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It has been emotional, but we reckon we've finally got a Vulture 2 livery which satisfies all the requirements for a spaceplane paintjob. For those of you who've inexplicably missed all the excitement, we recently invited readers to suggest liveries for our beautiful vehicle, seen here in its raw state with Low Orbit Helium …


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  1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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    Excellent selection!

    I tip my hat to the little felt-tip prodigy who came up with it (it's the roo leather Barmah again (the hat, that is))

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Proudly British yet still whimsical and reflective of the El Reg inner child.

  3. Neil Barnes Silver badge
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    Thunderbirds are go!

    An excellent choice.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    The Union Jack is upside down, or the wrong way round - probably.

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Distress?

      It's actually inside-out, due to design constraints. If the spaceplane hurtles from the sky and kills a swan, we'll probably be dancing the Tyburn jig.

      1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
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        Re: Distress?

        So does the Queen own Spanish swans too? Or are you considering all possible long-range flightpaths?

        Enquiring minds need to know.

        Top job on the scheme though, well done all round.

        1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

          Re: Distress?

          The Queen owns the whole world, and therefore all swans. She's just too polite to mention it.

          I think it would be fun if she re-styled herself as Queen of France though. It was George III what dropped it, and he was bonkers, and it would be amusing to see the French reaction.

          1. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

            Empress of France

            There is one buried in good old Farnbough (of Airshow fame) along with Emperor Napoleon (no not that one) and their son.


            She was very good friends with our Queen Vic.

            Hey, it is Friday and almost Beer O'Clock.

          2. Financegozu

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            Nah, it's Chuck Norris who owns the world. He just permits the Queen to do some ruling ... ;-)

            1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

              Re: Distress?

              The queen could have Chuck Norris any day of the week. When she takes off the ceremonial gear, and puts on her fighting crown, she's the terror of Glasgow's toughest pubs...

              1. OzBob

                Re: Distress?

                It's common knowledge inside the Royal Protection Unit that HRH was part of the SOE during the war and not the Transport Corp. Apparently Micheal Fagan was a bit of a mess after she had worked him over for daring to sneak into her room.

    2. ItsNotMe

      Re: Distress?'re simply looking at it wrong.

  5. Shades
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    Top Marks El Reg!

    You've definitely done the right thing. Congrats to Ariadne.

  6. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

    Thank you El Reg

    It's very kind of you to say that I deserve some slap-and-tipple...

  7. Ketlan
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    Excellent. Well done y'all.

  8. Tom7

    I see my Iranian-nuclear-programme-themed submission was ruled unpublishable.

  9. chrismiller

    All very nice, except why the red canard? Ariadne's oriignal felt pen creation is less jaring.

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      It's a practical consideration. The rudders and the canards have to be painted, for articulation reasons. I take your point, though.

      1. Tony Haines

        In that case I think you should paint the ears green.

        And it it means they have to be green for the flag side too then so be it.

  10. Peter Simpson 1
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    Araiadne FTW

    I think it would be a nice gesture if you could send Ariadne a signed photo of the actual craft, painted in her design, along with a team photo.

    It may not mean as much to her now as it will in a few years...

    Well done, SPB, for encouraging the next generation!

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Araiadne FTW

      I think something can be arranged.

  11. aregross

    Bravo! Well Done!

  12. Joefish

    Given the sort of tipples favoured around these parts

    Perhaps you should save the slap on the back until after..?

  13. Pirate Dave

    Good work. Looks quite grand.

  14. Cliff

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    This is a wonderful paint job, looking forward to seeing it in action :-)

  15. Eddy Ito
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    A fine colour plan for a fine plane

    Well done. I'm a bit surprised the vulture logo is missing but I suppose it could easily be on vertical rudder surfaces that don't show in the plan view.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: A fine colour plan for a fine plane

      "Plausible Deniability" is the phrase that comes to mind...

  16. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge

    Well done El Reg.

    Looks great and congrats to young Ariadne and all who entered.

  17. ecofeco Silver badge
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    Love it

    See title

  18. ecofeco Silver badge
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    Almost forgot

    Great all around designs by everyone.

  19. Splodger

    It's an excellent choice!

    Beers all round (except for Ariadne).

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  21. Anonymous Coward

    Congrats to the little artist!

    I probably should have put forward a Cylon design scheme of some kind, but maybe I can save that for the next SPB project...

  22. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    I hope this won't be an Ariadne 5.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      @ destroy all monsters

      Yeah, I guess everyone involved is lucky the girl isn't named "Atlas".

      (Typical Atlas booster launch shown!)

  23. Mark 85 Silver badge

    Beer all around for you chaps and a root beer for Ariadne. (Wouldn't want to feel left out of the celebration now, would we?)

  24. psychonaut
    Paris Hilton

    love the crayon

    But surely we need some tits on it somewhere?

  25. Andus McCoatover

    Floats my boat

    (My boat's the one with a nice grin on it...)

  26. Graham Perrin

    Yes. Thank you.

    I can visualise it, three centuries from now, looking for the creator.

    So. Looking ahead. Can we arrange for Ariadne and James to have some prepared answers for their creation?

  27. Faye B
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    Excellent Choice

    Need I say more. Well done.

  28. johnwerneken


    Go for it! Apparently 4 year olds have their art potential available, not buried by things alleged to be more necessary.

  29. Sarah Balfour


    Far be it from me to suggest impropriety - or cast nasturtiums (as my mum's late dad used to say) but isn't Stelios derived from the Greek for 'star' and wasn't there a Saturn mission called Ariadne...?

    Or am I being overly-cynical again...?

    Oh and whilst I'm at it - Reg, could ya PLEASE make the site mobile-friendly...? All I have in an iPod and, being autistic, I'm not blessed with a very long fuse, and it's beginning to tick me off.

    I'd be here posting shi... I, er mean, "erudite and urbane witticisms formed from my unique viewpoint" more often if that was the case...

  30. Cybershaman

    Reflects the playful young state of humanity

    I think it is a wonderful idea to incorporate that child's art into the spacecraft. It's fun and playful and thus reflects where we are as a species as we take yet a few more precious "first steps" into the cosmos...

  31. JackStirchley

    Symmetry is wrong

    The one side is apparently to remind one of the Union Jack so how come the design is symmetrical?

  32. evs

    Regardless of the livery

    Regardless of the livery, you have GOT to have a Ms. Lohan "pin up girl" on the side.

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