Created By: Polysynchronicity on January 20, 2008
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Midair Repair

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Our heroes are in an aircraft, falling. Perhaps they've been shot down, or maybe their vehicle didn't work in the first place. No need to worry, though. Someone (usually the [[Gadgeteer Genius]] or [[Mad Scientist]] of the cast) will get everything back into working order. In mid-air. Before hitting the ground.

This can be as simple as flipping some switches (Anakin pulled this one off with his podracer) or climbing out and cranking the engine until it restarts. Of course, there's also the option of rebuilding the engine in midair.

Needs examples and possibly more links.

Read Or Die has two examples of this - once in the original OVA, where Yomiko's paper airplane takes a nosedive off of a skyscraper because she forgot the tail, and once in the TV series, where a crashing jumbo jet is saved by wrapping it in paper and turning it into a giant bird.
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  • January 20, 2008
    Lumbargo
    Do Space Ships count? I mean, the amount of times a Star Wars ship has been repaired in midflight... I'm thinking Millenium Falcon here, mainly, but I guess without the gravity it's not really the same trope.
  • January 20, 2008
    Patsy
    does starting a plane's engine in mid-fall apply here? Examples: Goldeneye- In the pre-credits sequence James Bond drives a plane off a dam, starts the propellors in midair and swoops out of his dive just in time. Charlie's Angel's 2: Full Throttle - our heroines are in a similar situation, but drive a truck off a dam, which has a helicopter stored in the back. The next shot shows the helicopter flying away. Uh, Or So I Heard.
  • January 20, 2008
    VampireBuddha
    Happens in an episode of Father Ted where Ted repairs the landing gear of the plane he and Dougal are flying on.
  • January 20, 2008
    Polysynchronicity
    Any kind of vehicle works for this, really - to fit the trope, all you really need is A. a rapidly approaching doom and B. a improbably rapid fix which prevents said doom.

    Starting an aircraft in mid-air counts. Especially if it's done from an improbably low altitude.
  • January 20, 2008
    Cromage
    How about Fix On The Fly? Same meaning, but doesn't necessarily imply the vehicle is airborne (unless you parse the pun)
  • January 20, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    There's a hilarious example of this in Girl Genius, where the two Sparks doing the repairing seem more excited about the fix than the approaching doom.
  • January 20, 2008
    Polysynchronicity
    I like Midair Repair because it rhymes and the situation usually does involve an aircraft (or spacecraft). But Fix on the Fly might be appropriate if more examples that aren't airborne show up.
  • January 21, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Happens in "Meet the Robinsons" - the main character fixes his plane/time machine in midair by... er, rerouting some cables in the Jeffrey tubes or whatever they called it on Star Trek.
  • January 22, 2008
    Arivne
    In The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, the title character jump-starts his ship while it's falling toward the ground.
  • January 22, 2008
    Gizensha
    Well, the ground based version has come up a couple of times on test day in the Game Show Scrapheap Challenge.
  • January 22, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    I'll let you guys run with it then.

    Just let me know what to do - this is my first trope, and so I haven't quite wrapped my head around the system yet.
  • January 22, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Line from Girl Genius: "All right! HELP ME RIP OUT THE ENGINE!" "...Ummm, of course, we are still falling."
  • January 22, 2008
    adam850
    Unknown Troper: Get Known, it helps. When most people here have areed on a name, press "launch". Follow the instructions. Try to incorporate the examples given here and write it up. You can put it Up For Grabs, if you want too.
  • January 23, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    I'm actually the same person as the OP. I just keep losing my cookies for some reason, and logging in is a pain.

    I suppose you could consider this Up For Grabs
  • January 23, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    I am known, I just frequently use public-access computers.
  • June 29, 2009
    Jack Butler
    bump
  • June 29, 2009
    JAF1970
    Any given film with midair refueling, from Dr. Strangelove to The Starfighters.
  • June 29, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Technically done in Stealth. The EDI takes a hit and is burning, but still can fly, so its wingman makes a waterfall out of some lake water by firing a missile into the lake and putting out the fire.

    Also, done later with its refuelling.
  • June 30, 2009
    random surfer
    In an episode of the live-action The Incredible Hulk Banner was hanging onto the side of a biplane (for some now-forgotten reason) as it took off. He turned into the Hulk, and the wing started to fall off due to the extra weight. Hulk buried his fist into the wing and held it on long enough for the plane to land.
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