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18th Aug '17 9:55:19 AM JamesAustin
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* The films ''Film/DropZone'' and ''Film/TerminalVelocity'', were about skydiving along with an ExtremeSportExcusePlot.

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* The films ''Film/DropZone'' and ''Film/TerminalVelocity'', ''Film/TerminalVelocity1994'', were about skydiving along with an ExtremeSportExcusePlot.
11th Aug '17 11:56:46 AM UMDP
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*** Then the [[Warhammer40000PrimarisSpaceMarines Primaris Marines]] brings the Inceptors who jumps out of transport ships from low orbit which made them harder to detect when entering alongside falling debris.
16th Jul '17 10:20:45 AM nombretomado
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* The Red Army's paratroops probably had the worst time of it and the lowest survival rate of any airborne troops during WW2. Prior to the war Russia had raised paratroop divisions and they were a proud part of pre-war propaganda movies -- thousands of parachutes raining men is always impressive in any propaganda movie. However, in the confusion and chaos surrounding the initial German invasion in 1941, hundreds of transport planes were destroyed on the ground. Paratroop units were caught a long way away from the stores that held their parachutes. In desperation, the Red Army command brought together the men and as many planes as were still left. The paratroops were ordered to ''climb onto the wings, lie flat and hold on tight.'' From slow-moving transport planes flying low, they were ordered to let go over the drop zone and try to land in deep snowdrifts, so as to cushion their fall. The results of dropping men without parachutes, even from suicidally low altitudes, was predictable. Incredibly, some men survived a flight on the outside of a plane in sub-zero temperatures, and dropping from fifty to a hundred feet, and did what they could. An unintended consequence of wasting their paratroops this way was that surviving men who had not only lived but evaded German capture became the trained nucleus of partisan units operating behind German lines, bringing hope, expertise and weapons to the resistance movement. The Russians learnt from this and future paratroop drops were largely better organised and small-scale, used to insert trained men to raise partisan units. But partisan survival chances were notoriously low ...

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* The Red Army's paratroops probably had the worst time of it and the lowest survival rate of any airborne troops during WW2.[=WW2=]. Prior to the war Russia had raised paratroop divisions and they were a proud part of pre-war propaganda movies -- thousands of parachutes raining men is always impressive in any propaganda movie. However, in the confusion and chaos surrounding the initial German invasion in 1941, hundreds of transport planes were destroyed on the ground. Paratroop units were caught a long way away from the stores that held their parachutes. In desperation, the Red Army command brought together the men and as many planes as were still left. The paratroops were ordered to ''climb onto the wings, lie flat and hold on tight.'' From slow-moving transport planes flying low, they were ordered to let go over the drop zone and try to land in deep snowdrifts, so as to cushion their fall. The results of dropping men without parachutes, even from suicidally low altitudes, was predictable. Incredibly, some men survived a flight on the outside of a plane in sub-zero temperatures, and dropping from fifty to a hundred feet, and did what they could. An unintended consequence of wasting their paratroops this way was that surviving men who had not only lived but evaded German capture became the trained nucleus of partisan units operating behind German lines, bringing hope, expertise and weapons to the resistance movement. The Russians learnt from this and future paratroop drops were largely better organised and small-scale, used to insert trained men to raise partisan units. But partisan survival chances were notoriously low ...
27th Jun '17 5:26:12 PM Kadorhal
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* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor''
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorVanguard'' focuses on the American Paratroopers from the 82nd and 17th Division and allows the player to control the parachute during the drop, allowing the player to decide what position to start in.
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorAirborne'' of course.

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* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor''
''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'':
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorVanguard'' focuses on the American Paratroopers from the 82nd and 17th Division and allows the player to control the parachute during the drop, allowing the player to decide what position to start in.
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in. ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorAirborne'' of course.has largely the same focus, and also allows for the player to choose where they land.



* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': X does this in the in-game OVA of the ContinuityReboot Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X. He jumps off a chopper thousands of feet up above the sky. Coupled with CrowningMomentOfAwesome because he shoots off a mechaniloid (a {{Mook}}, sort of) while in mid-air, [[ImprobableAimingSkills and it hits]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'': Naked Snake drops into Russia twice. Once via HALO jump, then again via a small drop pod.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'', Solid Snake does a Halo jump as well.

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* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': X does this in the in-game OVA of the ContinuityReboot Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X. He jumps off a chopper thousands of feet up above the sky. Coupled with CrowningMomentOfAwesome because he shoots off at a mechaniloid (a {{Mook}}, sort of) non-sentient robot, basically {{mooks}} in gameplay) while in mid-air, [[ImprobableAimingSkills and it hits]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'': ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'': Naked Snake drops into Russia twice. Once via HALO jump, then again via a small drop pod.
modified form of the D-21 drone.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'', Solid Snake does a Halo HALO jump as well.
25th Jun '17 5:29:03 PM DirtyHarry44Magnum
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* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorAirborne'' of course.

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* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor''
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorVanguard'' focuses on the American Paratroopers from the 82nd and 17th Division and allows the player to control the parachute during the drop, allowing the player to decide what position to start in.
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''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorAirborne'' of course.
24th Jun '17 5:41:48 AM morane
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* Non-military example: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_Jumpers Smoke Jumpers]], the most badass firefighters of all.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pararescue PJs.]] Quite possibly the most badass medical professionals in real life.
** And in an awesome example of compensating, they come from the [[HufflepuffHouse Air Force.]]
*** This is great compensation because the Air Force is viewed as a sort of cushy Wesley in the armed forces. Its status as TheScrappy is second only to the Coast Guard.



* Civilian version are the Pararescue and firemen paradropped to combat forest fires.

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* Civilian version are Non-military example: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_Jumpers Smoke Jumpers]], the Pararescue and firemen paradropped most badass firefighters of all.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pararescue PJs.]] Quite possibly the most badass medical professionals in real life.
** And in an awesome example of compensating, they come from the [[HufflepuffHouse Air Force.]]
*** This is great compensation because the Air Force is viewed as a sort of cushy Wesley in the armed forces. Its status as TheScrappy is second only
to combat forest fires.the Coast Guard.
24th Jun '17 4:32:53 AM morane
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** German [[http://tinyurl.com/3swrrk Fallschirmjäger]] were used in the invasions of [[http://tinyurl.com/5xej9q Norway]], [[http://tinyurl.com/4rfksb France]], [[http://tinyurl.com/46mv64 Crete]] and [[http://tinyurl.com/46mv64 Greece]], and in [[http://tinyurl.com/4qk4zy Operation Stösser]] during the Battle of the Bulge.
*** What, nothing to talk about the assault on the Belgian fort of Eben Emael?
*** Eben Emael strike was performed by ''glider'' infantry, not as a paradrop.

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** * German [[http://tinyurl.com/3swrrk Fallschirmjäger]] were used in the invasions of [[http://tinyurl.com/5xej9q Norway]], [[http://tinyurl.com/4rfksb France]], [[http://tinyurl.com/46mv64 Crete]] and [[http://tinyurl.com/46mv64 Greece]], and in [[http://tinyurl.com/4qk4zy Operation Stösser]] during the Battle of the Bulge.
*** What, nothing to talk about the ** The assault on the Belgian fort of Eben Emael?
***
Emael, which was crucial for the Blitzkrieg campaign in the West 1940. The Eben Emael strike was performed by ''glider'' infantry, not as a paradrop.glider infantry.



** The upshot of all these paratroop drops is that paratroopers can be useful when sent to accomplish small, targeted objectives, but large-scale paratroop drops were generally not very effective. The troopers tended to get pretty wildly scattered, like at D-day, where there was no such thing as unit cohesion. Even if a unit did manage to stay together after a drop, paratroopers faced an obvious problem in that they could not carry heavy weaponry. The bravest of men carrying nothing but rifles and grenades will struggle against an enemy with artillery and tanks, as the British paratroopers at Arnhem discovered. The German paratroop drops at Crete helped take the island, but at such a high casualty rate that the Nazis never tried an airborne drop again.[[note]]Though, ironically, the Battle of Crete was what convinced the British and Americans to start building up their own airborne divisions.[[/note]]

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** * The upshot of all these paratroop drops is that paratroopers can be useful when sent to accomplish small, targeted objectives, but large-scale paratroop drops were generally not very effective. The troopers tended to get pretty wildly scattered, like at D-day, where there was no such thing as unit cohesion. Even if a unit did manage to stay together after a drop, paratroopers faced an obvious problem in that they could not carry heavy weaponry. The bravest of men carrying nothing but rifles and grenades will struggle against an enemy with artillery and tanks, as the British paratroopers at Arnhem discovered. The German paratroop drops at Crete helped take the island, but at such a high casualty rate that the Nazis never tried an airborne drop again.[[note]]Though, ironically, the Battle of Crete was what convinced the British and Americans to start building up their own airborne divisions.[[/note]]


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* Civilian version are the Pararescue and firemen paradropped to combat forest fires.
* Formation skydiving. A group of skydivers (sometimes several plane-loads) jump together and form formations mid-air.
20th Jun '17 11:28:52 PM morane
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* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'': Ryan is a paratrooper, though his drop wound up missing the target (the aforementioned the D-Day invasion) and he drifted further into mainland.

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* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'': Ryan is a paratrooper, though his drop wound up missing the target (the aforementioned the D-Day invasion) and he drifted further into mainland. The film also features glider troops, as the paratroopers' heavy gear is transported by gliders.
17th May '17 9:30:41 AM Leporidae
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* Happens on a smaller scale in WebVideo/ShockTroopers, when one of the protagonists gets [[BlownAcrossTheRoom boosted]] over a small hill to rain some DeathFromAbove onto an enemy soldier... with a [[MagicalDefibrillator defibrillator]].

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* Happens on a smaller scale in WebVideo/ShockTroopers, ''WebVideo/ShockTroopers'', when one of the protagonists gets [[BlownAcrossTheRoom boosted]] over a small hill to rain some DeathFromAbove onto an enemy soldier... with a [[MagicalDefibrillator defibrillator]].
17th May '17 8:23:38 AM Leporidae
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* Happens on a smaller scale in WebVideo/ShockTroopers, when one of the protagonists gets [[BlownAcrossTheRoom boosted]] over a small hill to rain some DeathFromAbove onto an enemy soldier... with a [[MagicalDefibrillator defibrillator]].
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