Skydiver was a fictional futuristic submarine featured in Gerry Anderson’s TV series UFO, operated by the secretive SHADO organization as part of Earth’s defenses against alien aggressors.
Like many Anderson vehicles, Skydiver was designed by Derek Meddings. It could be distinguished from a conventional submarine by its prominent conning tower and by the supersonic twin-engined interceptor fighter that replaced the bow section.
An unspecified number of Skydivers (at least four) patrolled Earth’s oceans. Each Skydiver was numbered and the composite sections were referred to as Sky or Diver 1, 2, 3 etc. Skydiver 1 was most frequently seen in the course of the series, and if a generic reference was made to ‘Skydiver’ (e.g. the command ‘put Skydiver on alert’) then this was the one that tended to be referred to. However, the ill-fated Skydiver 3 was seen briefly in the episode “The Psychobombs”, and in the same episode, references were made to Sky 4.
This is the model I’m most proud of because I won the inaugural Gerry Anderson Memorial Trophy at IPMS Scale Model
World in 2013, it’s my rendition of the old Imai Sky 1 from UFO.