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5th Feb '17 2:56:03 AM DaibhidC
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* A three-episode mini-arc in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' featured a band of pirates in a flying galleon called the ''Queen James''. Puss asks how the ship flies, but doesn't get an answer.
20th Jan '17 4:27:53 PM Vilui
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Following all of the tropes applicable to {{pirate}}s except for using aeroplanes (or better yet, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]], especially [[CoolAirship cool ones]], or even better: [[{{Pun}} flying boats!]]) instead of boats, Sky Pirates (sometimes referred to as "Air Pirates") were fairly popular in the early days of aviation, though they were soon eclipsed by SpacePirates once aeroplanes became less novel. Nowadays, Sky Pirates are mostly found in the yellowing pages of 1920's and 30's comics and {{pulp magazine}}s, [[TwoFistedTales in modern media intended to evoke that era]], and in {{Steampunk}} settings.

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Following all of the tropes applicable to {{pirate}}s except for using aeroplanes (or better yet, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]], especially [[CoolAirship cool ones]], or even better: [[{{Pun}} flying boats!]]) instead of boats, Sky Pirates (sometimes referred to as "Air Pirates") were fairly popular in the early days of aviation, though they were soon eclipsed by SpacePirates once aeroplanes became less novel. Nowadays, Sky Pirates are mostly found in the yellowing pages of 1920's 1920s and 30's 30s comics and {{pulp magazine}}s, [[TwoFistedTales in modern media intended to evoke that era]], and in {{Steampunk}} settings.



* ''TabletopGame/CrimsonSkies'', later made into several video games. In an AlternateHistory setting where the United States of America broke up early in the 30's, and no interstate road or rail network, freight is instead delivered by air cargo services operating [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld massive cargo zeppelins]]; these are in turn preyed upon by air pirates.

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* ''TabletopGame/CrimsonSkies'', later made into several video games. In an AlternateHistory setting where the United States of America broke up early in the 30's, 30s, and no interstate road or rail network, freight is instead delivered by air cargo services operating [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld massive cargo zeppelins]]; these are in turn preyed upon by air pirates.
15th Jan '17 3:42:03 AM TheBushranger
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[[caption-width-right:313:A ninja's second-worst nightmare.[[note]]They could also be on fire.[[/note]]]]
7th Dec '16 12:29:20 PM ElSquibbonator
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No Sky Pirate story is truly complete without at least one AirborneAircraftCarrier. Huge {{zeppelin|sFromAnotherWorld}}s and giant flying boats are par for the course as well, as are other [[ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines magnificent flying machines]]. The punishment of [[WalkThePlank walking the plank]] is especially deadly when it's administered by a sky pirate after a HighAltitudeBattle.

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No Sky Pirate story is truly complete without at least one AirborneAircraftCarrier. Huge {{zeppelin|sFromAnotherWorld}}s and giant flying boats are par for the course as well, as are other [[ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines magnificent flying machines]]. In a more realistic setting, they may simply be RuthlessModernPirates with an aircraft. The punishment of [[WalkThePlank walking the plank]] is especially deadly when it's administered by a sky pirate after a HighAltitudeBattle.



* In April 1917, in the midst of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Imperial German [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelin]] ''L23'' that was on sea patrol came across an honest-to-goodness wooden sailing ship that was transporting a non-war related cargo. It was the Norwegian schooner ''Royal'', and was a holdover from a different era of shipping. TheCaptain of the Zeppelin then gave an order said to be unique in aircraft history: "Gentlemen, prepare to board our prize!" Unfortunately, as the boat from the Zeppelin was being lowered, the rough seas caused them to lose their machine gun overboard. So instead, the Zeppelin crew ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome bluffed the schooner into submission with a flare gun]]''. They sailed the schooner all the way back to Germany! These boardings weren't all that unusual, either: Zeppelins sometimes boarded sea vessels to check their papers and cargo holds, but this was the only time they actually ''pirated'' a vessel.

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* In legal terms, the phrase "air piracy" just means the illegal theft of an aircraft. However, there's at least one instance that really does call this trope to mind. In April 1917, in the midst of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Imperial German [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelin]] ''L23'' that was on sea patrol came across an honest-to-goodness wooden sailing ship from a non-combatant country that was transporting a non-war related cargo. It was the Norwegian schooner ''Royal'', and was a holdover from a different era of shipping. TheCaptain of the Zeppelin then gave an order said to be unique in aircraft history: "Gentlemen, prepare to board our prize!" Unfortunately, as the boat from the Zeppelin was being lowered, the rough seas caused them to lose their machine gun overboard. So instead, the Zeppelin crew ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome bluffed the schooner into submission with a flare gun]]''. They sailed the schooner all the way back to Germany! These boardings weren't all that unusual, either: Zeppelins sometimes boarded sea vessels to check their papers and cargo holds, but this was the only time they actually ''pirated'' a vessel.
1st Dec '16 3:14:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/StephenHunt's ''The Court of the Air'' features airships as the main fighting force of one nation, the sole power with access to the {{Unobtainium}} necessary to keep them afloat. Better yet, the eponymous Court of the Air is a secret, ultra-elite, {{Badass}} organization of magic-wielding OneManArmy types. And their base is a floating fortress that is not only higher into the atmosphere than any airships other than their own can reach, but remains anchored there ''permanently''.

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* Creator/StephenHunt's ''The Court of the Air'' features airships as the main fighting force of one nation, the sole power with access to the {{Unobtainium}} necessary to keep them afloat. Better yet, the eponymous Court of the Air is a secret, ultra-elite, {{Badass}} badass organization of magic-wielding OneManArmy types. And their base is a floating fortress that is not only higher into the atmosphere than any airships other than their own can reach, but remains anchored there ''permanently''.
8th Sep '16 8:36:10 AM Veanne
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* ''Literature/SkiesUnbroken'' is an AfterTheEnd (a societal collapse) WorldInTheSky. It had sky privateers and pirates proper, and some of the main characters actually used to be sky pirates.
22nd Jul '16 3:17:01 PM CrypticMirror
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* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Sky Pirates!'' blurred the line between this trope and SpacePirates.

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* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Sky Pirates!'' blurred the line between this trope and SpacePirates.SpacePirates with its setting being a solar system within a pocket universe which is fully pressurized with a breathable atmosphere. The pirates (and all the other "space" ships) are able to travel in a variety of non-airtight steampunk-esque vessels, some with open decks.
17th Jul '16 1:43:01 AM GravityBone
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* Podcast/DiceFunk features the antagonistic Blackhearts, a group of pirates flying an airship dubbed the Zavala.
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4th Jul '16 1:19:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has [[TheObiWan Julio Scoundrel]], who owns a large Airship, the ''Mechane'', and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0392.html "admits to nothing, but has it on good authority that there are several attractive young heiresses that are quite shamefully lax in securing their most valuable jewelry."]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has [[TheObiWan Julio Scoundrel]], Scoundrel, who owns a large Airship, the ''Mechane'', and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0392.html "admits to nothing, but has it on good authority that there are several attractive young heiresses that are quite shamefully lax in securing their most valuable jewelry."]]
28th Jun '16 4:15:15 PM Nippertipper
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Following all of the tropes applicable to {{pirate}}s except for using aeroplanes (or better yet, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]], especially [[CoolAirship cool ones]], or even better: [[{{Pun}} flying boats!]]) instead of boats, Sky Pirates (sometimes referred to as "Air Pirates") were fairly popular in the early days of aviation, though they were soon eclipsed by SpacePirates once aeroplanes became less novel. Nowadays, Sky Pirates are mostly found in the yellowing pages of 1920s and 1930s comics and {{pulp magazine}}s, [[TwoFistedTales in modern media intended to evoke that era]], and in {{Steampunk}} settings.

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Following all of the tropes applicable to {{pirate}}s except for using aeroplanes (or better yet, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]], especially [[CoolAirship cool ones]], or even better: [[{{Pun}} flying boats!]]) instead of boats, Sky Pirates (sometimes referred to as "Air Pirates") were fairly popular in the early days of aviation, though they were soon eclipsed by SpacePirates once aeroplanes became less novel. Nowadays, Sky Pirates are mostly found in the yellowing pages of 1920s 1920's and 1930s 30's comics and {{pulp magazine}}s, [[TwoFistedTales in modern media intended to evoke that era]], and in {{Steampunk}} settings.
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