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31st Dec '16 4:58:55 PM bintananth
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** To put this into perspective, A B-25 was about 6,000lbs heavier than a Harrier GR.3 to start with and about 10,000lbs heavier than a Harrier GR.3 at max take-off weight. The B-25 wasn't designed for Carrier use and getting a B-25 into the air off a carrier deck with only 460-ish feet to work with practically required 30+ knots all-ahead flank into a headwind.
26th Dec '16 10:45:52 PM Xtifr
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* ''CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'', a series of animated videos were pretty much all this, each complete with a corridor run of varying levels of justification.
** The live-action series itself plays the trope during the "Project New Order" arc. Power and his team discover that the newly launched Icarus weapon platform will digitize many people and that the ''Prometheus'' plasma generators will incinerate the East Coast, so they decide to blow up the Icarus platform and send it crashing into the Prometheus main power generator on Volcania via an homage to the ''Franchise/StarWars'' trench run, in which Pilot has to fly the main ship down an entrenchment leading to Icarus Control and blow the doors using a proton missile while Power, Tank and Scout provide cover for her from their skybikes against the trench defenses. As bonus, the ending credits for every episode flew through this same path, but without any interference from the characters, so that the audience could play along with the [[MerchandiseDriven interactive toys]].

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* ''CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'', ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'', a series of animated videos were pretty much all this, each complete with a corridor run of varying levels of justification.
** The live-action series itself plays the trope during the "Project New Order" arc. Power and his team discover that the newly launched Icarus weapon platform will digitize many people and that the ''Prometheus'' plasma generators will incinerate the East Coast, so they decide to blow up the Icarus platform and send it crashing into the Prometheus main power generator on Volcania via an homage to the ''Franchise/StarWars'' trench run, in which Pilot has to fly the main ship down an entrenchment leading to Icarus Control and blow the doors using a proton missile while Power, Tank and Scout provide cover for her from their skybikes against the trench defenses. As bonus, the ending credits for every episode flew through this same path, but without any interference from the characters, so that the audience could play along with the [[MerchandiseDriven interactive toys]].
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26th Dec '16 10:43:44 PM Xtifr
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* In one episode of ''CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'', Pilot has to fly the main ship down an entrenchment leading to the control center for Lord Dread's [[KillSat Icarus Platform]] while Power, Tank and Scout assist her against the trench defenses on their skybikes. Pilot's job is to blow the doors of the control center using a proton missile so that Power and crew can get inside and blow the platform before it can be used to digitize a whole lot of people.

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* In one episode of ''CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'', ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'', Pilot has to fly the main ship down an entrenchment leading to the control center for Lord Dread's [[KillSat Icarus Platform]] while Power, Tank and Scout assist her against the trench defenses on their skybikes. Pilot's job is to blow the doors of the control center using a proton missile so that Power and crew can get inside and blow the platform before it can be used to digitize a whole lot of people.
28th Sep '16 2:58:56 PM DustSnitch
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* The final assault on the Death Star is reenacted in ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015 Battlefront]]'''s "Battle Station" mode, where the Rebels can only win if one of three randomly assigned players can pass a series of ten checkpoints throughout the Death Star trench that ends in front of the ship's exhaust port, where they must make the final shot to destroy the space station. All this goes on while the enemy team is fully aware of who's been assigned to make the run and equipped with just as much firepower as your entire team.

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* The final assault on the Death Star is reenacted in ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015 Star Wars Battlefront]]'''s "Battle Station" mode, where the Rebels can only win if one of three randomly assigned players can pass a series of ten checkpoints throughout the Death Star trench that ends in front of the ship's exhaust port, where they must make the final shot to destroy the space station. All this goes on while the enemy team is fully aware of who's been assigned to make the run and equipped with just as much firepower as your entire team.
28th Sep '16 2:58:27 PM DustSnitch
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* The final assault on the Death Star is reenacted in ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015 Battlefront]]'''s "Battle Station" mode, where the Rebels can only win if one of three randomly assigned players can pass a series of ten checkpoints throughout the Death Star trench that ends in front of the ship's exhaust port, where they must make the final shot to destroy the space station. All this goes on while the enemy team is fully aware of who's been assigned to make the run and equipped with just as much firepower as your entire team.
13th Aug '16 2:20:58 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', the mission where the Master Chief goes to find Halo's control center has an example when Foehammer flies you within walking distance of your objective.

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In ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', the mission where the Master Chief goes to find Halo's control center has an example when Foehammer flies you within walking distance of your objective.
28th Jun '16 7:35:13 PM Someoneman
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** In ''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.

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** In ''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]] song -- until reaching Boddol Zer himself... and blasting him to atoms point blank.



** Later, in the opening arc for Season 3, ''Galactica'' circumvents a Cylon blockade around New Caprica to deploy fighters to help the resistance... by FTL-jumping in behind the lines, ''in'' the atmosphere, and essentially belly-flops down to a kilometer or so above the surface, launching fighters all the way, before jumping back out again. All the Resistance members on the ground are basically dumbstruck (along with most viewers of the show) as they watch the stunt. One of the Crowning Moments of Awesome for the series.

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** Later, in the opening arc for Season 3, ''Galactica'' circumvents a Cylon blockade around New Caprica to deploy fighters to help the resistance... by FTL-jumping in behind the lines, ''in'' the atmosphere, and essentially belly-flops down to a kilometer or so above the surface, launching fighters all the way, before jumping back out again. All the Resistance members on the ground are basically dumbstruck (along with most viewers of the show) as they watch the stunt. One of the Crowning Moments of Awesome for the series.



** The sequel had a slightly more classic example in its last mission: after [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome shooting down nukes]] [[CrazyAwesome while dodging]] FrickinLaserBeams from a ''KillSat'', you deliver the last blow to the enemy stronghold by flying into the bunker through a narrow tunnel and detonating a bomb inside of it.

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** The sequel had a slightly more classic example in its last mission: after [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome shooting down nukes]] [[CrazyAwesome nukes while dodging]] dodging FrickinLaserBeams from a ''KillSat'', you deliver the last blow to the enemy stronghold by flying into the bunker through a narrow tunnel and detonating a bomb inside of it.



** A fanmade Vasudan installation (the GVI Karnak) includes destructible doors and a hollow superstructure, specifically to allow this trope to be pulled off. The campaign ''VideoGame/SilentThreatReborn'' plays with it by having an enemy fighter attempt to do this, with the player having to fly inside to ''defend'' the station's reactor. Far from being a ScrappyMechanic, most players consider this [[Awesome/VideoGameLevels totally awesome]].

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** A fanmade Vasudan installation (the GVI Karnak) includes destructible doors and a hollow superstructure, specifically to allow this trope to be pulled off. The campaign ''VideoGame/SilentThreatReborn'' plays with it by having an enemy fighter attempt to do this, with the player having to fly inside to ''defend'' the station's reactor. Far from being a ScrappyMechanic, most players consider this [[Awesome/VideoGameLevels totally awesome]].



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Jericho Operation Jericho]]. What do you do if you learn the [[SecretPolice Gestapo]] have captured some of the leaders of LaResistance, are holding them in Amiens prison, and are going to execute them in the morning? Well how about sending a flight to bomb the guardhouse and blow holes in the walls - without hitting the cell blocks - so the prisoners can escape. All done at low level, in broad daylight and with unguided bombs to boot.
** Perhaps making this even more of a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for the crew of the bombers were the fact that the officer in charge of the operation had no prior experience in low-level attacks, and - more to the spirit of the trope - the bombers had to attack in ''bad weather''.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Jericho Operation Jericho]]. What do you do if you learn the [[SecretPolice Gestapo]] have captured some of the leaders of LaResistance, are holding them in Amiens prison, and are going to execute them in the morning? Well how about sending a flight to bomb the guardhouse and blow holes in the walls - without hitting the cell blocks - so the prisoners can escape. All done at low level, in broad daylight and with unguided bombs to boot.
** Perhaps making this even more of a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for the crew of the bombers were the fact that
boot. Also, the officer in charge of the operation had no prior experience in low-level attacks, and - more to the spirit of the trope - the bombers had to attack in ''bad weather''.
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.
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