In Story Mode
Fichina: Into the Storm
In this level, Fox rides on Falco's Arwing wing after being saved from the corrupted security system in the central base of the drifts of Fichina. Fox must shoot tailing Aparoids and stationary Aparoids that lock onto Falco's Arwing in an attempt to shoot it down.
Corneria: The War Comes Home
In this part of the mission, Fox must shoot down tailing Aparoids again with the Plasma Cannon, but this time he is riding on Wolf's Wolfen, who had saved Fox from an Aparoid ambush that destroyed Fox's Arwing before he could board it. This is also where he faces the boss of the level, General Pepper's corrupted gunship.
Only available on all-range stages, this is when a Pilot rides on the body or wing of an Arwing or Wolfen. It is very useful for helping to take out other gunships or (under certain conditions) taking out Landmasters and pilots. The best items to use while wing riding are Demon Sniper Rifles, Gatling Guns, Missile Launchers, and under extenuating circumstances, any of their weaker cousins, or the Blaster. Both the rider and the pilot must be very careful not to either fall off, or bank too sharply and cause the rider to fall somewhere unpleasant, respectively.
If the player riding on top of the Arwing places a Fireburst Pod or a Sensor Bomb down, when the Arwing performs a U-Turn, Barrel Roll or a Loop the weapons will fall off onto any unsuspecting targets.