Comic Fodder

What If the Helicarrier Was Real?

I must admit that I am a skeptic, especially when it comes to Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs. In the old days, a UFO might have been an enemy aircraft; UFO simply meant that you were not in a position to properly classify the other aircraft in the sky. That changed as science fiction stories and movies grew in popularity, until today, when the term UFO is synonymous with the idea of an alien spacecraft. The focus of the majority of the American populace differed quite strongly from the military and its allies. Once the military could make a final determination that the UFO wasn’t actually an enemy plane, they didn’t really care about it anymore.

Recently, the United Kingdom followed France’s example and made some of its UFO files available online. Right now, they don’t have everything online, but the plan is to put everything up, dating back to 1950. And wouldn’t you know it, one of the mysterious Cold War events they have a file on is a flying aircraft carrier.

The report is a little strange, admittedly, and by the time you’re done reading it, you don’t know whether to believe that it was really there (then cloaked?), or if the Americans were playing around with some electronics and creating ghost images on their ally’s radar. The person who had to intercept it, though, insists it was really there, and was so large it was the easiest thing in the world to get a target lock on… before it disappeared. It “…had the proportions of a flying aircraft carrier,” the British citizen reported. He signed a nondisclosure agreement, like everyone does who serves in the military or the civilian government and is exposed to classified material. But there is a limit to the agreement of silence, and in this case, the 30 years is up, and the former pilot is talking.

Comic fans have long been impressed by the imposing aspect of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier in its many incarnations. Even on the comic page, it looks fantastical and certainly beyond the idea of reality. But given what we now know about stealth technology, mag-lev trains, and honest to goodness actual versions of a flying aircraft carrier (!), just how crazy is it really to imagine someone at the Pentagon making a case for developing something like the Helicarrier in today’s world? How cool would it be if some of us comic fans someday got to serve on board a ship like that? Makes you excited about the possibilities of the future, doesn’t it?
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Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.