Awesome / Toaru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku

  • On two different occasions, Charles flies his way through an Amatsukami fleet ambush in a way no other pilot could have:
    • In the first battle, he leads the heat-seeking missiles fired against his plane, and leads them on a merry chase... back to one of the battleships that fired the missiles. Even after being injured to the arm by a surprise attack from the fleet's elite fighter squad, he still proceeds to outrun and outmaneuver them, all while slowly losing consciousness due to blood loss.
    • In the second ambush, he does some crazy stunt flying to get through AA fire amidst an encirclement of ships, to the point where he flies through the rapidly-closing gap between two ships. Not long after, he is challenged by the enemy's ace to an aerial duel. Despite being outmaneuvered, Charles still had an ace up his sleeve: the machine gun in the rear seat, manned by Fana, who proceeds to damage the enemy ace's plane and force him to admit defeat.
  • For reference's sake, Charles' plane (the Santa Cruz), while fast, is pretty much just a recon plane, and its only armament is a machine gun that faces the rear. Said machine gun is manned by a princess who has never fired a gun in her life. In both encounters he is outnumbered pretty much ten-to-one, and that's just the flying battleships. The fighter squad even fails to touch him before they are recalled back to their fleet!