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02:12:15 AM Feb 15th 2015
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 understands it.

Anime and Manga
  • Not to mention almost every LAM (Land-Air 'Mech from BattleTech... at least until FASA ran into legal troubles for ripping off designs from Macross, amongst other sources.

Comic Books



Live-Action TV


Tabletop Games
  • FASA's Crimson Skies (and the video games based on it) is all about these.

Video Games
  • 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 Sky Gunner.
  • 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.

Western Animation
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