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26th Feb '17 11:34:33 AM Dwoem
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* Several different versions (from supersonic gunships to massive transports) are seen in ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'' series, often piloted by the protagonist's LoveInterest, ColonelBadass Lizard Tirelli.
* The ''Literature/FormicWars'' novels feature a mix between this and a HoverTank. The new vehicles developed by [[MegaCorp Jukes, Ltd.]], use ArtificialGravity as their primary means of propulsion (by projecting a "gravity lens" above the craft, thus keeping it aloft). However, as backup, they include deployable rotors. Two of these are developed for and purchased by the New Zealand SAS. A certain Lieutenant [[FutureBadass Mazer Rackham]] pilots one of them. He mentions that the rotors are useless for the craft's primary purpose -- extraction under fire. The craft is supposed to fly in low, almost grazing treetops, in order to minimize its radar signature, extend an arm, grab the ground vehicle in need of extraction, fly away, and transfer the crew and/or passengers aboard, all without getting shot down. However, given how low the craft is flying, the rotors would simply not have enough time to deploy in case of "gravity lens" failure. [[spoiler:This is proven true during the [[InsectoidAliens Formic]] invasion, resulting in Mazer being the only survivor of the crew]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Several different versions (from supersonic gunships to massive transports) are seen in ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'' series, often piloted by the protagonist's LoveInterest, ColonelBadass Lizard Tirelli.
* The ''Literature/FormicWars'' novels feature a mix between this and a HoverTank. The new vehicles developed by [[MegaCorp Jukes, Ltd.]], use ArtificialGravity as their primary means of propulsion (by projecting a "gravity lens" above the craft, thus keeping it aloft). However, as backup, they include deployable rotors. Two of these are developed for and purchased by the New Zealand SAS. A certain Lieutenant [[FutureBadass Mazer Rackham]] pilots one of them. He mentions that the rotors are useless for the craft's primary purpose -- extraction under fire. The craft is supposed to fly in low, almost grazing treetops, in order to minimize its radar signature, extend an arm, grab the ground vehicle in need of extraction, fly away, and transfer the crew and/or passengers aboard, all without getting shot down. However, given how low the craft is flying, the rotors would simply not have enough time to deploy in case of "gravity lens" failure. [[spoiler:This is proven true during the [[InsectoidAliens Formic]] invasion, resulting in Mazer being the only survivor of the crew]].
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24th Feb '17 8:40:08 PM ElSquibbonator
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There are currently no production manned aircraft that look anything like this, for sound aerodynamic and engineering reasons which are unrelated to the RuleOfCool. They are being developed, however, and at the time of writing (2011) probably the nearest to production is the Urban Aeronautics Airmule. One might, with some imagination, consider existing tilt-rotor aircraft like the V-22 Osprey to be a very primitive version of this idea, although its rotors/propellers are firmly locked together and very much not ducted, and it has big, conventional wings. Some of the contenders for the [[YanksWithTanks US Army's]] Future Vertical Lift program have taken [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piasecki_X-49 tentative]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_V-280_Valor steps]] [[http://www.shephardmedia.com/news/rotorhub/quada2012-avx-team-moves-towards-flight-tests/ toward]] the idea.

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There are currently no production manned aircraft that look anything like this, this. The probable TropeMaker, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_X-22 Bell X-22]], was a purely experimental aircraft not intended for sound aerodynamic and engineering reasons which are unrelated to the RuleOfCool. They mass production. More are being developed, however, and at the time of writing (2011) (2017) probably the nearest to production is the Urban Aeronautics Airmule. One might, with some imagination, consider existing tilt-rotor aircraft like the V-22 Osprey to be a very primitive version of this idea, although its rotors/propellers are firmly locked together and very much not ducted, and it has big, conventional wings. Some of the contenders for the [[YanksWithTanks US Army's]] Future Vertical Lift program have taken [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piasecki_X-49 tentative]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_V-280_Valor steps]] [[http://www.shephardmedia.com/news/rotorhub/quada2012-avx-team-moves-towards-flight-tests/ toward]] the idea. \n

24th Feb '17 8:36:04 PM ElSquibbonator
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* The X-22, one of the first experimental VTOL designs, featured four large duct-ed rotating propellers for flight, much like in Avatar. Oddly though the aircraft was just suppose to test VTOL flight characteristics, the military never expected to use the duct-ed fans on actual military craft.

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* The X-22, one of the first experimental VTOL designs, featured four large duct-ed rotating propellers for flight, much like in Avatar. flight. Since the X-22 pre-dates most of the film and TV examples mentioned above, it may well be the TropeMaker. Oddly though the aircraft was just suppose to test VTOL flight characteristics, the military never expected to use the duct-ed ducted fans on actual military craft.operational vehicles.
20th Feb '17 10:33:54 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' introduces the Sparrowhawk, which is armed with two autocannons and a Spartan Laser, and the Vulture, a heavy gunship suspended by ducted fans that's armed with four autocannons and an insane amount of missiles.

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** ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' introduces the Sparrowhawk, which is armed with two autocannons and a Spartan Laser, and the Vulture, a heavy gunship suspended by ducted fans that's armed with four autocannons and an insane amount of missiles. ''VideoGame/HaloWars2'' introduces the Condor Gunship, an improvised variant of the Condor transport equipped with a mini-Magnetic Accelerator Cannon and multiple pulse laser turrets.
14th Sep '16 12:32:48 AM PaulA
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* The ''Literature/EndersGame'' prequels feature a mix between this and a HoverTank. The new vehicles developed by [[MegaCorp Jukes, Ltd.]], use ArtificialGravity as their primary means of propulsion (by projecting a "gravity lens" above the craft, thus keeping it aloft). However, as backup, they include deployable rotors. Two of these are developed for and purchased by the New Zealand SAS. A certain Lieutenant [[FutureBadass Mazer Rackham]] pilots one of them. He mentions that the rotors are useless for the craft's primary purpose - extraction under fire. The craft is supposed to fly in low, almost grazing treetops, in order to minimize its radar signature, extend an arm, grab the ground vehicle in need of extraction, fly away, and transfer the crew and/or passengers aboard, all without getting shot down. However, given how low the craft is flying, the rotors would simply not have enough time to deploy in case of "gravity lens" failure. [[spoiler:This is proven true during the [[InsectoidAliens Formic]] invasion, resulting in Mazer being the only survivor of the crew]].

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* The ''Literature/EndersGame'' prequels ''Literature/FormicWars'' novels feature a mix between this and a HoverTank. The new vehicles developed by [[MegaCorp Jukes, Ltd.]], use ArtificialGravity as their primary means of propulsion (by projecting a "gravity lens" above the craft, thus keeping it aloft). However, as backup, they include deployable rotors. Two of these are developed for and purchased by the New Zealand SAS. A certain Lieutenant [[FutureBadass Mazer Rackham]] pilots one of them. He mentions that the rotors are useless for the craft's primary purpose - -- extraction under fire. The craft is supposed to fly in low, almost grazing treetops, in order to minimize its radar signature, extend an arm, grab the ground vehicle in need of extraction, fly away, and transfer the crew and/or passengers aboard, all without getting shot down. However, given how low the craft is flying, the rotors would simply not have enough time to deploy in case of "gravity lens" failure. [[spoiler:This is proven true during the [[InsectoidAliens Formic]] invasion, resulting in Mazer being the only survivor of the crew]].
29th Aug '16 4:56:57 AM ChronoLegion
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* The ''Literature/EndersGame'' prequels feature a mix between this and a HoverTank. The new vehicles developed by [[MegaCorp Jukes, Ltd.]], use ArtificialGravity as their primary means of propulsion (by projecting a "gravity lens" above the craft, thus keeping it aloft). However, as backup, they include deployable rotors. Two of these are developed for and purchased by the New Zealand SAS. A certain Lieutenant [[FutureBadass Mazer Rackham]] pilots one of them. He mentions that the rotors are useless for the craft's primary purpose - extraction under fire. The craft is supposed to fly in low, almost grazing treetops, in order to minimize its radar signature, extend an arm, grab the ground vehicle in need of extraction, fly away, and transfer the crew and/or passengers aboard, all without getting shot down. However, given how low the craft is flying, the rotors would simply not have enough time to deploy in case of "gravity lens" failure. [[spoiler:This is proven true during the [[InsectoidAliens Formic]] invasion, resulting in Mazer being the only survivor of the crew]].
29th Aug '16 1:06:39 AM Vyerron
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* [[http://www.hover-bike.com/MA/ The hoverbike]] which is a manned quadcopter. Currently in development phase.
6th Aug '16 1:23:21 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'': One-man aircraft called [[http://halo.bungie.org/bwu/images/hornet.jpg Hornets]], which have external handles allowing other players to hitch a ride. The Pelican {{dropship}} is a pretty close cousin of the dropship from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', and is similarly orbital-drop capable.
** And in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', the Hornet is exchanged for the Falcon, extremely similar to the V-22 Osprey but smaller, with [=LMGs=] on the open sides and jet engines.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Pelican {{dropship}} is a pretty close cousin of the dropship from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', and is similarly orbital-drop capable.
**
''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'': One-man 3}}'' introduced a one-man aircraft called [[http://halo.bungie.org/bwu/images/hornet.jpg Hornets]], which have external handles allowing other players to hitch a ride. The Pelican {{dropship}} is a pretty close cousin of
** ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' introduces
the dropship from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Sparrowhawk, which is armed with two autocannons and is similarly orbital-drop capable.
a Spartan Laser, and the Vulture, a heavy gunship suspended by ducted fans that's armed with four autocannons and an insane amount of missiles.
** And in In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', the Hornet is exchanged for replaced by the Falcon, extremely similar to the V-22 Osprey but smaller, with [=LMGs=] on the open sides and jet engines.engines.
** ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' multiplayer has the Wasp, a light gunship with twin autocannons and missile launchers, plus recharging energy shields.
12th Jul '16 12:23:14 AM jormis29
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2142]]'' has two futurecopters from two opposing sides of the conflict, the Talon for the EU and the Doragon for the PAC.

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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2142]]'' ''VideoGame/Battlefield2142'' has two futurecopters from two opposing sides of the conflict, the Talon for the EU and the Doragon for the PAC.
2nd May '16 11:52:16 PM erforce
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* The Hunter-Killer craft from ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' and ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' are of the ducted-fan VTOL type. ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' features small, autonomous prototypes which pursue the heroes.

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* The Hunter-Killer craft from ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' ''Film/TheTerminator'' and ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' are of the ducted-fan VTOL type. ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' features small, autonomous prototypes which pursue the heroes.
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