History Main / AerialCanyonChase

25th Jun '16 12:23:01 PM Prfnoff
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* In the ''CrimsonSkies'' wargame, one of the maps supplied is of a canyon, with several hexes marked as impassable. Planning your move wrong so you crash into one of these can be surprisingly easy.
* Altitude in ''[[Warhammer40000 Aeronautica Imperialis]]'' is rated on a scale of 1 to 9, with 0 being the ground and 10 being orbit. Seriously tall mountains can reach altitude 6, which allows for the construction of maps designed for this fairly easily.

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* In the ''CrimsonSkies'' ''TabletopGame/CrimsonSkies'' wargame, one of the maps supplied is of a canyon, with several hexes marked as impassable. Planning your move wrong so you crash into one of these can be surprisingly easy.
* Altitude in ''[[Warhammer40000 ''[[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Aeronautica Imperialis]]'' is rated on a scale of 1 to 9, with 0 being the ground and 10 being orbit. Seriously tall mountains can reach altitude 6, which allows for the construction of maps designed for this fairly easily.
21st Jun '16 1:10:58 AM AgProv
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%%* this trope happens at least twice in ''Film/TheBlueMax''.

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%%* this * This trope happens at least twice in ''Film/TheBlueMax''.''Film/TheBlueMax'', once where anti-hero Bruno Stachel leads a naive young wingmate to his doom in a chase-game of progressively more dangerous low-level stunting, near tall buildings and inconvenient telegraph wires. Other films about First World War aerial combat have used this to spectacular effect; ''Film/AcesHigh'' sees an aerial chase at low level lead to the destruction of both aircraft.


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* Creator/DerekRobinson's novel of First world War air combat, ''War Story'', sees a British plane chase a wounded German down into a river valley - which has telegraph wires strung across it. The British pilot makes his kill, but fails to see the wires, and tangles into them in a catastrophic crash which brings down his flimsy wood-and-canvas biplane.
15th Jun '16 7:12:27 AM Chabal2
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* ''ComicBook/DeffSkwadron'': As Deff Skwadron is pursuing a messenger squigeon, it flies into a canyon. Goose tries to follow it, taking his time to line up the shot... and promptly crashes.
4th Jun '16 4:57:14 PM Someoneman
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* This happened in RealLife, as shown in an episode of Dogfights on History Channel, "[=MiG=] Alley". USAF F-86 Sabre pilot Robbie Risner and his flight encountered a flight of 4 [=MiG=]-15s in [=MiG=] Alley and engaged them. Risner shot off the lead [=MiG=] honcho's canopy, prompting the Soviet pilot to take [[SuicidalGotcha dangerously evasive action]] with a Split-S maneuver at low altitude. The [=MiG=] pilot miraculously survives and the chase descends into a dry river bed. The honcho brakes and accelerates but can't shake off the Sabres, which inflict a bit more damage. After rolling over a small mountain, both the [=MiG=] pilot and Risner again race through the river bed side by side. The [=MiG=] breaks off and leads the chase to his base in China, hoping AA fire will shake the F-86s off his tail. It fails and Risner gets another shot, setting fire to the [=MiG=]'s wing. The [=MiG=] pilot tries to land in desperation, but the Sabres are still after him and shoot him down over the runway. The burning [=MiG=] crashes on to a row of parked [=MiG=]-15s, destroying them all, to end what was an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome incredibly awesome]] real-life chase.

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* This happened in RealLife, as shown in an episode of Dogfights on History Channel, "[=MiG=] Alley". USAF F-86 Sabre pilot Robbie Risner and his flight encountered a flight of 4 [=MiG=]-15s in [=MiG=] Alley and engaged them. Risner shot off the lead [=MiG=] honcho's canopy, prompting the Soviet pilot to take [[SuicidalGotcha dangerously evasive action]] with a Split-S maneuver at low altitude. The [=MiG=] pilot miraculously survives and the chase descends into a dry river bed. The honcho brakes and accelerates but can't shake off the Sabres, which inflict a bit more damage. After rolling over a small mountain, both the [=MiG=] pilot and Risner again race through the river bed side by side. The [=MiG=] breaks off and leads the chase to his base in China, hoping AA fire will shake the F-86s off his tail. It fails and Risner gets another shot, setting fire to the [=MiG=]'s wing. The [=MiG=] pilot tries to land in desperation, but the Sabres are still after him and shoot him down over the runway. The burning [=MiG=] crashes on to a row of parked [=MiG=]-15s, destroying them all, to end what was an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome incredibly awesome]] real-life chase.all.



* During the 1971 war between Pakistan and India, a Pakistani destroyer was caught in a MacrossMissileMassacre. Because he had zero effective air defense, he attempted to pull this ''with his destroyer'' by hiding among merchant vessels and using the much larger vessels as targets for the incoming missiles. After running out of merchant vessels, he proceeded to do the same thing with dockyard facilities. By the time the Indians were finished shooting at him, the port and all of the merchant vessels were destroyed, but the destroyer was still afloat. While it was commented that he should have been court marshaled, the skipper [[AwesomeMoments remarked "one has to be alive to be court-martialled."]]

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* During the 1971 war between Pakistan and India, a Pakistani destroyer was caught in a MacrossMissileMassacre. Because he had zero effective air defense, he attempted to pull this ''with his destroyer'' by hiding among merchant vessels and using the much larger vessels as targets for the incoming missiles. After running out of merchant vessels, he proceeded to do the same thing with dockyard facilities. By the time the Indians were finished shooting at him, the port and all of the merchant vessels were destroyed, but the destroyer was still afloat. While it was commented that he should have been court marshaled, the skipper [[AwesomeMoments remarked "one has to be alive to be court-martialled."]]"
15th May '16 11:14:28 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Aeryn Sun pursues a Harvey-possessed John Crichton through a glacier in "Die Me, Dichotomy".
19th Dec '15 2:25:45 PM TompaDompa
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-->-- '''Luke Skywalker''', ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars: A New Hope]]''

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-->-- '''Luke Skywalker''', ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars: A New Hope]]''
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12th Dec '15 5:08:55 PM MrNickelodeon
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* This is used as one of the big action scenes in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'', with Shrek, Donkey, and Dragon going into a canyon in order to outrun an evil stone dragon.


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** This is used as one of the big action scenes in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'', with Shrek, Donkey, and Dragon going into a canyon in order to outrun an evil stone dragon.
** Occurs right at the beginning of the ''Flintstones'' scene in the former ride, ''Ride/TheFuntasticWorldOfHannaBarbera'', when Yogi and Boo-Boo pursue Dick Dastardly and Muttley through a narrow canyon.
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11th Dec '15 11:28:32 PM nombretomado
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** The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse loves this in general. If a book has "[[XWingSeries X-Wing]]" in the title (and even occasionally if it doesn't), expect there to be at least one of some sort. X-Wings are actually somewhat slower and less maneuverable than TIE fighters, but there are a few reasons why the canyon trick can work. TIE fighters, with those square wings, have greater air resistance, and those pilots who haven't trained in atmosphere often don't compensate for that. And an X-Wing can turn on its side and use its targeting computer to get through a gap only a handful of meters wide, while TIE fighters are almost as wide as they are tall. As ''Iron Fist'' showed, a TIE interceptor can pull off a similar maneuver due to it having a narrower profile than a TIE fighter.

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** The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse loves this in general. If a book has "[[XWingSeries "[[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing]]" in the title (and even occasionally if it doesn't), expect there to be at least one of some sort. X-Wings are actually somewhat slower and less maneuverable than TIE fighters, but there are a few reasons why the canyon trick can work. TIE fighters, with those square wings, have greater air resistance, and those pilots who haven't trained in atmosphere often don't compensate for that. And an X-Wing can turn on its side and use its targeting computer to get through a gap only a handful of meters wide, while TIE fighters are almost as wide as they are tall. As ''Iron Fist'' showed, a TIE interceptor can pull off a similar maneuver due to it having a narrower profile than a TIE fighter.
30th Oct '15 1:05:12 PM Dallenson
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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'' features this in an FMV cut-scene showing off the Orca VTOL attack craft. In-fact, the song used in the scene is officially called "Canyon Chase" by Frank Klepacki.

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'' features this in an FMV cut-scene showing off the Orca VTOL attack craft. In-fact, the song used in the scene is officially called "Canyon Chase" "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWgJAEzEm4U Canyon Chase]]" by Frank Klepacki.
30th Oct '15 1:03:57 PM Dallenson
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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'' features this in an FMV cut-scene showing off the Orca VTOL attack craft. In-fact, the song used in the scene is officially called "Canyon Chase" by Frank Klepacki.
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