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* In ''TabletopGame/FlyingCircus'', you can have your pilot fly at Altitude 0, which is equivalent to flying just above the ground. [[RealityEnsues Typically, this is a bad idea.]] Ground effects reduces Stall Speed, the plane hits the ground if it goes any lower, and pulling up from this altitude counts as an attempt to Evade Danger. However, the Dogfighter Mastery move Belly Scrape makes near-ground flight less dangerous.
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* In ''Film/{{Elf}}'', Santa's sleigh loses its booster rocket when it clips a statue on takeoff.

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* ''Film/ThirtySecondsOverTokyo'': When the B-25s make their way to the Japanese mainland, they hug the waterline and later the ground, coming close to hitting several treelines in the process.


* In a deleted scene from ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitch'', the protagonists (apart from Lilo) scrape the ''side'' of a skyscraper with their landing gear in a hijacked 747 during an extremely tight turn. [[TooSoon/SeptemberEleventh After 9/11, the scene was scrapped for obvious reasons.]] The airliner was changed to a SpacePlane, and downtown Honolulu replaced with a canyon. The spaceship still makes a tight turn extremely close to the ground, just low enough to [[RunningGag knock a relaxing tourist's ice cream cone out of his hand with its wingtip.]]

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* In a deleted scene from ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitch'', the protagonists (apart from Lilo) scrape the ''side'' of a skyscraper with their landing gear in a hijacked 747 during an extremely tight turn. [[TooSoon/SeptemberEleventh [[DistancedFromCurrentEvents/SeptemberEleventh After 9/11, the scene was scrapped for obvious reasons.]] The airliner was changed to a SpacePlane, and downtown Honolulu replaced with a canyon. The spaceship still makes a tight turn extremely close to the ground, just low enough to [[RunningGag knock a relaxing tourist's ice cream cone out of his hand with its wingtip.]]

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* ''{{Film/Flight}}'': Moments before it hits the ground, the crash-landing airliner clips the very tip off a church steeple with one wing, all while the pilots look back in StunnedSilence.


* ''Film/{{Midway|2019}}'': Right after bombing the ''Hiryu'', Best pulls his SBD into a sharp climb, his wingtip dipping into the ocean as he pulls out.

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** Occurs when Best is about to take off on a routine patrol, but realizes ''Enterprise'' doesn't have enough speed, meaning he doesn't have enough airspeed to get airborne. As it is, he barely manages to get by just getting the belly of his plane wet before managing to pull up and away, and the only reason he ''doesn't'' crash is because he's [[ImprobablePilotingSkills just that good]]. His wingman isn't that skilled or that fortunate.
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after bombing the ''Hiryu'', Best pulls his SBD into a sharp climb, his wingtip dipping into the ocean as he pulls out.


* PlayedForLaughs on ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'', when falcon-form Martin rescues falcon-form Chris from a mud wallow where he's mired. Martin swoops in and lifts Chris to safety, but doesn't ascend high enough to avoid dangling his brother's head and wings through the treetops where they're whacked by leafy twigs.

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* PlayedForLaughs on ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'', when ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'':
** When
falcon-form Martin rescues falcon-form Chris from a mud wallow where he's mired. Martin swoops in and lifts Chris to safety, but doesn't ascend high enough to avoid dangling his brother's head and wings through the treetops where they're whacked by leafy twigs.twigs.
** In "Wolf Hawks", Martin scoops up Zach while in Harris's-hawk form, using the villain to bait the Zach-bots into an ambush. Flying low to keep the 'bots on the floor of a canyon, he accidentally drags Zach across the tips of some saguaro cacti, causing Zach to howl complaints about getting cactus needles in his behind.

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* Happens inadvertently on ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'', when the team tries to guide a seaplane in for a landing after a solar storm knocks out its navigation systems. Attempting a landing on inshore waters, the small craft strikes some flotsam and loses one of its twin floats, forcing the joyriding teen in the pilot's seat to frantically pull up before he can hit the coastal cliffs.

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* Inverted in ''Film/SanAndreas'', when the small boat piloted by the hero is scaling the face of the tsunami, only to have a ''huge'' cargo ship's aft end appear at the wave's crest directly in its path. The boat veers off to pass under the cargo ship's stern, and one of the giant vessel's rotors rips the sunshade off the smaller one.

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* Inverted in ''Literature/SewerGasAndElectric'', when the eco-pirate submarine ''Yabba Dabba Doo'' dives '''under''' a massive fishing net while eluding a swarm of torpedoes. The sub clears the barrier by such a narrow margin that, in passing, its sail is struck by the thrashing tail of an ensnared marlin.

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* ''Film/{{Midway|2019}}'': Right after bombing the ''Hiryu'', Best pulls his SBD into a sharp climb, his wingtip dipping into the ocean as he pulls out.

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* In ''Film/{{Battleship}}'', a helicopter tries to vertically evade an oncoming shredder drone, lifting off with so little time to spare that the drone's spinning spikes carve a series of grooves in its undercarriage.


* ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'' segment of ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' ends with Toad taking up airplane flying. His plane first clips the roof of Toad Hall, startling Rat, Mole and Badger, then as he flies into the sunset, [[MonumentalDamage knocks over the statue of Admiral Nelson over Trafalgar Square]].

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* ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'' segment of ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' ends with Toad taking up airplane flying. His plane first clips the roof of Toad Hall, startling Rat, Mole and Badger, then as he flies into the sunset, [[MonumentalDamage knocks over the statue of Admiral Nelson over Trafalgar Square]].



* In a deleted scene from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', the protagonists (apart from Lilo) scrape the ''side'' of a skyscraper with their landing gear in a hijacked 747 during an extremely tight turn. [[TooSoon/SeptemberEleventh After 9/11, the scene was scrapped for obvious reasons.]] The airliner was changed to a SpacePlane, and downtown Honolulu replaced with a canyon. The spaceship still makes a tight turn extremely close to the ground, just low enough to [[RunningGag knock a relaxing tourist's ice cream cone out of his hand with its wingtip.]]

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* In a deleted scene from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitch'', the protagonists (apart from Lilo) scrape the ''side'' of a skyscraper with their landing gear in a hijacked 747 during an extremely tight turn. [[TooSoon/SeptemberEleventh After 9/11, the scene was scrapped for obvious reasons.]] The airliner was changed to a SpacePlane, and downtown Honolulu replaced with a canyon. The spaceship still makes a tight turn extremely close to the ground, just low enough to [[RunningGag knock a relaxing tourist's ice cream cone out of his hand with its wingtip.]]

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* Low-altitude flight is used by military aircraft for terrain masking as RADAR cannot pick up or distinguish them from the landscape if they're flying low to the ground or below mountain tops.

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