Galactica shuttleI’ve only just heard about this incredible show, and I’m already planning my next vacation around seeing this!  From their website:

The SCI-FI AIR SHOW’s purpose is to preserve and promote the rich and varied history of Sci-Fi/fantasy vehicles. Through display and education we seek to celebrate the classic design and beauty of these ships and the rich imaginations that created them. When the cameras stopped rolling, many of these proud old ships were lost and forgotten. Please join us in working to keep these rare and beautiful birds soaring!

Their website is a geektastic representation of some of the greatest flying craft that have graced sci-fi TV and movies over the years, beautifully preserved or restored and on display for adoring fans.  Imagine sitting in the cockpit of a Viper from Battlestar Galactica?  Or touring through an Eagle from Space: 1999… or the recently-restored Jupiter II from Lost In Space?  Amazing!

Eagle 4 toursMany other ships are also featured at this show, including the Orion-class jet from 2001: A Space Odyssey, a Mark Nine Hawk from Space: 1999, the Spindrift from Land of the Giants, the flying sub from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, a Liberty Lander from Planet of the Apes, a transport shuttle and Vipers from Battlestar Galactica, various shuttlecraft from the many Star Trek series, and many others.  Many of them are air-worthy, and even space-worthy, and some offer limited flights around the show to visitors.  (The highlight of the show is the Orion jet, which takes passengers clear into orbit!)  Sources say they are presently working on obtaining and refurbishing for flight status what would be the largest craft of their show to date, the Firefly-class ship Serenity.

Jupiter IIThe website includes a guided tour slideshow of their many craft, and a recently-added film about their most recent addition, the fan-favorite Jupiter II. Individual pages offer further details about each craft, their history, and the efforts made to recover and restore them.  Even if you can’t get out to see the show, it’s fascinating reading!

Orion spaceplane from 2001: A Space Odyssey on the grounds of the Sci-Fi AirshowJust the thought of being able to see these ships up close gets me drooling!  I just wish I’d had enough advance notice to be able to attend the show in San Diego today.  See you at the next one!