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[[caption-width-right:350:The Franchise/PowerRangers... but not as you know them.]]

A 40-episode fanfic adaptation of ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman''. An Air Force soldier and four apartment tenants from Spring Valley, CA receive military hardware from ''Project: Jetman'' and become the Franchise/PowerRangers, to fight against a vengeful space vampire and others who seek Earth's destruction.

It can be read in its entirety [[http://takeflight.rovang.org/ here]]


!!The Rangers:
* Luke Branson ('''Red One'''): TheLeader, an ex-Air Force pilot with partial amnesia and a tendency to run off without telling the others. Starts working at a museum, and eventually begins a relationship with Lisa.
* Wayne "Chris" Jacobs ('''Black Two'''): TheLancer, initially somewhat of a SourSupporter. Works at a bike repair shop, [[spoiler: later starts dating Casey]].
* Pete Williams ('''Yellow Three'''): TheBigGuy, a chef at an Italian restaurant. [[DoesNotLikeSpam Detests packaged foods]], long-time friend of Chris.
* Estelle "Casey" Reynolds ('''Pink Four'''): TheChick, [[FriendToAllLivingThings loves animals]]. [[spoiler: Eventually starts dating Chris after nursing a crush on him for a while.]]
* Margaret "Maggie" Lu ('''Blue Five'''): TheSmartGuy, Chinese-American college student (intending to major in psychology). But due to her Ranger activities interfering with her classes, she steps down and passes her role to...
* Lisa Ward: Previously a shoplifter, after running into Luke [[HeelFaceTurn she turns over a new leaf]] and eventually starts working with the Rangers; she takes over as the Blue Ranger when Maggie steps down, and remains in that role until the end of the series.

!! Their allies:
* Dr. Vanessa Bering: Creator of the Ranger technology [[spoiler:with the aid of Zordon]], she's captured and put into [[HumanPopsicle a cryogenic freeze]] in Trask's raid on the space station, and is kept around by Dillik as a sort of imaginary friend who he addresses as "frozen scientist". Eventually is released, and joins the Rangers as their technical advisor; [[SixthRanger she ends up having to sub as a Ranger briefly in the finale]].
* Special Agent Jon Turnquist: Agent of the government and liason between the Rangers and ''Project: Phoenix'' (the successor to ''Project: Jetman''). Tends to keep secrets and [[BearerOfBadNews bring bad news at inopportune times]].
* General Norman Taggart: [[TheBrigadier Head of both Projects]], and who [[SpannerInTheWorks tends to interfere in the Rangers' duties]], but is ultimately a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* Steve and Lenore Patterson: Neighbors of the Rangers in their apartment building, they end up [[BadassBystander sucked into the action once]].
* Barry West: Another neighbor, interested in Casey for a while. Kept a pet squirrel, owned a VCR repair shop, and was somewhat of a ConspiracyTheorist regarding the alien attacks on Spring Valley.
* Detective Ramon Morales: Police detective for the city of Spring Valley who keeps encountering the Rangers and investigates them, [[FriendOnTheForce eventually learning their identities and assisting them on several occasions]].
* Ancient Red Ranger: The ghost of a long-dead Ranger who assists the team late in the series.

!! Their enemies:
* Trask: A space vampire with a grudge against humanity, and the BigBad for most of the series. Uses a gun to [[HumanResources convert living beings into biomass]], for both his own sustenance and for creating Nobodies and monsters.
* Dillik: An exobiology student who serves as a somewhat-unwilling EvilGenius; for a while, he serves as the NobleTopEnforcer via a telepresence robot dubbed Strife. [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceTurn Eventually realizes he's on the wrong side and joins the Rangers]].]]
* Queen-Empress Magda: An immortal. Essentially the BiggerBad, formerly queen of a [[TheEmpire galaxy-spanning empire]], only to be deposed prior to the beginning of the series; comes to Earth to stop the Rangers (having defeated similar forces on her home planet of Illam). Gets sent to an alternate dimension, but takes over that dimension's Earth [[spoiler: and after the Rangers battle her again, gets sent to the home dimension of [[MakeMyMonsterGrow the]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek Jinnsects]] and [[BolivianArmyEnding left with a sword that can kill immortals.]]]]
* Princess Sasha: [[FallenPrincess Daughter of Magda]], and after her defeat [[DarkChick an unwilling ally of Trask and Dillik]]. Uses the Star Handle, a [[LightIsNotGood light-based weapon]] [[SwissArmyWeapon with multiple modes.]] [[OneWingedAngel Can assume a giant monster form]], only to be defeated by the Rangers on Illam. She develops an attraction to Strife before she finds out he's Dillik[[spoiler:, but eventually gets melted into biomass by Trask. [[CloningBlues Dillik attempts to clone her]], but it [[CameBackWrong doesn't turn out so well]]]].
* Mainframe: TheDragon in the later episodes, made from a leftover Jinnsect and a console from the space station. Has the power of technopathy and created the method to turn biomass into monsters. [[spoiler: [[DragonAscendant Eventually becomes the]] BigBad after everyone else is either destroyed, captured or defected, and after using a Warzord of his own, hijacks the Rangers' Zords; he's destroyed when the Rangers remotely self-destruct their Zords, only to [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever come back giant-sized]] and attempt to lay waste to Spring Valley.]]

!!Recurring ''Power Rangers'' tropes:

* AllYourPowersCombined: How the Phoenix Cannon is fueled.
* BBCQuarry: Thanks to the source material being a big offender (as much as ''[[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger Hurricanger]]''/''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]''), it has a lot of quarry-based scenes; {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when a Somebody remarks "Here we are again... the quarry. Not the most creative choice, but it'll do."
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Sky (insert bird here)!"
* CallingYourAttacks: Often.
* CombinationAttack: The pistol-based finishers, mainly the Sky Enforcers' gravity ball, fall under here.
* ColorCodedCharacters: The codenames use a setup similar to ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman''- color followed by number.
* CoolCar: The Phoenix Cannon's alternate form of the Phoenix Rover (though it's never actually driven by the Rangers, because A: it was only driven in ''Jetman'' by the unmorphed Red Ranger and B: it's not really needed because the Rangers can glide ''and'' have jets at their disposal).
* FinishingMove: Multiple ones, the most prominent being the Phoenix Cannon blast.
* FiveManBand: As per ''Power Rangers'' tradition:
** TheLeader: Luke
** TheLancer: Chris
** TheBigGuy: Pete
** TheSmartGuy: Maggie, then Lisa
** TheChick: Casey
** SixthRanger: A few times some of the Rangers weren't able to battle, others subbed for them, including Mr. Patterson for Pete after the latter was attacked (unbeknownst to anyone, by Trask in his armored form), and Dr. Bering and Maggie for Luke in the finale.
* HomeBase: The apartment the Rangers live in, Parkview, and later on a house by a cemetery after [[spoiler: the apartment becomes a MonsterOfTheWeek]]. Also, the Project: Phoenix hangar, to a lesser extent- during the latter half of the series, it's where the Zords and Dr. Bering are based. The space station became this by the end of the first season and into the second season [[spoiler:after the Phoenix base is destroyed by Mainframe in the hijacked Kestrel Megacruiser]].
* HumongousMecha:
** AMechByAnyOtherName: The Sky Flyers.
** AnimalMecha: The Flyers are borderline examples, since they're really just jets with cockpits shaped like the respective birds each one is based on. The Kestrel has more bird-like attributes, including talons for hands.
** CombiningMecha: Sky Hawk + Condor + Owl + Swallow + Swan = Skyforce Megazord (robot mode) or Skyforce Cruiser (jet mode).
** TransformingMecha: The alien Kestrelzord, which transforms into a humanoid warrior mode.
** RobotBuddy: The Blue Battlezord, a sentient support robot that could transform into the [[{{BFG}} Quad Cannon]], which could be used by either the Skyforce Megazord or the Kestrelzord.
** MechaExpansionPack: The Kestrel could combine with the Skyforce in either of its two forms.
*** Skyforce Megazord + Kestrel Warrior Mode = Mega Kestrelzord
*** Skyforce Cruiser + Kestrelzord = Kestrel Megacruiser
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Almost entirely averted: the Rangers rarely pose, and when they do, it's fairly short.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Almost averted: no one member gets any exclusive weapon or powerup, and unlike the ''Sentai'' counterpart, the Phoenix Rover/Cannon isn't the Red Ranger's personal vehicle. But Luke, as an ex-Air Force pilot, is still the only one who has any sort of combat training and has to give the other Rangers crash courses in things like swordfighting and martial arts.
* MagicalSecurityCam: Justified; the Rangers each have their own small camera drones called ''Hoverbirds'', which automatically seek trouble and display it in the Rangers' [[TransformationTrinket AviMorphers]] and helmet displays. Unfortunately, Dillik and Trask still have access to the camera feeds from the space station, which, among other problems, [[spoiler: [[RealityEnsues leads to the Rangers' apartment building being turned into a monster and getting destroyed by the Megazord]]]]. Dr. Bering fixes this issue by changing the Hoverbirds' frequencies.
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: The Jinnsect fulfills this role until about midway through; if it can latch off the monster as it's destroyed, it can bring it back giant size. It can be destroyed, thus keeping the monster from coming back. This comes in handy when the Skyforce Megazord stops working for a while; when the monster gets destroyed in small-scale, the Rangers shoot the Jinnsect with their Sky Blasters or Enforcers. When the Jinnsects are used up and the monsters are instead made of biomass, they instead grow simply when destroyed, although the demons Trask found were exceptions to this (Infernis arrived giant-sized, Gog never grew; Zin and Drek grew on their own volition, as did their combined form Zindrek).
* MinidressOfPower: Worn by the female rangers.
* [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]]: Initially powered by the infestation of an object by an other-dimensional bug creature known as a ''Jinnsect''; when the Jinnsects were used up, they switched to making monsters from biomass instead.
* {{Mooks}}: The Nobodies, as used by Trask and Dillik; Magda used Discards instead. Mainframe invented the Nobots late in the series, which carried over as the footsoldiers into season 2.
** EliteMooks: Somebodies, via a DeadlyUpgrade.
* PsychoRangers: The Shadow Ranger team in episode 27. The only one who didn't get his own EvilCounterpart was Chris, who was absent during the time the clones were made.
* RegularCaller: [[RealityEnsues Nearly exposes the Rangers a couple of times]], as the [=AviMorphers=] [[ObviousBeta didn't have either a functioning talk button or Ranger-specific talk filtering]]; Dr. Bering corrected these issues when she was released from her cryogenic suspension.
* SupervillainLair: The ''Project: Jetman'' space station, initially; after the Rangers' raid in episode 32, Trask and Mainframe move into Magda's BiggerOnTheInside lair, located in Siberia.
* TransformationTrinket: Perhaps one of the simplest- the [=AviMorpher=], a digital watch which, in addition to morphing, can also control the Rangers' Hoverbirds.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Pink and Blue instead of the traditional Pink and Yellow (although Casey's suit mainly has white spandex; as a result, [[LampshadeHanging people keep calling her the White Ranger, much to her irritation]]).
* WeaponOfChoice: Their list of stuff includes:
** SwordAndGun: The Talon Swords and Sky Blasters.
** PowerFist: The Battlizers that the Rangers used, which could fire a "Battlizer Beam" and enter a "Striker Mode" for powered punches. They later got a MidSeasonUpgrade where they were now larger, and the back portion was now a remote-controlled drone dubbed a Battle Bird, which could also combine with their Sky Blasters to form Battle Enforcers.
** {{BFG}}: The Phoenix Cannon. The "gravity ball" attacks used by the Sky Enforcers, Echo Enforcers and Battle Enforcers could also count, in a sense.
** [[CoolGuns/{{Handguns}} Cool Gun]]: The [[MidSeasonUpgrade Echo Blasters]]. (Which then get destroyed in the next episode.)
** BifurcatedWeapon: Multiple variants, all based around the Sky Blaster:
*** Talon Sword + Sky Blaster = [[CoolGuns/{{Handguns}} Sky Enforcer]] (which fires the "gravity ball"/"force bubble" finishing blast)
*** Echo Blaster + Sky Blaster = [[HandCannon Echo Enforcer]]
*** Battle Bird + Sky Blaster = [[HandCannon Battle Enforcer]]


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!! Other tropes in use include:

* AdaptationalHeroism: Trask is nowhere near as depraved as his ''Sentai'' counterpart, Count Radiguet, who is widely considered one of the most evil SuperSentai villains ever.
** Chris, the Black Ranger, is much more of a team player than his ''Sentai'' counterpart, [[ClassicalAntiHero Gai Yuki]], a constant gambler and womanizer.
* AdaptedOut: Tran, the only ''Jetman'' villain with no ''Take Flight'' counterpart.
* AlienInvasion
* AlternateUniverseFic
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Casey, who is simply described as being "of mixed ancestry." She is eventually revealed to be part Middle Eastern, but that's just one parent.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: In addition to the standard monsters, a few demons show up, and in the finale Mainframe constructs a Warzord, the Gigazord [[spoiler: and later comes back giant-sized himself]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: The Thadian Rangers and the Ancient Red Ranger's ghost in the finale.]]
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler:Magda's]] final fate.
* CameBackWrong: Dillik's attempt to [[spoiler:clone Sasha]] doesn't go very well.
* CompositeCharacter / DecompositeCharacter: Sasha. While based on Maria from ''Jetman'', her monster forms were actually Radiguet's (whose normal form was turned into an armored form for Trask).
** Meanwhile, ''Jetman'''s Grey is instead turned into Strife, a telepresence robot controlled by Dillik.
* ContinuityNod: The continuity was intentionally kept tight, so many episodes are arc-based with multiple subplots, and many characters originally intended for one appearance- like reporter Stacy Keene- were reused for multiple appearances, instead of inventing new characters.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to the actual ''Power Rangers'' shows made during TheNineties, particularly with the introduction of [[HumanResources biomass]]. However, the author does take care to edit ''Sentai'' footage the way it would be edited for ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' (no smoking, drinking or impalement).
** Although some of the dialogue still probably wouldn't fly in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', including some references to premarital sex and quite a few uses to [[NeverSayDie the k-word]].
* DeadFic: While the first season, based on ''Jetman'', is entirely complete and stands well on its own, the second season of the fic, which partially adapts ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', stopped after the fourth episode and shows no indications of ever getting finished.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[MonsterOfTheWeek Zephyros.]] Like his ''Sentai'' counterpart, Dryer Jigen, Zephyros is an IneffectualSympatheticVillain who gets to live in peace at the end of his episode. Unlike his ''Sentai'' counterpart, Zephyros returns a few episodes later, gets provoked into growing and destroyed (re-purposing an ImagineSpot from his ''Sentai'' episode for this scene).
* DemotedToExtra: The Pattersons and Barry only make a few more appearances [[spoiler: after Parkview is destroyed]].
** Also, the Echo Blasters are destroyed after only ''one battle''; this was because all other ''Jetman'' episodes featuring them had been adapted prior to their introduction and hence, their scenes were cut; this meant that they didn't have a purpose anymore.
** Since the author didn't feel the need to adapt the Neo-Jetmen plot (which had essentially been done in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''), he instead reinterpreted them as the ''Vanguards'', a Ranger-esque force on the planet of Illam who were destroyed by Magda and Brimstone.
* TheDollEpisode: "Yesterday's Trash." The MonsterOfTheWeek takes the form of the Blue Ranger's old teddy bear.
* DragonAscendant: [[spoiler:Mainframe.]]
* FantasticRacism: Trask towards humans, due to how humans drove Vampirians/Vampires away from Earth.
* FusionDance: The demons Zin and Drek eventually merged into the singular Zindrek; [[spoiler: while Trask fuses Gog and Will into Demi-Gog and leaves him aboard the space station as a trap for the Rangers]].
* GenderFlip: Yellow Lion is male in ''Liveman'', while the Yellow Lion Ranger in ''Take Flight'''s second season is female. [[ShoutOut Her name?]] [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Trini.]] (A different Trini, but ''still''...)
* HumanResources: Trask makes the Nobodies and, once he's run out of Jinnsects, monsters out of biomass- a bunch of melted organic material. He has also used it to sustain himself, mainly when experimenting with the sunlight's effects on him. He turns beings into biomass using a special gun.
* InstantExpert: Averted on multiple counts. When it comes to things like martial arts and sword usage, Luke gives the other Rangers crash courses. For the tech, info is displayed in their visors (much like ''Lightspeed Rescue''). They even somehow had English instructions for the Sky Kestrel [[spoiler:(apparently Zordon somehow managed to give the Illamites a way to upload the instructions)]].
* JustifiedTrope: The series does this to a few ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' tropes, such as why the villains don't send more than one monster at once (they're highly territorial and attack each other on sight...though this still doesn't explain why they don't just send each to a different country) and why no one ever seems to die in the monster attacks ([[spoiler:because the future Rangers knew when the attacks were coming and evacuated the buildings]]).
* MythologyGag: The final scene has Luke encounter a mugger on the day of a wedding, just like Gai in the Jetman finale. Unlike Gai however, [[spoiler:he survives it.]]
** The project that initially spawned the Ranger tech was named "Project: Jetman", mainly because the Echo Blasters featured the name on the sides and he couldn't edit those out. [[spoiler: Not only that, but thanks to a wormhole generator, [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Zordon of Eltar]] assisted Dr. Bering prior to the first episode.]]
** The Blue Battlezord's name is an homage to the [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Red Battlezord]].
* NoodleIncident: We don't exactly ''learn'' what caused Maggie to break up with her ex-boyfriend Sean, but WordOfGod says that infidelity is a likely reason, given how Sean tries to be more honest with Maggie in his attempts to win her back.
* OneWingedAngel: As stated, Trask has an armored form (''Jetman'''s Radiguet) that he enters when exposed to sunlight; Sasha can turn herself into a giant monster and assume another, small-scale monster form ([[DecompositeCharacter also both Radiguet's]]), while her mother Magda could also assume a monster form, though not at giant scale.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: ''Space'' vampires, in this case.
* TheQuisling: Will, who was jealous of Luke and Dr. Bering's burgeoning relationship and [[spoiler:invited Trask into the station to spare himself and kill everyone else.]]
* RealityEnsues: The Megazord stops working after a while due to so many monster battles and nobody to fix it, at least until Project: Phoenix enters the scene.
** It turns out that making unexcused absences ''will'' attract the attention of your boss, as well as make you run the risk of ''losing your job''. [[spoiler: Fortunately for Luke, his boss was smart enough to put two and two together, and is pretty okay with it.]]
** The final battle really drives home how necessary the Rangers are in any ''Power Ranger'' series; the FinalBoss is [[spoiler: just an ordinary monster-of-the-week]] but without any Zords left to fight it, it really drives home how useless conventional weapons are against giant monsters, and that no matter how silly a ''Power Rangers'' villain might be, the Rangers are the '''only''' thing standing between them and world domination or destruction.
* {{Retcon}}: A few, as detailed in the commentary, but one of the most notable ones is the explanation that the talk button on the [=AviMorphers=] doesn't work when unmorphed, thus explaining the lack of communication between the Rangers outside of battle.
* ScriptFic: The story is written entirely in script format. Like an actual ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' season, the storylines and scripts are even written with stock footage from the adapted ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' season in mind- represented by images from ''Jetman'' being inserted between the text (with a black screen saying "U.S. placeholder" for any intended US-original footage).
* SecretKeeper: Quite a few, actually. Likely to keep in with the fic's (slightly) more realistic tone; obviously ''someone'' will suspect something.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Chris. His ''Jetman'' counterpart, Gai Yuki, is killed by a mugger on the wedding day of his former love interest Kaori and romantic rival Ryu. Chris, meanwhile, has a much more successful relationship with Casey; the first season ends on their wedding day. The mugger scenario was given to Luke, who's saved by Lisa.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Averted nicely- the scripts and several other clues say that Spring Valley is this world's counterpart to Oakland, CA. Other towns were mentioned on occasion, all of which are stated in the scripts to be alternate locations to real-world towns, with the exception of Windvale.
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