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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.]]
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.
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