A Fierce Combat!
Translate: Nancy | Edit: Sae
The fighter aircraft45 that invaded the country’s territorial airspace was of unknown origin.
Once Bai Luo Yin’s fighter aircraft successfully ascend into the skyline, he swiftly launched into a thorough search of the immediate surrounding for the exact location of the other aircraft. However, since the size of the aircraft was small, its infrared radiation signal was rather low, making it relatively difficult for the radar to detect and track its whereabouts. At this point, Bai Luo Yin could only rely on his naked eyes to search. Taking full advantage of his aircraft, that was designed for high -speed performances, he rapidly lessened the gap between him and the enemy target.
At last, Bai Luo Yin pinpointed the target—utilizing his sharp-witted and fast reflexes, he shot out a missile. To his surprise, the enemy aircraft immediately released an interference missile and astutely avoided Bai Luo Yin’s missile attack. Seizing this opportunity, Bai Luo Yin continued to pursue and attack the formidable enemy, seemingly pushing it to retreat.
His constant acceleration in the air and relentless pursuit and attack led him to traverse all of China’s land until he reached the western regions. At first, the enemy aircraft had employed an evasion tactic since it did not expect that Bai Luo Yin would pursue so adamantly and strike fiercely. Eventually, the enemy aircraft could not bear the burden of defeat, consequently causing it to retaliate and utilize an all-out attack tactic instead. As a result, the two fighters launched into fierce combat in the air.
The enemy’s fighter aircraft that had been flying at a relatively low speed suddenly accelerated the moment it was in a good firing range, and immediately shot a missile. In a split second, Bai Luo Yin evaded the missile as his aircraft agilely performed a Herbst maneuver.46
After twisting and turning the aircraft a few more times, the capacity at which Bai Luo Yin’s body could withstand the force of those overturned maneuvers47 quickly approached its limit. As a gush of blood rushed down from his temple, his brain quickly lost its supply of blood which in turn caused his vision to become blurry. However, not a hint of fear lied dormant in his heart. In his eyes, everything was unworthy of his attention.
Suddenly, Bai Luo Yin received another warning from the traffic collision avoidance system48 informing that the two were about to intersect.
Hearing this, Bai Luo Yin subconsciously performed another high-speed and rather risky maneuver which threw the enemy’s aircraft directly in front of him, making this an optimum position to launch an attack. With this, the enemy aircraft that had intended to mount a sneak attack from behind did not get a chance to employ its tactic since Bai Luo Yin’s aircraft ended up behind it instead. Now, it was clear that the enemy aircraft was at a complete disadvantage.
Bai Luo Yin seized this grand opportunity to attack. Just as the first missile was launched, the left wing of the enemy’s aircraft ignited into an enormous fire. Immediately after, the second missile was launched, causing an earth-shattering, ‘boom’ to resonate as the enemy’s aircraft exploded in the air. In seconds, the fragments exploded in all directions before changing into a thick cloud of smoke in front of Bai Luo Yin’s eyes.
Just as Bai Luo Yin prepared to return, the body of the aircraft suddenly shook irregularly.
Bai Luo Yin immediately attempted to eliminate this malfunction, but unfortunately, each and every one of the control panel had gone out of control. As a result, the aircraft began to veer in a downward motion. At that moment, Bai Luo Yin’s head was already facing downward which caused his brain to be in a severe hyperemia state.49 Since both of his legs were hanging in the air, it made it difficult for him to reach the control lever. And, even if he wanted to control the aircraft, it was already a challenge in and of itself.
Soon, Bai Luo Yin could thoroughly sense that the aircraft was descending. He peered out of the corner of his eyes, it was clear that beneath him was a massive swamp.
The instant he escaped via a parachute, a monstrous ball of fire exploded right in front of Bai Luo Yin’s eyes.
He suddenly remembered the scene of the car accident eight years ago.
…. now, all the fears that lay inert and hidden at the depth of his heart for all these years has finally broken free.50
So…as it turns out, death is merely this.
Wearing a beautiful and elegant outfit, the emcee walked in front of Gu Hai and softly whispered, “It’s almost time, can we start now?”
Gu Hai swiftly glanced at his watch before he swept his gazes across the hall packed with all the guests just to see that only one figure was still missing.
“Let’s wait just a bit longer.”
During the entire time, Yan Ya Jing stood next to Mrs. Yan. Mrs. Yan, on the other hand, appeared to be even more anxious than Yan Ya Jing herself as she incessantly questioned closely, “Why hasn’t the ceremony started? Why hasn’t the ceremony started?”
Losing her patience from the repetitive questions, Yan Ya Jing went to stand beside Gu Hai.
“Are we still waiting on someone?”
Gu Hai’s serene and deep-seated eye flitted toward Yan Ya Jing before he calmly said three words, “Bai Luo Yin.”
“Oh…” Yan Ya Jing’s complexion immediately changed. “Then, let’s wait a bit more.”
By now, all the guests had been seated, and beside the employees and waitresses, the only person still hovering around the entrance was Gu Hai—the color of anxiety was faintly exuding from the depth of his eyes. For no apparent reason at all, his chest was being constantly crushed with worry and oppression.
Gu Wei Ting stood up and walked over to Gu Hai.
“What are you waiting for?” Gu Wei Ying asked.
Gu Hai shot him a glance then faintly replied, “Bai Luo Yin isn’t here yet.”
As expected, hearing that name coil out of Gu Hai’s mouth, Gu Wei Ying still felt rather uneasy. Consequently, his tone harshened. “You aren’t going to make Xiao Yan’s parents wait with you just because of him, are you?”
Gu Hai glanced over to Mrs. Yan and saw that her complexion has already taken a turn for the worse. He reckoned the reason was due to her unwell body, plus having stayed in a noisy environment for too long.
Just as Gu Hai was about to move his foot, he suddenly saw a silhouette appeared at the entrance. Unfortunately, it was not the person he has been waiting for, but rather, it was an unknown officer in military uniform.
The officer walked next to Gu Wei Ting and moved close to his ear before whispering something that beckoned Gu Wei Ting’s expression to change abruptly.
Gu Wei Ting’s glanced quickly at Gu Hai but it shifted away again just as quickly.
It was precisely this one glance that made Gu Hai’s heart suffered such an intensive strike.
With just one huge step, he stood sternly in front of the two conversing men and asked with a gloomy tone: “Did something happen?”
“It’s has nothing to do with you,” Gu Wei Ting said, his expression was even darker. “Just go do what you have to do. Something came up at the base, so I’ll go take a look. The ceremony should be held as planned. I…”
“Something happened to Yin Zi, right?” Gu Hai swiftly interrupted Gu Wei Ying’s words.
Gu Wei Ying’s expression changed yet again as he angrily said, “This is the military’s internal affairs, it has nothing to do with you.”
“Is it Yin Zi?!!” Gu Hai roared without any warning
Gu Wei Ting maintained a stiffened face, without uttering a word.
The once boisterous hall immediately sank into a deathly stillness. All the guest threw their gazes over at Gu Hai and Gu Wei Ting, unaware of what had happened.
Yan Ya Yin watched Gu Hai from a short distance while her heart tightened with knots. She could faintly sense that a rather unfavorable situation is about to occur.
Gu Hai briskly walked passed Gu Wei Ting before continuing to take stride steadily yet swiftly over toward the entrance.
“Get back here!!” Gu Wei Ting roared in anger.
Right in front of the two flabbergasted security guards, Gu Hai simply walked out.
Once the command filtered the hall, three to four security guards along with a few staff members all uniformly chased after Gu Hai.
Like the meteor rain, Gu Hai’s large strides shot through the many halls. And, in front of everyone’s inquisitive eyes, he directly jumped out of the window from the third floor.
Gu Wei Ting rushed after only to see seven to eight people standing rather upright at the head of a flight of stairs, all wearing terrified expressions.
“Where is he?”
One of the security guards said: “He jumped…jumped out of the building.”
With an ashen face, Gu Wei Ting hurried toward the window. When he looked down, his son had already driven away without even so much a second thought for those left behind.
Yan Ya Jing also walked out and looked dispiritedly at Gu Wei Ting like a lost soul.
“Uncle, what exactly happened?”
Gu Wei Ting composed himself, then lowered his voice and said: “Something small happened at home and Xiao Hai is worried for his GeGe’s safety, so he went to the base first. I also have to go there for a look. I’ll have to trouble you to let your parents know that we are very ashamed and sorry for what has happened today. Once the matter is settled, we will definitely pay you a visit to apologize properly.”
Yan Ya Jing was very gracious about this, “Uncle, please don’t say this. Please go ahead. Nothing is more important than a person’s life.”
Gu Wei Ying nodded and hastily left with another officer.
Yan Ya Jing let out a sigh.
As expected, nothing good ever comes out of lying.
By the time Gu Hai arrived at the scene, it was already nightfall.
Aside from the few soldiers that were monitoring and investigation the scene, he could only see the remains of the aircraft that spread across the field.
As the whistling chilly wind blew, a sense of heaviness weighed down on Gu Hai’s entire frame. When he saw an officer walked toward his direction with a remorseful expression, he instantly had the impulse to rip that face off.
“When Bai Luo Yin’s fighter aircraft went into combat with the enemy’s, the monitor from our control tower displayed that after our aircraft had successfully shot down the enemy’s aircraft, something unexpected happened…”
“I don’t want the details,” Gu Hai said with eyes that held no emotions. “You just need to tell me the result.”
The officer swallowed then spoke with a gloomy tone, “The aircraft crashed, and the pilot has gone missing.”
Missing? What a nice way to express it…
Since ancient times, many brave warriors had gone missing from all types of accidents, and even unto this day, there has yet to be news of them whatsoever.
The officer carefully added, “The moment before the aircraft exploded, Bai Luo Yin chose to use the parachute. From what we’ve seen, it was within a safe height range, therefore the chances of his survival are high.”
“Where did he jump off?” Gu Hai asked calmly.
The officer lowered his head and quietly said, “It’s unclear at the moment.”
“Where did he jump off to?!” The chillness in Gu Hai’s gaze was enough to make the howling wind retreat.
The officer’s voice was decrepit, “…the swamp.”
At that word, Gu Hai’s body trembled of its own accord as a gush of blood flowed directly into his brain while a rather mournfully brittle sound came charging from his tightened fists.
“Why was he sent to carry out on such a dangerous mission? What the fuck do you all do? There are so many air force soldiers, why was he the only one sent to die?”
At that moment, Gu Hai was like a wild lion who has lost control and was frantically attacking and tearing away anyone he seized.
The officer hastily explained, “I don’t know, I’m not in charge of this. I’m only responsible for search and rescue. If there wasn’t an accident, I… I would not be here…”
Gu Hai’s blood-thirsty eyes stared ruthlessly at the innocent face in front of him, he really resented shallow people who just simply do not know how to care.
“The army has already sent troops here to perform a widespread search and rescue. It’s a guarantee that we’ll find him within two days….”
Gu Hai took his leave with the frosty wind.
Even if you have sunk into the swamp, I will still pull you out!!
A moment before Bai Luo Yin landed, he was still thinking about how deep his body would sink. If he sank from his stomach and down, it meant there was still a chance for survival. If he sank to up to his chest but below his neck, then that will have to depend on his luck. And if his whole head was pulled under, then it would just be a matter of waiting to die!
In the next second, he felt a burst of pain from blunt friction, causing half his body to go numb. Bai Luo Yin took in a mouthful of cold air, and it was only after the pain dwindled did he realized that something was not right.
What’s going on? Isn’t this a swamp?
Bai Luo Yin sat up and lightly pressed his hand on the ground, only to discover that it was rather sturdy.
45 Fighter Aircraft
The original word that CJD used here is 侦察机 which means, “surveillance aircraft” or “spy plane” but we did some research and found that, “…surveillance aircraft usually carry no armament, or only limited defensive armament. A surveillance aircraft does not necessarily require high-performance capability or stealth characteristics. It may be a modified civilian aircraft.”
Therefore, it is not plausible that a ‘surveillance aircraft’ can actually engage in such intense combat with Bai Luo Yin’s fighter aircraft that’s designed for air to air combat with other aircraft in an offensive and defensive role. It is light, agile, fast and highly maneuverable, and are capable of carrying missiles, rockets, and cannons. Which means, there is a higher chance of it outmaneuvering and taking down the surveillance aircraft.
With this, Nancy and I concluded that CJD made a mistake by using the words 侦察机 ‘surveillance aircraft’ so we decided to change it to a fighter aircraft as well since CJD mentioned it later on. In this way, the other aircraft can properly party with our Bai Luo Yin.
If anyone knows anything more and can clarify the author’s usage of 侦察机, please advise us as we do not want to go you false information.
46 Herbst maneuver (also known as J-turn) – an air combat maneuver that uses post-stall technology such as thrust vectoring and advanced flight controls to achieve high angles of attack. The Herbst maneuver allows an aircraft to quickly reverse direction using a combination of high angle-of-attack and rolling.
**Please note – CJD did not use this term to define was maneuver was employed, she defined it as a high angle maneuver. After some research, the Herbst maneuver makes the most sense to have been used in by Bai Luo Yin during combat.
47 大過載機動: Aircraft maneuvering overload refers to the aircraft’s body structured in high-speed flight, especially in a variety of high-speed, violent maneuver to its maximum acceleration that can bear.
48 Traffic collision avoidance system – or traffic alert and collision avoidance system (both abbreviated as TCAS, and pronounced tee-kas) is an aircraft collision avoidance system designed to reduce the incidence of mid-air collisions between aircraft.
49 Hyperemia – an excess of blood in the vessels supplying an organ or another part of the body.
50 “…. now, all the fears that lay inert and hidden at the depth of his heart for all those years has finally broken free.” Sadness T.T