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19th Sep '16 6:44:15 PM SayaAensland
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* An Israeli F-15 pilot refused to bail out after crashing with another plane during a training exercise, claiming he could still return his plane safely to base and land it. When he climed out of the cockpit on the runway, he said he would not have hesitated to eject for a single second if he had know that he [[http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2091/2112723594_21abfbfcfc_o.jpg had lost an entire wing]]. When American technicans arrived to evaluate the damage, they assumed a truck had crashed into it while on the ground.

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* An Israeli F-15 pilot refused to bail out after crashing with another plane during a training exercise, claiming he could still return his plane safely to base and land it. When he climed climbed out of the cockpit on the runway, he said he would not have hesitated to eject for a single second if he had know that he [[http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2091/2112723594_21abfbfcfc_o.jpg had lost an entire wing]]. When American technicans arrived to evaluate the damage, they assumed a truck had crashed into it while on the ground.
19th Sep '16 6:36:05 PM SayaAensland
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol_Transportes_A%C3%A9reos_Flight_1907 A Brazilian Boeing 737 collided with an Embraer business jet being delivered to the US.]] Despite suffering damage to the left wing and horizontal stabilizer, the Embraer's crew managed to keep the plane flying and eventually landed safely at a Brazilian Air Force base. The Boeing, alas, was not as lucky.

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** [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol_Transportes_A%C3%A9reos_Flight_1907 org/wiki/Gol_Transportes_Aéreos_Flight_1907 A Brazilian Boeing 737 collided with an Embraer business jet being delivered to the US.]] Despite suffering damage to the left wing and horizontal stabilizer, the Embraer's crew managed to keep the plane flying and eventually landed safely at a Brazilian Air Force base. The Boeing, alas, was not as lucky.
6th Aug '16 6:31:08 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** However, Keyes is best known for the "[[http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Keyes_Loop Keyes Loop]]", where he took out four superior Covenant ships with just his one. Of course, fighting in space allows you to pull off all sorts of maneuvers that you wouldn't be able to do in an atmosphere.

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** However, Keyes is best known for the "[[http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Keyes_Loop Keyes Loop]]", where he took out defeated a force of four superior Covenant ships with just his one.one, with one part involving ''charging straight past a Covenant destroyer so that the plasma torpedoes chasing his ship would hit the destroyer instead''. Of course, fighting in space allows you to pull off all sorts of maneuvers that you wouldn't be able to do in an atmosphere.
6th Aug '16 6:27:33 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Captain Keyes in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is guilty of this to the point of turning down Cortana's offer to figuring out the controls of the alien aircraft they're pirating in favor of doing it himself, he proceeds to take down two Hunters with it before flying off.
** It's very possible that he's piloted alien craft before though, as he's had some adventures in the past (to say the least).
*** I'll see you that, and raise you the [[http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Keyes_Loop Keyes Loop]].
** In some iterations (notably ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'') vehicles can only be destroyed by killing the player - making this a surprisingly literal example of the extending-shields aspect of this trope.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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Captain Keyes in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is guilty of this this, to the point of turning down Cortana's offer to figuring out the controls of the alien aircraft they're pirating in favor of doing it himself, himself; he proceeds to take down two Hunters with it before flying off.
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off. That said, it's very possible that he's piloted alien craft before though, before, as he's had some adventures in the past (to say the least).
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** However, Keyes is best known for
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Loop]]", where he took out four superior Covenant ships with just his one. Of course, fighting in space allows you to pull off all sorts of maneuvers that you wouldn't be able to do in an atmosphere.
** In some iterations games (notably ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'') vehicles can only be destroyed by killing the player - making this a surprisingly literal example of the extending-shields aspect of this trope.
10th Jul '16 10:41:50 AM nombretomado
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* An earlier BioWare example was Carth Onasi of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. Flying a damaged escape pod and managing to crash it in the "good" part of town, flying through at least one Sith blockade, a dramatic escape from the Sith flagship ''Leviathan,'' no less than five Sith patrols, and setting down on Lehon, despite having most of the ''Hawk's'' engines and systems crippled by the planet's defense shield (the place they land is pretty much a starship graveyard with hundreds of ships fallen over he centuries). Atton in the second game also flies the ''Ebon Hawk'' and several shuttles through overwhelming blockades and hostile fire. [[spoiler: Atton is confirmed to be a Force sensitive and drawing on it subconsciously to help him fly. There are several hints in-game saying this ''could'' apply to Carth as well.]]

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* An earlier BioWare Creator/BioWare example was Carth Onasi of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. Flying a damaged escape pod and managing to crash it in the "good" part of town, flying through at least one Sith blockade, a dramatic escape from the Sith flagship ''Leviathan,'' no less than five Sith patrols, and setting down on Lehon, despite having most of the ''Hawk's'' engines and systems crippled by the planet's defense shield (the place they land is pretty much a starship graveyard with hundreds of ships fallen over he centuries). Atton in the second game also flies the ''Ebon Hawk'' and several shuttles through overwhelming blockades and hostile fire. [[spoiler: Atton is confirmed to be a Force sensitive and drawing on it subconsciously to help him fly. There are several hints in-game saying this ''could'' apply to Carth as well.]]
24th Jun '16 11:47:39 AM DaveE
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** Prior to his FaceHeelTurn Anakin Skywalker already had a well-deserved reputation for this. The height of his achievements was piloting General Grievous's flagship from orbit and landing it on Coruscant, without burning up on reentry and with minimal property damage. Note that said ship was not designed to land on a planet. And it was exploding at the time. And that Anakin didn't have any actual piloting controls to work with: he was flying entirely by opening and closing vents on the ship's hull to steer it where he needed it to go. When Obi-Wan told Luke that Anakin was the best pilot in the galaxy, he was being completely sincere.
31st May '16 8:17:34 AM Doug86
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* In the movie ''Literature/{{Biggles}}: Adventures in Time'', WorldWarOne flying ace Biggles is able to work out how to fly a late 20th century helicopter by experimenting with the controls for a few minutes. Definitely a case of "If it flies..."

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* In the movie ''Literature/{{Biggles}}: Adventures in Time'', WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI flying ace Biggles is able to work out how to fly a late 20th century helicopter by experimenting with the controls for a few minutes. Definitely a case of "If it flies..."
14th May '16 3:29:53 PM SSJMagus
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* [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]] is occasionally portrayed as having been an almost impossibly good pilot before becoming the Thing, being able to fly anything from normal planes to spaceships to whacked-out sci-fi vehicles. After his transformation he still has the skills, but is hampered by being too big to comfortably get into a normal pilot seat and strong enough that he's in danger of breaking "fragile" steering mechanisms unless he's very careful.

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* [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]] is occasionally portrayed as having been an almost impossibly good pilot before becoming the Thing, being able to fly anything from normal planes to spaceships to whacked-out sci-fi vehicles. This (along with being Reed Richards' best friend) is why he on the space mission that led to the Fantastic Four's existence. After his transformation he still has the skills, but is hampered by being too big to comfortably get into a normal pilot seat and strong enough that he's in danger of breaking "fragile" steering mechanisms unless he's very careful.



** 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'')!

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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 (downing half a squadron in a single pass!) 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'')!''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'')! He also invokes the "if it flies..." trope when Finn frees him from his cell and ask if he can fly a TIE Fighter, saying "I can fly anything."
*** Rey pulls off some impressive maneuvers herself after stealing the ''Millennium Falcon'' on Jakku, despite all her previous experience being on simulators for smaller ships, and some of the controls being physically out of reach from the pilot's seat (the ''minimum'' crew of a YT-1300 is supposed to be a pilot ''and'' co-pilot). She evades TIE Fighters by flying ''through'' the remains of a crashed Star Destroyer, and sets up Finn to kill the last one despite his turret being jammed downward, by flipping the ship and pointing the now very awkwardly placed gun straight at the enemy fighter.
6th May '16 11:13:09 PM Doug86
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** Hell, the [[AllInTheManual backstory]] claims he single-handedly saved the shuttle him and his family were taking by piloting it... as a teenager with no prior experience.

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** Hell, the [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]] claims he single-handedly saved the shuttle him and his family were taking by piloting it... as a teenager with no prior experience.
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.]]
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