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This week, we fly beyond the stratosphere to take a look at our top five space ships.

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  1. 5. The Event Horizon – Event Horizon
    The stylization of this ship invokes the feel of Disney’s classic Black Hole and turns it up to eleven the ship is dark, menacing, evil and yet still awe inspiring.
    4. Viper – Battlestar Galactica
    The classic Viper and the homage to the classic in the new series. This is one of the earliest spaceships I remember seeing as a kid and we even saw them influence games like The Last Starfighter.
    3. Romulan Bird of Prey – Star Trek: The Next Generation
    Such a downright sexy and innovative ship that is both intimidating and outright impressive due to its size, power and of course cloak.
    2. Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter – Star Wars A New Hope
    Yes I could have made a top 5 Star Wars space ships and if I was just looking at Star Wars the Millennium Falcon would probably win but Vader’s Tie Fighter is just so sleek. As a side note I could easily do a top 5 of the worst Star Wars space ships . . .
    1. Trimaxion Drone ship – The Flight of the Navigator
    Hands down one of my favorite ships from my childhood. Such a wonderful movie and an amazing ship that surprisingly still looks good even to this day despite the age of the film.

  2. Malone_hasco on

    Here are mine, I use a rule of one ship per franchise:

    5. Imperial navy cruisers from Warhammer 40,000. They are literally massive flying gothic cathedrals.
    4. Space Battleship Yamato. Its the space ship anime version of the biggest WW2 battleship, Yamato.
    3. Ikaruga. Its a ship from arcade shooting game Ikaruga. Awesome game and ship.
    2. Millenium Falcon. Could have been Star Destroyer or X-Wing too. One per franchise.
    1. Enterprise from Star Trek The Next Generation. This is my Star Trek and this is what I usually think when somebody mentions “space ship”.

  3. 5. Thunderbird 3. A classic big red rocket, one of the most iconic and sadly underused of the Thunderbird

    4. Eagle Transports. The rugged work horses of Moonbase Alpha in Space 1999. Because this top 5 could be a top 10 of shops designed by Gerry Anderson. The Eagle takes design cues from it’s Apollo ear namesake to pull off the trick balance of being both cool and looking like it could really flu.

    3. Cobra Mark III. A powerful and versatile ship it is the player avatar in the first sand box computer game Elite. I literally can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent at the controls of my trusty Mark III fighting and trading across the galaxy.

    2. Supermarine Spitfire-experimental: call sign Danny boy. The most iconic of the WW2 fighter only it flies in space and shoots lasers at Daleks. I could have picked any number of starfighters but every one of them deep down just wants to be this one.

    1. Firefly class transport Serenity. Ugly, unreliable and out of date. Nothing about Serenity should put it on this list except she is not just just a ship she’s a home and her crew are a family. It’s love that keeps her in the air and love that puts her on this list.

    Also the thing about space pens is a complete fiction. Both Russians and Americans used pencils at first. When Fisher car out with their pen the Russians used it too. Steven Fry does a whole bit on it

  4. 5. Voltron. No, not that one, the other one! Vehicle Force Voltron was cool, you guys, and I’m not just saying that because it was the first Voltron and that I haven’t gone back to rewatch it out of fear that it really, really doesn’t hold up.

    4. The Argo. Sure, the Wave Motion Gun only worked once per episode (maybe) and it should be called the Yamato but it was a ship! In SPAAAACE!

    3. The Millennium Falcon! What would Star Wars be without the cool space winnebago? The prequels. That’s what.

    2. The Starship USS Enterprise NCC-1701. No bloody A, B, C or D.

    1. The TARDIS. Of course!

    Oh and that movie with the hotdogs was Battle Beyond the Stars.

  5. Here are my top 5 ships

    1. The Ebon Hawk from Knights of the Old Republic
    2. Death Star
    3. The Enterprise from Next Generation
    4. The Mothership from the V the miniseries
    5. Arcada from Space Quest

  6. Thunderhowl on

    My Top 5 Spaceships.
    5. The Andromeda. I really found the paired AI and android in control of the ship cool.
    4. A solid tie between the Millennium Falcon and the Serenity. What. I like smugglers in freighters. Don’t you judge me!
    3. The Defiant from Deep Space 9. Star Trek ships are science or exploration vessels that can fight. The Defiant is a ship of war. Badass.
    2. The Gunstar from the Last Starfighter. When I was growing up, the reason I played Galaga until my hands went numb was because I too wanted to be recruited to be an ace pilot in an interstellar war. I was a weird kid.
    My number 1. The SDF-1. Filled with awesome transforming mecha, this ship packs armada destroying firepower AND can change into a giant robot. What more can you ask for?

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