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25th Nov '17 10:44:00 AM Chabal2
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** Banshee tactical strike aircraft uses ducted fans and, for some reason, a tail rotor.
** Medivac and Dropship use twin jet engines.

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** Banshee tactical strike aircraft uses ducted fans and, for some reason, a tail rotor.
rotor. They're also able to move in space... somehow.
** Medivac and Dropship use twin jet engines.engines that visibly swing back and forth when moving or hovering.
30th Oct '17 6:56:14 PM ElSquibbonator
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The probable TropeMaker, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_X-22 Bell X-22]], was a purely experimental aircraft not intended for mass production. More are being developed, however, with [[http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn a]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4291672/Airbus-capsule-taxi-picked-drone-fly.html number]] [[http://www.impactlab.net/2016/05/09/taxi-drones-take-flight of them]] approaching production status, which could potentially make this TruthInTelevision in the near future. One might also, 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 [[UsefulNotes/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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The probable TropeMaker, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_X-22 Bell X-22]], was a purely experimental aircraft not intended for mass production. More are being developed, however, with [[http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn a]] many]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4291672/Airbus-capsule-taxi-picked-drone-fly.html number]] of]] [[http://www.impactlab.net/2016/05/09/taxi-drones-take-flight of them]] approaching production status, which could potentially make this TruthInTelevision in the near future. One might also, 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 [[UsefulNotes/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.

16th Oct '17 8:06:58 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories frequently mention similar craft as "cars", but their descriptions tend to be sketchy. ''A Gift from Earth'' mentions that Plateau cars have four fans and only the upper caste is allowed to drive cars. To add some confusion, stories set later (e.g ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'') use the word "car" for anti-gravity craft.

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* ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories frequently mention similar craft as "cars", but their descriptions tend to be sketchy. ''A Gift from Earth'' ''Literature/AGiftFromEarth'' mentions that Plateau cars have four fans and only the upper caste is allowed to drive cars. To add some confusion, stories set later (e.g ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'') use the word "car" for anti-gravity craft.
7th Oct '17 12:14:44 PM ElSquibbonator
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The probable TropeMaker, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_X-22 Bell X-22]], was a purely experimental aircraft not intended for mass production. More are being developed, however, with [[http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn a]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4291672/Airbus-capsule-taxi-picked-drone-fly.html number]] [[ http://www.impactlab.net/2016/05/09/taxi-drones-take-flight/ of them]] approaching production status, which could potentially make this TruthInTelevision in the near future. One might also, 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 [[UsefulNotes/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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The probable TropeMaker, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_X-22 Bell X-22]], was a purely experimental aircraft not intended for mass production. More are being developed, however, with [[http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn a]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4291672/Airbus-capsule-taxi-picked-drone-fly.html number]] [[ http://www.[[http://www.impactlab.net/2016/05/09/taxi-drones-take-flight/ net/2016/05/09/taxi-drones-take-flight of them]] approaching production status, which could potentially make this TruthInTelevision in the near future. One might also, 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 [[UsefulNotes/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.

7th Oct '17 12:14:13 PM ElSquibbonator
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The probable TropeMaker, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_X-22 Bell X-22]], was a purely experimental aircraft not intended for mass production. More are being developed, however, with [[a http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn]] [[number http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4291672/Airbus-capsule-taxi-picked-drone-fly.html]] [[of them http://www.impactlab.net/2016/05/09/taxi-drones-take-flight/]] approaching production status, which could potentially make this TruthInTelevision in the near future. One might also, 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 [[UsefulNotes/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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The probable TropeMaker, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_X-22 Bell X-22]], was a purely experimental aircraft not intended for mass production. More are being developed, however, with [[a http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn]] [[number http://www.[[http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn a]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4291672/Airbus-capsule-taxi-picked-drone-fly.html]] [[of them html number]] [[ http://www.impactlab.net/2016/05/09/taxi-drones-take-flight/]] net/2016/05/09/taxi-drones-take-flight/ of them]] approaching production status, which could potentially make this TruthInTelevision in the near future. One might also, 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 [[UsefulNotes/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.

5th Oct '17 3:18:27 PM ElSquibbonator
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* They show up quite a bit in ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', usually being used by Providence.
5th Oct '17 3:16:06 PM ElSquibbonator
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* With the various proposals for "drone taxi" services, often using scaled-up versions of quadcopter ducted-fan drones such as [[this one http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn]], this trope is likely to become Truth in Television very soon.

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* With the various proposals for "drone taxi" services, often using scaled-up versions of quadcopter ducted-fan drones such as [[this one http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn]], [[http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn this one]], this trope is likely to become Truth in Television very soon.
5th Oct '17 3:15:25 PM ElSquibbonator
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What you need is a futurecopter. These machines come in a variety of sizes, ranging from dinky sized models about the size of an RC toy, a one-man unit (with optional handholds on the sides for external passengers), through unmanned autonomous versions (best steer well clear of these) the size of a Hummer, right up to beasts the size of a civil cruiser capable of transporting dozens of fully armed troops complete with an airlifted AwesomePersonnelCarrier or a CoolTank. Size and operation aside, what they almost invariably have is ducted fans (one on each side of the fuselage, and usually independently tiltable) for lift and thrust, a V-tail and stubby, vestigial wings with an assortment of guns, missiles and bombs, if there were any wings at all. And, in compliance to the all-powerful RuleOfCool, you can expect the aircraft to be as fast as a jet, as slick as a helicopter and as armed as a fighter-bomber. The pilot, if present, is invariably right up front in what looks like a conventional helicopter gunship cockpit.

There are currently no production manned aircraft that look anything like this. The probable TropeMaker, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_X-22 Bell X-22]], was a purely experimental aircraft not intended for mass production. More are being developed, however, and at the time of writing (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 [[UsefulNotes/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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What you need is a futurecopter. These machines come in a variety of sizes, ranging from dinky sized models about the size of an RC toy, a one-man unit (with optional handholds on the sides for external passengers), through unmanned autonomous versions (best steer well clear of these) the size of a Hummer, right up to beasts the size of a civil cruiser capable of transporting dozens of fully armed troops complete with an airlifted AwesomePersonnelCarrier or a CoolTank. Size and operation aside, what they almost invariably have is ducted fans or tilting jet engines (one on each side of the fuselage, and usually independently tiltable) for lift and thrust, a V-tail twin tail fins, and stubby, vestigial wings with an assortment of guns, missiles and bombs, if there were any wings at all. And, in compliance to the all-powerful RuleOfCool, you can expect the aircraft to be as fast as a jet, as slick agile as a helicopter and as armed as a fighter-bomber. The pilot, if present, is invariably right up front in what looks like a conventional helicopter gunship cockpit.

There are currently no production manned aircraft that look anything like this. The probable TropeMaker, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_X-22 Bell X-22]], was a purely experimental aircraft not intended for mass production. More are being developed, however, and at the time of writing (2017) probably the nearest to with [[a http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn]] [[number http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4291672/Airbus-capsule-taxi-picked-drone-fly.html]] [[of them http://www.impactlab.net/2016/05/09/taxi-drones-take-flight/]] approaching production is status, which could potentially make this TruthInTelevision in the Urban Aeronautics Airmule. near future. One might, might also, 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 [[UsefulNotes/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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* The 1930's sci-fi musical ''Film/JustImagine'', everyone has a personal airplane with vertical rotor ducts in the wings enabling them to hover while they talk to other drivers or burst into song.

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* The 1930's sci-fi musical ''Film/JustImagine'', everyone has a personal airplane with vertical rotor ducts in the wings enabling them to hover while they talk to other drivers or burst into song. Interestingly, it predates the Trope Maker (or indeed, most other examples of the trope) by a good three decades.



* Alongside real-world V-22's, ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' sees a fictional "quad tiltrotor" that seems to function as a heavy transport aircraft. A Chinook to the Osprey's Blackhawk, so to speak.
** Maybe not so [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quad_Tilt_Rotor fictional]].



* The X-22, one of the first experimental VTOL designs, featured four large duct-ed rotating propellers for 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 ducted fans on operational vehicles.

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* The Bell X-22, one of the first experimental VTOL designs, featured four large duct-ed rotating propellers for 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 ducted fans on operational vehicles.vehicles.
* The Bell Model 65, which was built before the X-22, was essentially a futurecopter of the "tilt-jet" variety, with two jet engines that could switch between vertical and horizontal positions.
* Although it looked more like a regular airplane than most examples of this trope, the [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp West German]] VJ-101 probably also counts, since it had the same tilting-jet VTOL as many of the above fictional examples. Unlike the X-22 and the Bell Model 65, the VJ-101 was intended to actually enter service as a fighter, but it turned out to be AwesomeButImpractical.



* With the various proposals for "drone taxi" services, often using scaled-up versions of quadcopter ducted-fan drones such as [[this one http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn]], this trope is fast becoming Truth in Television.

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* With the various proposals for "drone taxi" services, often using scaled-up versions of quadcopter ducted-fan drones such as [[this one http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn]], this trope is fast becoming likely to become Truth in Television. Television very soon.
5th Oct '17 2:55:42 PM ElSquibbonator
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* With the various proposals for "drone taxi" services, often using scaled-up versions of quadcopter ducted-fan drones such as [[this one http://mashable.com/2017/10/05/airbus-cityairbus-electric-flying-taxi-2018/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link%23sd613jsnjlqd#JpvXohn3Cqqn]], this trope is fast becoming Truth in Television.
20th Sep '17 1:53:57 AM SebastianGray
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* Nurglite blight drones from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', and Imperial Stormtalons.

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* Nurglite blight drones ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** The Blight Drone and the larger Foetid Bloat-Drone [[HauntedTechnology Daemon Engines]] that often accompany the forces of the Chaos God [[{{Plaguemaster}} Nurgle]] are hideous amalgams of diseased flesh and rusted metal held aloft by multiple engine fans that allow them to hover across the battlefield in imitation of the bloated flies that are the sacred animal of the Plague God.
** The Stormtalon Gunships operated by the [[SuperSoldier Adeptus Astartes]] are powered by a pair of vectored engines on either side of the hull that allow the aircraft to easily switch between high-speed flight and stable hover modes so that it can fulfil a number of different combat roles
from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', interceptor to ground attack and Imperial Stormtalons.direct infantry support.
** In the 2nd Edition of the ''Epic'' version of the game system, the Iron Eagle Attack Gyrocopter is the primary aircraft used by the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Squat]] Engineers Guild. The Iron Eagle has a high-powered turbofan mounted on each side of its hull which, when combined with the aircraft’s gravitic thrusters, gives the flying machine phenomenal manoeuvrability.
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