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Image of the Day: Starfleet Shuttles At ‘Sci-Fi Air Show’ June 22, 2010

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Summer is a time for air shows. And wouldn’t it be great if you could go to an air show and check out some of Starfleet’s finest shuttles, along with Vipers, Eagles from the Moon and more of your favorite (fictional) spaceships? Well that is the idea behind today’s image of the day.


Starfleet Shuttles At ‘Sci-Fi Air Show’

This image of parked Starfleet shuttles comes from

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The site is the brainchild of ILM visual effects artist Bill George, who has created a virtual ‘air show’ with all sorts of classic sci-fi spaceships. There are tons of more "Sci-Fi Air Show" images of spaceships from Battlestar Galactica, 2001, Space 1999 and more. Go to to check them all out.

Just some of the other craft at the sci-fi air show – Click image to them all

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1. Steve-O - June 22, 2010

Holy crap this is awesome !
(see there are things I do like out there)

2. Oz - June 22, 2010

This is not the first time I’ve branded something “genius” today, but if this doesn’t qualify I don’t know what does. Very cool, great idea beautifully executed.

3. Anthony Thompson - June 22, 2010

I’ll be looking for the Flying Sub.

4. DayxDay - June 22, 2010

Completely cool!

5. Horatio - June 22, 2010

The Eagle is still the best after all these years!

6. Scott B. here. - June 22, 2010

Brilliant stuff, but … more Trek shuttles!

Scott B. out.

7. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - June 22, 2010

Beautiful Visuals
if only ……………

8. CmdrR - June 22, 2010

PLEASE bring this to Dobbins AFB, Atlanta!


9. CmdrR - June 22, 2010

I mean for real.

10. Naver Drol - June 22, 2010

Virtual? You mean this isn’t coming to California?!!!!



11. Dr. Image - June 22, 2010

OMG. I’ve got chills! Masterful work!
Didn’t Bill George design the Grissom?

12. Holger - June 22, 2010

Great stuff. The show’s logo looks like Okuda’s work.

13. Doug Skywalker - June 22, 2010

Bill George designed the USS Excelsior

14. CmdrR - June 22, 2010

Bill, if you really want to make some money — and make some geeks happy — include the software for us to put our pics into these ships. I’ll have a seat next to Deanna Lund, plus a shot in the pilot’s chairs of the FMS and the Eagle. Oh, and more Federation shuttlecraft, plus LIS pod, please.

Great work!

15. I'm dead Jim - June 22, 2010

Bravo! Would like a closer look at those Trek shuttles.

16. allister gourlay - June 22, 2010

really did they really build a full size Eagle? that is amazing or is this a photoshop job i cant see the joins!

17. Captain Proton - June 22, 2010

Thought someone had a collection of show props on display. Great job on the images.

18. RM10019 - June 22, 2010

That was virtually entertaining.

19. Ralph F - June 22, 2010

It’s just like I used to do with my Aurora models, Dinky toys (the company, not that they were dinky, eh?) and Matchbox cars back in the 70s.

20. Captain Dunsel - June 22, 2010

SO good to see the Spindrift again after all these years. The last time I saw it, it was only the starboard half of the ship, up near the base of a giant tree on a soundstage at 20th.

(It was 1970, I was 13 or 14 years old, and the day I got to visit the LotG set, they were filming the next to last episode “Wild Journey” — which unfortunately had Steve and Dan back on Earth for most of the action, so everything they filmed that day was on “normal” sets. BUT I still got the see the Spindrift, even if they weren’t filming there! Woo-Hoo!)

21. I am not Herbert - June 22, 2010


The Eagle and the Flying Sub sure bring back some memories! =)

22. Buzz Cagney - June 22, 2010

Yep, the Eagle is easily the smartest still. Lovely piece if work.

23. jr - June 22, 2010

What a concept! That was great.

24. Dr. Image - June 22, 2010

If only it were all real.
The sad reality OF reality is that thanks to you-know-who, we’ll be having to rely on the Russians to cart our asses up there for the forseeable future.

25. DmsDyMach - June 22, 2010

Awesome stuff!!!! If only…

26. Captain Hackett - June 22, 2010

So neat!

Where is it located?

27. AC - June 22, 2010

my favorite is the Probert design TNG shuttle

28. British Naval Dude - June 22, 2010

Awwwwwwk! I strapped me 452 bottle rockets ta’ a cardboard box and blasted oof’ o’ me roof!

Uhhhhhhhh… wuz’ that a metaphor fur’ “Geekgasm?”

I mean, I’m sorry fur’ tha’ poor geek I gasmed upon… but me box shuttiecraft flew fur’ three meters untils I crashed inta’ me neighbour’s Camero.

Anyhoo… truly lovely pics. How in tha’ world do they construct those great vessels onsite?

I mean that Viper just… makes me feel… so much bigger… I wish I had one ta’ wear and impress tha’ lasses at “Tha’ Hog and Anchor” on Saturday nites…


29. 16309A - June 22, 2010

That is really cool!!! When is the show coming to Philly? ;)

30. MagicDan - June 22, 2010

I just came back from touring the USS Alabama, air hanger & USS Drum submarine.

Totally feels the same looking at those pictures! Great job!

I think I would have spent 4 days at this one though instead of just 4 hours.

I’m sending a link to my wife just to torture her and tell her that’s the next stop on vacation!

31. Jeff Bond - June 22, 2010

I think my favorite thing is the Flying Sub National Geographic cover. I’m guessing George is taking it easy with the Trek and Star Wars stuff just in case anyone throws a fit.

32. Phobos - June 22, 2010

By the way people, I just received my Star Trek CDs (Deluxe) from Varese Sarabande today. So you guys should be getting yours soon, if not already.

The box is Blu ray case size, it opens in landscape style, the discs are designed like the saucer section, and there are some very pretty high quality paper photos of the movie inside the case, they are stuck in like a book. Very nice. I am now importing the songs to my iPod.


33. Dlope - June 22, 2010

i’ve always loved the Eagle and the original galactica models… love it!!!

Doug L.

34. =A= - June 22, 2010

i think this images are fake!…

35. Driver - June 22, 2010

Always loved the Spindrift. So good to see it restored and intact.

36. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - June 22, 2010

Freaking beautiful!

But where is the new GiganticPrise??

I wanna see all 1200 meters of her on the tarmac!

37. jrl3001 - June 22, 2010

wow, brilliant! Would go to this in a heartbeat if it was real :D they should get all the old full size set props together and do this

38. CAPT "adama....koenig" KRUNCH - June 22, 2010

Frakking incredible!!!.
Has anyone considered a Space:1999 reboot….I so hoped someone would have done the movie in 1999///but alas that time has passed…
Martin Landau is still alive…isn’t he?…..
The eagle is awesome…is that real…or just photoshop…awesome job either way!..

39. Newman - June 22, 2010

can’t get this website to work…

40. CmdrR - June 22, 2010

38 – Feast!

41. Will_H - June 22, 2010

Wish that was near me, Starfleet shuttles and Vipers, I’d love to get in on that.

42. Dr. Image - June 22, 2010

The subtle weathering on the Spindrift- hell, on ALL of them- is excellent.
Bill! Hope you can chime in!
How long did it take to complete these??

43. Kilo-Three-Zero - June 22, 2010

Looking through the pics, I thought to myself, “This is either Really good CGI or Really good craftsmanship”. When I found out it as both, I died a little inside.

Only one thing to say: DO WANT.

44. Captain Conrad - June 22, 2010

Talk about living in fantasy land… I wish it was all real

45. Chris Pike - June 22, 2010

very nicely done, especially the 2001/1967 Orion…!

46. DJT - June 22, 2010

The Orion looks sweet.

47. SciFiGuy - June 22, 2010

VERY COOL!!! Nice work!!!

48. stevesf - June 22, 2010

Excellent work!

49. T_Mac - June 22, 2010

its a credit to the artist that some people think this is real :) hehe

50. They call me Stasiu - June 22, 2010

I like Probert’s TNG shuttle as well, but the pic of people walking into the classic Galactica shuttle is amazing!

51. DavidJ - June 22, 2010

Great stuff. Personally, I’d love to see more Trek stuff.

Or a VF-1 from Robotech.

Or one of those martian ships from WOTW….

52. richpit - June 22, 2010

I’d love to see this! I’m still a little confused as to whether these are really all full-size replicas. Are they??

I’d love to see that Eagle in person. I’ve always loved that ship!

53. MC1 Doug - June 22, 2010

I think this was my favorite posting in a long long time! I love photos of spaceships and these made them seem all the more real with the inclusion of people “touring the facilities.”

Great job!

54. CmdrR - June 22, 2010

Bill, really. A coffee table book at least.

You can include:
The Thunderbirds
Interceptors and UFO’s from UFO
Uncle Martin’s spaceship
The Invaders’ ship
The Proteus
and many, many more…

And again, make even bigger bucks by selling software to put us inside!

55. Kev-1 - June 22, 2010

Really nice work. I especially liked the (speculative?) landing gear design for the Spindrift. How about Thunderbirds 1, 2 and 4 and the Jupiter 2?

56. MC1 Doug - June 22, 2010

If we’re going to add to the list of I wanna see’s:

Space Station One and its shuttles (from the comic book ‘Space Family Robinson’)
Fireball XL-5
Runabouts from Start Trek DS9
more photos of Star Trek’s shuttles (all of them)
Jupiter II and its Pod… and Chariot
The ships from Gerry Anderson’s ‘UFO’
Moonbus (from 2001 A Space Odyssey)

57. SerenityActual - June 22, 2010

So much I’d love to see here: a Firefly class ship, a Buck Rogers starfighter, ditto the Jupiter 2, the Interceptor from U.F.O., the Space: Above and Beyond fighter…so many cool ships. I love the night shot of the Eagle and am going to make it a wall paper.

58. cyberghost - June 22, 2010

For some people who don’t understand what the term virtual means, not real, these are images placed into pictures of real landscape. So the only place this show will be traveling to is our imagination. : -(

I wish they were real, it would be a heck of a show !!!

59. Jorg Sacul - June 22, 2010

Notice on the 1972 shot of the Eagle on the moon… MYLAR FOIL!! This guy is gooooooood! Not many would have thought to have included such a realspace feature in retro-dating the Eagle. Oh yeah.. Good stuff. Beautiful stuff!!

How about Buck Rogers’ Ranger 3?

60. Pro-Khan-Sel - June 22, 2010

I’ve been at this airshow millions of times in my imagination! Love it!!

Even If these were just realistic-mock ups, including the lifesize tie fighter. X-wing, Y and A wing, The falcon, Lukes speeder, Darth Maul’s Rocket-cycle and An Imperial Shuttle, and if All these ships were to be in one place, I would be on the next flight to go see them!!! Just try to drag me away!!!!!!!

61. ilkers - June 22, 2010

This is the coolest thing I have ever seen in a long while! That Eagle surely looks ready for a take off! How I wish I could visit it!!! Whoever’s thought of this, congratulations.

62. Electron - June 22, 2010

Come on guys, this is so photoshopped. A good idea but photoshopped.

63. JP Saylor - June 23, 2010

Where’s the yellow submarine? :-P

64. Chris Pike - June 23, 2010

Would be awesome to see the original E given this approach to the JJ Iowa dock shot…

65. Frederick - June 23, 2010

Awesome movie-quality fx work there. Amazingly real-looking! Wish they had rolled out the Galileo, though…

66. Evan - June 23, 2010

I want to see more images of the Starfleet shuttles!

67. Kirk's Girdle - June 23, 2010

Love me some Eagles. I guess United Airlines picked up the Orion when Pan Am went under?

68. Excelsior! - June 23, 2010

From the creator of the U.S.S. Excelsior design (among others), truly BRILLIANT, Mr. George!

69. THX-1138 - June 23, 2010

What a total shipgasm! I absolutely loved it!

If only….if only.

(And now the Hawk has replaced the E as my wallpaper)

70. Rick - June 23, 2010

Man the site EPIC COOLNESS! So many of these ships were favorites from my childhood. Funny some of the shows they were in my end up more cheesy and uneven but the ships are just so cool! Such a crazy thing. Part of me wishes so hard this airshow existed out there. Well at least in our mind and visual cortex it does!

I would love to see more ships in the future but I understand this is a labor of love. Cheers.

71. MC1 Doug - June 24, 2010

I think an Interceptor from ‘UFO’ can be seen in the background of the photo of the FS-1 from ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.’

I wonder if there are more photos not being featured here?

What a stupdendous website this is!

Thanks to the Trekmovie staff for point it in our direction.

72. Tony B - June 24, 2010

I luv this site; has anyone else checked out all the pages – amazing pix, well executed idea. Kudos to those guys. More please! :)

73. MrRegular - June 25, 2010

AMAZING photoimagery here..I thought this was “real” for several minutes until I re-read the captions…

If this WAS real my wife and I would be planning our next vacation around a trip to this “Sci-Fi Air Show” !!!
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