Buck Rogers In the 25th Century “The Starfighter’

Buck Rogers Starfighter

Another of Ralph McQuarrie designs

A great design, rumour has it that the design was not originally intended for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century staring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray, but for the Glen Larson earlier production, the famous and fabulous  classic series Battlestar Galactica (1978) as the Viper. I am glad they went with that BSG Viper design and the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century inherited this great and I think a more suitable design for Buck Rogers, there is a cross-over day dream I had since the 1980s to this very day.

star-fighter-montage
Starfighter: a 2 seater design
Interesting information I found is that the builders at Universal-Heartland did call this design the Thunder-fighter but if I remember rightly it was going to be called a Starfury and I called the altered design that is seen in the episode “Happy Birthday Buck”

quad-fighter-montage
Quadfighter: a four setter design
I see this almost as a family saloon, but I could see where the need for a larger design people carrier was called for.

traeger-fighter-montageTraeger fighter:a 2 seater
This design only seen once in the Buck Rogers episode called “Happy Birthday, Buck”, for some reason the name Thunder-Fighter suits this design more than the original ship seen
But it stayed in the collective memory of the viewers at the time, I know it did in my mind and what I liked is the extra wings and the built up area forward of the cockpit, gives a complete look to the design and it’s just cool 🙂 by no means perfect.

2 thoughts on “Buck Rogers In the 25th Century “The Starfighter’

  1. fretslayer December 12, 2011 / 6:17 pm

    I’ve always loved the design of this ship. It’s compact sleek and deadly. And while it would have been intersting on Galactica, it is -perfect- for the Buck Rogers show.

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  2. Taranis December 12, 2011 / 6:44 pm

    I agree its a stunning design and as you say deadly and sleek.. the film of it flying though space was always excellent

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