Morpheus on… The Vombatidi Volante


The Flying Wombat.

Okay, this one will require some explanation…

The wombat is an Australian animal, something like a big guinea-pig. It does not fly.

Its Latin name gives us its Italian name – vombatidi.

Meanwhile, in Thunderball (1965) the villain’s boat is called the “Disco Volante” – a real hydrofoil, it had an added FX rear section that was jettisoned (and destroyed) in the finale. Its name translates into English as Flying Saucer.

And “The Curse Of The Flying Wombat” was a serialised sketch, featured in the seminal BBC radio series, “I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again” – also in 1965.

While back in the Thirties, a concept car was designed and built called the Phantom Corsair. But it was more popularly known as the “Flying Wombat” and featured in a romantic comedy film (rather like the 1955 Lincoln Futura, which eventually became the ’60s TV Batmobile – see elsewhere in these ramblings).

Here IS the beast…

'38 Phantom Corsair

…not bad for 1938, eh? Powered by a whopping V8, too. Sadly, the owner/designer died before any more could be produced – but the original still exists, in a museum somewhere.

Anyhoo, if my premium bond ever comes up, my yacht will be named…

“The Vombatidi Volante” – and only YOU will understand why.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alfie on January 23, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Naturally, because of the ISIRTA connection I had to Google this! It seems that Mr Heinz who designed the Wombat was blessed with the forename of “RUST”! Surely not a great name for someone in the automobile industry?
    I also wonder how many varieties of this car he had in mind!

  2. Posted by Vincent on January 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm


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