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I saw this animated movie in the late 80's to early 90's. I didn't get an anime feel with it so I'm thinking its western animation.

I only remember two things, the aircraft was a single seat fighter with four engines that were square. The wings were slim and a swing wing design. The front end had two guns. I think there was a small team of good guys.

The only thing about the plot was near the end when one of the good guys was nearly defeated but he was thrown into space and the closer he got to the sun the better he got. He wasn't in the aircraft at the time.

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    Western animation? Anime? And he was healing as he approached the sun? Was he still in his aircraft? – FuzzyBoots Jul 19 '17 at 15:39
  • He wasn't in the aircraft at the time. I didn't get an anime feel with it so I'm thinking its western animation. I think there was a small team of good guys. – Daniel Jul 20 '17 at 3:26
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Possibly Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise. It was released in March of 1987.

These events culminate in the eventual space launch, which is taking place in a demilitarized zone, with the government's hope that the launch of the rocket will provoke the enemy nation into war. As planned, the Republic launches a vast combined arms invasion, resulting in a visually stunning finale as fighter planes duel high above an armored advance towards a defensive trench network. Despite calls to pull out, Lhadatt, already in the space capsule and determined to finish what he started, convinces the frightened and vulnerable ground crew to complete the launch. The spectacular launch stuns both sides into inaction as Lhadatt goes into orbit. With no more reference to the world below (beyond a slight suggestion that both nations' plans for war have been foiled), Lhadatt prays for humanity's forgiveness.

In a symbolic moment, Lhadatt's capsule is suddenly bathed in sunlight, and a montage of his own life and his world's history and achievements are shown. Meanwhile, on the planet's surface, Riquinni witnesses the first snow fall and gazes into the sky, thinking of Lhadatt.

Here's an image of one of their planes (note the Pusher configuration):
Plane with rear propellor

The swept wings are more visible in these models:
Models of the planes in the film

And a trailer for the film:

And the final scene with the launch and the sunlight hitting his capsule:

  • Love "Wings" but that's not it. Crap now I want to watch it again. – Daniel Jul 20 '17 at 3:28

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