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29th Aug '16 10:40:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the [[{{Steampunk}} steampunk]] [[TheGloryThatWasRome Roman Empire]] that dominates the Roma Aeterna timeline in ''TabletopGame/GURPSAlternateEarths'', the only native heavier-than-air flyer is the ''jactavolans'', an incredibly dangerous melding of Roman glider and Chinese rocket technology used for scouting and courier purposes. In game terms, you have to roll Piloting checks on takeoff (to see if the rockets explode) ''and'' landing (to see if you crash). All ''jactavolans'' pilots are state-owned slaves who receive both their freedom and Roman citizenship if they survive a five-year term of service.

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* In the [[{{Steampunk}} steampunk]] [[TheGloryThatWasRome [[UsefulNotes/TheGloryThatWasRome Roman Empire]] that dominates the Roma Aeterna timeline in ''TabletopGame/GURPSAlternateEarths'', the only native heavier-than-air flyer is the ''jactavolans'', an incredibly dangerous melding of Roman glider and Chinese rocket technology used for scouting and courier purposes. In game terms, you have to roll Piloting checks on takeoff (to see if the rockets explode) ''and'' landing (to see if you crash). All ''jactavolans'' pilots are state-owned slaves who receive both their freedom and Roman citizenship if they survive a five-year term of service.
18th Aug '16 2:34:02 PM NozzDogg
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* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the H'Slit tribes of Venus make sail-ships, gliders and sail-planes out of wood, bone and incredibly carved stone fittings. The largest are capable of up to a dozen Venusians. It is likely these contraptions only fly due to the immense heat rising from Venus's depths.
16th Aug '16 7:11:04 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* The ideas of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Lana_de_Terzi Francesco Lana de Terzi]], an Italian Jesuitic priest of the XVII century deserve mention here. He envisioned what basically was a flying boat, where lift would be given by copper spheres with no air inside[[note]]The design would not work, beginning with the atmospheric pressure crushing the spheres[[/note]].
22nd Jun '16 6:56:31 PM JMQwilleran
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* On ''WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain'', "Dinosaur Train: Zeppelin Adventure" is a two-part special featuring the latest innovation from Dinosaur Train Industries: a zeppelin. It doesn't seem to travel through time, but it can the characters places that the train and the submarine can't. It comes complete with its own catchy theme tune.
14th Jun '16 2:58:49 AM ProfessorDetective
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** ''Anime/SherlockHound'' has many examples, the biggest of which being Episode Five: 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle' where Moriarty uses a pink, Pterodactyl-shaped biplane as a distraction for a jewel heist and Episode Ten: 'The White Cliffs of Dover' concerning a rash of sabotages with the Royal Mail's air service to Europe and sees the return of the aforementioned Pterodactyl.



** The steam-powered, wing-flapping aircraft of ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' are beautiful examples, including both giant war-planes and small [[FlyingCar commuter craft]]. Eventually, the castle itself becomes an example.

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** The steam-powered, wing-flapping aircraft of ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' are beautiful examples, including both giant war-planes warplanes and small [[FlyingCar commuter craft]]. Eventually, the castle itself becomes an example.
6th May '16 8:59:10 AM Piando
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* The various steampunk-ish aircraft seen in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''TheLegendOfKorra'' are generally pretty plausible, but Asami's airship is as magnificent as it is impossible. It looks like the offspring of a blimp and a skyscraper, being mostly made of glass and metal and featuring an excessively huge and lavishly-decorated bridge. Eight comparatively small propellers attached to the back half of the ship (via huge and ornate metal frames) supposedly keep the monster airborne.

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* The various steampunk-ish aircraft seen in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''TheLegendOfKorra'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' are generally pretty plausible, but Asami's airship is as magnificent as it is impossible. It looks like the offspring of a blimp and a skyscraper, being mostly made of glass and metal and featuring an excessively huge and lavishly-decorated bridge. Eight comparatively small propellers attached to the back half of the ship (via huge and ornate metal frames) supposedly keep the monster airborne.
19th Feb '16 2:17:03 PM Sturmtrommel
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Gigantic}}'' each team of heroes arrive on the battlefield aboard a winged airship and re-spawn there if they die in combat.
19th Jan '16 3:08:15 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/{{Updraft}}'', use of hang-glider-esque wings to fly around and between the [[SkyscraperCity towers of the city]] is routine, and Kirit is very keen to pass her tests and become an airborne trader like her mother. These wings are also used for combat, both against monsters and in duels (including TrialByCombat). There do not seem to be any larger air vehicles, however; or powered ones.
15th Jan '16 4:40:00 AM DaibhidC
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* ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'' has Leonard of Quirm's Flapping-Wing-Flying-Device (ornithopter). A model briefly appears in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', but in the game he's built a full-size version. [[spoiler: Which Lewton flies in the final battle with Nylonathotep]].

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* ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'' has Leonard of Quirm's Flapping-Wing-Flying-Device (ornithopter).(pedal-powered ornithopter). A model briefly appears in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', but in the game he's built a full-size version. [[spoiler: Which Lewton flies in the final battle with Nylonathotep]].
15th Jan '16 3:47:21 AM DaibhidC
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* ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'' has Leonard of Quirm's Flapping-Wing-Flying-Device (ornithopter). A model briefly appears in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', but in the game he's built a full-size version. [[spoiler: Which Lewton flies in the final battle with Nylonathotep]].
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