Raiden Fighters Jet was released in August 1998.
In Greek mythology, Ixion was king of the Lapiths, the most ancient tribe of Thessaly, and a son of Ares or Antion or the notorious evildoer Phlegyas. Raiden Fighters Jet pays homage to a boss from "Raiden II
" and recycles several bosses from previous games in the series.
Level 01's boss is a machine that resembles the twin walkers bosses in Stage 1 of "Raiden II
". The Raiden Fighters Jet machine has 4 legs as well, but are completely immobile and act as struts for swiveling treads that provide the machine locomotion.
Level 10's boss is the flying boat in the Train Yard stage of the original "Raiden Fighters
Level 20's boss is similar to the forest stage giant tank boss from the first "Raiden fighters
Hummingbird XB-3, the boss of the Bomber Squadron stage in "Raiden Fighters 2", makes an appearance in Level 35 as a mid-boss.
Level 35's final boss is the gigantic flying fortress from the end of Mission 2 in the original "Raiden Fighters
Level 50's first mid-boss in the giant hover tank from the second stage of "Raiden fighters 2".
Level 50's second mid-boss is the giant tank boss from the Forest Stage of the first "Raiden Fighters
Level 50's final boss is Red Eye, the true final boss from "Raiden Fighters 2". However it says B-7 instead of XB-7, suggesting it is the production model of the Red Eye in "Raiden Fighters 2".
Phase 1's boss is based on the helicopter boss from the first "Raiden Fighters
" with a more difficult attack pattern.