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2nd Feb '17 2:21:47 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' features an odd example with the Valkyrie, a massive airplane with rear facing propellers on its wings built by the Red Skull and HYDRA. It turns out that each "propeller" is actually a detachable mini-fighter plane, with either jet engines or rockets keeping it aloft. Based on real-life designs, however -- see below.
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' features the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier in all its glory. Captain America, fresh from the '40s, claims that nothing will surprise him. He's proven wrong when he sees it liftoff into the sky ([[BrickJoke and loses $10 in the process]]).
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', shows that S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying to extend its reach by launching three new helicarriers that Tony Stark fitted with his repulsor technology after his experiences in ''The Avengers''. But [[spoiler: it turns out Hydra designed them to eliminate all possible dissidents and the Cap had to destroy them.]]
* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' [[spoiler: Nick Fury brings the old helicarrier out of retirement in time to evacuate the city Ultron levitated.]]

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* The ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' has a few examples:
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''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' features an odd example with the Valkyrie, a massive airplane with rear facing propellers on its wings built by the Red Skull and HYDRA. It turns out that each "propeller" is actually a detachable mini-fighter plane, with either jet engines or rockets keeping it aloft. Based on real-life designs, however -- see below.
* ** ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' features the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier in all its glory. Captain America, fresh from the '40s, claims that nothing will surprise him. He's proven wrong when he sees it liftoff into the sky ([[BrickJoke and loses $10 in the process]]).
* ** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', shows that S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying to extend its reach by launching three new helicarriers that Tony Stark fitted with his repulsor technology after his experiences in ''The Avengers''. But [[spoiler: it turns out Hydra designed them to eliminate all possible dissidents and the Cap had to destroy them.]]
* ** In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' [[spoiler: Nick Fury brings the old helicarrier out of retirement in time to evacuate the city Ultron levitated.]]
27th Jan '17 2:04:46 AM jormis29
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** ''Ace Combat 7'' has the [[http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/FAS FAS]], a massive propeller driven flying wing. It is unarmed, but under its fuselage it carries a whopping '''80''' [[AttackDrone Attack Drones]] into combat for use in [[ZergRush swarming]] enemy fighter aircraft.

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** ''Ace Combat 7'' ''VideoGame/AceCombat7SkiesUnknown'' has the [[http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/FAS FAS]], a massive propeller driven flying wing. It is unarmed, but under its fuselage it carries a whopping '''80''' [[AttackDrone Attack Drones]] {{Attack Drone}}s into combat for use in [[ZergRush swarming]] enemy fighter aircraft.
10th Jan '17 6:55:12 PM ElSquibbonator
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* Despite being incredibly realistic in most respects, ''VideoGame/IL2Shturmovik'' still manages to work in an airborne aircraft carrier in a way, namely the Zveno parasite fighter. Which ''really existed'' (see the RealLife section for more).

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* Despite being incredibly realistic in most respects, ''VideoGame/IL2Shturmovik'' ''VideoGame/IL2Sturmovik'' still manages to work in an airborne aircraft carrier in a way, namely the Zveno parasite fighter. Which ''really existed'' (see the RealLife section for more).



* The arial city of Columbia is naturally one of these to its hordes of security barges and zeppelins in VideoGame/BioshockInfinite. It really shows this ability off in [[spoiler: the 1980s attack on New York City.]]

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* The arial aerial city of Columbia is naturally one of these to its hordes of security barges and zeppelins in VideoGame/BioshockInfinite. It really shows this ability off in [[spoiler: the 1980s attack on New York City.]]
10th Jan '17 6:53:47 PM ElSquibbonator
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Well, the result of this daydreaming is the Airborne Aircraft Carrier! This is a step above the simple boat most video games use to ferry the player around; it is a literal mobile floating fortress and airport, capable of raining DeathFromAbove like few fictional {{Military Mashup Machine}}s. At its most basic, it serves as a refueling station like an island in the sky; a carrier; add some guns to make it a combination battleship; and if you're into that sort of thing, [[HumongousMecha robot transformations]]. A similar concept on a smaller scale is the usage of parasite aircraft piggybacking on larger ones.

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Well, the result of this daydreaming is the Airborne Aircraft Carrier! This is a step above the simple boat most video games use to ferry the player around; it is a literal mobile floating fortress and airport, capable of raining DeathFromAbove like few fictional {{Military Mashup Machine}}s. At its most basic, it serves as a refueling station like an island in the sky; a carrier; add some guns to make it a combination battleship; and if you're into that sort of thing, [[HumongousMecha robot transformations]]. A similar concept on a smaller scale is the usage of parasite aircraft piggybacking on larger ones.
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* Despite being incredibly realistic in most respects, ''VideoGame/IL2Shturmovik'' still manages to work in an airborne aircraft carrier in a way, namely the Zveno parasite fighter. Which ''really existed'' (see the RealLife section for more).
10th Jan '17 6:47:45 PM ElSquibbonator
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** The B-52 would similarly be used later on to launch recon drones which would fly out on a preprogrammed path, take pictures, and fly back to a rendezvous location where another plane trailing a net(usually a modified transport) would ''catch the drone in midair'' and reel it in .

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** The B-52 would similarly be used later on to launch recon drones which would fly out on a preprogrammed path, take pictures, and fly back to a rendezvous location where another plane trailing a net(usually net (usually a modified transport) would ''catch the drone in midair'' and reel it in .in.
10th Jan '17 6:47:27 PM ElSquibbonator
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** The B-52 would similarly be used later on to launch recon drones which would fly out on a preprogrammed path, take pictures, and fly back to a rendezvous location where a plane trailing a net would catch the drone and reel it in.

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** The B-52 would similarly be used later on to launch recon drones which would fly out on a preprogrammed path, take pictures, and fly back to a rendezvous location where a another plane trailing a net net(usually a modified transport) would catch ''catch the drone in midair'' and reel it in.in .
29th Dec '16 3:59:50 PM zarpaulus
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* [[http://www.popsci.com/amazon-patents-airship-warehouses-for-delivery-by-drone?src=SOC&dom=tw Amazon]] has filed a patent for an airship-based warehouse that launches delivery drones.
22nd Dec '16 9:37:42 PM FearlessSon
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** [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Manta Tau Manta Missile Destoryers]] are a {{Downplayed|Trope}} version of this, in that they are more like Airborn Amphibious Assault Carriers. Rather than launching aircraft, they deploy {{Hover Tank}}s, both in [[TankGoodness gunship]] and AwesomePersonnelCarrier varieties, able to deploy an entire ground detachment in a low pass over the ground. Its heavy armaments additionally put it into the "Little Sibling [[TheBattlestar Battlestar]]" subtype.
17th Nov '16 1:38:43 PM ElSquibbonator
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* The Soviets also conducted their own experiments in the 1930s called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zveno_project Zveno Project]], and unlike the other "parasite fighters" mentioned here they actually saw combat. Tupolev bombers would carry little Polikarpov fighters aloft, the most ambitious version actually carrying five fighters at the same time. The final version has a pair, rolled under the carrier's wings and mounted there instead of bombs. [[http://i16fighter.ru/operational-history/zveno/zvenosh.jpg See photo]]. The interceptor variant was supposed to cut calling fighters time from "scramble and climb all the way up there" to "release bomb locks". The dive bomber variant had a long-range bomber carrying two fighters armed with bombs too heavy for them to take off on their own. These teams flew more than 30 missions, being among the most successful in Soviet aviation before the project ended in 1942 due to the involved aircraft becoming obsolete. You can fly the Zveno aircraft cluster in ''VideoGame/IL2Sturmovik''.

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* The Soviets also conducted their own experiments in the 1930s called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zveno_project Zveno Project]], and unlike the other "parasite fighters" mentioned here they were actually saw combat.used in battle. Tupolev bombers would carry little Polikarpov fighters aloft, the most ambitious version actually carrying five fighters at the same time. The final version has a pair, rolled under the carrier's wings and mounted there instead of bombs. [[http://i16fighter.ru/operational-history/zveno/zvenosh.jpg See photo]]. The interceptor variant was supposed to cut calling fighters time from "scramble and climb all the way up there" to "release bomb locks". The dive bomber variant had a long-range bomber carrying two fighters armed with bombs too heavy for them to take off on their own. These teams flew more than 30 missions, being among the most successful in Soviet aviation before the project ended in 1942 due to the involved aircraft becoming obsolete. You can fly the Zveno aircraft cluster in ''VideoGame/IL2Sturmovik''.
17th Nov '16 1:37:59 PM ElSquibbonator
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* The Soviets also conducted their own experiments in the 1930s called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zveno_project Zveno Project]]. Tupolev bombers would carry little Polikarpov fighters aloft, the most ambitious version actually carrying five fighters at the same time. The final version has a pair, rolled under the carrier's wings and mounted there instead of bombs. [[http://i16fighter.ru/operational-history/zveno/zvenosh.jpg See photo]]. The interceptor variant was supposed to cut calling fighters time from "scramble and climb all the way up there" to "release bomb locks". The dive bomber variant had a long-range bomber carrying two fighters armed with bombs too heavy for them to take off on their own. These teams flew more than 30 missions, being among the most successful in Soviet aviation before the project ended in 1942 due to the involved aircraft becoming obsolete. You can fly the Zveno aircraft cluster in ''VideoGame/IL2Sturmovik''.

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* The Soviets also conducted their own experiments in the 1930s called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zveno_project Zveno Project]].Project]], and unlike the other "parasite fighters" mentioned here they actually saw combat. Tupolev bombers would carry little Polikarpov fighters aloft, the most ambitious version actually carrying five fighters at the same time. The final version has a pair, rolled under the carrier's wings and mounted there instead of bombs. [[http://i16fighter.ru/operational-history/zveno/zvenosh.jpg See photo]]. The interceptor variant was supposed to cut calling fighters time from "scramble and climb all the way up there" to "release bomb locks". The dive bomber variant had a long-range bomber carrying two fighters armed with bombs too heavy for them to take off on their own. These teams flew more than 30 missions, being among the most successful in Soviet aviation before the project ended in 1942 due to the involved aircraft becoming obsolete. You can fly the Zveno aircraft cluster in ''VideoGame/IL2Sturmovik''.
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