Created By: ginsengaddict2 on December 28, 2011 Last Edited By: ginsengaddict2 on January 5, 2012

Flying/Floating Fortress

Airborne/Spaceborne or Naval craft that are big, heavy and slow.

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On land, tanks are fairly common. At sea, in the sky or in space? Not so much... at least, not in reality.

Sometimes, speed is traded out for size and the ability to take a beating. This trope doesn't specifically refer to capital vessels (e.g: The Battlestar), but most of them do fall under this umbrella.


  • Freelancer: Aside from all freighters, the Titan VHF has the highest armor rating, strongest shield and most gun energy of any of the flyable ships in the game.
  • Real Life: A10 Thunderbolts. Their top speed is significantly lower than most attack craft, but when your main purpose is strafing tanks (with a 30mm GAU-8 Avenger and multiple AGM 65 Mavericks), who cares?
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • December 29, 2011
    In the age of sail, a "Man O' War" was a ship designed to carry the biggest and most cannon possible. To prevent the weight of the guns from causing the bow and stern of the ship to sag (a problem called "hogging"), a Man O' War was built very broad for its length, resulting in an almost keglike ship that was nowhere as fast or maneuverable as less overgunned ships.

  • December 29, 2011
    Mighty Glacier, but with flying/floating vehicles?
  • December 29, 2011
    Needs A Better Title. "Flying/Floating Brick" made me first think of the bricks from Super Mario Bros.
  • December 29, 2011
    Flying Brick is already a term used for a specific set of Combo Platter Powers. This seems more like Mighty Glacier for military hardware.
  • December 29, 2011
    ^^, ^agreed. Hmmm... How about Floating Fortress?

    Compare and contrast Airborne Aircraft Carrier, some of which may be examples.

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  • December 29, 2011
    ^Which didn't work well btw. They even tried having some of the planes forgo bombs altogether to carry more antiaircraft guns and the concept was a miserable failure. By late in the war they'd discovered that speed and escort fighters were a vastly more effective defense.
  • December 29, 2011
    • Marvel Comics: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier - an aircraft carrier that flies. Prone to crashing.
      • Parodied in Nextwave with H.A.T.E.'s Aeromarine, 6 submarines welded together and flies.
  • December 30, 2011
    Tabletop Games
    • Fantasy Games Unlimited's Other Suns, Book 2 Starships and World Building. The Battlecruiser, Battleship and Superdreadnaught were the most military powerful ships, but also had the lowest tactical acceleration and interstellar travel speeds.
  • December 30, 2011
    The Vogon spaceships in Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, which despite their size, "hang in the air in exactly the way that bricks don't."
  • December 30, 2011
    In any case, most bombers from WWII wouldn't be an example of this as they carried remarkably little armor plating, if any at all. Armor was heavy, and would only slow the plane down further, or even worse, would limit it's range or payload of bombs. Given the choice of a ton of armor plating, or a ton of bombs and fuel, the decision was obvious.
  • December 30, 2011
    Warhammer 40 K: Ork ships. The class of ship with the Brute callsign is essentially a spacegoing ram.
  • January 3, 2012
    ^^^^^^ Agreed, Floating/Flying Fortress it is.
  • January 4, 2012
    The famed Floating Fortresses of Nineteen Eighty Four's in-book propaganda.
  • January 5, 2012
    Tabletop Games
    • Classic Traveller
      • The official supplements completely averted this. Even the largest capital ships (such as the Tigress class battleship) had the maximum 6 gravity acceleration. This was due to the High Guard combat system which gave significant defensive bonuses for high acceleration.
      • Played straight in the Pegasus magazine #3 article "Traveller Combat Revisions". Battleships were so massive that they had to drop all of their screen to accelerate at 1 gravity. As a result they set their course in advance and just drifted through battles, fighting as they went.
  • January 5, 2012
    The Dreadnought from Final Fantasy II. Stopping his construction is an early mission, and later you have to go on a long quest in several dangerous areas to find a way to destroy it. It's so big it's actually a dungeon!