Space: Above And Beyond Props
Last updated: February 14, 2016 4:15 PM (CST)

My Space: Above and Beyond Prop Collection
Unless otherwise Specified, none of the props shown in these pages are for sale.

The Begin - Detail Pics - Misc. Updates.


Back in 2006 I reaquainted myself with the TV show, Space: Above And Beyond
when it was released on DVD from Fox Studios.

SAAB came out on the Fox network in 1995. And, as Fox likes to do, they cancelled
the series after one season. This was due to "poor" ratings (the ratings were actually
getting better...) and the fact that Fox liked to switch time slots on the show, and
preempt it for NFL football.

So see, Firefly Isn't the only good piece of Sci-Fi Fox has cancelled. ^_^

Thanks to my partnerDan Kim, Co-owner and President for life of of,
We plan on offering some SAAB paper props in the near future. Some will be reproductions
of actual screen used props, others will be props created to replicate those
seen on the show. More information will be out when the cleanup of the original items is complete.

So It begins... The SA-43 Hammerhead Fighter

Back in July of 2007 I bought one of the "Hero" SA-43 Hammerhead Fighter Plane
cockpits from a sci-fi show you may have heard of called Space: Above and Beyond. (^_^)

The prop/set piece is constructed out of a steel tubing under frame, with 
an MDF wood shell, as well as metal panels, puch buttons Hollywood magic.
Getting it out of the freight hauling truck was hard, but getting it out of my 
company's truck was just as hard. It took 4 of us to figure out how we were 
going to make it happen.

In the end it all worked out just fine.

My cockpit is one of the "hero" ones used in the US production of the series.
It has all the buttons and switches as well as 2 light boxes for the video monitors.
The boxes contain 2 transparency gels with graphics printed on them.

She's in pretty sad shape, having been repainted at least twice over the years.
It has a partial wiring harness that ends in a series of plugs which at the time 
the series was in production were plugged into an off camera control panel 
to control which sets of lights were active at any given moment.

It also has an electronically operated air piston which opens and closes the canopy.
It is operated by an auto centering switch on the back of the cockpit.

I haven't yet tried powering it up. Sadly, I don't have any sort of wiring schematics
for the cockpit and the TCFox Records/Archives department has not been helpful
in my quest to find engineering plans or wiring diagrams.

It's going to need a fair amount of work to get back in "fighting trim," but I 
hope to do so one day.

And without further ado... the pics!

How many people does it take to scre... I mean, remove a 12 foot, 1500 lb box out of a truck?

And THEN we had to get it off the lift gate of the truck. It was... interesting...

I feel like Indiana Jones opening the location of the Lost Ark...

I bet you never knew you could de-mothball a fighter plane with just a multi-tool... 

" Dad, Santa came, can we open it?"

"Well, you see son, the Flux Capacitor connects to the Occilation Overthruster and...
it looks like you need an oil change and a good dusting." 

(Left to Right) Nick's Brother Ben, Ben's Brother Nick, Me, and Jay. 

Detail pictures...

I got a good deal on the cockpit itself... but the shipping was almost as much, 
pushing the total cost to almost double our agreed upon price.

If I lived closer to California I would have used a trailer and drove out to get it myself,
but at the time (2007) gas prices were up around $3 a gallon and after crunching the numbers
it would have cost only slightly less to drive there and back to Minnesota (halfway 
across the country).

It is without a doubt the most expensive real prop (or for that matter, replica) that 
I've ever purchased. Still paying for it. (^_^)

The prop house was asking $5,000, but I got it for less than half that with all the crating 
fees and shipping.

Wish I could have gotten the ISSCV dropship as well, but their asking price was $20K, 
so that Wasn't happening. (^_^)

Factoid: The steering "wheel" flight yoke is the wheel from a Formula 1 racing car.

The pistol grip flight stick is bolted to the right hand console. When you see pilots 
move the stick in the series, they are inside the motion axis cockpit mounted on a gimble.
The gimble cockpit was also the only one with functioning video monitors in it...
But mine will have them eventually (see the end notes section...)

The shoulder "harness" is mounted to a spring loaded pin. When actors would get into the cockpits
the harness would be in the up position. A "technician" would step forward and lower the harness 
onto the actor's shoulders by pulling the locking pin and lowering it by hand.
rewatch the series and you'll see it happen.

Also, there's a few times in the series when you see either techs or pilots standing 
near the rear of the cockpits when the hatch is lowered. That's because they manually 
activate the air piston switch to raise/lower the canopy.

Correct, the yoke is for flight control and the pistol grip was normally 
only seen used for launching either bombs or missiles. The yoke also 
does move in and out about 4-5". It also has a push button box on the 
right side of the yoke to "fire guns." Although technically it should be 
mounted on the inside of that grip. The ergonomics are way off for practical 
use. smile.gif

The pistol grip is an actual military surplus fighter plane pistol grip stick.
All buttons do move on it. It's actually pretty cool, I just wish it moved 
forwards and backwards like the one in the Gimbal cockpit. (^_^)

The only thing "missing" from my cockpit (aside from button covers) is 
a display panel that's supposed to be located under the flight yoke. I think
that perhaps only the gimbal mounted cockpit had that, but I could be wrong.
I believe a couple of othe other cockpits had them, mine doesn't even 
look like it was ever mounted there.

I should mention that while the actors on the show all looked tall, they were 
in fact shorter in height with only one of them (as I recall) being over 6 foot tall,
and that was Rodney Rowland (Hawkes).

Having said this, getting in and out of the cockpit is a bit of a squeeze for myself 
who's just over 6'.  You need to push the yoke in as far as it will go, turn it sideways
so the handles are on top and bottom, then you should have enough room to fit your 
legs in. Also, there's a reason why they abandoned the aarmored Shin guards later 
in the series. You cannot get into the cockpit with them on. (^_^)

Another Factoid: The pilot helmet connect hoses are the same as used on the breather 
back packs. They're a clothes washing machine hose with a spring loaded 
plastic quick disconnect nozzle. 

So apparently havaing a button to start the engines is just optional equipment in the
future... or somebody salvaged it. I'm leaning towards that latter option.
There's a few bottons missing from my cockpit sadly.

Here's the rumored "Series Status" and "Simpson's" panels. You gotta love prop 
department guys with a sense of humor!

Misc. Pictures... Including Measurements!

Images are clickable to see a larger size picture.

Refurb Plans...

So my evil plans for the future include refurbing the cockpit back to as close to original 
as I can get the thing.

This year (2016) I finally purchased a set of actual CRT monitors. I got them a set, one is a 
SONY Trinitron PVM-8041Q (accurate to the show) and the slightly newer PVM-8044Q.

The difference between them is mainly that the 8044Q allows you to display a widescreen 
image and a slightly higher resolution, but none of that will really matter for my 
purposes since I plan on just displaying a video loop of information like LIDAR (a word
which combines the words Light and radar, meaning a laser illuminated form of RADAR)
or maybe Weapon system status screens.