History Main / FlyingSaucer

1st Jul '17 2:59:13 PM nombretomado
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** Early attempts at a disc-shaped aircraft with a fan for lift had difficulty getting more than a few feet off the ground. The design eventually morphed into the first hovercraft. See TheOtherWiki for details on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Canada_VZ-9_Avrocar the Canadian-US Avrocar]], a secret project for US military from 1950s.

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** Early attempts at a disc-shaped aircraft with a fan for lift had difficulty getting more than a few feet off the ground. The design eventually morphed into the first hovercraft. See TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki for details on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Canada_VZ-9_Avrocar the Canadian-US Avrocar]], a secret project for US military from 1950s.
27th May '17 5:20:09 PM nombretomado
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* In scurrilous adult comic ''{{Viz}}'', Johnny Fartpants [[note]]There's always a commotion going on in his pants![[/note]] is used by NASA as the [[{{Fartillery}} propulsion system for an experimental spacecraft]] using the power of his flatulence to drive the vessel at incredible speeds.

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* In scurrilous adult comic ''{{Viz}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'', Johnny Fartpants [[note]]There's always a commotion going on in his pants![[/note]] is used by NASA as the [[{{Fartillery}} propulsion system for an experimental spacecraft]] using the power of his flatulence to drive the vessel at incredible speeds.
23rd May '17 12:04:35 PM JackG
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* [[TheGreys Vree/Streib]] ships in ''Series/BabylonFive''.
** The Vree appear to have 2 different ship classes, but both feature a saucer-shaped design. The original Vree warships (some sources call them ''Xorr''s and claim they're an older design being phased away) don't appear to be capable of atmospheric flight. The new ''Xill''s look like typical flying saucers with glowing blue lines and sleek curves. Fluff also suggests that the Vree have indeed visited Earth, but it was a routine survey of a primitive world. In fact, they find the fact that this even has affected human culture so much extremely hilarious (for reference, their deity is TheTrickster).

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* [[TheGreys Vree/Streib]] ships in ''Series/BabylonFive''.
**
''Series/BabylonFive''. The Vree appear to have 2 different ship classes, but both feature a saucer-shaped design. The original Vree warships (some sources call them ''Xorr''s and claim they're an older design being phased away) don't appear to be capable of atmospheric flight. The new ''Xill''s look like typical flying saucers with glowing blue lines and sleek curves. Fluff also suggests that the Vree have indeed visited Earth, but it was a routine survey of a primitive world. In fact, they find the fact that this even has affected human culture so much extremely hilarious (for reference, their deity is TheTrickster).



** The Dalek warships from the new series provide the page image, from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]]. This is a ContinuityNod to their use as Dalek spacecraft in the early episodes.

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** The Dalek warships from the new series provide the page image, from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]]. This is a ContinuityNod to their use as Dalek spacecraft in the early episodes.episodes, made back in the '60's when this trope was all the rage.
23rd May '17 12:02:32 PM JackG
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** The Dalek warships from the new series provide the page image, from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]].

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** The Dalek warships from the new series provide the page image, from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]]. This is a ContinuityNod to their use as Dalek spacecraft in the early episodes.
18th May '17 2:19:40 PM Jubileus57
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It allows Kirby to float around freely (as opposed to his normal method of {{flight}}) and shoot laser beams. The only drawback is that he is unable to go down ladders or slip through narrow floors while in this form.
** There is also a UFO enemy called Mr. UFO.



* The UFO copy ability in certain ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' games allows Kirby to float around freely (as opposed to his normal method of {{flight}}) and shoot laser beams. The only drawback is that he is unable to go down ladders or slip through narrow floors while in this form.


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* Such spacecrafts are among the numerous targets from the shooting minigame from both ''VideoGame/WiiPlay'' and ''VideoGame/WiiPlayMotion''.
26th Apr '17 7:00:42 PM AthenaBlue
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* Sid and Marty Krofft's ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHtWHRBtjUU The Lost Saucer]]'' featured the titular [[Series/TheLostSaucer saucer,]] which doubled as a time machine.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Federation's standard design for non-shuttlecraft ships, each one is composed of a circular or oval saucer attached to 2 or 3 warp narcelles attached in different places. Picard's version can separate its saucer section from its star-drive section, though the budget prevented ThePowersThatBe from having it do this with any regularity.
** The fact that the crew time traveled back to 20th Century Earth at least once provides some fun seeds for EpilepticTrees about the origin of flying saucers amongst human society.
** Spoofed in ''Sev Trek: Pus in Boots'' where the saucer section is used to transport a meal of chicken drumsticks, chips, peas and [[EdibleAmmunition crouton torpedoes]], all of which fall off when the ship goes to warp.



** The Vree appear to have 2 different classes but both feature a saucer-shaped design. The original Vree warships (some sources call them ''Xorr''s and claim they're an older design being phased away) don't appear to be capable of atmospheric flight. The new ''Xill''s look like typical flying saucers with glowing blue lines and sleek curves. Fluff also suggests that the Vree have indeed visited Earth, but it was a routine survey of a primitive world. In fact, they find the fact that this even has affected human culture so much extremely hilarious (for reference, their deity is TheTrickster).
* The Dalek warships in ''Series/DoctorWho'', as shown on the image above.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' and ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' found this trope handy, both for alien and human vessels.
** Many times, they used the model of [=C57D=] from ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' for their spaceships, notably in "The Invaders" and "Death Ship." Angnes Moorehead (Endora from ''Bewitched'') smashes one of these in "The Invaders." Fortunately it's a breakaway replica and not the original used in preceding shots.
* The Gerry and Sylvia Anderson 1970s series ''Series/{{UFO}}'' (obviously), though they were more conical than saucer-shaped.
* The Jupiter-2 from ''Series/LostInSpace''.
* The Visitor ships in ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' are saucer-shaped.
* The ''Orion VII'' [[spoiler:and ''VIII'']] in ''Series/{{Raumpatrouille}}''.
* ''Series/ProjectUFO'', being lifted from the pages of Project Bluebook, had its fair share of these.
* The ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Impact" has a flying saucer-like craft built by a CovertGroupWithMundaneFront.
* ''Series/TheFlipsideOfDominickHide'': The time machines used by Dominick and the other Corros for observations resemble small, fairground ride-sized, flying saucers. Larger ones exist for tour groups though.

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** The Vree appear to have 2 different classes ship classes, but both feature a saucer-shaped design. The original Vree warships (some sources call them ''Xorr''s and claim they're an older design being phased away) don't appear to be capable of atmospheric flight. The new ''Xill''s look like typical flying saucers with glowing blue lines and sleek curves. Fluff also suggests that the Vree have indeed visited Earth, but it was a routine survey of a primitive world. In fact, they find the fact that this even has affected human culture so much extremely hilarious (for reference, their deity is TheTrickster).
* The Dalek warships in ''Series/DoctorWho'', as shown on the image above.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' and ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' found this trope handy, both for alien and human vessels.
** Many times, they used the model of [=C57D=] from ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' for their spaceships, notably in "The Invaders" and "Death Ship." Angnes Moorehead (Endora from ''Bewitched'') smashes one of these in "The Invaders." Fortunately it's a breakaway replica and not the original used in preceding shots.
* The Gerry and Sylvia Anderson 1970s series ''Series/{{UFO}}'' (obviously), though they were more conical than saucer-shaped.
* The Jupiter-2 from ''Series/LostInSpace''.
* The Visitor ships in ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' are saucer-shaped.
* The ''Orion VII'' [[spoiler:and ''VIII'']] in ''Series/{{Raumpatrouille}}''.
* ''Series/ProjectUFO'', being lifted from the pages of Project Bluebook, had its fair share of these.
* The ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Impact" has a flying saucer-like craft built by a CovertGroupWithMundaneFront.
* ''Series/TheFlipsideOfDominickHide'': The time machines used by Dominick and the other Corros for observations resemble small, fairground ride-sized, flying saucers. Larger ones exist for tour groups though.
TheTrickster).



* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Dalek warships from the new series provide the page image, from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The Husbands of River Song"]]: River arrives onto the scene in a very retro red one.
* ''Series/TheFlipsideOfDominickHide'': The time machines used by Dominick and the other Corros for observations resemble small, fairground ride-sized, flying saucers. Larger ones exist for tour groups though.



* The ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Impact" has a flying saucer-like craft built by a CovertGroupWithMundaneFront.
* The Jupiter-2 from ''Series/LostInSpace''.
* Sid and Marty Krofft's ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHtWHRBtjUU The Lost Saucer]]'' featured the titular [[Series/TheLostSaucer saucer,]] which doubled as a time machine.
* ''Series/ProjectUFO'', being lifted from the pages of Project Bluebook, had its fair share of these.
* The ''Orion VII'' [[spoiler:and ''VIII'']] in ''Series/{{Raumpatrouille}}''.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Federation's standard design for non-shuttlecraft ships, each one is composed of a circular or oval saucer attached to 2 or 3 warp narcelles attached in different places. Picard's version can separate its saucer section from its star-drive section, though the budget prevented ThePowersThatBe from having it do this with any regularity.
** The fact that the crew time traveled back to 20th Century Earth at least once provides some fun seeds for EpilepticTrees about the origin of flying saucers amongst human society.
** Spoofed in ''Sev Trek: Pus in Boots'' where the saucer section is used to transport a meal of chicken drumsticks, chips, peas and [[EdibleAmmunition crouton torpedoes]], all of which fall off when the ship goes to warp
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' and ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' found this trope handy, both for alien and human vessels.
** Many times, they used the model of [=C57D=] from ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' for their spaceships, notably in "The Invaders" and "Death Ship." Angnes Moorehead (Endora from ''Bewitched'') smashes one of these in "The Invaders." Fortunately it's a breakaway replica and not the original used in preceding shots.
* The Gerry and Sylvia Anderson 1970s series ''Series/{{UFO}}'' (obviously), though they were more conical than saucer-shaped.
* The Visitor ships in ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' are saucer-shaped.



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* Uryuoms were once shown in one of these in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', while showing how TheMasquerade there worked. The solution? A banner saying 'We are not aliens!'. [[spoiler:For most, it's ''true''.]]
* The first event of the first story in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' is a flying saucer crashing into Bob's roof.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-08-15 the aliens arrive in one.]]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' has the Avrocar, the pinnacle of [[CanadaEh Canadian]] Aerospace Engineering, which turns out to be a piece of crap. It's actually based off of the actual [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Canada_VZ-9_Avrocar Avrocar]] built by aircraft manufacturers Avro. [[TheAllegedCar It was also a piece of crap]] until someone added a heavy rubber skirt, and thus invented the hovercraft.
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* The pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Marvin the Martian]] is often seen flying in these.
* One Harveytoons film had aliens on flying ''cups and saucers''.
* The [[{{Transformers}} Autobot]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Cosmos_(G1) Cosmos]] had this as his alt-mode. As one of the few Transformers who can reach escape velocity unaided, his job was orbital recon. He considered it boring and lonely at times and often got into mischief. He once got into trouble with the U.S. government who thought he was an alien UFO, though technically he is.
** His Japanese name, Adams, is a tribute to George Adamski. However, his alt mode has brought up a bit of FridgeLogic on the TF Wiki: where exactly did he scan his alt mode from?
*** Well, for his [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Cosmos_%28Movie%29 Movie universe counterpart]] it was his native Cybertronian alternate form. It's possible the same is true for his G1 incarnation.

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* The pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Marvin
In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfFigaroPho'', one appears in the Martian]] is often seen flying in these.
* One Harveytoons film had aliens on flying ''cups and saucers''.
* The [[{{Transformers}} Autobot]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Cosmos_(G1) Cosmos]] had this as his alt-mode. As one of
opening for both seasons so far. In both openings, it's the few Transformers who can reach escape velocity unaided, his job was orbital recon. He considered it boring and lonely at times and often got into mischief. He once got into trouble with the U.S. government who thought he was an alien UFO, though technically he is.
** His Japanese name, Adams, is a tribute
first supernatural threat to George Adamski. However, his alt mode has brought up a bit of FridgeLogic on the TF Wiki: where exactly did he scan his alt mode from?
*** Well, for his [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Cosmos_%28Movie%29 Movie universe counterpart]] it was his native Cybertronian alternate form. It's possible the same is true for his G1 incarnation.
appear.



* Nibbler and his race in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' each own their own very small UFO "warmachines", which can almost contain a whole human with their Nibblonian pilot.
** Omicronians use saucers with mechanical legs around the edge. Strangely enough, the Hubble Space Telescope has the same design.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the valley in which Gravity Falls was founded was carved out by a flying saucer that crashed millions of years ago; it's also responsible for the town's distinctive cliff. The technology on board was reverse engineered to make the things in the Mystery Shack's secret basement.
* One Harveytoons film had aliens on flying ''cups and saucers''.



* Nibbler and his race in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' each own their own very small UFO 'warmachines', which can almost contain a whole human with their Nibblonian pilot.
** Omicronians use saucers with mechanical legs around the edge also strangly enough the hubble telescope has the same design.
* Mator from ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Unidentified Flying Mater]]''.
* Hondo Ohnaka's pirate gang uses these in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfFigaroPho'', one appears in the opening for both seasons so far. In both openings, it's the first supernatural threat to appear.
* In ''Westernanimation/{{Gravity Falls}}'', the valley in which Gravity Falls was founded was carved out by a flying saucer that crashed millions of years ago; it's also responsible for the town's distinctive cliff. The technology on board was reverse engineered to make the things in the Mystery Shack's secret basement.

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* Nibbler and his race in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' each own their own very small UFO 'warmachines', which can almost contain a whole human with their Nibblonian pilot.
** Omicronians use saucers with mechanical legs around
''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Marvin the edge also strangly enough the hubble telescope has the same design.
Martian is often seen flying in these.
* Mator from ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Unidentified ''WesternAnimation/PixarShorts'': ''Unidentified Flying Mater]]''.
Mater'' has Mater himself.
%%* The pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Hondo Ohnaka's [[SpacePirates pirate gang uses these gang]] tools around in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
these.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfFigaroPho'', ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': The Autobot [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Cosmos_(G1) Cosmos]] had this as his alt-mode. As one appears in of the opening few Transformers who can reach escape velocity unaided, his job was orbital recon. He considered it boring and lonely at times and often got into mischief. He once got into trouble with the U.S. government who thought he was an alien UFO, though technically he is.
** His Japanese name, Adams, is a tribute to George Adamski. However, his alt mode has brought up a bit of FridgeLogic on the TF Wiki: where exactly did he scan his alt mode from?
*** Well,
for both seasons so far. In both openings, it's his [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Cosmos_%28Movie%29 Movie universe counterpart]] it was his native Cybertronian alternate form. It's possible the first supernatural threat to appear.
* In ''Westernanimation/{{Gravity Falls}}'', the valley in which Gravity Falls was founded was carved out by a flying saucer that crashed millions of years ago; it's also responsible
same is true for the town's distinctive cliff. The technology on board was reverse engineered to make the things in the Mystery Shack's secret basement.his G1 incarnation.



[[folder:WebComics]]
* The first event of the first story in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' is a flying saucer crashing into Bob's roof.
* Uryuoms were once shown in one of these in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', while showing how TheMasquerade there worked. The solution? A banner saying 'We are not aliens!'. [[spoiler:For most, it's ''true''.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' has the Avrocar, the pinnacle of [[CanadaEh Canadian]] Aerospace Engineering, which turns out to be a piece of crap. It's actually based off of the actual [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Canada_VZ-9_Avrocar Avrocar]] built by aircraft manufacturers Avro. [[TheAllegedCar It was also a piece of crap]] until someone added a heavy rubber skirt, and thus invented the hovercraft.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-08-15 the aliens arrive in one.]]]
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16th Apr '17 12:39:47 PM nombretomado
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* Let's not forget good ol' ''SpaceInvaders'', which has a saucer flying across the top of the screen every so often. Shoot it down for bonus points!

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* Let's not forget good ol' ''SpaceInvaders'', ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'', which has a saucer flying across the top of the screen every so often. Shoot it down for bonus points!



* You'll be seeing a lot of these in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Undefined Fantastic Object''. It's a ShoutOut to ''SpaceInvaders''.

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* You'll be seeing a lot of these in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Undefined Fantastic Object''. It's a ShoutOut to ''SpaceInvaders''.''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders''.



* The ''NavalOps'' series has a handful of flying saucers as enemies, as well as the Halberd series of aircraft that you can acquire for your own ships.

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* The ''NavalOps'' ''VideoGame/NavalOps'' series has a handful of flying saucers as enemies, as well as the Halberd series of aircraft that you can acquire for your own ships.



* ''SwordOfTheStars'' has these in Zuul Slave Disks, the Ten Rings of the Von Neumann Berserkers and the Peacekeeper Enforcer. The former two of which are Riders that detach from larger carrier ships, and the Zuul do abduct people if several million at a time and they look nothing like Greys.

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* ''SwordOfTheStars'' ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' has these in Zuul Slave Disks, the Ten Rings of the Von Neumann Berserkers and the Peacekeeper Enforcer. The former two of which are Riders that detach from larger carrier ships, and the Zuul do abduct people if several million at a time and they look nothing like Greys.
4th Apr '17 5:54:42 PM nombretomado
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* Mator from ''[[PixarShorts Unidentified Flying Mater]]''.

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* Mator from ''[[PixarShorts ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Unidentified Flying Mater]]''.
28th Mar '17 9:55:41 AM dangerdan97
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* ''Film/MarsAttacks''

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* ''Film/MarsAttacks''''Film/MarsAttacks'' cribs its saucer design directly from ''Film/EarthVsTheFlyingSaucers'', all it the name of AffectionateParody, and utilizing modern CGI to emulate the stop-motion spinning effect.
19th Mar '17 12:25:54 AM RustyBill
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_flying_saucer The British Rail Flying Saucer]], patented in TheSeventies, a nuclear-fusion powered interplanetary transporter. The design is utterly impractical, however cool the idea might be.



* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_flying_saucer The British Rail Flying Saucer]], patented in TheSeventies, a nuclear-fusion powered interplanetary transporter. The design is utterly impractical, however cool the idea might be.
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