The Dove was, by far; my favorite craft in Doppelganger. It's design was futuristic yet grounded in reality. It never looked like it couldn't exist in the real world. In the film it had VTOL capability and was able to go from surface to orbit without the additional boosters that the real world space shuttle required. While it's true we haven't achieved that level of aerospace technology yet; the dove doesn't entirely defy aviation science.
The following images are screengrabs displaying the Dove's best scenes and details. I've also included a photo of Derek Meddings original production painting of the Dove taken at Andercon. The photo is used with the permission of friend and fellow blogger Mike Burrows. Enjoy!
|Photo of Derek Meddings wonderful production painting courtesy of Mike Burrows|
|Lifting vertically from its tricycle undercarriage|
|Atmospheric wingtips still extended|
|With wingtips retracted for space mode|
|At this angle you can see the ducted fans for the VTOL engines|
|The Dove maneuvering away from the Phoenix Command Module|
|Actor Roy Thinnes in the Dove cockpit set|