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16th Sep '17 5:23:25 PM nombretomado
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* Music/DosGringos, being a band comprised of [[YanksWithTanks United States Air Force]] fighter pilots, have 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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* Music/DosGringos, being a band comprised of [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks United States Air Force]] fighter pilots, have 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.
15th Jul '17 2:27:29 PM New_Jack_Swing
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** More positively, "[[LivingLegend The Legend of]] [[EmbarrassingNickname Shaved Dog's Ass]]" is about an awesome literal wingman ''and'' RomanticWingman. Unfortunately, the "world's greatest wingman" was never seen again after "taking one for the team" with a 6'4'', [[GirlsWithMoustaches bearded]] {{Gonk}}.

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** More positively, "[[LivingLegend The Legend of]] [[EmbarrassingNickname Shaved Dog's Ass]]" is about an awesome literal wingman ''and'' RomanticWingman. Unfortunately, the "world's greatest wingman" was never seen again after "taking "[[HeroicSacrifice taking one for the team" team]]" with a 6'4'', [[GirlsWithMoustaches bearded]] {{Gonk}}.
15th Jul '17 2:24:56 PM New_Jack_Swing
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* ''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.

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* ''Music/DosGringos'', Music/DosGringos, being a band comprised of [[YanksWithTanks United States Air Force]] fighter pilots, has have written a number of songs dealing with wingmen. ''The Wingmen'' "The Wingmen" specifically makes fun of new pilots fresh from training that act like TheAce just because they're now fighter pilots.
** More positively, "[[LivingLegend The Legend of]] [[EmbarrassingNickname Shaved Dog's Ass]]" is about an awesome literal wingman ''and'' RomanticWingman. Unfortunately, the "world's greatest wingman" was never seen again after "taking one for the team" with a 6'4'', [[GirlsWithMoustaches bearded]] {{Gonk}}.
25th Jun '17 9:11:39 AM Abodos
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', in the fight against Divine Beast Vah Medoh, [[BirdPeople Teba]] creates distractions and draws dangerous enemy fire so Link has opportunities to take out the EnergyWeapon generated DeflectorShields with Bomb Arrows. Teba originally planned to do everything on his own, but he discovered Link was a much better archer while Teba was the better flyer.
2nd Jun '17 9:34:58 AM AFP
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* ''Film/IronEagle'': Doug Masters is following Chappie Sinclair until the climactic battle, [[spoiler: but ends up [[MentorOccupationalHealthHazard flying solo for most of mission.]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext His dad ends up joining]] as his GuyInBack.

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* ''Film/IronEagle'': Doug Masters is following Chappie Sinclair until the climactic battle, [[spoiler: but ends up [[MentorOccupationalHealthHazard flying solo for most of mission.]] ]]]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext His dad ends up joining]] as his GuyInBack.



** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': Luke and Leia team up against a pair of Scout Troopers on Speeder Bikers on the forest moon of Endor.

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** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': Luke and Leia team up against a pair of Scout Troopers on Speeder Bikers on the forest moon of Endor. During the climactic space battle, we see more than a few examples of the Rebel pilots covering each other in the furball.
2nd Jun '17 9:33:14 AM AFP
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* ''Film/TopGun'': Cougar is Maverick's {{Wingman}}. (Goose is his GuyInBack.)

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* ''Film/IronEagle'': Doug Masters is following Chappie Sinclair until the climactic battle, [[spoiler: but ends up [[MentorOccupationalHealthHazard flying solo for most of mission.]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext His dad ends up joining]] as his GuyInBack.
* ''Film/TopGun'': Cougar is Maverick's {{Wingman}}. (Goose is his GuyInBack.)
) At the end of film, Maverick and [[TheRival Iceman]] become FireForgedFriends, and each offers the other the chance to be ''their'' wingman.
* ''Film/FlightOfTheIntruder'', has a similar arrangement to ''Top Gun'', with The Boxman being Cool Hand's wingman, and Tiger being his second [[GuyInBack Bombadier-Navigator]], replacing [[SacrificialLamb Morgue]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has more than a few examples, given the series' love of OldSchoolDogfighting InSpace:
** ''Film/ANewHope'': All of the fighters making the [[AirStrikeImpossible Trench Run]] fly in three-man teams, with the two guys in the back drawing fire to cover for the lead. Notably, [[EnsembleDarkHorse Wedge]] establishes his AcePilot credentials saving Luke from a TIE Fighter, and Biggs dies protecting Luke from [[TheDragon Darth Vader]].
** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': Luke and Leia team up against a pair of Scout Troopers on Speeder Bikers on the forest moon of Endor.
** ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'': Anakin and Obi-Wan are BashBrothers both in space and on foot during the film's ActionPrologue, with Anakin saving Obi-Wan's life during the space battle. [[ForegoneConclusion This is in contrast]] to how they try to kill each other after [[FaceHeelTurn Anakin]] becomes [[ThatManIsDead Darth Vader.]]
13th Apr '17 1:30:51 AM md30
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* That being said a major feature of World War II air combat was the basics of the leader/wingman becoming widespread. During the Battle of Britain for example the Germans use of leader/wingman pairs was the only clear advantage they had over the British. For historical reasons the British pilots flew in 'Vics', multi-plane units flying in rigid V formation. The Vic did have legitimate advantages when it was developed in World War I but none of these compensated for the fact that British fighter pilots were forced to pay so much attention to staying in formation that the German fighters had a much easier time catching them by surprise. To be fair to the British they quickly became aware of the problem once serious fighting started but their simply wasn't time to retrain their new pilots and experimenting with new tactics might have got even more pilots killed. Instead it was left to Squadron Leaders and Wing Commanders to adapt to the situation as best they could. When the daylight attacks ended British Fighter Command finally had a chance to experiment and retrain their pilots, resulting in them adopting the leader/wingman system by 1941.
5th Aug '16 3:49:36 PM Morgenthaler
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3rd Jul '16 4:14:02 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''{{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.

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* In ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'', ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''[=/=]''{{Anime/Robotech}}'', Hikaru Ichijo/[[DubNameChange Rick Hunter Hunter]] has Max Sterling Jenuis/Sterling, who also eventually has his own wife Miriya, Milia/Miriya as his own wingmate. As it is is, the couple are better pilots than Rick Hikaru/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 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.
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