When you think of fictional space vehicles, which one comes to mind? Well, for me there’s no doubt, and that the one and only NCC 1701; a.k.a. the USS Enterprise
from Star Trek
the original television series. It was the first starship that a wide-eyed young Dave Nelson was ever exposed to. Every Sunday afternoon I couldn’t wait to see what planets it would visit or what enemy it would take on in battle! But, the Federation flag ship isn’t the only ship that’s close to my heart.
So, without further adieu In no particular order, here are some of my other favorite ships in the galaxy and why I like them so much!
First up, the Colonial Viper
fighter from Battlestar Galactica
. Yet another craft from my formative years, that also captured the imagination of yours truly! BSG
premiered shortly after Star Wars
and definitely had the feel of that great space opera! I still get fired up when watching scenes of vipers being shot down Galactica’s launch tubes. Then, they did it again with the re-imagined series in the 2000’s! And, sure enough, there goes that viper flying out of the side of the ship, done almost shot for shot like the original series. The first time I saw it again for the first time, I instantly reverted back to being 13 years old.
Number 2 on my list is the Eagle Transporter
from Space: 1999
. I’m not sure why I love this ship so much. Maybe it’s because of the fact that the ship looked “possible.” From the landing struts to it’s engines; this craft could have been made just a few generations after what NASA was doing in the 1970’s, when the show aired. It was also very cool how the cargo/passenger compartment separated from the rest of the ship and could be interchanged!
Fun fact; growing up I had models of all of the ships I’ve listed so far.
And, last but not least, the almighty Millennium Falcon
from the Star Wars
movie series. You would be a lier if you said this wasn’t one of your favorite sci fi ships! It’s not a very beautiful ship and is often needing repair but there’s just something about it. Whether it’s the communications dish on top, the cockpit window glass, or the laser turrets. Maybe all three combined. I mean hell, the Millennium Falcon made the Kessel Run in “less than twelve parsecs
“. Most of us don’t know what that means, but it sounds impressive!
So, there you have it; my list of favorite science fiction space craft but, as I do with these blogs, here’s my honorable mentions…
Voltron – Lions+ship=AWESOME! Battlestar– Battlestar Galactica, USS Saratoga – Space: Above and Beyond, Serenity – Firefly, Klingon Bird of Prey – Star Trek, Destiny – Stargate: Universe.
By Dave Nelson