Updated: January 16, 2016
VOYAGE FLYING SUB PHOTO GALLERY #01
A great addition to the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea TV series, "The Flying Sub!"
It was a craft which traveled underwater like any other sub, but could also power
itself to the surface and fly like a plane. The TV models would perform these two
functions, but not without the aid of guide wires. Resembling the body of a Manta
Ray, several sizes of the Flying Sub came into use. Fabrication methods were the
same as those employed for making the Seaview, namely wood and plaster sculptures
created first, then cast in fiberglass.
The largest model made was thirty-six inches wide by thirty-six inches long. Two
other models measured eighteen by eighteen inches, and ten by ten inches respectively.
These last two sizes was built so that they would fit into the hatches of the eighteen
and eight foot submarine models. Scenes could be filmed showing the Flying Sub being
launched or berthed from either of the larger Seaviews.
Small holes were drilled in the sides and top front of the models. These holes would
accommodate then guide wires which, when suspending the model, produced the "flying" of
the sub. For the launching of the Flying Sub, the wires were connected inside the
Seaview hangar, the hatch opened, and the wires unwound to lower the craft away from the
Two plexiglass windows were placed at the bow for viewing. Inside lighting was provided
by batteries located in the rear portion of the miniatures. Each one had it's own
interior cabin with small scale beams, seats and control panels. When photographed,
especially underwater, these interiors would match up with life size sets. The thirty-six
inch version was provided with a small underside hatchway out of which would emerge two
mechanical arms. They operated along a wheeled track inside the craft. Claws on the ends
of the arms opened and closed by way of a gear box, also located in the model.
(*) Update: February 8, 2005 - Here are some sceen captures I got off TV and my DVD,
(some are large files but all pics are at 72 res.) with a few from City Beneath the Sea.
Some are not the greatest quality however use which ever ones you like, or all.
I used these as refferences to make the model. Enjoy....
(*) Special thanks to Michael, for sending in all these great photos, and making this
photo gallery possible!