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1st May '17 4:46:46 PM Az_Tech341
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** They also once had a board game in the same setting, ''TabletoGame/TerrorOfTheSkies''.

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** They also once had have a board game in the same setting, ''TabletoGame/TerrorOfTheSkies''.
1st May '17 3:44:36 AM shadowbeast
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* Liesel Schwarz' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfLightAndShadow'' series features much, much use of airship travel, so of course the third book, ''Sky Pirates'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pirates]].


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** They also once had a board game in the same setting, ''TabletoGame/TerrorOfTheSkies''.


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* ''TabletopGame/SunderedSkies'' is set in a {{WorldInTheSky}}, so there is little choice but to travel by airship; so there is obviously the odd pirate.
27th Apr '17 6:30:04 PM ElSquibbonator
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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.

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* In legal terms, the phrase "air piracy" just means the illegal hijacking or 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.



* When US Navy pilot (and future Senator) John [=McCain=] was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese, he was [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] into making false confessions of war crimes for a propaganda video. One of the ways he tried to subvert the propaganda was declaring himself an "air pirate" during the confession.

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* When US Navy pilot (and future Senator) Senator and Presidential candidate) John [=McCain=] was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese, he was [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] into making false confessions of war crimes for a propaganda video. One of the ways he tried to subvert the propaganda was declaring himself an "air pirate" during the confession.
9th Mar '17 2:56:03 PM EthanLac
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* The Pirate Otters from ''[[VideoGame/MagicalVacation Magical Starsign]]'' certainly fit the bill, being modeled after 18th-century pirates, complete with the (space)ship design from that era.
7th Mar '17 9:20:23 PM mlsmithca
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** ''Manga/OnePiece'' itself has a [[WordOfGod canon]] movie villain, "Gold Lion" Shiki, that definitely qualifies. Considering [[{{Flight}} his Devil Fruit power]] [[PowerFloats essentially gives him]] [[MindOverMatter near limitless telekinesis]], he doesn't have so much a flying ship as a ''flying armada made of a '''flying archipelago.'''''

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** ''Manga/OnePiece'' itself has a [[WordOfGod canon]] movie villain, "Gold Lion" Shiki, that definitely qualifies. Considering [[{{Flight}} his Devil Fruit power]] [[PowerFloats essentially gives him]] [[MindOverMatter near limitless telekinesis]], he doesn't have so much a flying ship as a ''flying armada made of a a'' '''flying archipelago.''''''''



* ''Anime/LastExile's'' ship ''Sylvana'' is more of a one-ship rebellion than a pirate ship, but it's [[SoCoolItsAwesome so cool]] that it's close enough. And then we have the group of sky pirates in [[Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing the sequel series.]]

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* ''Anime/LastExile's'' ship ''Sylvana'' is more of a one-ship rebellion than a pirate ship, but it's [[SoCoolItsAwesome so cool]] cool that it's close enough. And then we have the group of sky pirates in [[Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing the sequel series.]]
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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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''.
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