History Literature / Biggles

16th Aug '16 11:14:27 AM kkhohoho
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Biggles has in many ways dated very badly. Very much a product of its time, Biggles embodies the British values of Decency, Fair Play and Courage, and the casual racism of British society in the 1930s, though Biggles himself is shown to have been born and raised in India and speak fluent Hindi. The books are now generally considered [[FairForItsDay fair for their day]].

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Biggles has in many ways dated very badly. Very much a product of its time, Biggles embodies the British values of Decency, Fair Play and Courage, and the casual sexism and racism of British society in the 1930s, though Biggles himself is shown to have been born and raised in India and speak fluent Hindi. The books are now generally considered [[FairForItsDay fair for their day]].
1st Jun '16 1:47:18 AM Doug86
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Biggles originated in a series of short stories that Johns (himself a former airman) wrote for ''Popular Flying'' magazine, and the original intention was to provide the fighter pilots of the future with an entertaining way to remember the "tricks of the trade" learned the hard way during UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.

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Biggles originated in a series of short stories that Johns (himself a former airman) wrote for ''Popular Flying'' magazine, and the original intention was to provide the fighter pilots of the future with an entertaining way to remember the "tricks of the trade" learned the hard way during UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.
UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.



When UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo rolled around, Biggles naturally joined up and flew with the Royal Air Force throughout, having many adventures along the way.

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When UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII rolled around, Biggles naturally joined up and flew with the Royal Air Force throughout, having many adventures along the way.



* MilitaryAlphabet: Uses the old UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne era British one (Ack for A and so on).

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* MilitaryAlphabet: Uses the old UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI era British one (Ack for A and so on).



* UniversalDriversLicense: In TheMovie ''Biggles: Adventures in Time'', Biggles (transported in time from UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne to the late twentieth century) is able to work out how to fly a helicopter after a few minutes experimentation. He even says, without apparent irony, "If you can fly a Sopwith Camel, you can fly anything!"

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* UniversalDriversLicense: In TheMovie ''Biggles: Adventures in Time'', Biggles (transported in time from UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI to the late twentieth century) is able to work out how to fly a helicopter after a few minutes experimentation. He even says, without apparent irony, "If you can fly a Sopwith Camel, you can fly anything!"



* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: Although only a fraction of the books are set during the First World War, this is the period with which Biggles is mostly associated.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo

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* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: Although only a fraction of the books are set during the First World War, this is the period with which Biggles is mostly associated.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwoUsefulNotes/WorldWarII
2nd Jan '16 7:49:47 AM MasterNecromancer
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[[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/tayside_and_central/8198268.stm Has recently been in the news]] when a a pilot in RealLife used his knowledge of Biggles to make an emergency landing.

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[[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/tayside_and_central/8198268.stm Has recently been in the news]] when a a pilot in RealLife used his knowledge of Biggles to make an emergency landing.



* AcePilot: the whole point.

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* AcePilot: the The whole point.



* ImprobablePilotingSkills; displayed by all four Aces.

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* ImprobablePilotingSkills; displayed ImprobablePilotingSkills: Displayed by all four Aces.



* SaidBookism: all characters created by Johns are prone to colourful ejaculations.

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* SaidBookism: all All characters created by Johns are prone to colourful ejaculations.
25th Dec '15 12:28:25 PM GnomeTitan
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* DieselPunk: any of the four protaganists, especially Biggles himself.
10th Dec '15 8:52:01 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* CelibateHero; Biggles, despite his one flirtation with a FemmeFataleSpy, and all the retrospective HoYay stuff you can read into the books/

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* CelibateHero; Biggles, despite his one flirtation with a FemmeFataleSpy, and all the retrospective HoYay stuff you can read into the books/books.
10th Jun '15 3:50:04 AM Sheora
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Biggles was heavily deconstructed and subverted - most egregiously in the character of foul-mouthed alcoholic working-class Brummie Major Wooley, in Creator/DerekRobinson's trilogy of UsefulNotes/WW1 fighter pilot novels.

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Biggles was heavily deconstructed and subverted - most egregiously in the character of foul-mouthed alcoholic working-class Brummie Major Wooley, in Creator/DerekRobinson's trilogy of UsefulNotes/WW1 fighter pilot novels.
30th Mar '15 8:58:06 AM Patachou
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Biggles being at least a non-practicing gay can be inferred from the books given a modern dirty mind. It is a verifiable detail that only ''one'' woman even came close to seducing Biggles away from the manly embrace of his chums. A blonde MataHari called Ilse plays the FemmeFatale role, twice: on both occasions acting as agent for the dastardly villain, Count Erich von Stalhein of the German Intelligence Services.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Biggles being at least a non-practicing gay can be inferred from the books given a modern dirty mind. It is a verifiable detail that only ''one'' woman even came close to seducing Biggles away from the manly embrace of his chums. A blonde MataHari FemmeFataleSpy called Ilse plays the FemmeFatale role, twice: on both occasions acting as agent for the dastardly villain, Count Erich von Stalhein of the German Intelligence Services.



* CelibateHero; Biggles, despite his one flirtation with a MataHari, and all the retrospective HoYay stuff you can read into the books/

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* CelibateHero; Biggles, despite his one flirtation with a MataHari, FemmeFataleSpy, and all the retrospective HoYay stuff you can read into the books/
21st Jan '15 3:55:10 PM AgProv
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* CelibateHero
* DieselPunk

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* CelibateHero
CelibateHero; Biggles, despite his one flirtation with a MataHari, and all the retrospective HoYay stuff you can read into the books/
* DieselPunkDieselPunk: any of the four protaganists, especially Biggles himself.



* ImprobablePilotingSkills

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* ImprobablePilotingSkillsImprobablePilotingSkills; displayed by all four Aces.



* SaidBookism

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* SaidBookismOnlyAFleshWound: Frequently invoked. In one egregious example, Ginger is shot through the thigh but still manages to outrun his pursuers for over a mile.
* SaidBookism: all characters created by Johns are prone to colourful ejaculations.
6th Jan '15 11:26:48 AM Jake
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: An ''epic'' example; Captain Johns died while writing ''Biggles Does Some Homework'', and lost consciousness at his desk '''''mid-sentence'''''. That's dedication.
21st Sep '14 4:00:44 PM john_e
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* AlphaStrike: The WW1 equivalent is a "Zone Call", which Biggles uses on a wood concealing German troops.
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