A pilot's aircraft ([[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible 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 [[AbandonShip eject]] and become TrappedBehindEnemyLines. That is, of course, unless the AcePilot is able to help him get out of enemy territory somehow. But how?

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

Because RealityIsUnrealistic, the TropeNamer is the ''RealLife'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pardo%27s_Push Pardo's Push,]] with AddedAlliterativeAppeal to boot.

Not to be confused with a TractorBeam. If you end up with an AssShove, then you have done [[GoneHorriblyWrong something horribly wrong.]]



[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Harm, [[AcePilot 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 TitleCard at the end of the episode references the RealLife example of this trope, as they tend to do when borrowing particularly outlandish flying feats from history.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': In the Ron D. Moore miniseries, Starbuck pulls this maneuver to get Apollo back to ''[[TheBattlestar 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''. Apollo being (at the time) not as ballsy as Starbuck, yells that she's beyond insane the whole way in.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Done in the ''Literature/XWingSeries'' 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. [[spoiler:He ''almost'' manages it, and gets a medal for trying (and living through the attempt). He considers it a MedalOfDishonor because he failed.]]


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Occasionally employed by ''LetsPlay/ScottManley'' in his video's for ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' to retrieve or de-orbit non-functional space craft. Mostly of the automated variety, but on at least one occasion to rescue a Kerbal stranded in orbit after a staging accident.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* During the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, [[TropeNamer 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 descent 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, along with his GuyInBack, Lieutenant Wayne, was later given the Silver Star, [[VindicatedByHistory nearly two decades later.]]
* An [[OlderThanTheyThink earlier example]] involving a pair of F-86 Sabres from the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar: then-Captain Robinson "Robbie" Risner used his fighter jet to push his wingman to keep him in the air long enough to get near friendly forces farther south. Tragically, after his wingman made it clear of enemy territory and bailed out, [[DownerEnding he became tangled in his parachute cords and drowned.]]
''DontTryThisAtHome, kids, [[MetaPhorgotten unless you live in a fighter jet]].''