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5th Jun '18 8:17:27 PM wolftickets1969
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* ''F/A-18 Hornet'' had you fighting Soviet [=MiG=]-27s and Su-27s in the Persian Gulf. The only time [=MiGs=] were used by Iraq was during the 1985 Iran-Iraq War; during the Gulf War, they had Su-25s, but not -27s.

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* ''F/A-18 Hornet'' had you fighting Soviet [=MiG=]-27s and Su-27s in the Persian Gulf. The only time [=MiGs=] were used by Iraq was during the 1985 Iran-Iraq War; during the Gulf War, they had Su-25s, but not -27s. On the US side, the F-16 Fighting Falcon featured in later editions is sometimes seen taking off from or landing on an aircraft carrier, which it is incapable of in real life.
2nd Jun '18 12:33:41 AM LtFedora
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* In ''Film/HomeAlone'', the [=McCallisters=] take a morning flight from Chicago to Paris. While airlines do have direct flights between the two cities, flights from the United States to Europe take off in the evening in order to take advantage of the time zone difference.
12th May '18 11:52:16 PM laserviking42
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** "Air Force One" in the series is stated to be a brand new top of the line airplane, the 757. Except the Boeing 757 already exists in the real world, and has since 1982. It's clear the authors imagined the popular 747 and imagined one model later. In our world, the 757 is smaller than the 747, intended for medium range flights.
26th Apr '18 3:18:47 PM StarSword
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* A ''Series/MagnumPI'' two-parter had a "prototype attack helicopter" be hijacked [[spoiler:by a {{Manchurian Agent}}ified T.C. and his Soviet handler]]. The chopper is blatantly a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MD_Helicopters_MD_500 McDonnell Douglas MD 500]] with rockets bolted on, i.e. [[FridgeLogic the same model of chopper that T.C. flies in his day job]]. Not as bad as it could be, though, given the MD 500 is a civilian variant of the OH-6 Cayuse, which saw combat in Vietnam.



** Most are modeled to resemble WWII propeller fighters but with jets instead of propellers, yet they supposedly can achieve speeds in excess of Mach 2. Take the Imperial Navy's air fighters. Real world aerodynamics would conspire to prevent this (though tough 40K materials in turn would conspire to prevent real life aerodynamics); though enough brute force can make anything fly, it has rather greater trouble making anything ''turn'' (you don't put the engine in the front in supersonic fighters, because it moves the Center of Weight fore of the center of pressure, and would make the fighter so stable in supersonic flight that no amount of control force would allow it to maneuver). Let's not even get started on the Orks, Chaos and Dark Eldar aircraft, this entry would reach monstrous proportions (well, more monstrous than it already has). The only aircraft that could maybe fly, and that's a very big maybe, are the Eldar and Tau. And that excludes [[http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Warhammer-40000/Tau/TAU-AIRCRAFT/TAU-ORCA-DROPSHIP.html that Tau dropship that looks like gussied-up cinderblock,]] obviously.

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** Most are modeled to resemble WWII propeller fighters but with jets instead of propellers, yet they supposedly can achieve speeds in excess of Mach 2. Take the Imperial Navy's air fighters. Real world aerodynamics would conspire to prevent this (though tough 40K materials in turn would conspire to prevent real life aerodynamics); though aerodynamics). Though enough brute force can make anything fly, it has rather greater trouble making anything ''turn'' (you ''turn'': you don't put the engine in the front in supersonic fighters, because it moves the Center of Weight fore of the center of pressure, and would make the fighter so stable in supersonic flight that no amount of control force would allow it to maneuver).maneuver. Let's not even get started on the Orks, Chaos and Dark Eldar aircraft, this entry would reach monstrous proportions (well, more monstrous than it already has). The only aircraft that could maybe fly, and that's a very big maybe, are the Eldar and Tau. And that excludes [[http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Warhammer-40000/Tau/TAU-AIRCRAFT/TAU-ORCA-DROPSHIP.html that Tau dropship that looks like gussied-up cinderblock,]] obviously.
25th Apr '18 3:24:16 PM StarSword
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* Early on in ''Film/TheATeam'', Murdock flies a helicopter as if it were a plane, notably [[ImprobablePilotingSkills performing a barrel roll with apparent ease]]--which the Huey ''[[RealityIsUnrealistic really can]]'' do, there's just no sane reason why you'd ever want to--,[[YouFailPhysicsForever angling the nose of the helicopter upward to "pull up"]] and stalling to the point of tumbling out of the air, but managing to recover. Which is precisely to point out how CrazyAwesome he is. The best part is, in order to evade a heat-seeking missile, Murdock switches off the engine of the helicopter for a moment the fact that there would ''still'' be a significant heat signature notwithstanding.

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* Early on in ''Film/TheATeam'', ''Film/TheATeam''
** In TheTeaser,
Murdock flies a helicopter as if it were a plane, notably [[ImprobablePilotingSkills performing a barrel roll with apparent ease]]--which the Huey ''[[RealityIsUnrealistic really can]]'' do, there's just no sane reason why you'd ever want to--,[[YouFailPhysicsForever to--[[ArtisticLicensePhysics angling the nose of the helicopter upward to "pull up"]] and stalling to the point of tumbling out of the air, but managing to recover. Which is precisely to point out how CrazyAwesome he is. The best part is, in order to evade a heat-seeking missile, Murdock switches off the engine of the helicopter for a moment the fact that there would ''still'' be a significant heat signature notwithstanding.notwithstanding.
** The fight scene with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Atomics_MQ-9_Reaper Reaper drones]] is utter nonsense. A Reaper couldn't intercept the A-Team's plane to begin with: the normal cruising speed of a C-130 is 336 mph (540 km/h) but the Reaper tops out at about 300 mph (482 km/h). Also, they aren't armed with machine guns, only missiles (and air-to-ground missiles at that), nor are they capable of the dogfighting-level maneuverability seen in the tank scene. They're designed for long loiter time in low-velocity flight, and are known to lose their connection to the satellite if they bank too hard to right or left.
10th Apr '18 9:13:00 AM isolato
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** The F-16s were provided by the Israeli Air Force, and while sporting American national insignia and USAF-like markings, they retained Israeli green-sand-brown camouflage on upper surfaces, which is ''very'' different from the USAF (or almost any other F-16 operator's) gray color scheme.
7th Apr '18 8:14:28 PM nombretomado
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* Finally, the most {{egregious}} offenses committed towards aviation, like everything else, comes from '''not doing the research'''. [[TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks Cable News]], with their need to report on any incident or accident as quickly as possible for the first scoop, will invariably use information gleaned from the most misinformed and unreliable sources and witnesses. This "information" is of course then exaggerated and spun to grab the audience, resulting in reports of 600 dead from a 25-passenger commuter aircraft, or cameras following a plane with a damaged landing gear, [[StuffBlowingUp in the hopes of catching a fireball barreling down the runway]]. Other examples come from doing half the research, and just shooting off aviation terms to sound technical.

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* Finally, the most {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} offenses committed towards aviation, like everything else, comes from '''not doing the research'''. [[TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks Cable News]], with their need to report on any incident or accident as quickly as possible for the first scoop, will invariably use information gleaned from the most misinformed and unreliable sources and witnesses. This "information" is of course then exaggerated and spun to grab the audience, resulting in reports of 600 dead from a 25-passenger commuter aircraft, or cameras following a plane with a damaged landing gear, [[StuffBlowingUp in the hopes of catching a fireball barreling down the runway]]. Other examples come from doing half the research, and just shooting off aviation terms to sound technical.



* ''Film/{{Midway}}'' was made with essentially no special-effects budget. One effect of this is that flying scenes are done with whatever StockFootage they could get their hands on. It's common for airplanes to change model in mid-flight; the most {{egregious}} example is an airplane that makes its landing approach as single-engine SBD Dauntless dive-bomber, but crashes onto the carrier's flight deck as a single-engine jet fighter (a [=McDonnell=] Banshee).

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* ''Film/{{Midway}}'' was made with essentially no special-effects budget. One effect of this is that flying scenes are done with whatever StockFootage they could get their hands on. It's common for airplanes to change model in mid-flight; the most {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} example is an airplane that makes its landing approach as single-engine SBD Dauntless dive-bomber, but crashes onto the carrier's flight deck as a single-engine jet fighter (a [=McDonnell=] Banshee).



* Creator/DanBrown committed an especially {{egregious}} one of these in ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'' when portraying Robert Langdon's transatlantic flight in a "Boeing X-33". In RealLife, the X-33 project never produced a working prototype, but even if it ''had'' done so, the X-33 was unmanned, too small to accommodate any payload at all, let-alone adequate life-support, and was built not by Boeing, but by their arch-rival Lockheed-Martin. While straying from factual accuracy in ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' could be chalked up to ArtisticLicenseHistory, the aviation inaccuracies here really can't be called anything short of CriticalResearchFailure.

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* Creator/DanBrown committed an especially {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} one of these in ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'' when portraying Robert Langdon's transatlantic flight in a "Boeing X-33". In RealLife, the X-33 project never produced a working prototype, but even if it ''had'' done so, the X-33 was unmanned, too small to accommodate any payload at all, let-alone adequate life-support, and was built not by Boeing, but by their arch-rival Lockheed-Martin. While straying from factual accuracy in ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' could be chalked up to ArtisticLicenseHistory, the aviation inaccuracies here really can't be called anything short of CriticalResearchFailure.



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' often falls into this trope such as showing a DC-9 and then having it be a twin aisle on the inside, but an {{egregious}} example comes in the episode "Fatbeard". Cartman plans to go to Somalia to become a pirate by flying Southwest to Miami, and the Dubai Air to Cairo. Problem is, Southwest doesn't serve Miami, and there is no such airline as "Dubai Air." The closest would be Emirates, who doesn't have a hub in Cairo, but rather Dubai...go figure. Also, no airline even flies Miami-Cairo. Based on a standard great circle routing, Miami is actually a very inconvenient connecting point for flights from the Middle East, since "up and over" towards the north pole is more direct.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' often falls into this trope such as showing a DC-9 and then having it be a twin aisle on the inside, but an {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} example comes in the episode "Fatbeard". Cartman plans to go to Somalia to become a pirate by flying Southwest to Miami, and the Dubai Air to Cairo. Problem is, Southwest doesn't serve Miami, and there is no such airline as "Dubai Air." The closest would be Emirates, who doesn't have a hub in Cairo, but rather Dubai...go figure. Also, no airline even flies Miami-Cairo. Based on a standard great circle routing, Miami is actually a very inconvenient connecting point for flights from the Middle East, since "up and over" towards the north pole is more direct.
28th Mar '18 9:08:01 PM ElSquibbonator
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** ''Where Eagles Dare'' still slips up by using a Bell Model 47-- an American helicopter that ''hadn't even been built'' when the movie takes place-- to represent a German Flettner Fl-282.

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** ''Where Eagles Dare'' still slips up by using a Bell Model 47-- an American helicopter that ''hadn't even been built'' when the movie takes place-- to represent a German helicopter, possibly meant to be a Flettner Fl-282.
28th Mar '18 9:05:24 PM ElSquibbonator
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** ''Where Eagles Dare'' still slips up by using a Bell Model 47-- an American helicopter that ''hadn't even been built'' when the movie takes place-- to represent a German Flettner Fl-282.
3rd Mar '18 7:19:29 PM coinneach
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* All ATC is referred to as "ground control," presumably because that's where the controllers are. There are actually several "levels," if you will, of air traffic control. Ground is only concerned with movements of vehicles on, well, [[StatingTheObvious the surface]]. Tower owns the runways and immediate surrounding airspace, Approach owns the airspace further out from a busy primary airport (generally 30 miles or so), and Center owns everything else.
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