In 1962, Eagle Annual carried an article about the aircraft of the future.
I thought I would take just a quick look with you at what the aviation buffs of that distant time though we were going to see in 2017. This was one of their suggestions:
Strangely reminiscent of a Convair Sea Dart for me. Did the writers know something that the readers didn’t know?
Alternatively, was it the doppelgänger of the Saunders Roe SR53? The rocket powered interceptor of the 1950s that was so unlucky to have been scrapped. It would have been a brilliant aircraft. And why didn’t the Germans buy it?
Here’s one I photographed myself at RAF Cosford, I think:
Here’s another suggestion from Eagle:
Rather like the B-70 Valkyrie, n’est-ce pas?
This is more like a completely fresh thought, not based even subconsciously on anything the writers had ever seen:
Well, perhaps not. This is Fireball XL5 from the Gerry Anderson puppet series of the same name:
The likeliest aircraft to make the cut is this VTOL workhorse. It’s rather like the cultivated well mannered cousin of the Flying Bedstead:
The Flying Bedstead, of course, had no covering of any kind over the structure of the machine:
Although the Short SC1 did, and that took it a huge leap towards the Eagle VTOL aircraft of the future:
To me, it almost looks as if the writers of the Eagle article, perhaps subconsciously, included real aircraft, usually experimental types or prototypes, in their portfolio of supposedly imaginary aeroplanes of the future.
This was the real aircraft of the future when it made its appearance: