Once, You Could Transport A Car By Shoving It In A Boat And Then Strapping It To A Plane

Is there anything not to like about this? You get on a regular passenger plane, and can take your car — well, it seems, as long as it’s a tiny car like an MGA — with you, ready to hoon when you land. If this was still an option, I’d buy an old Honda S500 just to do this. Well, I bet I’d have to be rich, too.

The boat-like cargo pod-system was known as Speed Pack, and originated in the US, based on external payloads carried by bombers — the “sinister payload” they reference in the voice over there. I’ve only found one other reference to the cargo-carrying system, in this book:

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I don’t know how often this was used, or if there was any version capable of carrying anything bigger than an MGA, but it sure is cool to see.


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I wish they still had RoRo air ferries

These Bristol Superfreighters were used on numerous routes in Europe in the ‘60s.

Cookie for the first person to come up with a Bristol in a Bristol. Yo.