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"Do you think he noticed the camera?"
Shu to Pilaf

"The Flying Fortress – Vanished!" (えた!?そらとぶようさい Kieta!? Sora Tobu Yōsai, lit. "It Vanished!? The Flying Fortress in the Sky") is the thirty-second episode of Dragon Ball and the fourth episode of the Red Ribbon Army Saga. This episode first aired in Japan on October 1, 1986. Its original American airdate was February 14, 2002.


Goku theorizing the invaders were the Red Ribbon Army

The Red Ribbon Army now starts pursuing Pilaf's Flying Fortress. When they go through the clouds, they lose the fortress. Colonel Silver gets out of the clouds but still can not see Emperor Pilaf. He sees some light and goes into the clouds yet still cannot see him. Emperor Pilaf sneaks up on him and shoots missiles, which hit the airplane.

At the Fire Mountain village, Goku and Chi-Chi beat some Red Ribbon army men and save Ox-King. Afterward, Goku says goodbye to Chi-Chi, much to her dismay (since she sees Goku does not know what a wedding was when he thought it was a food).

Pilaf surrenders and gives the ball to Silver

Emperor Pilaf puts his ship in the sand in the desert. He catches a few soldiers and Goku. The Red Ribbon Army finds Pilaf, shoots the ship from the outside. Goku makes it outside and hangs on to the ship. The Red Ribbon Army destroys the ship, and Goku is caught in the explosion and falls off the ship in mid-air. Emperor Pilaf and his henchmen survive using their parachutes, however, they are in the clutches of Colonel Silver. Having no other choice, Emperor Pilaf gives Colonel Silver the Dragon Ball.

Major Events

  • Goku and Chi-Chi rescue the Ox-King
  • Colonel Silver retrieves the Six-Star Dragon Ball from Emperor Pilaf.


  • Goku and Chi-Chi vs. Red Ribbon Soldiers
  • Emperor Pilaf vs. Red Ribbon Army
  • Goku vs. Pilaf's Machine





Differences from the Manga

  • The entire events of this episode were exclusive to the anime.


  • The jet that almost hits Goku and Chi-Chi on the Flying Nimbus was cut off in the Toonami version due to the 9/11 attacks.
  • Ironically, the Pilaf Gang ultimately would get the last laugh against the Red Ribbon Army due to not only finding the final Dragon Ball before them, but also using a Dragon Radar-Proof material to hide its location.


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