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4th Dec '17 2:01:12 PM Spindriver
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* Whenever the generic ''TabletopGame/GURPS'' line tackles more or less {{Steampunk}} themes, it naturally tends to involve the odd eccentric flying contraption. For example:

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* Whenever the generic ''TabletopGame/GURPS'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' line tackles more or less {{Steampunk}} themes, it naturally tends to involve the odd eccentric flying contraption. For example:
4th Dec '17 1:58:31 PM Spindriver
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* In the [[{{Steampunk}} steampunk]] [[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.

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* Whenever the generic ''TabletopGame/GURPS'' line tackles more or less {{Steampunk}} themes, it naturally tends to involve the odd eccentric flying contraption. For example:
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In the [[{{Steampunk}} steampunk]] {{steampunk}} [[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.service.
** The original ''GURPS Steampunk'' supplement featured a few instances, statted out for the Third Edition of the game. They were re-statted for the Fourth Edition in ''GURPS Vehicles: Steampunk Conveyances.''
26th Nov '17 5:11:16 PM FTD
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* Gregor's steampunk balloon-ship in ''Film/Waterworld''.

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* Gregor's steampunk balloon-ship in ''Film/Waterworld''.''Film/{{Waterworld}}''.
26th Nov '17 5:10:35 PM FTD
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* Gregor's steampunk balloon-ship in ''Film/Waterworld''.
21st Nov '17 7:33:36 AM girlyboy
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Generally, a magnificent flying aachine will have one or several of the following features:

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Generally, a magnificent flying aachine machine will have one or several of the following features:
21st Nov '17 7:08:01 AM girlyboy
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In more fantasy-oriented works, SkyPirates may make use of that trope to plow [[TheSkyIsAnOcean the ocean of air]] in their search for prey. {{Floating Continent}}s and a WorldInTheSky may or may not be involved. Please don't try to take this trope ''too'' far into the realm of fantasy, though. Letting flight be entirely explained by ''magic'', for example, would not have the same feel or meaning for the story. A flying ship kept airborne by a wizard's spell would ''not'' count as an example of this trope (though a flying ship that [[MagiTek uses magic to drive a hundred tiny propellers]] very well might).

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In more fantasy-oriented works, SkyPirates may make use of that trope their magnificent flying machines to plow plough [[TheSkyIsAnOcean the ocean of air]] in their search for prey. {{Floating Continent}}s and a WorldInTheSky may or may not be involved. Please don't try to take this trope ''too'' far into the realm of fantasy, though. Letting flight be entirely explained by ''magic'', for example, would not have the same feel or meaning for the story. A flying ship kept airborne by a wizard's spell would ''not'' count as an example of this trope (though a flying ship that [[MagiTek uses magic to drive a hundred tiny propellers]] very well might).
7th Nov '17 1:01:34 PM ThomasProofreader
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* The Vinci faction from ''VideoGame/RiseOfLegends'' are all steampunkish, and so are their flying machines.

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* The Vinci faction from ''VideoGame/RiseOfLegends'' are all steampunkish, steampunk-ish, and so are their flying machines.



* The Creator/{{Disney}} WartimeCartoon ''Victory Through Air Power'' starts off with a humorous review of the progress of the airplane from the MagnificentFlyingMachines of the early days of aviation to the deadly warplanes of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

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* The Creator/{{Disney}} WartimeCartoon ''Victory Through Air Power'' starts off with a humorous review of the progress of the airplane from the MagnificentFlyingMachines ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines of the early days of aviation to the deadly warplanes of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
7th Nov '17 12:58:41 PM ThomasProofreader
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%% Note fron translator: if you're fluent in French and English, please improve the above translation.

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%% Note fron from translator: if you're fluent in French and English, please improve the above translation.



This trope is for all Flying Machines that reflect this aesthetic, and this romantic way of looking at human {{flight}}. It is most usually found in SteamPunk and RaygunGothic works, but may also have a place in {{Fantasy}} and even HistoricalFiction.

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This trope is for all Flying Machines flying machines that reflect this aesthetic, and this romantic way of looking at human {{flight}}. It is most usually found in SteamPunk and RaygunGothic works, but may also have a place in {{Fantasy}} and even HistoricalFiction.



Large examples may be {{Cool Airship}}s -- though Cool Airships don't ''always'' follow this aesthetic, and magnificent flying machines don't have to be large (or lighter-than-air). Or ''cool'', necessarily. While usually these craft will be treated as impressive feats of engineering -- as the title implies -- in some settings a primitive-looking flying machine will be PlayedForLaughs (perhaps as an aeronautical version of TheAllegedCar). Actual use of the term "''Flying Machine''" usually suggests humour.

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Large examples may be {{Cool Airship}}s -- though Cool Airships don't ''always'' follow this aesthetic, and magnificent flying machines don't have to be large (or lighter-than-air). Or ''cool'', necessarily. While usually these craft will be treated as impressive feats of engineering -- as the title implies -- in some settings a primitive-looking flying machine will be PlayedForLaughs (perhaps as an aeronautical version of TheAllegedCar). Actual use of the term "''Flying Machine''" "''flying machine''" usually suggests humour.



* ''ComicBook/LadyMechanika'' has the Lewis Flyer, which appears to be a steampowered vintage car with ornithopter wings and a helicopter rotor that somehow still manages to fly.

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* ''ComicBook/LadyMechanika'' has the Lewis Flyer, which appears to be a steampowered steam-powered vintage car with ornithopter wings and a helicopter rotor that somehow still manages to fly.



* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' was an old-timey race car fitted with little wings and propellers. [[spoiler:Though its flying power was AllJustADream... or was it?]]

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* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' was an old-timey old-time race car fitted with little wings and propellers. [[spoiler:Though its flying power was AllJustADream... or was it?]]



* The ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series features lots of airships of all imaginable shapes and sizes (from couch-sized airships perfect for indoor flight to massive [[TheSkyIsAnOcean Air Dreadnoughts]], and lots of assorted tramp traders in-between), perfect for adventuring in a vast {{Steampunk}} and {{Dieselpunk}} world. In the early books, [[LostTechnology the secrets of heavier-than-air flight have been lost]], but later in the series we see all sorts of armed ornithopters, autogyros, and rickety biplanes competing with zeppelins in the sky. Air travel is heavily romanticised in the setting -- air traders ply the "Bird Roads," seeing the world and having lots of glamorous and dangerous adventures.

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* The ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series features lots of airships of all imaginable shapes and sizes (from couch-sized airships perfect for indoor flight to massive [[TheSkyIsAnOcean Air Dreadnoughts]], and lots of assorted tramp traders in-between), perfect for adventuring in a vast {{Steampunk}} and {{Dieselpunk}} world. In the early books, [[LostTechnology the secrets of heavier-than-air flight have been lost]], but later in the series we see all sorts of armed ornithopters, autogyros, and rickety biplanes competing with zeppelins in the sky. Air travel is heavily romanticised romanticized in the setting -- air traders ply the "Bird Roads," seeing the world and having lots of glamorous and dangerous adventures.



** Specifically, the flying machines come from the [[SkyPirate Pirata]] city-state, and some feature equipment like grapling hooks clearly meant for boarding.

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** Specifically, the flying machines come from the [[SkyPirate Pirata]] city-state, and some feature equipment like grapling grappling hooks clearly meant for boarding.



* Because the game doesn't limit on what shape you can make your airships in ''VideoGame/AirshipsConquerTheSkies'', it usually results in this trope. Usually the basic design of airship with barebone essentials are big wooden boxes, lifted to the sky only by the power of [[AppliedPhlebotinum suspendium]].

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* Because the game doesn't limit on what shape you can make your airships in ''VideoGame/AirshipsConquerTheSkies'', it usually results in this trope. Usually the basic design of airship with barebone bare bone essentials are big wooden boxes, lifted to the sky only by the power of [[AppliedPhlebotinum suspendium]].



* An annual festival in Japan[[note]]Can someone provide link? Google isn't very helpful right now.[[/note]] brings together man-powered contraptions to essentially leap off a cliff together in their pursuit of flight. Success is measured in distance and seconds, but isn't the sole criteria; points are given for design originality and sheer ballsiness.
* A series of 3-dimensional models in the Chinook Mall (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) are this. They're suspended from a track which they periodically move around. Only one is an actual aeroplane.

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* An annual festival in Japan[[note]]Can someone provide link? Google isn't very helpful right now.[[/note]] brings together man-powered contraptions to essentially leap off a cliff together in their pursuit of flight. Success is measured in distance and seconds, but isn't the sole criteria; points are given for design originality and sheer ballsiness.
ballsy-ness.
* A series of 3-dimensional models in the Chinook Mall (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) are this. They're suspended from a track which they periodically move around. Only one is an actual aeroplane.airplane.
7th Nov '17 12:50:11 PM ThomasProofreader
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Large examples may be {{Cool Airship}}s -- though Cool Airships don't ''always'' follow this aesthetic, and Magnificent Flying Machines don't have to be large (or lighter-than-air). Or ''cool'', necessarily. While usually these craft will be treated as impressive feats of engineering -- as the title implies -- in some settings a primitive-looking flying machine will be PlayedForLaughs (perhaps as an aeronautical version of TheAllegedCar). Actual use of the term "''Flying Machine''" usually suggests humour.

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Large examples may be {{Cool Airship}}s -- though Cool Airships don't ''always'' follow this aesthetic, and Magnificent Flying Machines magnificent flying machines don't have to be large (or lighter-than-air). Or ''cool'', necessarily. While usually these craft will be treated as impressive feats of engineering -- as the title implies -- in some settings a primitive-looking flying machine will be PlayedForLaughs (perhaps as an aeronautical version of TheAllegedCar). Actual use of the term "''Flying Machine''" usually suggests humour.
7th Nov '17 12:49:45 PM ThomasProofreader
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In more fantasy-oriented works, SkyPirates may make use of ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines to plough [[TheSkyIsAnOcean the ocean of air]] in their search for prey. {{Floating Continent}}s and a WorldInTheSky may or may not be involved. Please don't try to take this trope ''too'' far into the realm of fantasy, though. Letting flight be entirely explained by ''magic'', for example, would not have the same feel or meaning for the story. A flying ship kept airborne by a wizard's spell would ''not'' count as an example of this trope (though a flying ship that [[MagiTek uses magic to drive a hundred tiny propellers]] very well might).

Generally, a Magnificent Flying Machine will have one or several of the following features:

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In more fantasy-oriented works, SkyPirates may make use of ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines that trope to plough plow [[TheSkyIsAnOcean the ocean of air]] in their search for prey. {{Floating Continent}}s and a WorldInTheSky may or may not be involved. Please don't try to take this trope ''too'' far into the realm of fantasy, though. Letting flight be entirely explained by ''magic'', for example, would not have the same feel or meaning for the story. A flying ship kept airborne by a wizard's spell would ''not'' count as an example of this trope (though a flying ship that [[MagiTek uses magic to drive a hundred tiny propellers]] very well might).

Generally, a Magnificent Flying Machine magnificent flying aachine will have one or several of the following features:
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