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21st Jun '16 11:58:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII December 7th, 1941]]: The Japanese military attacks American bases in Hawaii (The Philippine Islands were also attacked that day), [[SittingDucks catching the defenders by surprise]] and causing widespread damage. The Americans thought that Hawaii was too distant from Japanese bases to be vulnerable to attack, and assumed that the assault would focus on the Philippines. The Americans would lose over 2,400 men, with 19 ships sunk or damaged in the battle and nearly 200 aircraft destroyed. Military thought at the time believed land based aircraft would almost always defeat carrier aircraft, making such an attack very risky.

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* [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII December 7th, 1941]]: The Japanese military attacks American bases in Hawaii (The Philippine Islands were also attacked that day), [[SittingDucks [[SittingDuck catching the defenders by surprise]] and causing widespread damage. The Americans thought that Hawaii was too distant from Japanese bases to be vulnerable to attack, and assumed that the assault would focus on the Philippines. The Americans would lose over 2,400 men, with 19 ships sunk or damaged in the battle and nearly 200 aircraft destroyed. Military thought at the time believed land based aircraft would almost always defeat carrier aircraft, making such an attack very risky.
5th Jun '16 11:41:26 PM MAI742
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Tidal_Wave Operation Tidal Wave]] was a strong, 178-bomber low-altitude raid against the Ploiești oil refineries conducted by the US Air Force. These supplied Germany with 2/3 of her petroleum products, and taking them out was widely regarded in the most critical part of the US's ''Oil Plan'' targeting all natural and synthetic oil production facilities including Balaton (Hungary) and Auschwitz-III/Monowitz (Silesia). The incredibly low altitude resulted in the bombers' machine-gunners trading fire with anti-aircraft batteries and pilots having to maneuver over fence lines and haystacks. The mission was costly failure, with a third of the force destroyed and another third damaged for cosmetic and quickly repaired damage to the facilities. No fewer than 5 'Medals of Honor' (US military awards for bravery) were awarded to the survivors. Ultimately the Ploesti refineries only stopped supplying the Germans in the aftermath of Malinovsky and Tobulkhin's ''Jassy–Kishinev'' Offensive of August 1943, during which Soviet troops secured the facilities as Rumania switched sides.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Tidal_Wave Operation Tidal Wave]] was a strong, 178-bomber low-altitude raid against the Ploiești oil refineries conducted by the US Army Air Force. These facilities supplied Germany with 2/3 1/2 of her petroleum products, and taking them out was widely regarded in as the most critical part element of the US's ''Oil Plan'' targeting all natural and synthetic oil production facilities including the wells at Balaton (Hungary) (west Hungary) and Auschwitz-III/Monowitz (Silesia).plant (Upper Silesia). The incredibly low altitude resulted in the bombers' machine-gunners trading fire with anti-aircraft batteries and pilots having to maneuver over fence lines and haystacks. The mission was costly failure, with a third of the force destroyed and another third damaged for cosmetic and quickly repaired damage to the facilities. No fewer than 5 'Medals of Honor' (US military awards for bravery) were awarded to the survivors. Ultimately the Ploesti refineries only stopped supplying the Germans in the aftermath of Malinovsky and Tobulkhin's ''Jassy–Kishinev'' Offensive of August 1943, 1944, during which Soviet troops secured the facilities as Rumania switched sides.
8th May '16 5:54:51 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The climactic battle in ''IronEagleII'' requires the pilots to hit a terrorist base located inside the side of a mountain. It had a decidedly [[Film/ANewHope Death-Star-attack-esque]] feel to it.

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* The climactic battle in ''IronEagleII'' ''Film/IronEagle II'' requires the pilots to hit a terrorist base located inside the side of a mountain. It had a decidedly [[Film/ANewHope Death-Star-attack-esque]] feel to it.
20th Apr '16 12:16:25 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/Macross'':

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* ''Anime/Macross'':''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
20th Apr '16 12:16:13 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross: [[TheMovie Do You Remember Love?]]'', after the allied Zentradi forces and the Macross itself have punched into [[BigBad Boddol Zer]]'s moon-sized fortress, [[AcePilot Hikaru Ichijo]] flies his [[TransformingMecha VF-1 Valkyrie]], alone and armed to the teeth, into the very heart of the installation. He must weave through {{Laser Hallway}}s, twisting corridors, and [[BeamSpam impossibly thick laser barrages]] -- all [[ThemeMusicPowerUp set to]] the movie's {{tit|leDrop}}ular [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic song]] -- until reaching Boddol Zer himself... and blasting him to atoms point blank.
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', A homage the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' sequence at the climax where Alto must [[spoiler:destroy the [[HiveQueen Vajra Queen]]'s head, and [[BigBad Grace]] along with it]], but first he has to blast his way across the surface of an orbital ring structure and survive the onslaught of the Vajra and the [[spoiler:Galaxy Fleet]]'s assault carriers.

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* ''Anime/Macross'':
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In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross: [[TheMovie Do You Remember Love?]]'', ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'', after the allied Zentradi forces and the Macross itself have punched into [[BigBad Boddol Zer]]'s moon-sized fortress, [[AcePilot Hikaru Ichijo]] flies his [[TransformingMecha VF-1 Valkyrie]], alone and armed to the teeth, into the very heart of the installation. He must weave through {{Laser Hallway}}s, twisting corridors, and [[BeamSpam impossibly thick laser barrages]] -- all [[ThemeMusicPowerUp set to]] the movie's {{tit|leDrop}}ular [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic song]] -- until reaching Boddol Zer himself... and blasting him to atoms point blank.
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', A ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' has a homage to the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' above-mentioned sequence at the climax where Alto must [[spoiler:destroy the [[HiveQueen Vajra Queen]]'s head, and [[BigBad Grace]] along with it]], but first he has to blast his way across the surface of an orbital ring structure and survive the onslaught of the Vajra and the [[spoiler:Galaxy Fleet]]'s assault carriers.
18th Mar '16 2:38:17 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Torpedo bombing in general. Early air-launched torpedoes required the bomber to fly at low altitude and low speed to properly lay in their attacks, all while enemy AntiAir gunners and fighters did their damnedest to shoot them down. And once you released the torpedo, there was no guarantee that it wouldn't malfunction, sinking into the water, drifting off target, or even [[EpicFail striking the target directly and failing to detonate at all.]] Torpedo designs were improved considerably by the end of the war, but the days of dedicated torpedo bombers were numbered with the introduction of the first anti-ship missiles in 1944.

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* Torpedo bombing in general. Early air-launched torpedoes required the bomber to fly at low altitude and low speed to properly lay in their attacks, all while enemy AntiAir gunners and fighters did their damnedest to shoot them down. And once you released the torpedo, there was no guarantee that it wouldn't malfunction, sinking into the water, drifting off target, or even [[EpicFail striking the target directly and failing to detonate at all.]] all. Torpedo designs were improved considerably by the end of the war, but the days of dedicated torpedo bombers were numbered with the introduction of the first anti-ship missiles in 1944.
22nd Feb '16 8:35:07 AM MrDeath
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* In ''RogueSquadron 2'', the last mission in the regular campaign is practically impossible. Based on the attack on the Death Star in Film/ReturnOfTheJedi (above), it's not only Airstrike Impossible but adds components of an escort mission. Naturally, high-speed flight down winding tunnels, [[ZergRush mooks-a-licious]] and [[CollapsingLair getting out before]] it [[OutrunTheFireball all goes boom]] are all featured.

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* In ''RogueSquadron 2'', the last mission in the regular campaign is practically impossible. Based on the attack on the Death Star in Film/ReturnOfTheJedi (above), it's not only Airstrike Impossible but adds components of an escort mission. Naturally, high-speed flight down winding tunnels, [[ZergRush mooks-a-licious]] and [[CollapsingLair getting out before]] it [[OutrunTheFireball all goes boom]] are all featured.
5th Feb '16 1:41:06 PM X2X
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:[[VideoGame/AceCombat Mobius One]], ItsUpToYou to fly down this tunnel. And [[HeroicMime don't give me lip]] about ViolationOfCommonSense.]]-]

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29th Dec '15 9:02:32 AM LucaEarlgrey
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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' features [[spoiler:Poe and his wingmen]] flying through the trenches of Starkiller Base, with him going into the interior of the anti-planet weapon and back out to finish it off.
16th Dec '15 9:44:18 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII December 7th, 1941]]: The Japanese military attacks American bases in Hawaii ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg The Philippine Islands were also attacked that day]]), [[SittingDucks catching the defenders by surprise]] and causing widespread damage. The Americans thought that Hawaii was too distant from Japanese bases to be vulnerable to attack, and assumed that the assault would focus on the Philippines. The Americans would lose over 2,400 men, with 19 ships sunk or damaged in the battle and nearly 200 aircraft destroyed. Military thought at the time believed land based aircraft would almost always defeat carrier aircraft, making such an attack very risky.

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* [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII December 7th, 1941]]: The Japanese military attacks American bases in Hawaii ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg The (The Philippine Islands were also attacked that day]]), day), [[SittingDucks catching the defenders by surprise]] and causing widespread damage. The Americans thought that Hawaii was too distant from Japanese bases to be vulnerable to attack, and assumed that the assault would focus on the Philippines. The Americans would lose over 2,400 men, with 19 ships sunk or damaged in the battle and nearly 200 aircraft destroyed. Military thought at the time believed land based aircraft would almost always defeat carrier aircraft, making such an attack very risky.
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