History Literature / Biggles

11th Aug '17 2:55:45 PM Exxolon
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[[caption-width-right:350:''Biggles of the Camel Squadron. The third book in the series, but the first to feature the name "Biggles" in the title- all subsequent books would use it.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''Biggles of the Camel Squadron.Squadron''. The third book in the series, but the first to feature the name "Biggles" in the title- all subsequent books would use it.]]
11th Aug '17 2:55:29 PM Exxolon
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[[caption-width-right:350:''Biggles of the Camel Squadron. The third book in the series, but the first to feature the name "Biggles" in the title- all subsequent books would use it.]]
13th Jun '17 10:22:41 PM nombretomado
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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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* AlphaStrike: The WW1 [=WW1=] equivalent is a "Zone Call", which Biggles uses on a wood concealing German troops.
28th Feb '17 7:50:05 PM PaulA
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Biggles holds a place in British popular culture comparable with Flash Gordon in the US, and it's probably not too much of a stretch to suggest that, if Biggles had been an American series, there would have been numerous screen adaptations by now. As it is, only a short-lived 1960s TV series and the SoBadItsGood 1986 ''Biggles -- Adventures in Time'' movie (in which Biggles is joined by a time-travelling American salesman) have been made.

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Biggles holds a place in British popular culture comparable with Flash Gordon in the US, and it's probably not too much of a stretch to suggest that, if Biggles had been an American series, there would have been numerous screen adaptations by now. As it is, only a short-lived 1960s TV series and the SoBadItsGood 1986 ''Biggles -- Adventures in Time'' ''Film/BigglesAdventuresInTime'' movie (in which Biggles is joined by a time-travelling American salesman) have been made.



* BadassBoast: In ''Biggles: Adventures in Time'', as Jim protests Biggles getting in the pilot seat of a 1980s Metropolitan Police Helicopter:
--> '''Biggles''': If you can fly a Sopwith Camel, you can fly ''anything.''
** [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And he does.]]



* FakeInTheHole: In TheMovie, the lead character is drawn back in time after taking a shower and is clad in only a towel. He holds off a group of German troops by turning on his cordless razor and throwing it, yelling "GRENADE!"
** Justified inasmuch as the thing being thrown at them is about the right size, shape and colour, and is buzzing to boot. You don't take chances, you GTFO and think about it later.



* InconvenientSummons: Happens to Jim Ferguson in ''Adventures in Time''.



* UniversalDriversLicense: In TheMovie ''Biggles: Adventures in Time'', Biggles (transported in time from 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!"
** The Camel was renowned for the remarkable torque of its rotary engine, to the point where you didn't make a 90 degree left turn; it was easier AND FASTER to go 270 degrees to the right. For Biggles, his first attempt to lift off in the helo would have been like trying to fly his Camel straight upwards. He'd have understood what was happening better than most.
** Played straight in the books for the most part, though probably justified by Biggles having literally ''decades'' of experience in civil and military aviation alike, at least by the time World War 2 rolls around. It was a minor plot point in one volume that he wasn't Instrument Flight Rules-qualified, however.

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* UniversalDriversLicense: In TheMovie ''Biggles: Adventures in Time'', Biggles (transported in time from 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!"
** The Camel was renowned for the remarkable torque of its rotary engine, to the point where you didn't make a 90 degree left turn; it was easier AND FASTER to go 270 degrees to the right. For Biggles, his first attempt to lift off in the helo would have been like trying to fly his Camel straight upwards. He'd have understood what was happening better than most.
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Played straight in the books for the most part, though probably justified by Biggles having literally ''decades'' of experience in civil and military aviation alike, at least by the time World War 2 rolls around. It was a minor plot point in one volume that he wasn't Instrument Flight Rules-qualified, however.
28th Feb '17 7:26:46 PM PaulA
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* 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/WorldWarII
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.
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