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22nd Apr '16 4:28:33 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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*** However, GravityShmavity is notably averted. During the Dog Fight sequence, both Isamu and Guld are noticeably straining to avoid blacking out. Also [[spoiler: in the movie, Guld dies due to the ''very insanely'' extreme G's he goes under while fighting the Ghost X-9.]]

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*** However, GravityShmavity Gravity Shmavity is notably averted. During the Dog Fight sequence, both Isamu and Guld are noticeably straining to avoid blacking out. Also [[spoiler: in the movie, Guld dies due to the ''very insanely'' extreme G's he goes under while fighting the Ghost X-9.]]
22nd Apr '16 4:25:20 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' franchise hosts several pilots of this kind, even if they're not always the main protagonists:

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* The ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise hosts several pilots of this kind, even if they're not always the main protagonists:



** [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Maximilian]] [[Anime/{{Macross 7}} Genius]], the [[WordOfGod confirmed]] [[TheAce top ace]] of the UN Spacy (and a brilliant military tactician, to boot.)

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** [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Maximilian]] [[Anime/{{Macross 7}} Genius]], the [[WordOfGod confirmed]] [[TheAce top ace]] of the UN Spacy (and a brilliant military tactician, to boot.)boot).



*** However, Gravity Shmavity is notably averted. During the Dog Fight sequence, both Isamu and Guld are noticeably straining to avoid blacking out. Also [[spoiler: in the movie, Guld dies due to the ''very insanely'' extreme G's he goes under while fighting the Ghost X-9.]]
** [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Alto Saotome]], who, after a few weeks' training, was able to match and surpass seasoned [=SMS=] and [[FunWithAcronyms NUNS]] veterans (and became equal to a cyborg flying a SuperPrototype of his own.) However, it was noted that he had training to pilot before joining the SMS.

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*** However, Gravity Shmavity GravityShmavity is notably averted. During the Dog Fight sequence, both Isamu and Guld are noticeably straining to avoid blacking out. Also [[spoiler: in the movie, Guld dies due to the ''very insanely'' extreme G's he goes under while fighting the Ghost X-9.]]
** [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Alto Saotome]], who, after a few weeks' training, was able to match and surpass seasoned [=SMS=] and [[FunWithAcronyms NUNS]] veterans (and became almost equal to a cyborg flying a SuperPrototype of his own.) own). However, it was noted that he already had some pilot training to pilot before joining SMS.
** Zigzagged with [[Anime/MacrossDelta Hayate Immelman]]. In his first time piloting a Variable Fighter, he's already able to dodge close-range BeamSpam with ''breakdancing''. However, he was already a skilled civilian mecha pilot who was familiar with
the SMS.control scheme used in [=VFs=]. Additionally, while he's an excellent ''mecha'' pilot, he has zero experience at piloting ''aircraft'', which results in him getting shot down almost the instant he transforms his VF into jet fighter mode.
18th Mar '16 9:37:03 PM Tallens
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* ''Film/{{Always}}'' has pilots diving headlong into a blazing forest, with the tips of trees brushing their belly, and coming out in one piece. Al describes just what they're up against:
-->'''Al''': In a real fire, there's heat! There's heat that can suck you under, flip you over! There's currents that can tie a knot in a windsock!
18th Mar '16 5:26:00 PM CountDorku
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* All over the place in ''TabletopGame/XWingMiniatures''. While SpaceIsAir being in force is mostly inherited from ''Franchise/StarWars'', you get some impressive displays of piloting implausibility: Juno Eclipse's ability to modify her manoeuvre speed by 1 allows her to do things with a TIE Advanced that even ''Darth Vader'' can't, Hera Syndulla can turn a chunky freighter on a dime even if she was heading into a long-distance Koiogran turn, BB-8 in the astromech slot allows slow, chunky Y-wings to barrel roll, and the list goes on.



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24th Jan '16 9:52:16 AM nombretomado
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* While about 90% of ImprobablePilotingSkills in ''StrikeWitches'' can be attributed to the Strikers being magical, some of the feats are still improbable. Mainly, The Eyes of An Eagle and White Hole Engines, Inc.
* [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] exhibited improbable piloting skills in a few episodes of ''SonicX''. Episode 63 "Station Break-In" in particular. His antics behind the controls of the X-Tornado are wild and dangerous and include dodging pipes at breakneck speed and using the plane itself as a weapon rather than the plane's ammunition, much to Knuckles' displeasure. However, he has enough aviating skill ''by far'' to pull off these stunts with incredible fortitude and grace.

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* While about 90% of ImprobablePilotingSkills in ''StrikeWitches'' ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' can be attributed to the Strikers being magical, some of the feats are still improbable. Mainly, The Eyes of An Eagle and White Hole Engines, Inc.
* [[SonicTheHedgehog [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] exhibited improbable piloting skills in a few episodes of ''SonicX''.''Anime/SonicX''. Episode 63 "Station Break-In" in particular. His antics behind the controls of the X-Tornado are wild and dangerous and include dodging pipes at breakneck speed and using the plane itself as a weapon rather than the plane's ammunition, much to Knuckles' displeasure. However, he has enough aviating skill ''by far'' to pull off these stunts with incredible fortitude and grace.
2nd Jan '16 9:50:47 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Solatorobo}}'' has Chocolat, a thirteen-year-old girl who's capable of flying a huge, chunky airship (think "flying home base", not fighter plane) through a BeamSpam and [[DeathFromAbove drop her brother]] onto a relatively small target without so much as singeing the paint on her ship.

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* ''{{Solatorobo}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' has Chocolat, a thirteen-year-old girl who's capable of flying a huge, chunky airship (think "flying home base", not fighter plane) through a BeamSpam and [[DeathFromAbove drop her brother]] onto a relatively small target without so much as singeing the paint on her ship.
31st Dec '15 4:49:56 PM psionycx
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** Poe Dameron in ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. He actually manages to exceed anything even ''Luke'' has done onscreen, despite (supposedly) not being Force-sensitive. He is practically a one-man squadron. At Takodana he takes a massive toll on First Order TIE Fighters as well as managing to snipe Stormtroopers on the ground! At Starkiller Base he accomplishes an AirstrikeImpossible, flying through a trench while under heavy fire (like Luke in ''Film/ANewHope'') and ''into'' the weapon through a burning rupture formed by explosives so that he can shoot out crucial systems from the inside while still making it out alive (like Wedge Antilles in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'')!
12th Dec '15 5:36:13 PM nombretomado
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** A somewhat less dramatic example (usually): The pilots in ''[[XWingSeries Rogue Squadron]]'' are some of the best in the galaxy. They built up a reputation for being able to succeed at impossible missions. Wedge Antilles, the long-time squadron leader of the Rogues, is the only man in the entire galaxy to have the kill mark silhouettes of ''two'' Death Stars on his ship.

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** A somewhat less dramatic example (usually): The pilots in ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Rogue Squadron]]'' are some of the best in the galaxy. They built up a reputation for being able to succeed at impossible missions. Wedge Antilles, the long-time squadron leader of the Rogues, is the only man in the entire galaxy to have the kill mark silhouettes of ''two'' Death Stars on his ship.
14th Nov '15 12:52:07 AM AJSthe2nd
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** Taken to extremes in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', though not by the numerous [[AcePilot ace pilots]] as one might expect. Rather, the most improbable is Arnold Neumann, the helmsman of the [[CoolShip Archangel]], who isn't well known enough to be mentioned even once on the trope page of that series, and yet is responsible for some of the most insane maneuvers ever performed by a battleship in a RealRobot series. [[MemeticMutation Doing a barrel roll]] to point the ship's guns down or circumvent an enemy battleship? No problem. Recovering from a botched atmospheric re-entry? Not even worth a mention. Dodging beams and guided missiles alike between the time they are fired and the time they reach his ship (many times maneuvering so quickly it looks like the crew would surely be turned to red paste against the walls)? All in a day's work. And the Archangel isn't a small ship. It's TheBattlestar, and several times larger than the biggest modern aircraft carrier. It ought to break its wings, if not break in half, for doing such things.

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** Taken to extremes in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', though not by the numerous [[AcePilot ace pilots]] as one might expect. Rather, the most improbable is Arnold Neumann, the helmsman of the [[CoolShip Archangel]], who isn't well known enough to be mentioned even once on the trope page of that series, and yet is responsible for some of the most insane maneuvers ever performed by a battleship in a RealRobot series. [[MemeticMutation Doing a barrel roll]] to point the ship's guns down or circumvent an enemy battleship? No problem. Recovering from a botched atmospheric re-entry? Not even worth a mention. Dodging beams and guided missiles alike between the time they are fired and the time they reach his ship (many times maneuvering so quickly it looks like the crew would surely be turned to red paste against the walls)? All in a day's work. And the Archangel isn't a small ship. It's TheBattlestar, and several times larger than the biggest modern aircraft carrier. It ought to break its wings, if not break in half, for doing such things. In Destiny he manages to avoid a point blank shot from Minerva's cannon by banking the Archangel completely to one side, dodging the shot and flying completely past Minerva (who's own helmsman just looks completely stunned) to get behind her. While they were between two mountains with barely any room to move. And he does it before even getting the evasion order as the Captain was too surprised, he just does it by instinct.
23rd Sep '15 11:53:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Lethally subverted in ''DreadEmpiresFall'' - not only are maneuvers like those of this trope terribly hard to ''comprehend'', never mind perform, but in what is essentially an atomic slugfest, your pinnace is the least survivable cans on the firing range. And the closest. And missiles can pull more G's than you. The only wartime purpose they serve is to coordinate the missiles at the relativistic battle distances, and they're only slightly more retrievable than their explosive flock.

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* Lethally subverted in ''DreadEmpiresFall'' ''Literature/DreadEmpiresFall'' - not only are maneuvers like those of this trope terribly hard to ''comprehend'', never mind perform, but in what is essentially an atomic slugfest, your pinnace is the least survivable cans on the firing range. And the closest. And missiles can pull more G's than you. The only wartime purpose they serve is to coordinate the missiles at the relativistic battle distances, and they're only slightly more retrievable than their explosive flock.
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