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The future we used to have, part 28

Time for another one of these posts, because it is. Some are real, some never made it off the drawing-board.


BAC/Aerospatiale Concorde

BAC/Aerospatiale Concorde (sadly, I never got to fly in one of these)

Tupolev Tu-144

Tupolev Tu-144

Boeing 2707 SST

Boeing 2707 SST

Lockheed L-2000 SST

Lockheed L-2000 SST







SR.N6 (I nearly had the chance to ride in one of these when I was a kid)


I think I used to have a copy of this


LR Alvis Stalwart

Alvis Stalwart (I rode in one of these on a visit to SEME at Bordon when I was in the Upper VI)


Alvis Saladin (I went to uni in Coventry and lived for a year on Fletchamstead Highway, where Alvis would test-drive their tanks at night)


Scammell heavy haulage tractor and trailer (a relatively common sight on British roads in the 1970s)


Land Rover County 110 (back in the 1980s my boss had one of these, and I drove it quite often)


USAF's Manned Orbiting Laboratory

USAF’s Manned Orbiting Laboratory

Controlled touchdown, probably at Edwards, fpr Gemini spacecraft

Controlled touchdown, probably at Edwards, for Gemini spacecraft

Landing on the Moon using a Gemini spacecraft

Landing on the Moon using a Gemini spacecraft

"Big G" - a proposed 12-man Gemini spacecraft

“Big G” – a proposed 12-man Gemini spacecraft


The future we used to have, part 8

There’s an unfortunate tendency for these retro-futurist posts to go all a bit boys-toys-ish. That’s understandable, given that Cold War supersonic fighters and bombers did, well, did look pretty cool. Likewise the cars. And, sadly, hunt for contemporary fashion photos and it’s almost impossible to find ones depicting men in space age outfits – it’s all women. Even the sales photographs for the giant computer brains generally have women posed as if operating them.

Anyway, this time around there are… planes, cars, some house interiors, and some fashion. A few of the fashion photos show designs by Pierre Cardin, who probably deserves a post all his own…



A proposal to turn the Concord into a supersonic bomber

Saunders Roe Sr.53 rocket- and jet-propelled interceptor

How the crew entered the Tupolev Tu-22 Blinder supersonic bomber

The observer's cockpit in the De Havilland Sea Vixen

The cockpit of the Boeing Stratocruiser airliner

A proposed supersonic bomber based on the Bell X-3, from the cover-art to Secret Aerospace Projects of the US Navy by Jared A Zichek

Cars and Trucks

The cars of tomorrow

Cadillac Cyclone concept car from 1959

General Motors Firebird III from 1959

Chevrolet concept truck by Luigi Colani

Dodge Deora from 1967

And this is how you got into the Dodge Deora


Space age hats. I think.

Pierre Cardin fashion

More Pierre Cardin fashion

And yet more Pierre Cardin fashion

Emilio Pucci-designed bubble hats for Braniff Airlines

Interiors and Appliances

A space age computer

The tap is a real retro design but the ad is, I think, a spoof

A retro-futurist television

Many of you will probably recognise where this is

Party house!