Created By: AFP on December 4, 2010 Last Edited By: AFP on December 9, 2010
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A pilot's aircraft (or space craft) has been damaged, and has lost an engine, or is leaking fuel, but is still airworthy. Due to the damage, he won't be able to make it back to friendly territory, and may be forced to eject Behind Enemy Lines. That is, of course, unless the Ace Pilot is able to help him get out of enemy territory somehow. But how?

If he is Crazy Awesome enough, he might just push the other guy to give him a boost.

Because Reality Is Unrealistic, the Trope Namer is the Real Life Pardo's Push, with Added Alliterative Appeal to boot.

Examples

  • JAG: Harm, being the embodiment of all that is great in fighter pilots, does this to help a stricken fellow Tomcat make it over a coastal mountain range so he can eject over the ocean rather than over Serbian territory. A Title Card at the end of the episode references the Real Life example of this trope, as they tend to do when borrowing particularly outlandish flying feats from history.
  • Battlestar Galactica: In the Ron D. Moore miniseries, Starbuck pulls this maneuver to get Apollo back to Galactica after his Viper is crippled in combat. Of course, rather than just pushing his fighter as in the other examples, she actually forcibly slams into his, locking their ships together before afterburning back to Galactica.
  • Done in the X Wing Series novels during the Wraith Squadron arc. An X-wing is damaged and its pilot unconscious, so another pilot uses his own X-wing in an attempt to nudge the damaged craft into a less pointed-at-the-ground trajectory.
  • Real Life: During the Vietnam War, Captain Bob Pardo had his wingman, Captain Aman (whose plane had been hit by anti-aircraft fire and had lost most of its fuel already) lower his tailhook, while Pardo carefully moved his own jet up so he could use the windscreen of his plane to push against the tailhook of his wingman's plane, reducing Aman's rate of decent enough so that they were able to make it over Laos before ejecting (Pardo's own plane suffered an engine fire and ended up running out of fuel as well).
    • Pardo was initially criticized for his recklessness, and for not saving his own, less damaged plane as well, but he and his Guy in Back, Lieutenant Houghton), was later given the Silver Star, nearly two decades later.
Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • December 6, 2010
    Fanra
    Link should be Pardo's Push
  • December 6, 2010
    NativeJovian
    Done in the X Wing Series novels during the Wraith Squadron arc. An X-wing is damaged and its pilot unconscious, so another pilot uses his own X-wing in an attempt to nudge the damaged craft into a less pointed-at-the-ground trajectory.
  • December 7, 2010
    AFP
    So... is it tropable? There's not a lot of examples, it seems, but it sure seems to stand out the few times you see it.
  • December 7, 2010
    NativeJovian
    We've got three examples, that's the general guideline. I'm not sure about the title Pardo's Push, though -- it's a real-world term, apparently, but it's neither very widely known nor particularly intuitive. Deliberate Midair Collision sounds like it should be Ramming Always Works... Midair Collision Rescue?
  • December 7, 2010
    randomsurfer
    NASCAR drivers will purposely bump someone in front of them, which somehow imparts a portion of their speed to the car in front...Does that count? (Now that I look at it after typing, probably not.)
  • December 8, 2010
    AFP
    I really like "Pardo's Push" or just "Pardo Push" because of the Added Alliterative Appeal, but maybe "Shove To Safety", perhaps as an alternate title?
  • December 9, 2010
    AFP
    If there's no objections, I will launch in 24 hours with the name "Pardo Push", pending a better name later coming along. Might as well throw this one at the wall and see if it sticks.
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