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8th Feb '16 1:02:04 PM morane
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Many wingmen themselves may be aces, especially if they fly in a target-rich environment.

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Many wingmen themselves may be aces, especially if they fly in a target-rich environment. When a group of aces are arranged into flights and wingmen, it is called a ''fat cat flight''.



* John Thach, a brilliant US aerial tactician, made the wingman part of the fearsomely effective Thach Weave technique that could make the initially inferior US fighter planes a match for the Japanese Zero any day. Essentially, the two wingmates would fly some distance apart from each other. If one found an enemy on his tail, they would simply turn towards each other, with the enemy forced to either break off, or fly right into the second pilot's gunsights. Given that the American planes were sturdier and more heavily armed than the Japanese fighters, the resulting head-on confrontations usually favored the Americans. Later American designs emphasized these advantages, along with greater speed, to the point of intentional GameBreaker status as the war continued.

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* John Thach, a brilliant US aerial tactician, made the wingman part of the fearsomely effective Thach Weave technique that could make the initially inferior US fighter planes a match for the Japanese Zero any day. Essentially, the two wingmates would fly some distance apart from each other. If one found an enemy on his tail, they would simply turn towards each other, with the enemy forced to either break off, or fly right into the second pilot's gunsights. Given that the American planes were sturdier and more heavily armed than the Japanese fighters, the resulting head-on confrontations usually favored the Americans. Later American designs emphasized these advantages, along with greater speed, to the point of intentional GameBreaker status as the war continued. This tactic is known as ''Thach weave'' and is use even today.
5th Feb '16 1:56:55 PM X2X
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* ''DosGringos'', being a band comprised of [[YanksWithTanks United States Air Force]] fighter pilots, has written a number of songs dealing with wingmen. ''The Wingmen'' specifically makes fun of new pilots fresh from training that act like TheAce just because they're now fighter pilots.

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* ''DosGringos'', ''Music/DosGringos'', being a band comprised of [[YanksWithTanks United States Air Force]] fighter pilots, has written a number of songs dealing with wingmen. ''The Wingmen'' specifically makes fun of new pilots fresh from training that act like TheAce just because they're now fighter pilots.



* ''VideoGame/AceCombat'', from the beginning (except in ''4''), though wingmen were useless in the first couple games (read more [[http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/Wingman here]]). The enemy has them, too. To list just the most notable:

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* ''VideoGame/AceCombat'', from the beginning (except in ''4''), ''[[VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies 04]]''), though wingmen were useless in the first couple games (read more [[http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/Wingman here]]). The enemy has them, too. To list just the most notable:



** ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'': Larry "Solo Wing Pixy" Foulke, Patrick "PJ" James

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** ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'': Larry "Solo Wing Pixy" Foulke, Patrick James "PJ" JamesBeckett



** ''VideoGAme/AceCombatInfinity'': Omega. Kei "Edge" Nagase return as wingman to John "Slash" Harvard.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' has many of them. This was a major selling point at the release of the first game. Despite the fact that wingman AI has always been buggy at best and the most useful wingmen are also the hardest to manage because of their AttackAttackAttack flying style.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'' has Peppy, Slippy, and Falco as your wingmen for (almost) every mission in the original SNES game and ''Star Fox 64'', though they tend to be the ones needing assistance, and if they get shot down in the original, they're gone for good (in ''64'' they just sit out the next mission for repairs). In ''Adventures'', you're only in the Arwing between missions and for the final boss, and only for the latter do you get a wingman to help, while ''Assault'' goes back to having three wingmen each level, though Peppy is your MissionControl, and Krystal instead takes his place as a wingman. In ''Command'', you control all of the characters yourself, and in the unreleased SNES sequel, you pick two characters to play as, switching between them at will.
* The Comanche series has Griffon 2-7 flying alongside 2-6 (the player and his copilot). The manual explicitly states that no self respecting army pilot would ever refer to his teammate as his 'wingman', but 2-7 will be treated as one for game purposes.
* The ''VideoGame/FreeSpace'' series features {{wingman}} who manage to be [[RedShirtArmy red shirts]] without being useless. Issuing proper orders to them can sometimes make a difficult mission much easier.

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** ''VideoGAme/AceCombatInfinity'': Omega. Kei "Edge" Nagase return (or rather, her "real-world" counterpart) returns as a wingman to John "Slash" Harvard.
Harvard (ditto).
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' has many of them. This was a major selling point at the release of the first game. Despite the fact that wingman AI A.I. has always been buggy at best and the most useful wingmen are also the hardest to manage because of their AttackAttackAttack flying style.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'' has Peppy, Slippy, and Falco as your wingmen for (almost) every mission in [[VideoGame/StarFox1 the original SNES game game]] and ''Star Fox 64'', ''VideoGame/StarFox64'', though they tend to be the ones needing assistance, and if they get shot down in the original, they're gone for good (in ''64'' they just sit out the next mission for repairs). In ''Adventures'', ''[[VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures Adventures]]'', you're only in the Arwing between missions and for the final boss, and only for the latter do you get a wingman to help, while ''Assault'' ''[[VideoGame/StarFoxAssault Assault]]'' goes back to having three wingmen each level, though Peppy is your MissionControl, and Krystal instead takes his place as a wingman. In ''Command'', ''[[VideoGame/StarFoxCommand Command]]'', you control all of the characters yourself, and in the unreleased SNES sequel, you pick two characters to play as, switching between them at will.
* The Comanche ''Comanche series has Griffon 2-7 flying alongside 2-6 (the player and his copilot). The manual explicitly states that no self respecting army pilot would ever refer to his teammate as his 'wingman', "wingman," but 2-7 will be treated as one for game purposes.
* The ''VideoGame/FreeSpace'' series features {{wingman}} wingmen who manage to be [[RedShirtArmy red shirts]] {{red shirt|Army}}s without being useless. Issuing proper orders to them can sometimes make a difficult mission much easier.
14th Nov '15 5:20:57 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Robotech}}'', Rick Hunter has Max Sterling who also has his own wife Miriya, as his own wingmate. As it is the couple are better pilots than Rick himself, but the former hotshot pilot has matured enough to eagerly concede that fact, especially he is still their squadron leader and he couldn't ask for better company to watch his back in combat.

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* In ''{{Robotech}}'', ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'', Rick Hunter has Max Sterling who also has his own wife Miriya, as his own wingmate. As it is the couple are better pilots than Rick himself, but the former hotshot pilot has matured enough to eagerly concede that fact, especially he is still their squadron leader and he couldn't ask for better company to watch his back in combat.
8th Oct '15 7:35:25 PM nombretomado
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* MarvelStarWars has 'wing guards', which seem to be the same thing. Luke Skywalker has a budding romance with his wing guard, Shira Brie. ... It ended poorly. [[spoiler:What with her turning out to be an Imperial spy handpicked by Darth Vader.]]

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* MarvelStarWars ComicBook/MarvelStarWars has 'wing guards', which seem to be the same thing. Luke Skywalker has a budding romance with his wing guard, Shira Brie. ... It ended poorly. [[spoiler:What with her turning out to be an Imperial spy handpicked by Darth Vader.]]
23rd Sep '15 5:40:56 AM Morgenthaler
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->'''Ice Man:''' [[HoYay You can be my wingman any time.]]
->'''Maverick:''' Bullshit. [[{{Uke}} You can be mine]].

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->'''Ice Man:''' [[HoYay You can be my wingman any time.]]
time.
->'''Maverick:''' Bullshit. [[{{Uke}} You can be mine]].mine.
5th Sep '15 6:53:22 PM nombretomado
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* In {{NASCAR}}, there is tandem drafting, where one car will hook up to the rear bumper of the car in front of it. Cars drafting in tandem often travel much faster than cars traveling by themselves. This was commonplace in the Car of Tomorrow restrictor plate races from 2007 to 2011, when NASCAR changed the rules package to break up the two car tango (as it is sometimes called) and return to old fashioned pack racing.

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* In {{NASCAR}}, UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}, there is tandem drafting, where one car will hook up to the rear bumper of the car in front of it. Cars drafting in tandem often travel much faster than cars traveling by themselves. This was commonplace in the Car of Tomorrow restrictor plate races from 2007 to 2011, when NASCAR changed the rules package to break up the two car tango (as it is sometimes called) and return to old fashioned pack racing.
30th Jul '15 12:21:08 AM morane
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** Nor did Ilmari Juutilainen (Finnish Air Force) nor Saburo Sakai (Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force).


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* An example of wingman being himself an ace: SSgt Nils Katajainen (36 kills) to Capt Hans Wind (78 kills)
** As John Godfrey (18 kills) to Don Gentile (22 kills) in USAAF. Likewise, Lt Roy Rushing (9 kills) to CMDR David McCampbell (34 kills) in US Navy.
* USAAF top ace Major Richard Bong (40 kills) flew often fat cat flights with Major Thomas Lynch (20 kills).
2nd Jul '15 4:44:45 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' has Starbuck frequently flying wing for Apollo. The position assumes additional significance when Apollo, trying to bolster Starbuck's confidence during a suspected breakdown, offers to fly ''her'' wing. It's a big deal since he outranks her, and also proves just how far he's willing to go for her sake.

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* ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has Starbuck frequently flying wing for Apollo. The position assumes additional significance when Apollo, trying to bolster Starbuck's confidence during a suspected breakdown, offers to fly ''her'' wing. It's a big deal since he outranks her, and also proves just how far he's willing to go for her sake.
18th Mar '15 7:10:20 PM nombretomado
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* The ''FreeSpace'' series features {{wingman}} who manage to be [[RedShirtArmy red shirts]] without being useless. Issuing proper orders to them can sometimes make a difficult mission much easier.

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* The ''FreeSpace'' ''VideoGame/FreeSpace'' series features {{wingman}} who manage to be [[RedShirtArmy red shirts]] without being useless. Issuing proper orders to them can sometimes make a difficult mission much easier.
19th Feb '15 5:14:44 PM Specialist290
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Has mutated and been adopted as slang for the guy who, when you encounter a couple girls hanging out together, keeps one occupied so you can try to pick up the other. '''But that's not this trope.''' And not to be confused with the [[{{Manga/Wingman}} manga called Wingman]].

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Has mutated and been adopted as slang for the guy who, when you encounter a couple girls hanging out together, keeps one occupied so you can try to pick up the other. '''But that's not this trope.''' ([[RomanticWingman It's this one instead.]]) And not to be confused with the [[{{Manga/Wingman}} manga called Wingman]].
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