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27th Aug '16 4:32:36 AM nighttrainfm
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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Victory of the Daleks" has Dalek technology co-opted by Britain during WorldWarII to produce Space ''Spitfires''.
** The "Series/DoctorWho" episode "When a Good Man Goes to War" has the exact same Spitfires returning to help The Doctor take control of a space station called Demons Run.

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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Victory of the Daleks" has Dalek technology co-opted by Britain during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII to produce Space ''Spitfires''.
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''Spitfires''. The "Series/DoctorWho" later episode "When a Good Man Goes to War" has the exact same Spitfires returning to help The the Doctor take control of a space station called Demons Run.
28th Jun '16 4:30:03 PM Nippertipper
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In essence, a spaceship that can take off ''and'' land like an aircraft, as well as looking like an aircraft. Many ships have Vertical Take Off Or Landing capabilities; these babies, though, can use a regular runway too.

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In essence, a spaceship that can take off ''and'' land like an aircraft, as well as also looking like an aircraft. Many ships have Vertical Take Off Or Landing capabilities; these babies, though, can use a regular runway too.
16th Jun '16 5:47:22 PM DarkHunter
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* The ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise is the king of this trope, featuring space planes that are also TransformingMecha -- but, perhaps surprisingly, they end up spending more time in plane form than mecha form. The earlier models of variable fighters generally required a lift from another craft to reach space but by the time of [[Anime/MacrossPlus Project Supernova]] they're capable of reaching orbit from planetary surfaces, even loaded down with an optional extra fold booster.
** [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Alto and Michel]] demonstrate the same again when escaping from Gallia IV

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* The ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise is the king of this trope, featuring space planes that are also TransformingMecha -- but, perhaps surprisingly, they end up spending more time in plane form than mecha form. The earlier models of variable fighters generally required a lift from another craft to reach space but by the time of [[Anime/MacrossPlus Project Supernova]] they're capable of reaching orbit from planetary surfaces, surfaces with relative ease, even loaded down with an optional extra fold booster.
** [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Alto and Michel]] demonstrate the same again when escaping from Gallia IV
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8th Jun '16 11:17:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of the purest examples of this trope is the [[http://www.planet3earth.co.uk/orion_3_spaceplane.htm "Orion III"]] SpacePlane model, which appeared briefly in ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.

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* One of the purest examples of this trope is the [[http://www.planet3earth.co.uk/orion_3_spaceplane.htm "Orion III"]] SpacePlane model, which appeared briefly in ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.



* ''Conquest of Space'' (1955). The Mars expedition lander is a giant winged spacecraft. For take-off however the wings are jettisoned and the rocket section tilted vertically for take-off. Problems arise on both landing (thanks to a crewman suffering from SpaceMadness grabbing the controls) and take-off (thanks to a quake knocking them off a vertical axis).

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* ''Conquest of Space'' ''Film/ConquestOfSpace'' (1955). The Mars expedition lander is a giant winged spacecraft. For take-off however the wings are jettisoned and the rocket section tilted vertically for take-off. Problems arise on both landing (thanks to a crewman suffering from SpaceMadness grabbing the controls) and take-off (thanks to a quake knocking them off a vertical axis).



* The Black Stallions from the novel of DaleBrown. They can go to orbit, as the first usage of one in ''Strike Force'' shows, but sub-orbital is enough most of the time.

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* The Black Stallions from the novel of DaleBrown.Creator/DaleBrown. They can go to orbit, as the first usage of one in ''Strike Force'' shows, but sub-orbital is enough most of the time.
25th Apr '16 5:53:21 AM Willbyr
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Imperial Navy's aircraft - as in, fighters and bombers designed primarily to operate in an atmosphere - are ''technically'' spaceplanes, as they can be launched off an Imperial Navy starship in orbit and can reach that starship from ground airbases once the fighting's over. In something of a subversion, the Imperial Navy's starfighters - like the Fury - are altogether much larger than standard aircraft and have a crew of around three, and while they can operate in an atmosphere it's not recommended because they're not designed for it.
** Though this is played straight where the more technologically advanced factions are concerned, as Eldar Vampires and Tau Mantas serve both as heavy ground attack aircraft in atmosphere and bombers in space.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the 40000}}'':
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Imperial Navy's aircraft - as aircraft--as in, fighters and bombers designed primarily to operate in an atmosphere - are atmosphere--are ''technically'' spaceplanes, as they can be launched off an Imperial Navy starship in orbit and can reach that starship from ground airbases once the fighting's over. In something of a subversion, the Imperial Navy's starfighters - starfighters, like the Fury - Fury, are altogether much larger than standard aircraft and have a crew of around three, and while they can operate in an atmosphere it's not recommended because they're not designed for it.
** Though this is played Played straight where for the more technologically advanced factions are concerned, factions, as Eldar Vampires and Tau Mantas serve both as heavy ground attack aircraft in atmosphere and bombers in space.


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3rd Apr '16 7:16:48 PM Berrenta
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13th Dec '15 4:01:18 PM nombretomado
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* [[XWingSeries X-Wings and Y-Wings]] don't typically count; they have repulsorlift coils and use them. But ''Starfighters of Adumar'' has a pilot recount the case of another pilot whose craft had been shot up so the repulsorlifts had stopped working, and who had instead approached the cleared landing zone on the local moonbase, dropping his skids as he got close. Wes can tell the story.

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* [[XWingSeries [[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wings and Y-Wings]] don't typically count; they have repulsorlift coils and use them. But ''Starfighters of Adumar'' has a pilot recount the case of another pilot whose craft had been shot up so the repulsorlifts had stopped working, and who had instead approached the cleared landing zone on the local moonbase, dropping his skids as he got close. Wes can tell the story.
6th Dec '15 3:35:04 PM AgentTasmania
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Saves you the cost of a space launcher that you only use once. The obvious technical issue is that you need a store of liquid oxygen on board for the actual space bit of the journey--as you need something to burn the hydrogen with once the air gets too thin. Another issue is the ability to get to Mach 25, but that's not too hard.

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Saves you the cost of a space launcher that you only use once. The obvious technical issue is that you need a store of liquid oxygen on board for the actual space bit of the journey--as you need something to burn the hydrogen with once the air gets too thin. Another issue is the ability to get to Mach 25, but that's not too hard.
hard. Both of these obviated by the Sci Fi favourite propulsions of fusion torches, antimatter annihilators, reactionless drives and what have you.
9th Nov '15 12:09:23 PM decimator1337
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* Possibly the most extreme example of all: In ''VideoGame/JudgmentRites'', Trelane's spaceship is a Fokker DR-1 triplane like the Red Baron's. It fights the [[CoolStarship Enterprise]] during one mission, and may very easily defeat it.
6th Nov '15 2:40:50 PM margdean56
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In essence, a spaceship that can take off ''and'' land like an aircraft, as well as looking like an aircraft. Many ships have Vertical Take Off Or Landing capabilities, these babies though can use a regular runway too.

Saves you the cost of a space launcher that you only use once. The obvious technical issue is that you need a store of liquid oxygen on board for the actual space bit of the journey- as you need something to burn the hydrogen with once the air gets too thin. Another issue is the ability to get to Mach 25, but that's not too hard.

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In essence, a spaceship that can take off ''and'' land like an aircraft, as well as looking like an aircraft. Many ships have Vertical Take Off Or Landing capabilities, capabilities; these babies though babies, though, can use a regular runway too.

Saves you the cost of a space launcher that you only use once. The obvious technical issue is that you need a store of liquid oxygen on board for the actual space bit of the journey- as journey--as you need something to burn the hydrogen with once the air gets too thin. Another issue is the ability to get to Mach 25, but that's not too hard.



Though in some settings the definition "Must be able to takeoff, fly into orbit, and land again" may not entirely apply as the ship in question may be used in both atmosphere and space but it is unclear if they can fly from the ground to orbit. In settings with multiple habitable worlds this definition wouldn't work at all, as that distance changes. Space Planes may be launched by TheBattlestar, descend into the upper atmosphere and come back up (or not), but may not be able to land on a terrestrial runway ''at all''; many space fighters do lack wheels as a part of their landing gear.

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Though in some settings the definition "Must be able to takeoff, take off, fly into orbit, and land again" may not entirely apply as the ship in question may be used in both atmosphere and space but it is unclear if they can fly from the ground to orbit. In settings with multiple habitable worlds this definition wouldn't work at all, as that distance changes. Space Planes may be launched by TheBattlestar, descend into the upper atmosphere and come back up (or not), but may not be able to land on a terrestrial runway ''at all''; many space fighters do lack wheels as a part of their landing gear.
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