36 A certain Air Force lieutenant’s testimony
The sky above the Pacific Ocean.
There was a fighter plane which is assigned to a mission of patrolling the airspace of a certain southern hemisphere country.
A calm weather.
The usual sky. The familiar sea and islands.
The experienced pilot carried out the mission without a blunder.
Although it’s a job which requires concentration, I myself, like to see this scenery. However, I’m already at this age as a pilot. My successor is also being brought up, so it might be a good time to make a request to my superior to be assigned with land missions. What, if I want to fly in the sky, I can just buy a private-use Cessna in my hometown.
The special feeling of going through the clouds with this fighter plane is hard to throw away, but flying in air calmly is also not bad.
When I was thinking of such thing while seeing the familiar scenery…
There’s one signal in the radar.
The signal that appeared at the corner of the radar, approaches here quickly……approaching this FS-32 fighter plane at an absurd speed.
At this rate, we’ll encounter within 10 seconds.
『『This is Hawk One. Urgent report to the control room!』』
「Control room here. What is it, Hawk One?」
『『A small unknown object is approaching from the back at an abnormal speed. At this rate, I will open fire. Please give the order』』
「What? Nothing is in the radar here…… No, there was a signal… What on earth is this!? This speed…a cruise missile!? No, even a missile can’t go that fast…」
『『Hawk One here! Should I shoot it down? Orders!』』
「Wait, I can’t grasp the situation. I can’t permit shooting it down…Wait for orders」
『『5 seconds before encounter! It is already behind me! Orders, quick!! Otherwise, I will avoid it!!』』
And…the pilot moves into evasion…after a few seconds.
The pilot saw.
A figure of a person overtaking the FS-32 he’s flying……which is the cutting-edge fighter plane that has the fastest speed of the world, at a speed several times faster.
And the figure of a person……while going through many cumulonimbus clouds…gets away from his sight at a very fast speed.
He forgets himself for a while upon seeing the unreal view.
Just like that, tens of seconds passed……and the pilot finally remembered his job.
『『…Hawk One to control room』』
「Control room here. We confirmed the sign of an airplane passing through. Is there any abnormality? Tell me the situation」
With such order from the commander, the pilot relies on the afterimage he saw, and said these words uncertainly.
『『………A person………no, something like a person…』』
「A person? What happened to the person?」
『『A person flew pass me. That is probably a human』』
「What do you mean…!? Is it a high-leveled Talent User!? Did you see his appearance?」
『『No…it was too instant…』』
「Anything is fine. I want every information you can remember」
『『…………Something………a large man like an orangutan, but he is carrying a young Asian boy……and he flew at high speed…………It was really like a joke』』
「………A large man like an orangutan……Don’t tell me………!?」
After the commander thinks for a while………
「This matter will be treated as top secret. Secrecy Level 10. You are prohibited to disclose anything you saw and heard today. Everyone in here……if you don’t want to be charged in a military tribunal, then forget everything that happened just now. Do you understand, Hawk One?」
『『………………Roger. Heading back to the normal patrol course』』
Just like that, the pilot tells himself that what he saw just now 「was all a dream」………
Turning the newest fighter plane, he went back to the sky where the aircraft carrier is.