both sides.  And
    then another.  After, you should see a plane ahead on the right.  
    Then, one on the left.  Then the right.  Then a set of planes will
    come from behind.  And another.  Then you will see six planes ahead.
    
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    1-2. Stage 2
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    A set of planes will come from behind.  Then two more sets.  Then you
    will see seven planes ahead.  After you fly past them, you'll see
    3 planes ahead on the left.  Then six on the right.  Then four across
    the entire screen.  Then you will see seven planes ahead in the 
    middle.  For a while you'll be alone, and then you will see three
    planes on the right.  Then three on the left.  
    
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    1-3. Stage 3
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    You will be recharged.  Then you will see a half-circle of planes in
    the middle.  After that, you will see three planes, all spread out.
    Then you will see three planes, two on the right, one on the left.
    Then you will see ten planes in the middle.  Then you will see three
    planes in the middle.  Afterwards, you will see a half-circle of 
    planes.  Then you will see another.  Then you will see three on the
    right.  Then three on the left.
    
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    1-4. Stage 4
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    You will see four planes in the middle.  Then another four in the
    middle.  You will then see four planes on the right.  Then you will
    see four on the left.  Then five in the middle.  Then you will see
    planes spread out across the screen.  Then you will see a plane on 
    the right.  Then you will see three on the right.  Then four on the
    left.  Then three in the middle.  Then you will see four on the left.
    
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    1-5. Stage 5
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    Just a recharge.
    
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    1-6. Stage 6
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    You will see three planes in the middle.  Then another three.  Then
    you will see a formation in the middle in the shape of a bird.  Then
    three planes in the middle.  Then you will see three planes in the
    middle and one on the right.  Then you'll see some planes in the
    middle.  Then three on the right.  Then you will see a circle
    formation in the center of the screen.  Then another.  Then a set 
    from behind.  Then two planes in the middle and a plane from behind
    who stays from behind and shoots you (they are known herein as 
    laggers).  Then you will see a bunch spanning the entire screen.  
    
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    1-7. Stage 7
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    You'll run into a set from behind.  Then another lagger will appear..
    I HATE them.. ><.  Then you will see two planes on both sides.  Then
    you will see a bird formations in the center of the screen.  Then a
    set of planes will come from behind.  Then a lagger will appear and,
    well, lag.  Then you will see a sideways "7" in the center of the
    screen.  Then a lagger will appear.  Then you will see two planes on
    the left, and three from the right.  Then you will see a mountain
    formation in the center.  Then you will see seven planes in the 
    center and a lagger from behind.
    
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    1-8. Stage 8
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    Bonus stage!  Don't hit anything.  Your guns can take out the towers.
    If you fly to the far left you won't touch anything.
    
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    1-9. Stage 9
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    After the powerup, a homing missile will come from behind.  Then you
    will see a plane on the right.  Then some planes in the middle, then
    another four in the middle.  Then a guy in the middle, sort of in the
    bushes will appear.  Then you will see five on the right side of the
    screen.  Then you will see three planes in the middle, and four on
    the left.  Then another four in the middle and another two on the
    right.  Then you will see 3 planes on the left, then three on the 
    right.  Then you will see six in the middle.  Then another three in
    the middle, one on the left, and one on the right.  A missle will
    come from behind too.  Then you will see four planes in the middle.
    Then you see three on the left.
    
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    1-10. Stage 10
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    You will see two planes in the middle.  Then a set of planes from
    behind and a missle.  Then you'll see a lagger and a missing... ugh.
    Then a plane on the left and one on the right.  Then you will see a
    plane in the middle.  Then one on the right.  Then a set of planes
    will come from behind.  Then you will see a plane on the left and two
    planes in the middle.  Then you will see five planes in the middle.
    A missile will appear, as will a plane on the right.  Then you will
    see a plane in the middle.  Then a lagger, a plane in the middle, and
    one on the left.  Then you will see planes across the screen.  Then
    you will see four in the middle, and three in the middle near the 
    ground.  A missile will be launched at you, and you will see three
    planes in the middle hugging the ground.  Then some planes in the 
    middle, one on the right, and one on the left.  Then you will see a
    trio of planes on both sides.  
    
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    1-11. Stage 11
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    After restocking, you will see four planes in the middle of the 
    screen.  Afterwards, you will see one in the middle and two on either
    side of the screen.  Then a set of planes will come from behind. 
    Then you will see some planes in the middle.  Then four will come
    from the left.  Then two from the right, and three in the middle.
    Then you will see a pyramid, starting at the ground on the left side
    of the screen, formation.  Then three from the left.  Then a group
    spanning the screen, and one on either side of the exact center.
    Then you will see three on the left.  Then three on the right.  Then
    you will see three on the right.  Then four in the center
    
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    1-12. Stage 12
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    You will see a line spanning the screen, made, of course, of planes.
    :Þ  Then three on either side of the exact center.  Then three on the
    left, then three on the right.  Then a lagger and three in the 
    middle.  Then you will see a plane on both sides of the screen.  Then
    planes on both sides of the exact center.  Then two planes on the
    left.  Then a lagger, and four in the middle.  Then you will see a
    bunch of planes in the middle.  Then another large group of planes in
    the middle.  Then a line of planes spanning the screen.  Then four in
    the middle.  Then two on the left and one on the right.  Then two on
    both sides of the exact center.  Then one on both sides, and one in
    the middle.  Then you will see one in the middle, one on the right,
    and one on the left.  
    
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    1-13. Stage 13
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    Just a powerup here.
    
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    1-14. Stage 14
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    You will see two planes on both sides of the exact center.  Then an
    identical formation.  Then two more identical formations.  And then
    one more for good measure.  After a short rest, another one of these
    formations.  And another two still.  A short rest.  Then you will see
    a plane on the right.  Shortly afterwards, you will see a trio of
    planes in the center.  Then two on either side of the exact center,
    up a bit high.  Then three in the center, near the ground.  Then a
    trio in the center.  Then another trio in the center.  Then one on 
    the left, near the ground.  Then another plane in the center.  Then
    a half-circle formation.  Then three in the center, followed by...
    another three in the center.  Then another, and another.  There will
    be a plane on both the left and right, near the bottom.
    
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    1-15. Stage 15
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    Two planes will appear on the left.  Then one in the center and three
    on the right.  Then four in the center.  Then another four in the 
    center.  After a short rest, you'll get a real surprise... four in
    the center.  Then a set will come from behind.  Then another.  Then
    four planes will appear in the center, and one on the left hugging 
    the ground.  Then a similar formation, but this time the ground 
    hugger is on the right.  Then two planes in the middle.  Then four in
    the middle.  Then a trio in the middle, hugging the ground.  Then
    you'll see a sort of stretched out "Y" in the center.  Then another
    one, but without the tail.  
    
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    1-16. Stage 16
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    You will stock up on weapons, then see four planes on the left.  Then
    you will see four on the right.  Then you will see four on the left.
    Then four on the right.  Then one in the center.  Then you will see
    an "X" formation.  After that, you will see four on the right.  Then
    another three on the right.  Then you will see a backwards "h" 
    formation.  Then four on the left.  Then five in the center.  Then
    a big line of planes in the center.  Then a repeat of those last two
    formations.  Then those two formations again.  Then one in the 
    center.
    
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    1-17. Stage 17
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    Bonus Stage!  Just like the last bonus stage.  Again, just hug the
    left side of the screen.  There are two towers there are the end, but
    your guns should get them.
    
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    1-18. Stage 18
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    You will see a bunch of planes rise from the center.  Someone will
    launch a missle and you will see three planes on both sides of the
    exact center.  Then you will see TWO planes on both sides of the
    exact center.  Then three on the left of it and one on the right.
    Then three in the center.  Someone will launch a homing missle too.
    Then another guy will appear in the exact center of the screen.  Then
    you will see a guy on the left side of the screen.  Then you will see
    three in the center hugging the ground.  Then another identical 
    formation.  Well, at least they keep it varied, right?  Then you will
    see another plane on the left side of the screen.  Then you will see
    a bunch of planes in the middle.  Someone will launch a missle.
    Then you will see five guys in the middle.  Then you will see two
    planes in the middle and a missle.  Then you will see another five
    guys in the middle.  Then about six more.  Then three to the left.
    Then four in the center.
    
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    1-19. Stage 19
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    Powerup.  About damn time, too.  Then you will see a guy on the the
    left and right, near the ground.  A lagger will appear.  Then another
    guy from the left, and then a sort of mutilated "V" in the center.
    Then another four in the center.  Then another five in the center.
    Then six in the middle.  A lagge rshows up.  Then an oval formation
    in the center.  Then a guy in the middle, and a weed whacker shape
    formation in the center.  Then one that looks like a lawnmower... 
    O_o  Then another weed whacker one.  Then two to the right and one to
    the left.  Then four in the center.  Then you will see a cursive "P"
    formation.  Then a bunch of planes in the middle.  Then a trio of
    planes in the middle.  This gets harder and harder to keep track 
    of... in any event, next you will see a "U" formation in the center.
    Then an "X" formation in the center.  Then five groundhuggers in the
    middle.  Then you will see eight planes in the center.  Someone will
    launch a missle and you will see another weed whacker shape.
    
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    1-20. Stage 20
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    You will see a trio of groundhuggers in the center.  Then seven guys
    in the center.  A homing missle appears right about now.  Then you
    will see a giant slash, made of planes, starting at the right.  Then
    a lagger will appear.  Four planes will be up ahead.  Then a trio of
    groundhuggers on the left.  Then three planes on both sides of the
    screen.  Then one in the center.  Another lagger appears.  I hate 
    them.  A lot.  Then six planes will appear in the center.  You will
    see six planes in the center.  Then you will see six planes in the
    center.  Then another two in the center and one on the right.  Then
    you will see seven planes in the center.  Some more will appear in 
    the center, not sure how many.  A lagger will appear too.  Then you
    will see a trio of groundhuggers in the center.  Then you will see
    four on the right.  Then you will see three in the center.  Then
    another five.  Then another six.  Then two on either side of the 
    center.  Then another five in the center.  Then two more in the 
    center.  Then a lagger will appear.  Then you will see three planes 
    in the center.  Then another five in the center, and one on both 
    sides.  And then a lagger appears... ><.  Then four in the center.  
    
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    1-21. Stage 21
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    You will power up.  Then you will see four planes on the left side of
    the screen.  Then four on the right.  A homing missle and a lagger
    will appear.  Then a line of planes will span the screen.  Then you
    will see a trio of planes on the right and a lagger will appear.
    Then you will see a plane on the left.  Then you will see a trio of
    groundhuggers in the center.  Then you will see five or six planes on
    the right side of the screen.  Then a lagger appear, and six or seven
    planes show up in the center.  Then another six appear in the center.
    Then a line of planes shows up on the right.  Then four planes show
    up in the center.  A trio of groundhuggers will show up in the center
    and a lagger will appear.  Then seven planes will appear in the
    center.  Then another six in the center.  Then another lagger
    apppears, along with four planes in the center.
    
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    1-22. Stage 22
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    Six planes will appear in the center.  A missile will appear.  
    Another six planes will appear in the center.  A lagger appears, 
    along with two planes in the center and one on the right.  Then three
    groundhuggers appear on the right.  Then six groundhuggers appear on
    the left.  Then four regular planes in the center.  Then nine planes
    in the center.  Then four from the right.  Then six in the center and
    a lagger.  Another plane appears from the right.  Then six planes
    appear in the center.  Then six regular planes appear in the center
    along with three groundhuggers.  Then five more regular planes span
    the screen and a lagger appears.  Five more planes span the screen.
    Two more planes appear in the center.
    
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    1-23. Stage 23
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    You should have heard the scream I let out when I got here.  In any
    event, you will fly to the base and finish the game... yey!
    
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    2. Story
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    Directly from the instruction manual:
    
    "Your once-peaceful [sic] nation has been under siege by General
    Zorbia and his incredibly powerful armed forces from Halvary.  
    They've advanced relentlessly and you and your countrymen are 
    standing with your backs to the wall- waiting for the inevitable
    final strike.
    
    According to the latest intelligence reports, the enemy is planning
    to strike the fatal blow with some outside help.  Strong evidence
    exists that there will be a commiuniqué sent by Halvary HQ to the
    allied forces waiting somehwere along the NESW (Northeast/Southwest)
    communications network.  Could things get any worse? [Author's note:
    I wouldn't know, you lost me at "final strike."]
    
    Actually, there's some good news to tell.  In addition to the report
    regarding the communiqué, the intelligence organization has also been
    able to approximate the locations of 2 enemy microwave stations [sic]
    [Author's note: Microwave stations?  O_o] in the NESW network!  These
    stations pass radio signals along with the help of signal-boosting
    equipment.  If these locations are put out of commission, the enemy
    will be unable to signal for help and will virtually be at your 
    mercy!
    
    You're the pilot of the 'Skycat' [Author's note: I own the nation, 
    but I have to fight for it as a pilot anyway?  If you ask me, Castro 
    has it pretty sweet...], an F-14XX fighter that is widely regarded as
    the baddest bird to ever darken the skies!  You're waiting nervously
    for your orders aboard the carrier Sega Enterprise, stationed some
    200 miles (320 km) offshore in international waters.  Your mission is
    to destroy the 2 locations' antennas and signal booster complexes,
    and return to the carrier.  Your super-sophisticated battle computer
    knows the course, and will guide you directly to your targets 
    [Author's note: Why am I risking my life manning it then?].  Whether
    or not you reach themiece, though, is entirely up to you!  Good 
    Luck!"
    
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    3. Frequently Asked Questions
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    Q: There's some plane behind me shooting me!  What can I do?
    A: Keep moving and never move towards it.
    
    Q: There's some missile trailing me!  What can I do?
    A: Same as above.
    
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    "Le grand art, c'est de changer pendant la bataille. Malheur au 
    général qui arrive au combat avec un système." ~Napoleon Bonaparte