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28th May '16 2:44:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mary in ''ItCantHappenHere''. Galvanized by her husband's murder and her father's incarceration, she joins the Corpo Women's Flying Corps and trains as a bomber pilot. [[spoiler: She is later assigned to escort District Commissioner Swan's plane to Washington. She crashes her plane into Swan's, killing Swan, his aides, and herself.]]

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* Mary in ''ItCantHappenHere''.''Literature/ItCantHappenHere''. Galvanized by her husband's murder and her father's incarceration, she joins the Corpo Women's Flying Corps and trains as a bomber pilot. [[spoiler: She is later assigned to escort District Commissioner Swan's plane to Washington. She crashes her plane into Swan's, killing Swan, his aides, and herself.]]
27th May '16 2:36:24 PM Someoneman
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%% Also, remember that this trope is not YMMV, so please avoid linking to YMMV tropes such as Crowning Moment of Awesome, no matter how awesome
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* Howlin' Mad Murdock from ''Series/TheATeam'' was most certainly one of these: he flew a small jet, a jumbo jet, a biplane, many small passenger planes, a ''jetpack'', and untold numbers of helicopters over the course of the series. Other characters (especially the colonels and general chasing after the A-Team) acknowledged Murdock's mad skills. Whether he's a Steamroller, a Bushwhacker, or a Plugger [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the episode]]. Given his {{Craz|yAwesome}}iness, it makes (relative) sense for him to be all three.

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* Howlin' Mad Murdock from ''Series/TheATeam'' was most certainly one of these: he flew a small jet, a jumbo jet, a biplane, many small passenger planes, a ''jetpack'', and untold numbers of helicopters over the course of the series. Other characters (especially the colonels and general chasing after the A-Team) acknowledged Murdock's mad skills. Whether he's a Steamroller, a Bushwhacker, or a Plugger [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the episode]]. Given his {{Craz|yAwesome}}iness, craziness, it makes (relative) sense for him to be all three.



* Eddie Rickenbacker was the American Ace of Aces (most kills) in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. His autobiography is one long string of CrowningMomentOfAwesome, all told with a humble, "just the facts", style. Before the war, he had already gained fame as a [[BadassDriver race car driver.]]

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* Eddie Rickenbacker was the American Ace of Aces (most kills) in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. His autobiography is one long string of CrowningMomentOfAwesome, achievements, all told with a humble, "just the facts", style. Before the war, he had already gained fame as a [[BadassDriver race car driver.]]



* Saburo Sakai, the highest-scoring surviving ace of the Japanese Navy, had a career filled with [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]]. One was his 800-mile flight, in a damaged plane, [[OnlyAFleshWound a bullet hole through his head]], which blinded one eye and paralyzed half of his body. Another was surviving a dogfight with sixteen American planes, better than his own, without a single bullet in his aircraft. And a third was the time a terrified enemy pilot bailed out before Sakai had even fired a shot. During that famed flight of survival, he was near to passing out several times, so he took to intentionally aggravating the pain in his wounds to jolt himself wider awake. Upon arriving at his base, he insisted on reporting to his superior officer before getting medical attention. After the war, Sakai became a devout pacifist, swearing that he would never kill anything again, not even an insect. In his autobiography he claimed his true crowning moment of awesome was not shooting down a Dutch airliner, even though it would have been an easy kill, because he saw women and children on board.

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* Saburo Sakai, the highest-scoring surviving ace of the Japanese Navy, had a career filled with [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments moments that make him worthy of Awesome]].this trope. One was his 800-mile flight, in a damaged plane, [[OnlyAFleshWound a bullet hole through his head]], which blinded one eye and paralyzed half of his body. Another was surviving a dogfight with sixteen American planes, better than his own, without a single bullet in his aircraft. And a third was the time a terrified enemy pilot bailed out before Sakai had even fired a shot. During that famed flight of survival, he was near to passing out several times, so he took to intentionally aggravating the pain in his wounds to jolt himself wider awake. Upon arriving at his base, he insisted on reporting to his superior officer before getting medical attention. After the war, Sakai became a devout pacifist, swearing that he would never kill anything again, not even an insect. In his autobiography he claimed his true crowning moment of awesome greatest achievement was not shooting down a Dutch airliner, even though it would have been an easy kill, because he saw women and children on board.



* Luigi Rizzo, also known as The Sinker, was the closest thing Italian MAS (a speedboat with two torpedoes strapped on) Ace. Closest thing because he only sank two ships... Who just happened to be the coastal defence ship SMS ''Wien'', that was being hunted down by the Italian Navy due the damage she was wrecking and was sank while in the supposed safety of Trieste's harbour, and ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the Austro-Hungarian flagship SMS]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Szent István]]''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome , single-handedly ruining the Austro-Hungarian Navy final sortie]]''. And the latter wasn't even on purpose: he was returning to his base after an uneventful patrol when he stumbled on the ''Szent István'' and her squadron (consisting of another battleship, a destroyer and six torpedo boats) sailing to join the rest of the Austro-Hungarian battleship fleet for a desperate attack on the Otranto Barrage, so he decided to fire torpedoes before running home to warn about the impending attack, sinking the flagship without the squadron realizing what had hit them and convincing the commander-in-chief Horty (with flag on the other flagship ''Viribus Unitis'' leading another squadron) the Italians were waiting for him.

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* Luigi Rizzo, also known as The Sinker, was the closest thing Italian MAS (a speedboat with two torpedoes strapped on) Ace. Closest thing because he only sank two ships... Who just happened to be the coastal defence ship SMS ''Wien'', that was being hunted down by the Italian Navy due the damage she was wrecking and was sank while in the supposed safety of Trieste's harbour, and ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the ''the Austro-Hungarian flagship SMS]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome SMS'' Szent István]]''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome , István'', single-handedly ruining the Austro-Hungarian Navy final sortie]]''.sortie''. And the latter wasn't even on purpose: he was returning to his base after an uneventful patrol when he stumbled on the ''Szent István'' and her squadron (consisting of another battleship, a destroyer and six torpedo boats) sailing to join the rest of the Austro-Hungarian battleship fleet for a desperate attack on the Otranto Barrage, so he decided to fire torpedoes before running home to warn about the impending attack, sinking the flagship without the squadron realizing what had hit them and convincing the commander-in-chief Horty (with flag on the other flagship ''Viribus Unitis'' leading another squadron) the Italians were waiting for him.



* Frank G. Tallman, the legendary Hollywood stunt pilot. He may have never flown in combat but no one can deny that he was one of the greatest ace pilots who ever lived. Amongst other things he ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome flew a Beechcraft 18 through a steel framed billboard]]'' at 200 MPH with less than 24 inches of clearance for ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' and landed a Standard J1 biplane on two-inch caster wheels for ''Film/TheGreatWaldoPepper''. Tallman did things with real airplanes that no one would dare do outside of CGI nowadays and his book ''Flying The Old Planes'' is considered a classic of aviation literature. Ironically, he died in a preventable accident, flying at low altitude in bad weather.

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* Frank G. Tallman, the legendary Hollywood stunt pilot. He may have never flown in combat but no one can deny that he was one of the greatest ace pilots who ever lived. Amongst other things he ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome flew ''flew a Beechcraft 18 through a steel framed billboard]]'' billboard'' at 200 MPH with less than 24 inches of clearance for ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' and landed a Standard J1 biplane on two-inch caster wheels for ''Film/TheGreatWaldoPepper''. Tallman did things with real airplanes that no one would dare do outside of CGI nowadays and his book ''Flying The Old Planes'' is considered a classic of aviation literature. Ironically, he died in a preventable accident, flying at low altitude in bad weather.



* Richard Candelaria, an American UsefulNotes/WorldWarII pilot who happened to fly a [[CoolPlane P-51D Mustang]] on April 7, 1945. He gets separated from his squadron and forms up on the bombers they were to be escorting ahead of the rest of his squadron [[BigDamnHeroes just in time]] to fight off 15 Luftwaffe in Bf 109 fighters, ''including one German ace'', and two ''more'' in Me 262 ''[[StupidJetpackHitler jet fighters]]'' '''alone'''. This man defeated the jets, possibly shooting down one, ''shot down'' the German ace in a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one-on-one dogfight]], and took out three other planes before the rest of his squadron arrived on scene, at which point the rest of the Germans bugged out. And you, too, can witness his feat thanks to modern science and an interview with the ''[[BadAss man himself]]''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy1qORp-vpc&feature=related]] His tale starts at 8:00 and continues into part 4 and 5. This sounds very like the final mission of the flight simulator ''VideoGame/BlazingAngels'', suggesting they took his tale and made it into an awesome video game.

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* Richard Candelaria, an American UsefulNotes/WorldWarII pilot who happened to fly a [[CoolPlane P-51D Mustang]] on April 7, 1945. He gets separated from his squadron and forms up on the bombers they were to be escorting ahead of the rest of his squadron [[BigDamnHeroes just in time]] to fight off 15 Luftwaffe in Bf 109 fighters, ''including one German ace'', and two ''more'' in Me 262 ''[[StupidJetpackHitler jet fighters]]'' '''alone'''. This man defeated the jets, possibly shooting down one, ''shot down'' the German ace in a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one-on-one dogfight]], dogfight, and took out three other planes before the rest of his squadron arrived on scene, at which point the rest of the Germans bugged out. And you, too, can witness his feat thanks to modern science and an interview with the ''[[BadAss man himself]]''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy1qORp-vpc&feature=related]] His tale starts at 8:00 and continues into part 4 and 5. This sounds very like the final mission of the flight simulator ''VideoGame/BlazingAngels'', suggesting they took his tale and made it into an awesome a video game.
27th May '16 6:22:15 AM Willbyr
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26th May '16 5:44:32 PM Kieranoi
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* ''Bushwhackers'' are [[CombatPragmatist cunning, devious pilots]] who eschew easy-to-evade frontal attacks in favor of taking potshots from the rear or other blind spots. When engaged in a duel, they try to wriggle out of it and drop out of the enemy's field of view so they can come in from another direction and catch the foe off-guard. Frequently, bushwhackers will sacrifice spare weapons as decoys, distracting the enemy so they can ambush them from behind (e.g, [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the Picard Maneuver]]). Most real world Aces are Bushwhackers.

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* ''Bushwhackers'' are [[CombatPragmatist cunning, devious pilots]] who eschew easy-to-evade frontal attacks in favor of taking potshots from the rear or other blind spots. When engaged in a duel, they try to wriggle out of it and drop out of the enemy's field of view so they can come in from another direction and catch the foe off-guard. Frequently, bushwhackers will sacrifice spare weapons as decoys, distracting the enemy so they can ambush them from behind (e.g, [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the Picard Maneuver]]). Most real world Aces are Bushwhackers. Also most [[RealRobotGenre Real Robot]] protagonists are Bushwackers due to the nature of the series.
21st May '16 11:53:08 PM maxwellsilver
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In RealLife, an ace is technically a pilot with five or more kills. This is harder than it sounds; even in conflicts like UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, where aerial combat occurred on a vast scale, the average fighter pilot had zero confirmed kills from the day he got his wings to [[CrapsackWorld the day he bought his farm]]. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, only about 5% of pilots made ace, and they were responsible for 50% of all air-to-air kills. The term is most commonly associated with aircraft pilots, but other types, such as tank aces, also exist. As well as anyone has been able to determine, aces are born, not trained.[[note]]Indeed, most Air Force combat training is in how to ''avoid'' getting shot down.[[/note]] Ace pilots are common in fiction, most prominently in [[HumongousMecha mecha]] shows. They tend to be more prominent in RealRobot shows, where the mecha themselves are fairly equal and the pilot's skills are more important, than in SuperRobot shows, which place more emphasis on the power of the mecha.

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In RealLife, an ace is technically a pilot with five or more kills. This is harder than it sounds; even in conflicts like UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, where aerial combat occurred on a vast scale, the average fighter pilot had zero confirmed kills from the day he got his wings to [[CrapsackWorld the day he bought his farm]].farm. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, only about 5% of pilots made ace, and they were responsible for 50% of all air-to-air kills. The term is most commonly associated with aircraft pilots, but other types, such as tank aces, also exist. As well as anyone has been able to determine, aces are born, not trained.[[note]]Indeed, most Air Force combat training is in how to ''avoid'' getting shot down.[[/note]] Ace pilots are common in fiction, most prominently in [[HumongousMecha mecha]] shows. They tend to be more prominent in RealRobot shows, where the mecha themselves are fairly equal and the pilot's skills are more important, than in SuperRobot shows, which place more emphasis on the power of the mecha.
21st May '16 11:51:43 PM maxwellsilver
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-->-- '''Wiki/Wikipedia''', on Hans-Ulrich Rudel, aka [[RedBaron The Eagle of the Eastern Front]]

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-->-- '''Wiki/Wikipedia''', '''Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}''', on Hans-Ulrich Rudel, aka [[RedBaron The Eagle of the Eastern Front]]
16th May '16 3:53:12 AM Wuz
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-->-- '''Wiki/Wikipedia''', on Hans-Ulrich Rudel, aka [[TheRedBaron The Eagle of the Eastern Front]]

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-->-- '''Wiki/Wikipedia''', on Hans-Ulrich Rudel, aka [[TheRedBaron [[RedBaron The Eagle of the Eastern Front]]
15th May '16 2:54:14 PM Laevatein
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* The original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', of course, had Amuro Ray and Char Aznable, as well as a succession of other Zeon aces such as Ramba Ral and the Black Tri-Stars, though UC finale movie ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' made pretty clear Char wasn't enough of a [[TheRival rival]].

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* The original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', of course, had Amuro Ray and Char Aznable, as well as a succession of other Zeon aces such as Ramba Ral and the Black Tri-Stars, though UC finale movie ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' made pretty clear Char wasn't enough of a [[TheRival rival]]. For all his acrobatics, Char mostly sticks to steamroller tactics.



* The side stories from the One Year War give us many more aces of the One Year War and beyond, with pilots like Shin Matsunaga, Johnny Ridden, Anavel Gato, Agar, Lydo Wolf and Ken Bederstadt who all get [[RedBaron awesome names]] and back stories that tell of their skills. There are many more names, but props really just have to be given to the Zeon and EFSF's highest scoring aces, Breniff Oguz and Tenneth Jung, both of whom are snipers.

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* The side stories from the One Year War give us many more aces of the One Year War and beyond, with pilots like Shin Matsunaga, Johnny Ridden, Anavel Gato, Agar, Lydo Wolf and Ken Bederstadt who all get [[RedBaron awesome names]] and back stories that tell of their skills. There are many more names, but props really just have to be given to the Zeon and EFSF's highest scoring aces, Breniff Oguz and Tenneth Jung, both of whom are snipers. Gato is clearly a sneaky bastard Bushwacker - he uses spare weapons as decoys, and loves to somersault over his opponent to attack them from behind. For his part, Kou Uraki tends to stay on the defensive, making him a plugger. Kou's saving grace here is his superb reaction speed - every time Gato takes a swipe at him, he comes up with a last-minute defensive manuver, or sacrifices part of his Gundam to deflect the blow. This pretty much nullifies Gato's attempts to catch him off guard, since he can always save himself at the last split second.
14th May '16 3:56:45 PM SSJMagus
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** Wes Janson - Definite Sniper, though with better dogfighting skills than the typical Sniper. He's a sniper with ''any'' ranged weapon, in or out of the cockpit.

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** Wes Janson - Definite Sniper, though with better dogfighting skills than the typical Sniper. He's a sniper with ''any'' ranged weapon, in or out of the cockpit. Most of the time he doesn't even need sights; he can tell with his eyes alone when an enemy is in his line of fire, whether they're a TIE Fighter a kilometer away in a dogfight or Stormtroopers to both sides of him while [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielding blaster pilosts]].



** In the Literature/XWingSeries' ninth book, ''Starfighters of Adumar'', the titular planet is a PlanetOfHats where Ace Pilots are the elite of society. But since it's also a ProudWarriorRace which sees no point in simulator practice, and the attrition rates of new pilots are appalling, none of them are very skilled. This means that when the New Republic and the Imperial Remnant send their best pilots alive there on a diplomatic function, said pilots are all but worshiped. And subject to endless attempts to kill them for their status.

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** In the Literature/XWingSeries' ninth book, ''Starfighters of Adumar'', the titular planet is a PlanetOfHats where Ace Pilots are the elite of society. But since it's also a ProudWarriorRace which sees no point in simulator practice, and the attrition rates of new pilots are appalling, none of them are very skilled. Even those with obvious native talent rarely live long enough to become truly skilled. This means that when the New Republic and the Imperial Remnant send their best pilots alive there on a diplomatic function, said pilots are all but worshiped. And subject to endless attempts to kill them for their status.
14th May '16 3:48:52 PM SSJMagus
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** Poe Dameron in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is described in the opening crawl as one of the Resistance's best pilots. [[spoiler:When he comes back with TheCavalry after being presumed dead, he Steamrollers something like ten TIE fighters in ten seconds, making him possibly the most literal "instant ace" in the franchise! Also, when sprung from the brig on a First Order Star Destroyer and asked if he can fly a TIE Fighter to get them off the ship, he responds that he can fly anything. He proves this right by having instantly figuring out the controls of a fighter he's never even seen before.]]

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** Poe Dameron in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is described in the opening crawl as one of the Resistance's best pilots. [[spoiler:When he comes back with TheCavalry after being presumed dead, he Steamrollers something like ten TIE fighters in ten seconds, making him possibly the most literal "instant ace" in the franchise! Also, when sprung from the brig on a First Order Star Destroyer and asked if he can fly a TIE Fighter to get them off the ship, he responds that he can fly anything. He proves this right by having instantly figuring out the controls of a fighter he's never even seen before.before, and even instructing Finn on how to operate the controls of the [[GuyInBack back-seat turret]] despite only getting a brief glimpse at those controls while climbing into the pilot seat.]]
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