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Ace London is an arrogant, yet highly-regarded gray wolf test pilot who went to school with Baloo and later became his rival in the Disney TV series TaleSpin. He appears in only one episode, "Mach One for the Gipper". He was voiced by the late Phil Hartman.

Appearances

TaleSpin

According to Baloo, he and Ace went to school together, and Ace always excelled at "getting two things - the glory and my goat." When they were adults, Ace is a hot-shot test pilot for the military, and constantly talks down to Baloo as a "lowly" cargo pilot, while regaling several adoring fans with stories of his past daring-do exploits. His trademark is to end any statement with the words, "or my name's not" snapping his fingers and waiting for his fans to shout, "Ace London!" to which he responds, "You got that right!"

While transporting an experimental jet engine to a military base for testing, Ace warns his men that their mission is top secret, yet he brags openly in the refueling station's bar about the engine and how testing it will make him the fastest man in the world. By this time, he has become so overconfident that he makes several sloppy mistakes, and so attached to his "heroic" reputation that he scrambles to shift blame for these mistakes to anyone but himself.

His first mistake is carelessly loading a crate being transported by Baloo onto his plane, while an unwitting Baloo loads the top-secret engine onto the Sea Duck. His second mistake is talking openly to his pilots about their mission over the radio, while on their way to the base, ignoring their warnings that someone might be listening in. This alerts Don Karnage, who wants the engine for his Air Pirates.

When the crate is opened on the base to reveal jars of pickles, Ace instantly realizes his mistake, but quickly declares that Baloo must have stolen the engine on purpose. When General Patton orders Baloo arrested, Ace hastily says he'll get the engine back himself.

Ace rushes to intercept Baloo, demanding that Baloo hand over his plane's cargo, without explanation. Baloo laughs this off and buzzes Ace's plane, forcing him to land, infuriating Ace.

Later, after Baloo has opened the crate and discovered the engine, he rushes back to meet Ace and hand it over. Ace, however, is so furious that he ignores Baloo's radio greeting and opens fire on the Sea Duck with his plane's guns, forcing Baloo to evade and hide in a fog bank. When one of Ace's pilots timidly suggests that Ace shouldn't have fired on a civilian, Ace retorts that Baloo ignored Ace's orders and forced Ace and his men to land their planes. When the pilot suggests that this was Ace's fault, Ace hotly retorts: "Ace London at fault? Never! I want that plane found and destroyed!"

To escape both Ace and the Air Pirates, Baloo and Wildcat rig the engine to the hull of the Sea Duck, and go on a ride that ends with them arriving at the base with the engine. At first, General Patton is prepared to arrest Baloo, but then the echo of Baloo and Wildcat's voices in midair reveals that they succeeded in breaking the sound barrier, an achievement that has made them instantly famous.

Ace arrives, his heroic persona all but abandoned, shrieking that he's the one who's supposed to be famous, not Baloo, who stole the engine. Baloo presents his version of events, and to Ace's chagrin, Ace's own pilots back Baloo up. General Patton is furious with Ace for misplacing top-secret property and shooting at civilians. Thanking Baloo for testing the engine, Patton asks if there is anything the military can do for him. Baloo says that he still has to deliver his cargo of pickles, but the Sea Duck was damaged in the escape. Patton winks and says he knows the perfect man for the job.

At the end of the episode, Ace has lost everything - his job as a test pilot, military duty, his heroic reputation, and his place in the history books - and has now been reduced to a "lowly" cargo pilot. He is last seen behind the wheel of his fighter plane, which has Baloo's crate of pickles lashed to the back, and even breaks the fourth wall by saying his infamous catchphrase before sobbing.

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Media
TaleSpinWalt Disney's World on Ice: Double Feature... Live!Raw ToonageNES gameGenesis gameVideographyTaleSpin SoundtrackComic book
Characters
BalooKit CloudkickerRebecca CunninghamMolly CunninghamWildcatLouie LamountAirplane JaneClementine ClevengerKatie DoddPrincess GraceKing AmokLotta LamourPrince Nevarhas Bin-BroakBandar-logCaptain William StansburyJoe MageeDoctor CooperRick SkyWhistlestop JacksonNanukMyra FoxworthyDetective ThursdayInspector BurrowShere KhanKhan's PilotsDon KarnageAir PiratesIvanod SpigotSergeant DunderJack CaseDaring Dan DawsonAce LondonGeneral PattonTrader MoeThaddeus E. KlangKitten KaboodleIgnatiusDr. AxolotlDr. ZibaldoBuffy and Muffy VanderschmereDouglas BensonPrince RudolfChancellor TrampleEmperor Wan LoOwl CaponeProfessor Martin TorqueSeymourCovingtonMacKneeSheriff Gomer Cleghorn and Deputy WendellCrazy EdieCool Hands LukeHans and Helga
Episodes
"I Only Have Ice for You" • "Time Waits for No Bear" • "A Touch of Glass" • "It Came From Beneath the Sea Duck" • "The Bigger They Are, the Louder They Oink" • "The Idol Rich" • "Stormy Weather" • "Plunder and Lightning" • "From Here to Machinery" • "Mommy for a Day" • "Molly Coddled" • "Polly Wants a Treasure" • "Vowel Play" • "Bearly Alive" • "Her Chance to Dream" • "All's Whale That Ends Whale" • "The Golden Sprocket of Friendship" • "For a Fuel Dollars More" • "A Bad Reflection on You" • "On a Wing and a Bear" • "A Star is Torn" • "A Spy in the Ointment" • "The Balooest of the Bluebloods" • "A Baloo Switcheroo" • "Whistlestop Jackson, Legend" • "Double or Nothing" • "Feminine Air" • "Last Horizons" • "Flight of the Snow Duck" • "Save the Tiger" • "The Old Man and the Sea Duck" • "War of the Weirds" • "Captains Outrageous" • "The Time Bandit" • "For Whom the Bell Klangs" • "Citizen Khan" • "Gruel and Unusual Punishment" • "Jolly Molly Christmas" • "My Fair Baloo" • "Waiders of the Wost Tweasure" • "Flight School Confidential" • "Bringing Down Babyface" • "Jumping the Guns" • "In Search of Ancient Blunders" • "Louie's Last Stand" • "Sheepskin Deep" • "Pizza Pie in the Sky" • "Baloo Thunder" • "Bullethead Baloo" • "Destiny Rides Again" • "Mach One for the Gipper" • "Stuck on You" • "The Sound and the Furry" • "The Road to Macadamia" • "The Ransom of Red Chimp" • "Your Baloo's in the Mail" • "Paradise Lost" • "The Incredible Shrinking Molly" • "Bygones" • "Flying Dupes"
Locations
Cape SuzetteHigher for HireLouie's PlaceWildcat's HouseboatKhan IndustriesThembriaPirate IslandWalla-Walla-Bing-BangMacadamiaTinabulaPanda-La
Planes
Sea DuckAir TaxiBroncosKhan TransportIron VultureSpruce MoosePirate Fighters
Songs
Spin ItI'm GoneHome is Where the Heart IsSky PiratesMonkey In Your TankFriends for Life
Objects
Idol of the Spirit-SwitcherMELThe Ruby WingsThe Three Bells of Tinabula
See also
The Jungle BookThe Disney Afternoon