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Top 10 Fictional Movie Aircraft

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Script written by Sam Lehman. They soar through the sky like nothing in real life. In this video, counts down our picks for the top 10 fictional aircraft in movies. For this list, we’re looking at those airborne vehicles from film that we find most fascinating. However, we’re excluding spaceships. Whether it’s more traditional flying machines like airplanes or helicopters, or less traditional ones like carriers, castles or cars, these airborne crafts are amazing. Special thanks to our users MikeyP, tiggy_gothpaw and Emily Carlstrom for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script written by Sam Lehman.

Top 10 Fictional Movie Aircraft

They soar through the sky like nothing in real life. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 fictional aircraft in movies.

For this list, we’re looking at those airborne vehicles from film that we find most fascinating. However, we’re excluding spaceships.

“Stealth” (2005)

Standing for Extreme Deep Invader Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle, this flying machine is similar in design and purpose to a drone. And during the course of the film, EDI’s added as the fourth man on a team of three premiere pilots. Despite its speed, power and array of high-tech gadgets; this unmanned vehicle can’t always be trusted – especially if it’s hit by lightning, and its accuracy turns deadly. Unluckily, as the team soon finds out, EDI came equipped with just about everything but a moral compass.

#9: Owlship
“Watchmen” (2009)

You might know this one by its pet name, Archie – named after Archimedes, the pet owl that belonged to the wizard Merlin in “The Sword in the Stone” – but this flying machine is neither cute nor cuddly. It was invented by technical genius Dan Dreiberg, aka Nite Owl II, who’s most in his element when surrounded by tools. And this ship allows him to navigate both the air and sea with ease. Shaped like an owl’s head, the craft also has a flame thrower to keep enemies at bay.

#8: The DeLorean DMC-12
“Back to the Future II” (1989)

This sequel drew in crowds who were anxious to see where – or, more precisely, when – Marty McFly and Doc Brown would end up next. With the flux capacitor now powered by the newly-installed Mr. Fusion – as opposed to the hard-to-acquire plutonium of the first film – the new-and-improved DeLorean time machine of Part 2 not only travels through time; it also travels through air. Now our intrepid time travelers can visit any era of Hill Valley unhampered by a silly restraint like gravity.

#7: Howl’s Castle
“Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004)

Studio Ghibli brought to animated life this beloved film adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ novel about a cursed young woman whose only hope is the infamous wizard, Howl, who seemingly lives in disrepair. But Howl’s castle is more than meets the eye: it’s a mash-up of random pieces that form one unique place of residence. With a face that resembles a frog and the legs of a chicken, it’s a walking, moving home that includes portals to several other locations and wings that allow it to fly.

#6: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968)

From the brilliant mind of Ian Fleming came a novel about a car that can fly, float and flee danger when required. Named for the unusual sounds emitted by the engine, this flying machine masquerades as a regular old car, taking the Potts family on beachside picnics or wherever else the wind might blow them. Not only is this ride capable of riding the roads and soaring through clouds, it can also float on water. But we still think its flying capabilities are its coolest feature – whether with wings or without.

#5: AT-99 ‘Scorpion’ Gunship
“Avatar” (2009)

A blend of many real-life aircraft, this particular military flyer may be used on a planet other than Earth, but it’s not exactly out of this world – meaning we wouldn’t be super surprised to see something like this invented in the future. Shaped sort of like a giant flying insect, the Scorpions are the humans’ answer to the Na’vi people’s predatory Mountain Banshees – and they come fully loaded with radar and sonar capabilities, as well as some mega firepower that the machine’s lone pilot can fire off at will.

#4: HK-Aerial
“The Terminator” franchise (1984-)

You want ominous? “HK” stands for “hunter-killer” – it doesn’t get deadlier than that. Developed for combat situations, these robotic machines do not resemble human beings in anyway, unlike the Terminator itself. Seeing humanity as a menace to their survival, Skynet created several variations of HKs throughout the franchise, including tanks, bombers and airstrike machines. The computer network then deployed these specific robots with their deadly tactics and unfeeling construction to help eradicate the human race from the air.

#3: Blackbird aka X-Jet
“X-Men” franchise (2000-)

Originally created by Hank McCoy, aka Beast, this jet was a custom version of a Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird,” which was spy plane capable of upwards of Mach-3. And, it was the primary “normal” form of transportation this group of mutants used. The X-Jet also happened to be sponsored financially by the government, which in this case meant it was equipped with the best technology money could buy. Though it’s undergone upgrades and amendments have been made to its design; different iterations of the Blackbird have served the X-Men well for decades.

#2: The Bat
“The Dark Knight Rises” (2012)

Yes, it does come in black, and it’s another mega-cool gadget from the mind of Lucius Fox. Batman’s latest toy was another creation made in Wayne Enterprises’ Applied Sciences division that had real-world applications for any rich playboys who may be moonlighting as vigilante superheroes. While all of Batman’s planes have been extra cool, this customized contraption was inspired by several real aircraft – see any similarities to a Harrier Jump Jet, anyone? It also possesses rocket launchers, machineguns, EMP cannons, floodlights and a two-person cockpit. But it is missing one vital component: autopilot – or is it???

Before our top pick takes flight, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Spinners
“Blade Runner” (1982)
- Mikoyan MiG-31
“Firefox” (1982)
- Snoop Dogg’s Soul Plane
“Soul Plane” (2004)

#1: S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier
“The Avengers” (2012)

According to comic lore, this aircraft – the headquarters for S.H.I.E.L.D. – was constructed by Stark Industries and designed by top scientists like Tony Stark, Mister Fantastic and Forge, the X-Man. Two runways extend across the ship; one allowing access to the rear hangar, the second appropriate for landings. This carrier is capable of navigating both the air and the water, while refractive panels underneath the craft can camouflage it from view. It can also withstand a lot of wear-and-tear, which is a good thing since it’s the world HQ of a badass intelligence/defense agency.

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