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21st Mar '16 3:46:51 PM MitchellTF
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* Operation Focus was the opening airstrike by Israel at the start of the [[ArabIsraeliConflict Six-Day War of 1967]]. At 07:45 on June 5, 1967, the Israeli Air Force launched a massive airstrike, using very nearly every airworthy plane they had, which destroyed the majority of the Egyptian air force on the ground. By noon, the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian Air Forces, with about 450 aircraft, were destroyed, allowing the Israelis to enjoy air supremacy for the entire war.

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* Operation Focus was the opening airstrike by Israel at the start of the [[ArabIsraeliConflict Six-Day War of 1967]]. At 07:45 on June 5, 1967, the Israeli Air Force launched a massive airstrike, using very nearly every airworthy plane they had, which destroyed the majority of the Egyptian air force on the ground. By noon, the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian Air Forces, with about 450 aircraft, were destroyed, allowing the Israelis to enjoy air supremacy for the entire war. The war only lasted six days.
7th Mar '16 5:53:00 PM justanid
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Compare with CoupDeGrace, SickbedSlaying, and SlainInTheirSleep.
22nd Dec '15 12:23:22 PM EDP
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Taranto Night of Taranto]], in which British carrier-launched bombers disabled three (out of six) of the Italian Navy's battleships (one, the ''Cavour'', was never repaired), plus two cruisers and two planes, with the original plan of finishing the job the following night being scrapped due bad weather. Notably, [[FollowTheLeader this inspired the attack on Pearl Harbor]]: Pearl Harbor, like Taranto, was a very shallow harbour (hence why the Americans didn't bother to deploy torpedo nets. The Italians, being more GenreSavvy, were deploying their own, but just hadn't made enough nets yet), and the Japanese, who were already studying how to pull it off, used the data from the attack to perfect their own plans.
** Often pulled by the Italians themselves: during WorldWarI [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_Wien they would use small motorboats with torpedoes strapped on them to infiltrate Austro-Hungarian harbours and sink the warships there]] and invented the manned torpedo to deal with the increased surveillance and the deploying of torpedo nets (the former wasn't much of a problem, but [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakar_mockery the latter had foiled attempts at repeating the performance]]), an invention they used to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_on_Alexandria_%281941%29 take revenge for the events of Taranto by sinking two battleships moored at Alexandria]].
21st Oct '15 7:49:43 AM StFan
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Historically, a combat pilot would get no credit for destroying an enemy plane while it was still on the ground, until the Americans began to grant credit for such kills during WorldWarII[[note]]It was decided that it was better to destroy a German fighter on the ground rather than risk letting it take down an American bomber or two in the air later.[[/note]]. It was theoretically possible to become an ace by only destroying planes on the ground, although German airfields tended to be very heavily defended by [[AntiAir anti-aircraft]] [[MoreDakka batteries]] that could do wonders for shortening your flying career.

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Historically, a combat pilot would get no credit for destroying an enemy plane while it was still on the ground, until the Americans began to grant credit for such kills during WorldWarII[[note]]It UsefulNotes/WorldWarII[[note]]It was decided that it was better to destroy a German fighter on the ground rather than risk letting it take down an American bomber or two in the air later.[[/note]]. It was theoretically possible to become an ace by only destroying planes on the ground, although German airfields tended to be very heavily defended by [[AntiAir anti-aircraft]] [[MoreDakka batteries]] that could do wonders for shortening your flying career.



* Clive Cussler's ''The Mediterranean Caper''. A WorldWarI biplane strafes a U.S. Air Force base and destroys a number of F-105 Starfire jet fighters and C-133 Cargomasters while they're helpless on the ground.

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* Clive Cussler's ''The Mediterranean Caper''. A WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI biplane strafes a U.S. Air Force base and destroys a number of F-105 Starfire jet fighters and C-133 Cargomasters while they're helpless on the ground.



** Several ''StarFleetBattles'' scenarios involved ships being caught by surprise attacks while in orbit or docked to a space station. The scenario usually had rules for "powering up" ship systems so the ships could fight.
** ''{{Starfire}}'' scenario "The Paurl Harbor Raid". Rigellian carriers smashed Khanate battleships "at anchor" in Paurl Harbor, an obvious ShoutOut to "Pearl Harbor".

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** Several ''StarFleetBattles'' ''TabletopGame/StarFleetBattles'' scenarios involved ships being caught by surprise attacks while in orbit or docked to a space station. The scenario usually had rules for "powering up" ship systems so the ships could fight.
** ''{{Starfire}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Starfire}}'' scenario "The Paurl Harbor Raid". Rigellian carriers smashed Khanate battleships "at anchor" in Paurl Harbor, an obvious ShoutOut to "Pearl Harbor".
12th Oct '15 5:05:15 PM kchishol
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** On the other hand, this happened when the Germans tried protecting U-Boats by using mounted anti-aircraft guns to shoot at Allied warplanes. Unfortunately for the U-Boats, those pilots quickly got over their surprise by realizing that in order to use those guns have to stay stationary and surfaced, and thus a sitting duck target worth facing the firepower.
8th Aug '15 5:48:14 PM LtFedora
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** One of the main reasons ''why'' the Americans were sitting ducks in Pearl Harbor was partially due to surprise, and partially due to being GenreSavvy in the wrong department. In Hawaii, while no one was prepared for an aerial attack, the top brass at Oahu were more concerned with possible saboteurs, since the appeatance of Hawaii's natives made it hard to tell a native apart from a Japanese spy. For this reason, the fighters were organized in large, clustered groups which made them easier to guard and watch over, but also made quick takeoffs in an emergency, such as, say, an aerial attack, all but impossible....

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** One of the main reasons ''why'' the Americans were sitting ducks in Pearl Harbor was partially due to surprise, and partially due to being GenreSavvy in the wrong department. In Hawaii, while no one was prepared for an aerial attack, the top brass at Oahu were more concerned with possible saboteurs, since the appeatance appearance of Hawaii's natives made it hard to tell a native apart from a Japanese spy. For this reason, the fighters were organized in large, clustered groups which made them easier to guard and watch over, but also made quick takeoffs in an emergency, such as, say, an aerial attack, all but impossible....



** The German Luftwaffe's victories over the Polish, French and Soviet air forces early in WWII were mostly from destroying enemy planes on the ground, rather than in the air.

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** The German Luftwaffe's victories over the Polish, French French, and Soviet air forces early in WWII were mostly from destroying enemy planes on the ground, rather than in the air.air. The initial successes in the Battle of Britain came from the Luftwaffe targeting RAF airfields; though most British planes often made it into the air for each engagement, the Germans would bomb runways to ensure that landing was more difficult.
16th Jul '15 6:46:44 PM nombretomado
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* In ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'', the Jovian Lizards hit the Nadesico while it's landed to pick up survivors of the invasion of Mars, giving Yurika the SadisticChoice of turning on the ships' DeflectorShields - crushing the refugees beneath it - or letting the attack destroy the Nadesico (likely killing most of the refugees when it crashed in flames). She chooses the former, but not without some angsting.

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* In ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'', ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', the Jovian Lizards hit the Nadesico while it's landed to pick up survivors of the invasion of Mars, giving Yurika the SadisticChoice of turning on the ships' DeflectorShields - crushing the refugees beneath it - or letting the attack destroy the Nadesico (likely killing most of the refugees when it crashed in flames). She chooses the former, but not without some angsting.
28th Jun '15 4:49:20 PM nombretomado
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* Used in both series of ''Franchise/{{Battlestar Galactica}}'', in different ways. In the [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic original series]], the Cylons planned to attack the ''[[TheBattlestar Galactica]]'' while all of her pilots were being honored at a party on the planet Carillon. Fortunately, Commander Adama was far too GenreSavvy to let that happen, and came up with a BatmanGambit of his own.
** In [[{{Series/BattleStarGalacticaReimagined}} the reboot series]], the Cylons were able to ''[[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard invoke]]'' this trope via a computer virus that [[EverythingIsOnline remotely shut down all of the Colonial fleet's systems]], leaving their ships adrift in space at the [[CurbstompBattle worst possible moment]].

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* Used in both series of ''Franchise/{{Battlestar Galactica}}'', in different ways. In the [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 original series]], the Cylons planned to attack the ''[[TheBattlestar Galactica]]'' while all of her pilots were being honored at a party on the planet Carillon. Fortunately, Commander Adama was far too GenreSavvy to let that happen, and came up with a BatmanGambit of his own.
** In [[{{Series/BattleStarGalacticaReimagined}} [[Series/BattleStarGalactica2003 the reboot series]], the Cylons were able to ''[[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard invoke]]'' this trope via a computer virus that [[EverythingIsOnline remotely shut down all of the Colonial fleet's systems]], leaving their ships adrift in space at the [[CurbstompBattle worst possible moment]].
21st Jun '15 9:41:30 AM DeisTheAlcano
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7th Jun '15 4:24:16 AM Morgenthaler
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->''"Your ships are very impressive in the air, or in space, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy but at this moment]], [[MagnificentBastard they are on the ground]]."''

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->''"Your ships are very impressive in the air, or in space, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy but at this moment]], [[MagnificentBastard moment, they are on the ground]].ground."''
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