12 Futuristic Sci-Fi Vehicles on Soviet Science Magazine Covers

Futuristic Sci-Fi Vehicles on Soviet Science Magazine Covers

Posted on January 4, 2015 by tim


In Soviet Russia there was a magazine called “Technica Molodezh” which is translated as something like “Technology of the Youth”. And sometimes this magazine’s cover featured the vehicles that would possibly be roaming our Earth in the near future.

Some of them are pretty interesting, and basically all were wrong in predicting how the technology would look now, but still we can browse them here:

The edition of December 1938 featured a multi propeller dirigible as a possible vehicle of the future.

This magazine of January and February 1945 featured a picture of the “world after the war”. Later that year, World War 2 was over and editors were already dreaming of the brave new world. Most of the technology of course looks unreal – like this iron shaped double decker Soviet train-tram on the street or the spider looking red car, but the guy on what looks like electric roller skates seems pretty much correct for the year 2015 – I bet your city or town also has some new enthusiasts of electric means of transportation who own similar devices – either electric remotely controlled skateboard or scooter. It is still unclear why is he wearing something looking like a space suit, though.

Then, in April 1946, they published a cover with the headline – “ultra fast car on the sea shore”.  Why it was on the beach with palms is still unclear but it looks pretty big!

Later, in July 1948, they featured a “giant underwater tracked tank”.  To me it looks a lot like a modern Typhoon class Russian submarine… but on caterpillar tracks, for some reason!

And later still, in January 1949 – an ultra high speed supersonic passenger jet. Almost fifteen years before the original TU-144 launch. People say it looked a lot like an American experimental Bell X-1.

What was next was a giant seaplane that could transport cars and people all together, like the ferries do. This was published in June 1949.

In 1952, five years before the first Sputnik – an artificial Soviet Earth satellite was launched, people already dreamed big about space journeys so they envisioned a giant “space port” inside a modern city, with red flags. You see it’s launching a dirigible shaped passenger rocket from the top of it.

Ha, now something really cool. In February 1952, a magazine cover had an “advanced way to unload cargo ships”. If you look closer at this picture you can see something like a normal cargo ship that is turned upside down (its name is written upside down which indicates this) and then, through the openings in the side of the structure, all its goodies it was transporting are pouring into the trains passing by.  How possible is this?

This thing from the year 1953 was called a “multi-functional underwater gadget”. Don’t know much about its purpose, but it looks pretty futuristic!

Now we have a cover from 1954 – “rocket-planes in the Moscow skies”.

And again, just like in 1945, ten years later they published their vision of the “future city”. Now there are no train like trams or spider cars, but a lot of things are made so people can see through glass like materials – pedestrian walkways, car roofs, etc. And you know what? Again, they were pretty much right with this one. Now in the 2000s in Moscow, they have built plenty of pedestrian crossings made of transparent materials – like on this one in Moscow:


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12 Responses to “Futuristic Sci-Fi Vehicles on Soviet Science Magazine Covers”

  1. jh says:

    Although soviet Russia was bad in most ways, I like the way they draw cartoons and posters. These are masterpiece work.

  2. Andrew says:

    “Tekhnika – molodiozhi” means “Technics for youths”. I had subscription for this magazine for many years.

  3. Darius says:

    We had subscription for many years of “Modelist – Konstruktor” and “Junij texnik”

  4. gsoi says:

    In National Socialist Republic of Poland we had a magazine called “Młody Technik” which can be translated as a “Young Technican”, very similar to this article.

    • Andrew says:

      In Soviet Union was another magazine “Yuniy tekhnik” (means “Young technician”), it was rather for children. “Tekhnika – molodiozhi” was for youths. In my day I read both of them. They really pushed child’s imagination and fantasy. Also one time I met Polish translated book for children about interesting physical effects. Among all other things it explained sound amplification of train in tunnels.

  5. Mister Twister says:

    Top of page 2 is just like Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind!

  6. Barrie D Davey says:

    Nice to see but its just a filler. Mr editor you have well and truly brought what was a great site down to nothing but mundane rubbish. The only good thing I can say in your favour is YOU at least put some information underneath. Please everybody go back to around 2009, and see the difference. Its as if Russia has suddenly stood still, and nothing is happening over there.

  7. Alain says:

    3rd page, Last picture from 1972

    Seems to be Original Idea, for 1989
    (U.S. made) V-22 Osprey?

  8. Wayne says:

    Mr Davey — what are you going on about? I found it fascinating. Would love to see more of the magazines. Too bad it does not live up to your obvious “high standards.”

  9. David says:

    The “sports car shaped as a wing” looks pretty much like a streamlined copy of Colani-Lamborghini LeMans “bubble-top” prototype from 1970.

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