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20th Apr '16 12:16:25 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/Macross'':

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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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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.
9th Dec '15 8:47:35 PM MAI742
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* The Soviet Baltic Fleet spent most of the Siege of Leningrad moored at the Kronstadt Island Naval Base or the Baltic Shipyards. Bombers trying to strike at either location had to run the densest concentration of AA fire ''in the world'' (Ploesti had more guns but over a larger area), yet they managed it on several occasions. Taking out the fleet's larger ships was key to German hopes of taking the city by force in late 1941, as the fleet's naval artillery would made a direct attack on the city very costly. Its destruction was also key to General von Manstein's plan for starving the city into submission in his August 1942 ''Operation Nordlicht'', as it allowed the Soviets to deploy most of their artillery to the east of the city to defend its lifeline through Lake Ladoga [[note]] ''Nordlicht'' was foiled by the Soviets' July 1942 ''Sinyavino'' offensive to the east of the city [[/note]]. The Fleet's greatest and most-targeted asset was the ''Oktoberskaya Revolutsiya'' (formerly the ''Gangut'', lead ship of the Imperial Russian Navy's ''Gangut''- class battleships). She was actually ''partially sunk'' by a daring dive-bomber raid on the Baltic Shipyard, after being critically damaged at her moorings once before, but fortunately was refloated and restored to working condition in time to help drive the Germans out of the Baltic in mid-late 1944.

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* The Soviet Baltic Fleet spent most of the Siege of Leningrad moored at the Kronstadt Island Naval Base or the Baltic Shipyards. Bombers trying to strike at either location had to run the densest concentration of AA fire ''in the world'' (Ploesti had more guns but over a larger area), yet they managed it on several occasions. Taking out the fleet's larger ships was key to German Army Group North's hopes of taking the city by force in late 1941, as the fleet's naval artillery would made a direct attack on the city very costly. Its Their destruction was also key to General Erich von Manstein's plan for starving the city into submission in his August 1942 1942's ''Operation Nordlicht'', as it they allowed the Soviets to deploy most of their artillery to the east of the city to defend its the lifeline through Lake Ladoga which Manstein was hoping to cut [[note]] ''Nordlicht'' was foiled by the Soviets' July 1942 ''Sinyavino'' offensive to the east of the city [[/note]]. The Fleet's greatest and most-targeted asset was the ''Oktoberskaya Revolutsiya'' (formerly the ''Gangut'', lead ship of the Imperial Russian Navy's ''Gangut''- class battleships). She was actually ''partially sunk'' by a daring dive-bomber raid on the Baltic Shipyard, after being critically damaged at her moorings once before, but fortunately was refloated and restored to working condition in time to help drive the Germans out of the Baltic in mid-late 1944.
9th Dec '15 3:47:21 AM MAI742
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* The Soviet Baltic Fleet spent most of the Siege of Leningrad moored at the Kronstadt Island Naval Base or the Baltic Shipyards. Bombers trying to strike at either location had to run the densest concentration of AA fire ''in the world'' (Ploesti had more guns but over a larger area), yet they managed it on several occasions. Taking out the fleet's larger ships was key to German hopes of taking the city by force in late 1941 or starving the city into submission in the August 1942 ''Operation Nordlicht'' (cancelled because of the Soviets' ''Sinyavino'' offensive that July): the fleet's naval artillery would make a direct attack on the city very costly and allowed the Soviets to deploy most of their regular artillery to the east of the city to defend its lifeline through Lake Ladoga. The Fleet's greatest and most-targeted asset was the ''Oktoberskaya Revolutsiya'' (formerly the ''Gangut'', lead ship of the Imperial Russian Navy's ''Gangut''- class battleships). She was actually ''partially sunk'' by a daring dive-bomber raid on the Baltic Shipyard, after being critically damaged at her moorings once before, but fortunately was refloated and restored to working condition in time to help drive the Germans out of the Baltic in mid-late 1944.

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* The Soviet Baltic Fleet spent most of the Siege of Leningrad moored at the Kronstadt Island Naval Base or the Baltic Shipyards. Bombers trying to strike at either location had to run the densest concentration of AA fire ''in the world'' (Ploesti had more guns but over a larger area), yet they managed it on several occasions. Taking out the fleet's larger ships was key to German hopes of taking the city by force in late 1941 or starving the city into submission in the August 1942 ''Operation Nordlicht'' (cancelled because of the Soviets' ''Sinyavino'' offensive that July): 1941, as the fleet's naval artillery would make made a direct attack on the city very costly and costly. Its destruction was also key to General von Manstein's plan for starving the city into submission in his August 1942 ''Operation Nordlicht'', as it allowed the Soviets to deploy most of their regular artillery to the east of the city to defend its lifeline through Lake Ladoga.Ladoga [[note]] ''Nordlicht'' was foiled by the Soviets' July 1942 ''Sinyavino'' offensive to the east of the city [[/note]]. The Fleet's greatest and most-targeted asset was the ''Oktoberskaya Revolutsiya'' (formerly the ''Gangut'', lead ship of the Imperial Russian Navy's ''Gangut''- class battleships). She was actually ''partially sunk'' by a daring dive-bomber raid on the Baltic Shipyard, after being critically damaged at her moorings once before, but fortunately was refloated and restored to working condition in time to help drive the Germans out of the Baltic in mid-late 1944.
9th Dec '15 3:40:04 AM MAI742
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* The Soviet Baltic Fleet spent most of the Siege of Leningrad moored at the Kronstadt Island Naval Base or the Baltic Shipyards. Bombers trying to strike at either location had to run the densest concentration of AA fire ''in the world'' (Ploesti had more guns but over a larger area), yet they managed it on several occasions. Taking out the fleet's larger ships was key to German hopes tightening the Siege or even taking the city by force in late 1941 and early-mid 1942, as the fleet's naval artillery allowed the Soviets to deploy most of their regular artillery to the east of the city to defend its lifeline through Lake Ladoga. The Fleet's greatest and most-targeted asset was the ''Oktoberskaya Revolutsiya'' (formerly the ''Gangut'', lead ship of the Imperial Russian Navy's ''Gaungut''- class battleships). She was actually ''partially sunk'' by a daring dive-bomber raid on the Baltic Shipyard, after being critically damaged at her moorings once before, but fortunately was refloated and restored to working condition in time to help drive the Germans out of the Baltic in mid-late 1944.

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* The Soviet Baltic Fleet spent most of the Siege of Leningrad moored at the Kronstadt Island Naval Base or the Baltic Shipyards. Bombers trying to strike at either location had to run the densest concentration of AA fire ''in the world'' (Ploesti had more guns but over a larger area), yet they managed it on several occasions. Taking out the fleet's larger ships was key to German hopes tightening the Siege or even of taking the city by force in late 1941 and early-mid 1942, as or starving the city into submission in the August 1942 ''Operation Nordlicht'' (cancelled because of the Soviets' ''Sinyavino'' offensive that July): the fleet's naval artillery would make a direct attack on the city very costly and allowed the Soviets to deploy most of their regular artillery to the east of the city to defend its lifeline through Lake Ladoga. The Fleet's greatest and most-targeted asset was the ''Oktoberskaya Revolutsiya'' (formerly the ''Gangut'', lead ship of the Imperial Russian Navy's ''Gaungut''- ''Gangut''- class battleships). She was actually ''partially sunk'' by a daring dive-bomber raid on the Baltic Shipyard, after being critically damaged at her moorings once before, but fortunately was refloated and restored to working condition in time to help drive the Germans out of the Baltic in mid-late 1944.
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