I don’t know the official name of these hulking saucers, but they certainly make an entrance. The invading aliens in Independence Day arrive in style, aboard thirty-six identical, fifteen-mile-wide craft, which are deployed from their mother ship. Despite being vulnerable to a jet up the pie hole (and what isn’t, really?), these destroyers are incredibly intimidating. Especially when arriving in a roiling, atmospheric cloud of flame and death. One of the better arrivals in sci-fi history. White House shield recommended.
Taking on the Arachnid horde is tough work, and the Fleet Corvette-class transport ships are here to deliver marines to the front lines. Given names of famous generals and battles, these powerful ships carry a wealth of dropships and personnel, and can take quite a beating… which they have to on a regular basis. Bugs is tough, ya know? Certainly cool, even if they look a bit like whales.
Vehicle: USS Discovery One
Film/s: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
The design of Discovery One is as iconic as its inhuman occupant, HAL-9000. Everything about this spacecraft is beautiful, including the excursion pods, which could have their own entry here. They’re mirror images of Discovery One‘s main orb. Just don’t ask the AI to lie.