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8th Sep '17 1:49:20 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* The infamous, understated, oft-repeated line "[[BeamMeUpScotty Houston, we have a problem]]", as delivered in the film ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'', owes at least a little to the Chuck Yeager spirit.
** The urgency of the scene was actually ''played up'' for the film. The actual transcripts ("Houston, we've had a problem.") are ''further'' understated.
** in TheMovie, Jack Swigert (as played by Creator/KevinBacon) had this going on for most of the film.
** Heck, after the potentially-fatal reentry, which took over a minute-and-a-half longer than anticipated, the real response was just "Okay, Joe".

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* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'':
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The infamous, understated, oft-repeated line "[[BeamMeUpScotty Houston, we have a problem]]", as delivered in the film ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'', , owes at least a little to the Chuck Yeager spirit.
** The urgency of the scene was actually ''played up'' for the film. The actual transcripts ("Houston, we've had a problem.") are ''further'' understated.
** in TheMovie,
Jack Swigert (as played by Creator/KevinBacon) had this going on for most of the film.
** Heck, after After the potentially-fatal reentry, which took over a minute-and-a-half longer than anticipated, the real response was just "Okay, Joe".



** It's also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the novelization of the ''Aliens'' comic ''Genocide'':
-->Fitz was clearly from the Chuck Yeager school of pilots. Fly by the seat of your pants, but even if your wings had sheared off and your ejector was jammed, at no point abandon your laid-back Texas accent.[[note]]Yeager was from West Virginia, not Texas.[[/note]]

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** It's also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the novelization of the ''Aliens'' comic ''Genocide'':
-->Fitz was clearly from the Chuck Yeager school of pilots. Fly by the seat of your pants, but even if your wings had sheared off and your ejector was jammed, at no point abandon your laid-back Texas accent.[[note]]Yeager was from West Virginia, not Texas.
[[/note]]



** In a similar vein, Blackhawk pilot Wolcott in ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' - "6-1 going down... 6-1 going down...", said in a very calm voice while the pilot's face displays quite a bit of concern. The radio guys relaying the info around sound more emotional than he does.

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** In a similar vein, * Blackhawk pilot Wolcott in ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' - "6-1 going down... 6-1 going down...", said in a very calm voice while the pilot's face displays quite a bit of concern. The radio guys relaying the info around sound more emotional than he does.



* Red Leader during the attack on the Death Star in ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope''. After losing both his wingmen and failing to hit the exhaust port, with one engine out and Vader closing in to finish the job, he calmly orders Luke to set up for his attack run before getting shot down
** He does scream as he crashes, but it's more of a "If I'm gonna die, [[TakingYouWithMe I'm takin' you bastards with me!]]" kind of a yell.
*** Red Ten also qualifies; he even maintains his cool (mostly) just before "Mauler" Mithel blasts him.
*** Gold Five was similarly composed, even going so far as to calmly issue a sitrep on the destruction of his squadron ''as Darth Vader is firing at him to finish him off'', apparently just so Red Squadron would know what they were dealing with. These two guys are of course responsible for coining the Star Wars in-jokes "Stay on Target..." and "Just a few more seconds..."
*** The novelization notes that Gold Five was a veteran who could avoid fire from the emplacements, make an accurate count, and not crash into the station while at attack speed.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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Red Leader during the attack on the Death Star in ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope''.Star. After losing both his wingmen and failing to hit the exhaust port, with one engine out and Vader closing in to finish the job, he calmly orders Luke to set up for his attack run before getting shot down
** He does scream as he crashes, but it's more of a "If I'm gonna die, [[TakingYouWithMe I'm takin' you bastards with me!]]" kind of a yell.
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Red Ten also qualifies; he even maintains his cool (mostly) just before "Mauler" Mithel blasts him.
*** ** Gold Five was similarly composed, even going so far as to calmly issue a sitrep on the destruction of his squadron ''as Darth Vader is firing at him to finish him off'', apparently just so Red Squadron would know what they were dealing with. These two guys are of course responsible for coining the Star Wars in-jokes "Stay on Target..." and "Just a few more seconds..."
*** The novelization notes that Gold Five was a veteran who could avoid fire from the emplacements, make an accurate count, and not crash into the station while at attack speed.
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*** Rogue Two is shot up, and even ''bleeding'' from cuts on his face, yet still calmly issues instructions to his gunner right up to the point his cockpit explodes in flames when his speeder takes a direct hit.
** [[Film/TheForceAwakens Poe Dameron]] averts the trope; there isn't a surface in his cockpit that doesn't get gnawed on when he's flying.

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*** ** Rogue Two is shot up, and even ''bleeding'' from cuts on his face, yet still calmly issues instructions to his gunner right up to the point his cockpit explodes in flames when his speeder takes a direct hit.
** [[Film/TheForceAwakens Poe Dameron]] averts the trope; there isn't a surface in his cockpit that doesn't get gnawed on when he's flying.
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27th Aug '17 7:54:10 AM eroock
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->''Dying might be unavoidable, but losing your cool is inexcusable.''

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->''Dying ->''"Dying might be unavoidable, but losing your cool is inexcusable.''
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11th Aug '17 9:15:34 PM trumpetmarietta
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* The Black Hawk designated Super 6-1, piloted by [=CW3=] Clifton "Elvis" Wolcott[[note]]portrayed by Jeremy Piven in ''Film/BlackHawkDown''[[/note]] was the first of the two Black Hawks to be shot down during the First Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. He was noted as always being extremely calm on the radio. He legendarily maintained his calm after Super 6-1 was hit, and remained almost casual on the radio up to the moment of his death during the impact.

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* The Black Hawk designated Super 6-1, ''Super 61'', piloted by [=CW3=] Clifton "Elvis" Wolcott[[note]]portrayed by Jeremy Piven in ''Film/BlackHawkDown''[[/note]] was the first of the two Black Hawks to be shot down during the First Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. He was noted as always being extremely calm on the radio. He legendarily maintained his calm after Super 6-1 ''Super 61'' was hit, and remained almost casual on the radio up to the moment of his death during the impact.
11th Aug '17 9:13:45 PM trumpetmarietta
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** Moreover, telemetry of the last 30 seconds or so of ''Columbia's'' flight and panel configurations of recovered debris reveal that the pilot was still attempting to troubleshoot and rectify the situation even as the craft was spinning out of control and rapidly breaking up.

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** Moreover, telemetry of the last 30 seconds or so of ''Columbia's'' ''Columbia''[='=]s flight and panel configurations of recovered debris reveal that the pilot was still attempting to troubleshoot and rectify the situation even as the craft was spinning out of control and rapidly breaking up.
11th Aug '17 9:13:16 PM trumpetmarietta
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** Charles Hobaugh, although not the pilot during that mission, is the one calmly repeating "''Columbia'', Houston: UHF comm check" time and time again after they lost contact with the shuttle.
** Supposedly when listening to the air-to-ground loop shorty before all contact was lost, it's possible that Commander Rick Husband calmly stated "feelin the heat", which may be a deadpan acknowledgement that something had gone wrong.
** Conversely the crew of the Challenger were also unaware of any problems up until the shuttle broke apart. In fact the last statement recorded on the shuttle's CVR was pilot Mike Smith giving a nonchalant "Uh oh."

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** Charles Hobaugh, although not the pilot during that mission, is the one calmly repeating "''Columbia'', Houston: Houston, UHF comm check" time and time again after they lost contact with the shuttle.
** Supposedly when listening to the air-to-ground loop shorty shortly before all contact was lost, it's possible that Commander commander Rick Husband calmly stated "feelin "feelin' the heat", which may be a deadpan acknowledgement that something had gone wrong.
** Conversely the crew of the Challenger ''Challenger'' were also unaware of any problems up until the shuttle broke apart. In fact the last statement recorded on the shuttle's CVR was pilot Mike Smith giving a nonchalant "Uh oh."



** This was also invoked to a degree on STS-27. Space shuttle Atlantis had suffered extensive tile damage that concerned the crew. Due to poor images Mission Control said it was of no concern. While the astronauts did not like that assessment, they decided to carry on with the mission regardless. Mission commander Robert Gibson later said that if the shuttle began to experience trouble during reentry, he would tell Mission Control "exactly what (he) thought of their analysis."

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** This was also invoked to a degree on STS-27. Space shuttle Atlantis ''Atlantis'' had suffered extensive tile damage that concerned the crew. Due to poor images Mission Control said it was of no concern. While the astronauts did not like that assessment, they decided to carry on with the mission regardless. Mission commander Robert Gibson later said that if the shuttle began to experience trouble during reentry, he would tell Mission Control "exactly what (he) thought of their analysis."
26th Jun '17 12:06:42 PM SasquatchJim
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* Military snipers tend to have this persona as well, communicating with their spotters and delivering long-range fire after a calm "Send it."
26th Jun '17 10:48:36 AM JackG
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* Matt Kowalski from ''{{Film/Gravity}}'' remains unflappably calm and collected throughout the entire disaster.

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* Matt Kowalski from ''{{Film/Gravity}}'' remains unflappably calm and collected throughout the entire disaster. Justified as he's trying to keep Stone calm by acting calm himself.
13th Jun '17 7:04:54 AM LB7979
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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al_Flight_1862 Flight El Al 1862]] crashed into a flat in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1992. On the voice recordings between its pilots and the Air Traffic Control center (ATC), the very last words of "going down, going down" spoken by the co-pilot, are remarkably stoic, considering they knew they were about to crash. Possibly subverted though when you also hear the captain's preceding orders in Hebrew. Heard on [[https://youtu.be/uVbdMRbjW-A?t=448 this sound recording]] which starts at the pilot-to-co-pilot communication in Hebrew, which sounds more panicky; then switches to their "Going down!" signal to the ATC in English; and then to the ATC-to-Arrival Controller communication in Dutch (which is chilling on its own). [[note]]This crash was also featured in Series/AircrashInvestigation, seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI-I8WpRAu0 here]].[[/note]]
--> '''Co-pilot to ATC:''' ''[Flat voice]'' Going down, going down, going down, copy, going down.
--> '''ATC (the tower of which oversees Amsterdam) to the Arrival Controller (which can't see outside):''' [[WhamLine ''It's over''.]]
--> '''Arrival Controller to Pilots:''' El Al 1862 your heading?
--> '''ATC to Arrival Controller:''' No. It's over. It has crashed.
--> '''Arrival Controller to ATC:''' What did you see?
--> '''ATC to Arrival Controller:''' [There's] One big cloud of smoke over the city.
15th May '17 12:58:05 PM Briguy52748
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* ''The Adventures of Letterman'', the animated skit from the live-action series ''[[Series/TheElectricCompany1971 The Electric Company]]'': In the infamous skit involving Spellbinder turning a plane into a plant, the pilot -- realizing there is nothing that can be done to save themselves -- cries out, "Air traffic control ... please talk to me!"
1st May '17 6:19:38 PM Briguy52748
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* Another non-pilot example, this time averted: In the ''Series/TwilightZone'' short "A Little Peace and Quiet." In the final scene of the short (which is the opening episode of the 1985 reboot), nuclear war has broken out between the Soviet Union and the United States, and a radio newscaster -- who would normally be calm even in the presence of imminent death -- is clearly losing his efforts to keep calm as he advises the public as to the warning. He is starting to cry and say his goodbyes as the short's protagonist (a harried housewife who had found an amulet that can stop time) manages to freeze time shortly before she is killed in a nuclear explosion.
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