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The future we used to have, part 14

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This time last year it was warm and sunny. This year, it is not. It’s the end of March, it’s freezing cold and there’s snow on the ground. It’s supposed to be spring, dammit. Let’s have some appropriate weather, please. Meanwhile, here’s some pictures to look at:

air

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Proposed design for a nuclear plane – the detachable pod is the reactor

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Nuclear bomb delivery mechanisms – an illustration from Life Magazine

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A proposed delta-winged version of the North American X-15

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The Sukhoi T-4 supersonic bomber – it never entered service

space

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Spacesuits from Soviet sf classic, Планета Бур (Planeta Bur, 1962)

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Spacesuits from The Phantom Planet (1961)

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Brightly-coloured spacesuits from Moon Zero Two (1969)

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Spacesuits from Мечте навстречу (Mechte Navstrechu, 1963)

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Gordon Cooper

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Yuri Gagarin

land
(places I’ve known)

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Idlewells Precinct, Sutton in Ashfield (the pyramid in the background gives access to the underground car park)

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Kelvin Flats, Sheffield (I worked on their refurbishment for the 1991 World Student Games; they were knocked down in 1993)

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Park Hill Flats, Sheffield (they are currently being refurbished)

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Coventry University (my alma mater)

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Coventry Cathedral in 1962

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Castle Market, Sheffield

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Castle Market, Sheffield (it’s now run-down and in sore need of refurbishment)

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One thought on “The future we used to have, part 14

  1. Great views of past futures.

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