Aircraft Carrier is one of the signature and recurring pieces of music in the Gradius and it cameo series. Through the years, it has become one of the most memorable track of the series.

Background

Originating in the original Gradius, Aircraft Carrier has appeared in later installments of the Gradius series and has even appeared in its multiple spin-offs, such as Salamander and Parodius.

It can be considered one of the signature pieces of music in the series, in spite of its short length, and seemingly out of place tone. The theme is a high tempo jingle, used to signify that a large group of enemies are about to attack the player, (known as the stage's Sub Boss), and sometimes highlighting the arrival of the original Big Core warship.

In some later games, the theme is expanded upon, such as Gradius V or Otomedius Excellent, in which the basic motif of the song is used as lead for an original piece of music.

Sheet music

Sheet music of Aircraft Carrier

Appearances

Sometimes the track is renamed when used in additional games, and sometimes serves other functions, which are listed here:

Main series
Parody series
Other uses

Music

Description Audio
Aircraft Carrier for the Boss theme of Gradius Arcade.
Aircraft Carrier for the Boss theme of Gradius NES port.
Aircraft Carrier for the Mini Boss theme of Salamander.
Aircraft Carrier for the Mini Boss theme of Life Force.
Aircraft Carrier for the Gradius II Arcade
Aircraft Carrier for the Gradius II NES port.
Aircraft Carrier for the Gradius III Arcade of the Boss Parade
Aircraft Carrier for the Gradius III Special Stage Boss
Aircraft Carrier for the SNES port of Gradius III
Aircraft Carrier for the Gradius Gaiden
Aircraft Carrier for the Gradius IV
Theme of Gradius V second Boss Rush #1 - Big Core (Aircraft Carrier remix).
Theme of Gradius ReBirth mini-Boss - Aircraft Carrier.
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