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11th Oct '17 7:10:19 AM RedScharlach
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The Millenium Falcon is the TropeNamer for WhatAPieceOfJunk for a reason, especially in the ExpandedUniverse.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The Millenium Millennium Falcon is the TropeNamer for WhatAPieceOfJunk for a reason, especially in the ExpandedUniverse.



** The crew of Apollo 13 effected a successful repair of their craft and safely returned to Earth after one of their Oxygen tanks exploded (as seen in [[Film/{{Apollo 13}} the film]]).

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** The crew of Apollo 13 effected a successful repair of their craft and safely returned to Earth after one of their Oxygen oxygen tanks exploded (as seen in [[Film/{{Apollo 13}} the film]]).



** Additionaly, many older multi-engine airplanes (mostly made during/before the 1950s) were actually ''designed'' so a mechanic could access the engines mid-flight through a cramped tunnel burried in the wing. Even earlier airplanes (First World War vintage) considered it a matter of routine for the mechanic to do a wing-walk to maintain the notably finicky engines while the plane was underway. These days engines are so reliable that a breakdown is considered truely exceptional rather than uncommon.

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** Additionaly, Additionally, many older multi-engine airplanes (mostly made during/before the 1950s) were actually ''designed'' so a mechanic could access the engines mid-flight through a cramped tunnel burried buried in the wing. Even earlier airplanes (First World War vintage) considered it a matter of routine for the mechanic to do a wing-walk to maintain the notably finicky engines while the plane was underway. These days engines are so reliable that a breakdown is considered truely truly exceptional rather than uncommon.



** Three years before Jackson, a Sergeant James Allen Ward did the exact same thing in his Wellington bomber: when the starboard engine caught fire, he tied a rope to himself, and punched holes in the Wellington's fabric wings for handholds, and managed to climb out to the engine and smother the fire with a blanket-and then he ''climbed back in'' and flew the plane home.

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** Three years before Jackson, a Sergeant James Allen Ward did the exact same thing in his Wellington bomber: when the starboard engine caught fire, he tied a rope to himself, and punched holes in the Wellington's fabric wings for handholds, and managed to climb out to the engine and smother the fire with a blanket-and blanket--and then he ''climbed back in'' and flew the plane home.
4th Jul '17 1:47:25 PM HeroGal2347
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-->-- '''Scrooge [=McDuck=]''', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', [[Recap/DuckTalesS1E57TheUncrashableHindentanic "The Uncrashable Hindentanic"]]

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-->-- '''Scrooge [=McDuck=]''', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', [[Recap/DuckTalesS1E57TheUncrashableHindentanic "The Uncrashable Hindentanic"]]
14th May '17 12:02:45 AM Killerweinerdog
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* In line with the real life example below, ''Film/Flyboys'' has a scene featuring a German bomber crewman walking out on the wing to conduct some maintenance on one of the bomber's engines. Not that it helps much in the end, as the bomber is shot down not moments later.
13th May '17 11:58:37 PM Killerweinerdog
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** Three years before Jackson, a Sergeant James Allen Ward did the exact same thing in his Wellington bomber: when the starboard engine caught fire, he tied a rope to himself, and punched holes in the Wellington's fabric wings for handholds, and managed to climb out to the engine and smother the fire with a blanket-and then he ''climbed back in'' and flew the plane home.
1st Jan '16 8:57:30 PM Piando
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* In an episode of ''CodeGeass R2'', not only was Kallen's HumongousMecha repaired as it was falling into the ocean, it was ''upgraded''. By [[MundaneMadeAwesome shooting the necessary parts at it]] from a submarine. [[RuleOfCool In Missiles]].

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* In an episode of ''CodeGeass ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', not only was Kallen's HumongousMecha repaired as it was falling into the ocean, it was ''upgraded''. By [[MundaneMadeAwesome shooting the necessary parts at it]] from a submarine. [[RuleOfCool In Missiles]].



* In the WorldWarII novel ''Hornet Flight'', the hero has to refuel his plane in mid-air.

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* In the WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII novel ''Hornet Flight'', the hero has to refuel his plane in mid-air.



* Happens in an episode of ''FatherTed'' where Ted patches up the fuel line of the plane he and Dougal are flying on.

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* Happens in an episode of ''FatherTed'' ''Series/FatherTed'' where Ted patches up the fuel line of the plane he and Dougal are flying on.
1st Jan '16 8:56:22 PM Piando
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14th Nov '15 6:52:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' has two examples - once in [[Anime/ReadOrDie the original OVA]], where Yomiko's paper airplane takes a nosedive off of a skyscraper because she forgot the tail, and once in [[RODTheTV the TV series]], where a crashing jumbo jet is saved by wrapping it in paper and turning it into a giant bird.

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* ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' has two examples - once in [[Anime/ReadOrDie the original OVA]], where Yomiko's paper airplane takes a nosedive off of a skyscraper because she forgot the tail, and once in [[RODTheTV [[Anime/RODTheTV the TV series]], where a crashing jumbo jet is saved by wrapping it in paper and turning it into a giant bird.
1st Nov '15 10:36:16 AM eroock
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8th Oct '15 6:13:25 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in ''[[UltimateXMen Ultimate X-Men]]'' where Jean rather sarcastically mentions to Beast that he doesn't have to do mid-air repairs when the plane is functioning fine.
* In ''[[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA Secret Files]]'' #1, Speed Saunders does a mid-air patch job on his hot air balloon after it springs a leak while aloft.

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* Played with in ''[[UltimateXMen Ultimate X-Men]]'' ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' where Jean rather sarcastically mentions to Beast that he doesn't have to do mid-air repairs when the plane is functioning fine.
* In ''[[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica ''[[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA Secret Files]]'' #1, Speed Saunders does a mid-air patch job on his hot air balloon after it springs a leak while aloft.
24th Jun '15 11:08:16 AM Saber15
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* In ''Videogame/PlanetSide 2'', aircraft will start to plummet and catch on fire when their health is critical. A utility module, the fire suppression system, allows one to restore the vehicle from critical health and regain engine power. Many enterprising pilots have taken advantage of players inheriting the vehicles momentum when bailing by sending the aircraft in a flat spin, ''bailing out'', and repairing it from outside while falling alongside it in a ballistic trajectory, before climbing back in and flying away.
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