02:12:15 AM Feb 15th 2015
edited by Arivne
edited by Arivne
The following Zero Context Examples have been commented out on the page and copied to here. Please don't add them back or uncomment them unless you add enough information to make it clear that they're valid examples. Remember that just giving the plane's name, saying "<name> is a Cool Plane" or giving a link to another site isn't enough. You need to say in the example why it's a Cool Plane so that the reader can understand it. Anime and Manga
- Seto Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Jet...
- Brai-Star, Braiger's plane form.
- The amphibious plane that brought Ash Ketchum to the Unova Region in Pokémon.
- The Swordfish II from Cowboy Bebop.
- The Stinger and Serpent, piloted by Ace Pilots Puria and Lee respectively, in Gaiking: Legend of Daiku Maryu.
- Almost every aircraft in Sentou Yousei Yukikaze, friendly or enemy, especially the FFR-41 Mave which the main character, Rei Fukai, pilots (and thus give the most screentime). You can check them all out here.
- The SX Swordfish from Blake and Mortimer.
- The Batplane(or Batwing), and sometimes Batcopter. Batman's small one-man copter, The Whirly-Bat◊ has its own legion of fans.
- The Avengers' quinjets count as a Cool Plane Fleet.
- The Atlantis in Franka.
- Cliff Secord's Gee Bee stunt plane in the opening and ending of The Rocketeer; Howard Hughes' autogyro later in the same film.
- The "Bubble Ship" from Oblivion (2013). Visually speaking, the drones, as well.
- The F-19 Ghostrider from Red Storm Rising.
- In Zero History by William Gibson, Eccentric Millionaire Hubertus Bigend owns an Ekranoplan - specifically, an A-90 Orlyonok
- Subverted by the real Grumman Goose used in the short-lived Live-action TV show Tales of the Gold Monkey, which inspired TaleSpin.
- The Flying Submarine from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, which is a Cool Plane and a Cool Boat at the same time. Likely inspired the similar Manta Ray jets in The Incredibles.
- From Doctor Who series 5: Spitfires IN SPAAAAAACE!
- F-14 Tomcat. 'nuff said.
- FASA's Crimson Skies (and the video games based on it) is all about these.
- Warhammer 40,000 and its spinoff game Aeronautica Imperialis have their fair share of these.
- From the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game comes the Phantom Beast Planes, which is an entire archetype of Cool Planes - namely, these guys!
- Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere runneth over with Cool Planes, including the XFA-36A, the UI-4054 Aurora, the R-352 Sepia (a space fighter), the R-201v Asterozoa (a double artillery airplane), the XR-900 Geopelia, and the X-49 Night Raven. Just to hammer down the point, the Eurofighter Typhoon, which is one of the Coolest Planes in Real Life nowadays, is one of the lamest planes in the game!
- Other Ace Combat titles have their share of Cool Planes; recurring examples are the XFA-27A, the X-02 Wyvern, and the ADF-01 FALKEN. Other games in the series have had Cool Planes that only appeared in a single title.
- And then the 6 planes that provide the picture for this trope, they are (from left to right and top to bottom), YR-302 Fregata, XR-45 Cariburn, XFA-27A (a recurring example), Fenrir, XFA-24A Apalis, and the YR-99 Forneus.
- The Air Force Delta series has its own share of both real and fictional cool planes and—unusual for a flight sim shooter—features Chinese fighter designs.
- Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces, from the developers of Ace Combat, has several Cool prop planes, with special honors going to the Sanka M-B.
- Act of War, a modern warfare Real-Time Strategy game, features loads of awesome real-life planes like the F-117, the Su-27 and the B-2, just to mention a few.
- Pretty much every playable vehicle in Sonic Wings / Aero Fighter (not related to Sonic the Hedgehog), the Vic Viper from Gradius, the R-9 Arrowhead from R-Type, and many other Shmups.
- Any of the "superfighters" of the Wing Commander series, and arguably some of the non-super variety as well.
- And speaking of fighters reverse-engineered from alien craft, there's also the Raiden from the same-titled series of shooters.
- The Arwings from Star Fox.
- The Steam/Diesel Punk mini-flyers used by the heroes in SkyGunner.
- Kirby's Starship, as seen in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby Super Star. A different version of it appears in Kirby Air Ride and the game's anime adaptation.
- The X-COM games are full of these. Specific aircraft include the Interceptor, the Firestorm, and the Avenger from Enemy Unknown, and the Barracuda, Manta, and Leviathan from Terror From the Deep.
- Killian's VTOL jet personnel transport / gunship in Perfect Dark Zero.
- The Javelins from Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. (If Wonder Woman's flying, count on her to have it cloaked whether necessary or not, a Shout-Out to the invisible jet.)
- Most of the aircraft on Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.
- The SWAT Kats' custom-made jet, the Turbo Kat, from SWAT Kats.
- C.O.P.S. Bullseye's Air Raid helicopter.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes
- The episode "Air Force None" plays this straight.
- The Equalist biplanes seen in the first season finale (Which also doubles as the Series Faux Nale) of The Legend of Korra.