Manhwa: Flight Highschool
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Flight Highschool is a Manhwa
turned Korean Webcomic
drawn by anyan
, taking place in a high school populated predominantly by Moe Anthropomorphised
military aircraft as they go about their daily lives
The students of the school range from mid Cold War era to the present day. Nearly everything you see and read in them is a reference or play on the planes themselves, the aviation industry, or current military aviation events.
Flight Highschool contains examples of:
- Amusing Injuries - Apparently, the only effect of a dogfight between F-35 and J-20 is some Instant Bandages on their face.
- Beach Episode - Chapter 19 is spent at the pool.
- Berserk Button - For J-20, it's making fun of China, proving she can be just as immature and childish as F-35.
- Big Eater - F-14 is shown to be this.
- Bratty Half-Pint - X-47B, in contrast to her friend, the sweet and innocent MQ-1 Predator.
- Breakout Character - According to Word of God, the popular F-35 has become the closest thing the series has to a main character and usually appears at least once per chapter.
- Butt Monkey - Rafale
- Camera Fiend - U-2 always has her camera at the ready, looking for a scoop. This doesn't often sit well with others.
- Childhood Friends - Due to their common origins, Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale are portrayed as this.
- Color Failure - The reaction of the AWACS Student Council when C-5 Galaxy reveals that the "thing" she dropped is a...Minutemannote .
- Crazy-Prepared - Mild example. F-16 was thirsty, but when F/A-18 offers her some water, it was a probe-and-drogue strawnote . Luckily, F-16 came prepared with CARTS (Conformal Air Refueling Tank System). Cue F-16 downing the entire bottle.
- Cute, but Cacophonic - The Tu-95 and Tu-142. Those prop turbines mean... good luck trying to sneak. Or, just sitting still quietly when even a little excited, talking, yawning, writing or what have you.
- Cute Clumsy Girl - True to their inspirations, F-104 and Yak-38 are quite clumsy.
- Cuteness Proximity - A... very odd case. Don't go into supersonic anywhere near the MiG-25. You will need to kick it up a notch to avoid the glomp. Mach speeds are apparently... cute.
- Delivery Stork - When Predator asks where baby planes come from, F-16 butts in and makes up a story in which planes start as models, then grow into 1:1 scale mock-ups, and then are born as prototypes.
- Ditzy Genius - F-35. She's pretty smart despite all appearances to the contrary.
- Does This Remind You of Anything? - Surprisingly many examples:
- The way the payload capacity of a plane is often treated.
- On one hand, refueling is often represented as eating or drinking. However, the cover of Kama Sutra given to Rafale upon her successful Indian bid has "refueling" on it. Which means...
- The way Su-35 sneaks up, touches E-737's radomes inappropriately, and being uncomfortably close is rather...suggestive, to be generous about it.
- Even less subtle is when both PAK-FA and Su-27 ganged up on B-2 and ending with her apparently covered with a blanket. Though apparently it's Played for Laughs.
- Dynamite Candle - Uh... MiG-29? Do people always need to have countermeasures on stand-by when you hand out birthday cakes? Or is the F-16 just special?
- Empty Quiver: Accurately titled "Broken Arrow", A-4 Skyhawk casually reveals to Harrier (AV-8B, that is, American Harrier) that she once accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb "maybe in this pool, maybe in the other pool". Harrier rightfully panics upon that revelation note .
- Expressive Hair - MiG-25 "Foxbat" has a hairstyle resembling ears which perks up when she gets excited.
- Extracurricular Enthusiast - F-16 is known for trying to help and participate in everything.
- Fangirl - F-35 idolizes and wants to be like Harrier.
- Friendly Rival - As in real life, there are several of these.
- F-22, J-20, and PAK-FA are all similar, but competing, planes.
- Yak-38 sees herself and Harrier as this. Although in her case it's more of a one-sided rivalry.
- Hair-Trigger Temper - F-2 has to be physically held back or else she'll follow through.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath - Go ahead, make the A-10's day: peek on her girls. Double dare you when you see what's in her bag.
- High School
- Hikikomori - The Sukhoi family is worried that Su-47 will become this.
- Huge Schoolgirl - The large transport planes such as C-5 and An-225 tower over the majority of the girls.
- Idle Rich - As the "princess" of the Lockheed family, F-35 is quite rich and has no qualms spending her (or other's) money.
- I Just Want to Be Normal - Su-47 and V-22 both have unique designs, but would prefer to be normal.
- Imagine Spot - The otherwise ground-borne F-22 imagines herself wearing a bikini so that she can swim (read: having a carrier-based variant). F-15E flatly tells her that it isn't happening.
- Innocently Insensitive - F-35 in a lot of ways.
- Interspecies Romance - As much as anthropomorphized space stations and aircraft count as different species anyway. When U-2 thinks the space shuttle Buran is An-225's daughter, she asks if the space station Mir is the father.
- Loads and Loads of Characters - To say there are a lot of characters in Flight Highschool would be a bit of an understatement. If it's a modern fighter jet, bomber, transport, AWACS, etc., chances are they've appeared in some capacity by now.
- Mama Bear - A-10 is violently protective of the girls in the school.
- Meganekko - The student council, consisting entirely of AEW&C aircraft, wears glasses to represent their various radars and sensors.
- Mistaken Identity - F-35 mistakes the British Harrier GR9 for the American Harrier AV-8B. She accuses GR9 of being a Doppelgänger.
- Moe Anthropomorphism - All the characters are military aircraft as high school girls. The plane they represent is usually seen on their back to make it easier to figure out who's who as well as for the occasional visual gag.
- Nondescript Club - The 5th Gen Club doesn't do much other than hang out before and after school.
- Not so Above It All - MiG-29 arguing with and trying to impress the drones, specifically X-47B.
- Oblivious To Hints - Tu-95 is blissfully unaware of the torment her "habit" causes others, no matter how much they try to tell her otherwise.
- Old Shame - AV-8B... and those Pepsi adverts. Don't remind her.
- One Gender School - All the boys that have so far appeared in the series have been from other schools.
- Parental Substitute - Buran apparently considers Mriya (An-225) her mother because she gives her piggyback rides every day.◊
- Perpetual Smiler - Despite losing the JSF competition, and despite YF-23's best efforts, X-32 remains cheerful and happy no matter what she's doing.
- Plane Spotting - Practically the premise of the series.
- The Resenter - YF-23 to F-22. She's still bitter about losing the ATF competition to her.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense - Many of the aircraft with expensive programs are prone to this.
- F-35s. "Expensive snacks are expensive for a reason!" sums up the issue nicely.
- The Rival - As in real life, there are several of these. Not all the planes are the friendly version of this.
- F/A-18 and F-16 antagonize each other quite a bit.
- MiG-29 also likes to pick fights with F-16.
- Schoolgirl Series - But with planes!
- School Idol - F-22 is looked up to by many of the student body.
- Shrinking Violet - Being the odd one out of the Sukhoi family, Su-47 is this.
- Shown Their Work - Too many examples to list all of them, but the artist has a very obvious interest in modern military aviation. Nearly everything in the comics from the situations that happen to the character design is a reference to the plane itself or current events in the industry. To name just a couple examples:
- Harrier's long braided twintails are a reference to the tall wingtip mounted gear.
- F-104 always has bandages and is tripping over things because the real life fighter was notoriously unreliable. It was nicknamed the "Lawn Dart"
- MiG-29's short and high pigtails are representative of the MiG's leading edge extensions.
- One of the jokes revolves around the different types of mid-air refueling systems in use and the planes that use them.
- The aircraft drawn on the characters' backs are often accurate enough to tell which variant of the aircraft they represent.
- The fighters often reference and use the missiles they would carry in real life as weapons.
- Shout-Out: The aircraft (or the avatar of the aircraft) that Su-47 is talking to over the internet the similarly forward-swept winged ASF-X Shinden II from Ace Combat.
- Spoiled Brat - Although mostly benign, F-35 does show shades of this.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute - F-35 is distraught upon discovering that the new student, the Chinese J-31, looks nearly identical to her.
- Team Chef - KC-737 always has food with her, looking for hungry planes to feed.
- The Talk: The Predator drone, after having asked MiG-29 on how "baby planes are made", are even more curious in a later strip. Unfortunately, F-16 isn't exactly well-versed herself...
- Throw the Dog a Bone - After never having found a customer for years on end, Rafale finally wins the Indian MMRCA.
- Tomboy - Both ground attack planes: A-10 and Su-25.