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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.

air

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

sea

hovercraft_srn3

SR.N3

hovercraft_srn4

SR.N4

hovercraft_srn6

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

hivercraft_ladybird

I think I used to have a copy of this

land

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

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

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

landrovercounty110

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

space

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


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The future we used to have, part 11

There is apparently some neoliberal sporting festival about to take place in London in a couple of weeks – featuring events such as ethnic profiling, merchant scheme monopoly, remove the non-sponsor logo, the all-day traffic jam, spot the celeb in the VIP lane, and other such twenty-first century pursuits in Tory Britain. But since that is all a) boring, b) unethical, c) dull, and d) offensive, how about looking at some photos of cool retro-futuristic (sort of) things instead?

land

Buick Century Cruiser, 1969

Oldsmobile Golden Rocket concept car, 1956

Ford Seattle-ite, 1962

Pininfarina X, 1960

sea

SRN3 hovercraft

DSV-2 Alvin

DSV-4 Sea Cliff

air

Supermarine Type 508

Republic XF-103

BAC Lightning (and Tupolev Tu-95 ‘Bear’)

home

from Fahrenheit 451 (great film, rubbish book)

from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century