If you’ve ever made the trip to the Delaware beaches, chances are you’ve driven past the Eagle’s Crest Aerodrome. Dotted with a few old Cesna’s and maybe the odd Piper Cub, this little airport would be a great spot to land your small plane and avoid the hellish traffic. But more likely you’d know it as the spot you crane your neck around to catch a glimpse of what looks like a flying saucer.
I’ve driven by this thing hundreds of times, but with a little time to kill while my Wife was on a shoot for her photo studio Haute boudoir, which oddly enough I am not allowed to attend, I took a drive up to the Spaceship for a better look. It seemed pretty abandoned as I puled up, so I parked across the road and grabbed a few cameras out of my bag. The closer I got, the more that it appeared to be a house.. or maybe an office of some kind.
It certainly needed some work.. a bit of rust around the edges and cracked window seals showed the age of the structure. With a Holga 135 (loaded with Four Corner Store Black and White film) and an LC -A RL (loaded with a roll of Kodak 400 that’s been in my car for over a year) I shot a bit and then drove back into town. A nice lunch at Agave in Lewis rounded out the day, and then a quiet drive back North at Sunset.
I’ve always wondered what that thing was, and a quick google yielded some pretty cool results. It’s a Futuro Home. Somebody actually bought this thing and probably lived in it for quite a while. In a sea of trailer parks, this really stands out. Somebody had really good taste in a semi-permanent home. In fact somebody had a nice checkbook and some serious dedication, considering these things didn’t arrive on a truck. They were air lifted in!
Can you imagine seeing that thing coming over your house? I’ve always been a huge fan on Cosmic Age and Mid Century Modern homes and furnishing.. so I wondered: Can you still buy one of these? And how pissed would my neighbors be when there was a flying saucer lounging in my backyard. Guess what? There is one for sale about 20 minutes away from my house. Could you imagine the next Four Corner Store Retail spot in a Flying Saucer? It needs a little work, but so did our vintage delivery van when we first bought it, and that’s looking great now.
So here are a few more pics of Delaware’s only Futuro (for now at least…) Maybe the next one featured on this blog will have some cameras for sale in it…