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Sci-Fi Air Show

SpindriftBill George is a Visual Effects Supervisor who works at Industrial Light and Magic, and is a huge fan of the prop spaceships used in SF movies and TV. He’s put together the Sci-Fi Air Show, featuring an Eagle from Space: 1999, a Colonial Viper from the original Battlestar Galactica, and several others.

I am a little fuzzy on what the air show actually consists of; several photos on the site show what appear to be fans inspecting the various props, but other photos show the ships flying. The actual descriptions of the ships also make it clear that they’re supposed to be fully functional; part of the history of the Orion Space Plane says, for instance:

For the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” director Stanley Kubrick (famously averse to flying) had a second-unit crew, led by assistant cinematographer John Alcott, shoot exterior scenes of the Orion in space in the last weeks of October 1967; the live-action segments that took place in the weightless interior followed immediately thereafter. The actors aboard could only perform for short periods in the weightless environment of space before getting violently sick. Kubrick directed the actors and Alcott via a closed-circuit TV link furnished by Bell Telephone.

I’m thus not sure if the ships are actually all the property of one collector who displays them in prop “air shows,” or if the site just pretends they are.

Either way, the site is well done, and it’s fun to read about incidents like the “infamous ‘Buckinghamshire crash'” which resulted when one of the Eagle’s stunt pilots overshot a target.

Posted in Conventions & Fandom, Space August 6th, 2010 by Chip
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