F5 Teiger II of Number 5 Squadron Royal Welsh Air Force based at Pen y Cwm Air Base (RAF Brawdy) in a timeline in which Wales is an independent nation.
Quick note that "Hazygreyart" on YouTube did a vid of this shuttle version launchingWhat if (and hear me out) we take a space shuttle orbiter and External Tank and stick them on top of a metholox converted Saturn-V first stage? No, you're right, it's nuts. It's not the '60s any more, who'd throw away an S1-C like that?
So what if we took that S1-C, then stuck wings and jet engines on it so it could fly back to base..?
This was an actual idea, seriously presented, by NASA in the 1980s as the sort of thing that would be needed to support Space-based Solar Power (SPS) satellites.
@e of pi challenged me to put this together based on models I already had, including the Space Lifter first stage from his and @Polish Eagle's excellent Right Side Up timeline.
View attachment 666440
While I have doubts as to the set up, It's not a bad livery. I think I'd also expect a transition in the 1990s to the Sonic Eagle as opposed to the Standing Eagle (similar to what I have here).Boeing 747-300 (c. 1985) for a hypothetical U.S. flag carrier airline. The thinking is with the enlargement of the U.S. federal government in the mid-20th century, especially in regards to transport-related matters (such as with the interstate highways in the '50s, the establishment of USDOT and Amtrak in the late '60s and early '70s), the U.S. also decided to make an official state-sponsored airline.
Please note that there is a THREE image, per thread, PER DAY posting limit.