[[caption-width-right:300:[[ArtisticLicensePhysics Break the what, now?]]]]

''Iron Eagle'' is an action film released in 1986, starring Jason Gedrick and Louis Gossett Jr. It was followed by three sequels: ''Iron Eagle II'' (1988), ''Aces: Iron Eagle III'' (1992), and ''Iron Eagle IV'' (1995).

When Air Force Colonel Ted Masters is shot down by an [[{{Qurac}} anonymous Middle Eastern country]] and taken prisoner, his oldest son and hotshot wannabe pilot, Doug (Gedrick), becomes frustrated with the bureaucratic red tape in the effort to have his father released. Taking matters into their own hands, he and his friends turn to retired Colonel Charles "Chappy" Sinclair (Gossett Jr.) to mount their own rescue operation.

"Chappy" refuses at first, but identifies with Doug's pain, having seen his own friends left behind. He challenges Doug to demonstrate his skill, and is amazed to learn that the kid is a prodigy in the cockpit. Finally convinced, they use their connections on the base, a bit of cunning, and a bit of subterfuge to procure two F-16s, armed to the teeth, and proceed to launch an all-out assault on the enemy nation. However, when Chappy is shot down in a border skirmish, Doug is forced to muster the courage to go it alone. Cue epic air battles and lots of asskicking.

Of course, it turns out all right in the end, and the Air Force is so embarrassed that a bunch of kids and a grizzled vet evaded all their military security and carried out the rescue that they send Doug to the one place where they know he'll keep his big mouth shut: the Air Force Academy.

One of the iconic elements of the film is Doug's music - he's an expert pilot when amped up on Music/{{Queen}}, not so much when forced to do without. If you remember nothing else about ''Iron Eagle'', you'll still recall Doug blowing the crap out of Evil Foreigners to the tune of "One Vision".

The film was popular enough to spawn several sequels, with the continuity character oddly being Chappy instead of Doug. ''Iron Eagle II'' even goes so far as to [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome kill Doug off in the first five minutes]]. It features a group of misfit American and Russian fighter pilots (led by Chappy) who reluctantly team up to defeat the nuclear ambitions of yet another anonymous Middle Eastern country.

''Aces: Iron Eagle III'' has Chappy uncovering a drug smuggling ring within his own base, leading to a confrontation in Peru, using vintage UsefulNotes/WorldWarII warbirds.

''Iron Eagle IV'' has Chappy running a flight school whose trainees stumble upon a group of Air Force officers dealing in toxic waste. It also notably brings back Doug Masters, albeit with a different actor.
!!Iron Eagle contains examples of:
* AbandonShip:
** Colonel Masters is forced to punch out over the Mediterranean in the film's opening, kicking off the plot. [[spoiler: Chappie is revealed to have bailed out of his own jet at the last second and survived.]]
** One of the Quraqi pilots, [[OhCrap seeing the F-16 that is about to bomb the runway he is taxiing on]], wisely [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere hops out and takes off running]].
* AcePilot: Doug and Chappy, not to mention Colonel Masters and Colonel Nakesh.
* AntiAir: A battery of guns open up during the raid on the first air base. [[spoiler: Chappie gets tagged by one and goes down in the Med.]]
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Kids allowed to run around a military base unrestricted? ''Stealing'' two [=F-16s=]? A lot of personnel at that base must have gotten disciplined after the affair. This gets a subtle HandWave at the end when Doug is allowed to enroll in the Air Force Academy on the condition that he "keep his big mouth shut", implying that all were sworn to absolute secrecy to save the military the embarrassment of revealing what really happened.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Justified, since rank is supposed to indicate flying experience and proficiency. However, it's also subverted, as Doug, with no rank at all and zero combat experience, outflies everyone.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Doug's gotten in enough trouble for fighting that one more incident will get him jailed or kicked out of school. [[TheBully Knotcher]] takes full advantage of this.
* TheCavalry: Shows up at the end, as Doug's aircraft is nearly out of fuel and ammo and being pursued by enemy fighters.
--> '''Doug:''' "They're ours, Dad! They're Americans!"
* ChekhovsSkill: during Colonel Masters' "trial," the Defense Minister casually drops that he too is a fighter pilot. Guess who hops into a fighter plane at the end to take the fight to Doug personally...
%%* CoolOldGuy: Chappy
* CongruentMemory: Doug learned to fly in a flight simulator while listening to music. Now he can't fly ''without'' listening to music.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: The more enemy fighters there are, the easier they are to shoot down.
* CreatorCameo: The leader of TheCavalry is played by the film's co-writer/executive producer Kevin Elders.
* CurbStompBattle: The damage to the BigBad's country and air force is inflicted by a mere two F-16s in the hands of one combat veteran and one very skilled amateur pilot. Mostly the amateur pilot.
%%* DareToBeBadass: Doug, of course.
* DeadManWriting: Chappy records several taped messages for Doug in the event he goes down. [[LawOfConservationOfDetail They obviously get used.]]
* DisneyDeath: Chappy gets shot down during the mission, but shortly after Doug rescues his father, Chappy is revealed to have been picked up by American forces after he went down.
%%* EjectEjectEject: Done at least twice (see below.)
* EjectionSeat: How Chappy survives, not to mention Colonel Masters in the beginning of the film.
%%* FinalBattle: Doug vs. Col. Nakir Nakesh.
* HellYesMoment: Doug has one when TheCavalry arrive.
* JustAKid: Doug Masters gets this from Chappy.
* JustPlaneWrong: Since the Pentagon refused to back the film, they had to use Israeli aircraft. While the Israelis also fly F-16s, they use a desert camo color scheme instead of the varying shades of gray used by the USAF. The real issue, however, comes up with the so-called "[=MiG=]-23" fighters used by the enemy pilots, which in fact are actually Kfirs, an Israeli-made version of the French Mirage V fighter.
** Made even stranger by the fact that Mirages by then were a pretty common sight in the air forces of various Arab nations, including Libya and Iraq, so it wouldn't have been out of place to simply acknowledge them as such. Presumably, "[=MiG=]" just sounded more villainous.
* KarmaHoudini: [[TheBully Knotcher]] and his cohorts sabotage Doug's civilian plane to win a race at the risk of possibly getting Doug killed, and we see the JerkAss get nothing more than a punch in the face. It's implied that this is probably what happened to the previous kid who attempted to race against Knotcher.
* KickTheDog: Col. Nakesh orders his snipers to kill Doug's father as soon as Doug's plane touches down on the runway.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: A RunningGag throughout the movie, as much of the music we hear turns out to be from Doug's walkman. During the {{flashback}} when Doug is taking an illicit training flight with his dad, it gets a LampshadeHanging when a fellow pilot questions Col. Masters about "hearing music".
* LovedOnesMontage: Doug's inspiration to continue comes in large part from his buddies' spirit back home.
* MagicFeather: Doug's music is clearly this, but in an inversion of the usual trope, Chappy encourages Doug to use it when he learns how much better it makes him fly.
* MilitaryBrat: Doug has a whole group of TrueCompanions composed of them, actually, who use their access via parents to assist in planning the rescue mission..
* MissingManFormation: Doug asks the [[TheCavalry fighters that rescued him]] if they could fly the formation for "Chappy" Sinclair, who was shot down during the mission [[spoiler:or so everyone thought]]. The USAF major in command of the flight responds that they were waiting for Doug to take the lead position.
* MyGreatestFailure: Chappy never got over the loss of his comrades in the war, which is part of his motivation to help Doug.
* OhCrap: Several such moments occur.
** The first is on the ground, after the first stage of the rescue is successful.
---> '''Doug:''' "Dad, will a Maverick fire if we're still on the ground?"[[note]]No. If there is pressure on an aircraft's landing gear, weapons systems are automatically disabled as a safety precaution.[[/note]]\\
'''Col. Masters:''' "I don't know, I never tried it, why?"\\
'''Doug:''' "Because something is about to have us for breakfast..."
** The second is in the FinalBattle, when Col. Nakesh realizes that the last missile Doug fired was an AIM-9 Sidewinder ''heat seeking missile''.
---> '''Doug:''' "So long, asshole!" ''(fires Sidewinder)''
---> '''Nakesh:''' "(screams)" ''(His [=MiG=] explodes)''
** The third is an implied Oh Crap on the part of the remaining enemy fighters when TheCavalry shows up.
---> '''Pilot:''' "Attention unidentified aircraft, this is Major Dwight Smiley of the United States Air Force. You are following one of our F-16s in international airspace. [[BringIt Do you wish to engage?]]"\\
([[ScrewThisImOuttaHere MiGs retreat]])\\
'''Smiley:''' "[[BadassBoast I didn't think so.]]"
* OnlyAFleshWound: Col. Masters gets [[spoiler:shot in the shoulder by a sniper]] to hinder Doug's rescue. Aside from being in pain, [[MadeOfIron he doesn't seem to suffer at all from the shock, loss of blood, etc]].
* PercussiveMaintenance: Chappy's jukebox operates this way, rather than by actual coins.
* PrecisionFStrike:
** Doug delivers a pair of these to Col. Nakesh, the first being after [[spoiler: Nakesh ordered the sniper to gun down Col. Masters on the runway during Doug's rescue attempt]].
---> '''Doug:''' '''''"YOU SON OF A BITCH!!!"'''''
** The second one comes [[spoiler: when Doug locks-onto Nakesh's fighter in the final battle]]:
---> '''Doug:''' "So long, ''asshole!''"
* PrepareToDie: Colonel Nakesh says, "Time to die, Iron Eagle." Things didn't quite work out as he planned.
* PsychoticSmirk: Colonel Nakesh displays this when [[spoiler: the sniper wounds Col. Masters in the climax]].
* {{Qurac}}: the Tin Pot Dictator version. The country is unnamed, but a map of the Libyan coastline appears in briefings and it's mentioned that their hostility to the U.S. comes from arguments over the limits of their territorial waters, which mirror the real life arguments between the U.S. and Libya over the Gulf of Sidra. The flag of the country, however, is entirely made up.
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: Doug's mission is basically to blow away anything in [[{{Qurac}} the unnamed Arab country]] that gets in the way of rescuing his father, and after Chappy is shot down he takes out an oil refinery.
* RousingSpeech: Chappy's taped messages to Doug, intended to be [[DeadManWriting played posthumously]].
--> "First thing you have to believe is nothing can stop you. You have to believe that plane you're in is like a suit of armor. Like an [[TitleDrop Iron Eagle]] that nothing can penetrate."
* SayMyName: Doug's good at these. "CHAPPYYYYYYYYYYY!" *boom* . And after the [[spoiler:sniper guns down Col. Masters]], "DAAAADDD!"
* ShellShockedVeteran: Chappy still struggles with the loss of his fellow pilots in Vietnam.
* ShootTheFuelTank: One of the mission objectives is to bomb the enemy's oil refineries if they refuse to return Col. Masters.
--> '''Doug:''' "Looks like they'll be importing oil this year, Chappy."
* ShoutOut: The callsign for "Chappy" Sinclair was originally held (albeit with a slightly different spelling) by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_James,_Jr. Daniel James, Jr]], a US Air Force pilot who was the first four star African-American general.
* StormingTheCastle: In this case, Doug storms a whole nation in his quest to rescue his father.
* TakeThat: while in jail, Colonel Masters helpfully suggests to Colonel Nakesh that he have his "Beloved Leader" (see Expy above) visit him in his cell, with a colorful suggestion as to what he'll do to him.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Chappy left ''detailed'' instructions, including answering a question Doug asked aloud in response to the previous recorded comment.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Doug literally cannot fly well without his music. But crank up the Queen, and he can score perfect hits. So when the rock starts rolling, you know ass is about to be kicked. In fact, at one point, it is implied that Doug's music causes the jets to ''[[PowerOfRock fly faster]]''.
%% * ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill
* VehicularSabotage: Knotcher loosens the oil cap for the engine of Doug's plane just before a race against the rival's motorcycle, resulting in the plane spilling oil once the loosened cap works the rest of the way off due to engine vibration.
* WeaponsUnderstudies: The Arab [=MiG=]s are played by Israeli and American jets, as well as Israeli F-16s standing in for American ones. The giveaway that the F-16s aren't American is that the Air Force has never used a desert camo pattern on the F-16s, instead painting them in a two-tone low-viz grey scheme.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Knotcher. He has Doug's Cessna sabotaged so the engine will seize, very nearly causing it to crash (all so he can win a race over nothing but bragging rights). Soon after Doug limps out of his plane and punches Knotcher in the face, we find out that Doug's dad has been shot down, and we never see or hear Knotcher again.


!!Iron Eagle II contains examples of:

* ActuallyThatsMyAssistant: The Russian commander misidentifies Chappy in this manner, with obvious racial overtones.
%%* AirstrikeImpossible: The set up for the final battle.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Nobody would ever be allowed to get away with the insubordinate behavior of some of these misfits. [[spoiler: Which is sort of the point since the mission was set up to fail]].
* BigDamnHeroes: When the Russians return to the final furball to aid their American comrades.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Chappy.
** "I hear they shoot communists in the street in America." "In my hometown, Detroit, they shoot ''everybody'' in the street."
* DisneyDeath: Doug apparently dies in the first two minutes, a fact the promotional material "accidentally" omits; however, for some reason he's back for the fourth film.
* EnemyMine, DividedWeFall: The Russian and American pilots ''do not'' get along well, even when forced to work together. The finally bury the hatchet after a RousingSpeech from Chappy, and the knowledge that if they don't complete their mission, thousands will die.
%%* GeneralRipper: Stillmore.
* JustPlaneWrong: F-4s and Kifirs as [=MIG=] stand-ins, but considering the era it would have been impossible to get actual [=MIGs=]. ''Film/TopGun'' suffered the same problem.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Intentional -- the general in charge wants the mission to fail.
* SpringtimeForHitler: Although intended to fail, the mission succeeds anyway.
* TheSquadette: Valeri Zuyeniko...despite the fact that the Soviet Union stopped using female combat pilots after World War II. Averted in that it's Valeri that makes the final trench run shot, not Cooper.


!!Aces: Iron Eagle III contains examples of:
* AceCustom: Technically, ''all'' of the heros are flying {{Ace Custom}}s, but the BigBad has a one-of-a-kind WWII vintage prototype [[StupidJetpackHitler German jet fighter]].
* BadassGrandpa: Except for Chappy [[spoiler:and Horikoshi]] the titular aces are UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veterans. Each ace flies a period fighter plane from his home country.
* DarkerAndEdgier: This is the only ''Iron Eagle'' movie not directed by Sidney J. Furie and is also the only movie to be rated R.
%%* TheDragon: General Simms.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Tee Vee.
%%* {{Determinator}}
%%* DrugsAreBad
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Horikoshi kills himself and [[TheDragon General Simms]] by using a kamikaze attack on his plane.]]
%%* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Kleiss' ultimate fate.
* KarmicDeath: Escovez blows up the village church to destroy the rebels, causing its' bell to fly through the air, which lands on his head, crushing it.
* PaintballEpisode: When Chappy and his friends perform simulated dogfights at airshows, for some reason they use paint rounds instead of blanks. [[spoiler: Nearly results in a TrainingAccident when Leichman's guns are secretly loaded with live ammo.]]
* RockBeatsLaser and SchizoTech [[spoiler: WWII fighter planes going up against jet fighters. Aided by them being refitted with laser-guided weapons.]]


!!Iron Eagle IV contains examples of:

* BavarianFireDrill: Chappie pulls off a two-stage one: First he [[WearingTheOldColors puts on his old uniform]] and sets up a checkpoint, stopping a military convoy for inspection, then he declares that he will accompany them onto the base to make sure their cargo is handled properly, passing himself off to the gate guards as the convoy commander.
** What cargo does he want handled safely? Bleach and window cleaner, on the justification that if you mix them together, you get poison gas. The poor convoy commander got the third degree from [[ScaryBlackman Chappie]] for this too.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: At the end, [[spoiler: Kettle is last seen entering the contaminated chamber, implying he may rather die than be arrested and maybe humiliated. However, we don't see the rest of his fate, though it's implied he dies.]]
* [[spoiler: BigBadFriend: Kettle.]]
* ContinuityNod: The events of the first and second movie are mentioned in passing.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[TheDragon Major Pierce]] allows himself to be shot down by Doug during the final dogfight rather than eject from his plane, despite Doug's pleas.
--> '''Major Pierce''': Death, thou shalt die.
* KarmaHoudini: Luther, the drug dealer Wheeler hangs out with, unless you consider him blowing up his own money as his punishment.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Did we mention that it's a flight school for juvenile delinquents? Chappie runs the school as a sort of reform program to keep the kids out of jail.
* RockBeatsLaser: Played with. Initially, the prop-driven trainers are able to get some cheap shots in on the F-16s sent after them because they fly ''too slow'' for the fast-moving jets to line up a shot on without overshooting. One of the pilots quickly figures out they are just using the wrong strategy, but gets shot down by [[BigDamnHeroes Doug]] before he can apply what he had learned.
%%* ShellShockedVeteran: Doug Masters.
* StayingAlive: Doug survived his SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome from the second film. It turns out, he managed to eject and was a guest in a Soviet prison for the duration of the Cold War.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Kettle. He plans on using the chemical weapon Pandora on Cuba just to get rid of communism, though it would cost the lives of civilians in the process.]]
* WesternTerrorists: All USAF officers, of course, [[WellIntentionedExtremist the ones trying to use chemical weapons on Cuba just to eliminate communism]].