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The Ranger Wing is the second successful aircraft built by Gadget Hackwrench for the Rescue Rangers. It is the successor of the Ranger Plane. It is featured on the animated series Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.

History

The Ranger Plane is a creation of Gadget's and rather specialized for rescuing and crime-fighting missions, but it is a makeshift aircraft, put together out of a comparably small choice of materials and in way too little time. The Ranger Wing, however, was created under ideal circumstances. The Rangers already had a certain experience in their work which made it clearer what a new aircraft should be equipped with. Gadget was in no hurry conceiving and constructing it and getting parts for it. So it is no surprise that the Ranger Wing turned out as superior to the Ranger Plane and to a certain degree even to the Screaming Eagle.

Its maiden voyage, shown in "Song of the Night 'n Dale", turned out to be a special one. Gadget wanted all her friends to be sufficiently good pilots to be prepared for anything, so the Ranger Wing's very first pilot was Dale. Lacking experience as a pilot, he sent the plane right into a jet stream which carried it to China at a very high speed—probably a record distance for any Ranger vehicle, if piggybacking on human aircraft and extraterrestrial upgrades don't count.

The Ranger Wing is the Ranger Plane's successor, but it didn't replace the old craft with the balloon. The best proof is the episode "A Fly in the Ointment" in which the Rangers use both crafts.

Like the Ranger Plane, the Ranger Wing has seen several foreign countries—apart from China, it has been in Spain in the episode "When Mice Were Men", but this time most probably riding a human transatlantic flight.

Construction

A dark brown hull of unknown origin makes up most of the fuselage. The nose is a flashlight, probably shortened at the end, making the Ranger Wing the Rangers' first illuminated aircraft. The wings are rigid and shaped similarly to those of a human airplane. It is likely that they are nonetheless made of the same combination of fabric and framework as those of the Ranger Plane due to weight reduction. Near the wing tips, Rescue Rangers logos have been applied.

About halfway of the wings' lengths and on their rear sides, the two electric motors are mounted, moving popsicle sticks as two-blade propellers. A remarkable feature of the Ranger Wing is that these motors are not mounted firmly, they can be tilted upwards. This gives the Ranger Wing two modes of flying: the cruise mode with horizontal motors, and the hover mode with vertical motors. In the former, the Ranger Wing behaves quite like any other airplane and moves at a considerably higher speed than the Ranger Plane; in the latter, it hovers in the air and can be raised and lowered. To use the proper technical term: The Ranger Wing is a true VTOL craft.

However, this construction has one little flaw. In the hover mode, the motors point upwards, and the propellers have to push the Ranger Wing upwards. In the cruise mode, the motors point backwards, but the propellers have to push the craft ahead. To make this possible, the motors can reverse their sense of rotation.

The power source for all systems consists of three AA batteries, stored in the stern. Like the Screaming Eagle, the Ranger Wing can't have a tail for this reason. But unlike the Screaming Eagle, which had a twin tail, Gadget has given the Ranger Wing no rudders at all, so it must be supposed that all changes of direction are achieved by moving the motors or changing their rotation speed. Although this can help slow down before switching to hover mode, switching to cruise mode is a bit hazardous. According to other sources and episodes, it is possible that Gadget has soon equipped the Ranger Wing with variable-pitch propellers so that the motors don't have to be stopped and reversed in flight anymore. Another possible solution for controlling the plane is wing warping, although there isn't much evidence supporting this theory.

Being a VTOL aircraft, the Ranger Wing doesn't need wheels on its landing gears. So these are simply two cylindrical bars which are connected to the plane by double metal legs, and which can be folded up underneath the wings during flights.

The layout of the dashboard is rather similar to that of the Ranger Plane with one important change: The Ranger Wing has a second set of controls for a co-pilot. Again, bottle caps are used as yokes, and the obligatory compass and wristwatch can be found on the Ranger Wing, too. The back seat is wide enough to provide space for three passengers, so the overall number of seats is five. Like the Ranger Plane, the Ranger Wing has no canopy to give the Rangers an increased liberty of action even in mid-air. The plunger feet of the Ranger Plane have been replaced by a plunger harpoon on the stern which can be aimed in almost any direction without having to turn the whole craft around.

Among the Ranger Wing's special equipment, there is a kind of gripper on an arm which can be unfolded from a hatch at the bottom of the plane. It may have been installed due to the inability of the plunger harpoon to shoot below the craft. This device is shown in "Good Times, Bat Times", pulling Bud by his tongue.

Trivia

  • The Ranger Wing is very similar to the invention which is created by the Wright Brothers.

Gallery


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Media
Chip 'n Dale Rescue RangersFeature filmVideographyVideo gameChip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2The Adventure in Nimnul's CastleThe Legend of the Chaos GodDisney ComicsThe Case of the Flying CarpetBoom! StudiosThe Big Cheese CaperGhost of a ChanceThe Rescue Rangers Save Little Red
Disney Parks
Gadget's Go Coaster
Characters
The Rangers: Chip and DaleGadget HackwrenchMonterey JackZipperFlash the Wonder DogLahwhinie

Characters: SpunkyCheddarhead Charlie and Camembert KateTammyGeegaw HackwrenchMrs. BoobyBaby BoobyConrad CockatooSergeant SpinelliOfficer Kirby and Officer MuldoonDonald Drake and PlatoFrenchieQue SeraClyde CosgroveMr. GribbishColonelBuffy RatzkiwatzkiProfessorFoxgloveMidgeHumphrey the BearKookoo and BootsSparkyNemoSpirit of the LampBric, Brac, and DTZPepto GizmoHarryHarrietHiram the MummySir ColbyTomDarby SpreeCassandraPop TopQueenieThe Pi-RatsCaptain ColonelElliottTing-a-Ling & Ming-TingBruinHeebee & JeebeeRogerMacDuffSteggyChirp SingMyronCanina La Fur
Villains: Fat CatFat Cat's GangMaltese de SadeLe Sewer and RatatouilleProfessor Norton NimnulRobot DogsNormie NimnulAldrin KlordanePercyJuice-LeeBilly the SquidSewernose de BergeracBansheeRat CaponeArnold Mousenegger and Sugar Ray LizardSpy RatsThe Greatest Spy in the WorldCaptain FinnAll Hands and Mr. StarfishLouie the Mountain LionTick-Tock the CrocodileEl EmenopioWinifredBudLouMrs. SweeneyToddJack and NickelsErolMusclesBaby ThaddeusMonrovia and PomonaKismetMr. DumptyNogCruiser and BruiserDr. PiltdownBubblesIrwina AllenQuigley and Abba-DabbaLord HowieSu LinHeinrich Von SugarbottomWexlerRatso RatzkiwatzkiMoose and RoccoZsa Zsa Labrador

Episodes
Season One: "Catteries Not Included" • "Piratsy Under the Seas" • "Dale Beside Himself" • "Flash the Wonder Dog" • "Out to Launch" • "Kiwi's Big Adventure" • "Adventures in Squirrelsitting" • "Pound of the Baskervilles" • "Risky Beesness" • "Three Men and a Booby" • "The Carpetsnaggers" • "Bearing Up Baby" • "Parental Discretion Retired"

Season Two: "To the Rescue" • "A Lad in a Lamp" • "The Luck Stops Here" • "Battle of the Bulge" • "Ghost of a Chance" • "An Elephant Never Suspects" • "Fake Me to Your Leader" • "Last Train to Cashville" • "A Case of Stage Blight" • "The Case of the Cola Cult" • "Throw Mummy from the Train" • "A Wolf in Cheap Clothing" • "Robocat" • "Does Pavlov Ring a Bell?" • "Prehysterical Pet" • "A Creep in the Deep" • "Normie's Science Project" • "Seer No Evil" • "Chipwrecked Shipmunks" • "When Mice Were Men" • "Chocolate Chips" • "The Last Leprechaun" • "Weather or Not" • "One-Upsman-Chip" • "Shell Shocked" • "Love is a Many Splintered Thing" • "Song of the Night 'n Dale" • "Double 'O Chipmunk" • "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" • "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!" • "Short Order Crooks" • "Mind Your Cheese and Q's" • "Out of Scale" • "Dirty Rotten Diapers" • "Good Times, Bat Times" • "Pie in the Sky" • "Le Purrfect Crime" • "When You Fish Upon a Star" • "Rest Home Rangers" • "A Lean on the Property" • "The Pied Piper Power Play" • "Gorilla My Dreams" • "The S.S. Drainpipe"
Season Three: "Zipper Come Home" • "Puffed Rangers" • "A Fly in the Ointment" • "A Chorus Crime" • "They Shoot Dogs, Don't They"

Objects
Ranger WingRanger PlaneScreaming EagleGyrotankMeal-O-MaticLampSteggy's SpacecraftCoo-Coo ColaGigantico Raygun
Locations
Ranger Headquarters • Happy Tom Cat Food FactoryProfessor Nimnul's Lab Dome
Songs
Rescue Rangers ThemeFat Cat StompThe Best of EverythingYou're the Best Bee for MeThe Coo Coo Cola Song
See also
The Disney AfternoonDisney XD (Netherlands)Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing TourLet's Go to Disneyland Paris