Hayao Kakizaki (柿崎 速雄 Kakizaki Hayao?) is the husky pilot in the Vermilion Squadron led by his friend, Maximilian Jenius, piloting a VF-1A. He is portrayed as being a laid back character, which would often at times would endanger him while out battling the Zentradi. Compared to his comrades, Kakizaki is also the least experienced pilot, and from time-to-time, Hikaru and Max had to save him from being killed.
He often calls Hikaru by the nickname "Skipper".
He is later killed in a Zentradi attack.