History Main / DisastrousDemonstration

30th Nov '17 12:15:32 PM Occidensill
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* Similarly to the Lockheed XP-38 Lightning, Boeing had a crash with one of their prototypes, the Model 299, being developed to compete for a new Army requirement for a long-range heavy bomber. The prototype crashed on takeoff on 30 October, 1935, resulting in the deaths of two of the crew. A crash investigation revealed that a safety pin had not been removed from one of the control surfaces, resulting in the plane being uncontrollable. One long-term result of this is the modern aviation practice of using checklists to ensure no minor or major detail is overlooked. Like the Lockheed Lightning, the Boeing 299 was still able to enter service, the B-17 Flying Fortress.

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* Similarly to the Lockheed XP-38 Lightning, Boeing had a crash with one of their prototypes, the Model 299, being developed to compete for a new Army requirement for a long-range heavy bomber. The prototype crashed on takeoff on 30 October, 1935, resulting in the deaths of two of the crew. A crash investigation revealed that a safety pin had not been removed from one of the control surfaces, resulting in the plane being uncontrollable. One long-term result of this is the modern aviation practice of using checklists to ensure no minor or major detail is overlooked. Like the Lockheed Lightning, the Boeing 299 was still able to enter service, service as the B-17 Flying Fortress.Fortress, one of the most successful bombers of the war.
30th Nov '17 11:14:14 AM Occidensill
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* Happens in the backstory of ''Disney/BigHero6'' - [[spoiler: the BigBad's daughter was lost during a demonstration of a prototype PortalNetwork. Apparently a demonstration without a living pilot wouldn't have been impressive enough.]]

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* Happens in the backstory of ''Disney/BigHero6'' - [[spoiler: the BigBad's daughter daughter]] was lost during a demonstration of a prototype PortalNetwork. Apparently a demonstration without a living pilot wouldn't have been impressive enough.]]PortalNetwork.
10th Nov '17 10:24:04 AM treehugger0369
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* In the original ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', during the golden ticket hunt, a machine is showcased that is supposed to be able to grab at anything with gold inside of it, allowing the owner to find the golden ticket without unwrapping the chocolate bars. Instead, it immediately went for someone's [[TheToothHurts gold filling]] and was promptly destroyed by the outraged crowd.
10th Oct '17 9:36:56 AM AFP
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-->'''General''': This is a great day for the Air Force, Senator!
-->'''Senator''' ''(about ready to run for his life)'': Why is that, General?
-->'''General''': [[InterServiceRivalry Because the Navy ordered twenty of those disasters!]]



* ''Deal of the Century'' plays this for laughs, while an AttackDrone goes berserk in front of a terrified audience:
-->'''General''': This is a great day for the Air Force, Senator!
-->'''Senator''' ''(about ready to run for his life)'': Why is that, General?
-->'''General''': [[InterServiceRivalry Because the Navy ordered twenty of those disasters!]]
10th Oct '17 9:35:37 AM AFP
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* ''Deal of the Century'' plays this for laughs, while an AttackDrone goes berserk in front of a terrified audience:
-->'''General''': This is a great day for the Air Force, Senator!
-->'''Senator''' ''(about ready to run for his life)'': Why is that, General?
-->'''General''': [[InterServiceRivalry Because the Navy ordered twenty of those disasters!]]
10th Oct '17 9:25:28 AM AFP
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* In the late 1930s, Lockheed was developing a new interceptor, the twin-boomed XP-38 Lightning. The Army was so impressed with the secret project, that they made it public and arranged for Lockheed to perform a transcontinental speed run to demonstrate the new aircraft's performance. Unfortunately, the pilot undershot the runway and crash-landed, totaling the plane. In a {{subversion}} of the trope, the Army was still delighted with the aircraft, and ordered a development run of thirteen more YP-38s with various changes and improvements. The P-38 Lightning would go on to be one of the most successful American fighters of the war.
* Similarly to the Lockheed XP-38 Lightning, Boeing had a crash with one of their prototypes, the Model 299, being developed to compete for a new Army requirement for a long-range heavy bomber. The prototype crashed on takeoff on 30 October, 1935, resulting in the deaths of two of the crew. A crash investigation revealed that a safety pin had not been removed from one of the control surfaces, resulting in the plane being uncontrollable. One long-term result of this is the modern aviation practice of using checklists to ensure no minor or major detail is overlooked. Like the Lockheed Lightning, the Boeing 299 was still able to enter service, the B-17 Flying Fortress.
6th Oct '17 6:40:48 PM FordPrefect
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** In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', the demonstration of a glitching ED-209 results in one of the company's lesser executives becoming LudicrousGibs. (Maybe using [[TooDumbToLive live ammo in a demonstration]] was [[{{Understatement}} a bad idea here]]). The ED design is sent back to the drawing board in favor of Robocop.
** In ''Film/RoboCop2'', the Robocop Mk. 2 prototypes end up committing suicide within seconds of being unveiled. The first one also shot several technicians, which is why they didn't give the second one a gun. Also, Robocop Mk. 2 goes berserk in front of a large press corp when [=OCP=] holds an event to promote its new police-cyborg.

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** In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', the demonstration of a glitching ED-209 results in one of the company's lesser executives becoming LudicrousGibs. (Maybe using [[TooDumbToLive live ammo in a demonstration]] was [[{{Understatement}} a bad idea here]]). here]].) The ED design is sent back to the drawing board in favor of Robocop.
** In ''Film/RoboCop2'', the Robocop Mk. 2 prototypes end up committing suicide within seconds of being unveiled. The first one also shot several technicians, which is why they didn't give the second one a gun. Also, Robocop Mk. 2 goes berserk in front of a large press corp corps when [=OCP=] holds an event to promote its new police-cyborg.
14th Sep '17 4:54:38 PM KZN02
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A subtrope of GoneHorriblyWrong. The product, itself, is a mercantile equivalent of TheScapegoat. Compare SabotageToDiscredit and FlawedPrototype. If a competitor flagrantly stages one of these with an otherwise-safe product to make their own gadget look better in contrast, see TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket.

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A subtrope of GoneHorriblyWrong. The product, itself, is a mercantile equivalent of TheScapegoat. Compare SabotageToDiscredit and FlawedPrototype. If a competitor flagrantly stages one of these with an otherwise-safe product to make their own gadget look better in contrast, see TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket.
TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket. See also TestingRangeMishap.
14th Sep '17 2:01:16 PM henke37
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* VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture begins with Layton and Luke witnessing a public demonstration of a time machine. It explodes, with the prime minster as the test subject in it. [[spoiler:All according to plan, it was staged to capture him.]] It is later revealed that this isn't the first time a time machine has exploded.
8th Sep '17 12:46:32 PM SeptimusHeap
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* In the original ''Amazing Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}'', Dr. Octavius has problems during his new invention's demonstration, which sets him on the path to become supervillain ComicBook/DoctorOctopus. The movie ''Film/SpiderMan2'' carried over this element of his origin-story.

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* In the original ''Amazing Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}'', Franchise/SpiderMan'', Dr. Octavius has problems during his new invention's demonstration, which sets him on the path to become supervillain ComicBook/DoctorOctopus. The movie ''Film/SpiderMan2'' carried over this element of his origin-story.
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