Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited, the company that created the Airlander 10 — the eco-friendly dirigible with the funny backside — is bringing the aircraft back with a modern, luxurious twist.
Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited has worked together with DesignQ, a design consultancy, to put together what looks like the most amazing sight-seeing cruise ship on an aircraft. At over 150 feet long, longer than the longest 737 and wider than an average narrow-body airplane, the plane has a lot to offer inside.
The private guest bedrooms, each with a full-sized bed, will have an en-suite bath. The walls will be covered in a floor-to-ceiling window that offers breath-taking views. There is a bar, named the Altitude Bar, where guests can enjoy drinks and fine dining with panoramic views.
The Infinity Lounge lets passengers actually receive a horizon-to-horizon infinity view including a ‘view pool’ under the lounge seats.
Stephen McGlennan, CEO of HAV has high hopes, “Airlander challenges people to rethink the skies – that’s the driving force behind everything we do,” he said. “Air travel has become very much about getting from A to B as quickly as possible. What we’re offering is a way of making the journey a joy.”
What makes his flight even more appealing is the avoidance of airports. The Airlander 10 can take off and land on almost any flat area. It also travels at maximum speeds of 100 miles an hour, so there is plenty of time take some gorgeous snaps and videos of sights as you go by.
An average expedition on the aircraft would be three days long and could go practically anywhere around the world. Sold yet?
The Airlander program has been in development and testing since 2016. After a successful first flight last year, the Airlander 10 ran into a small hiccup and had what must hold the record for the slowest crash landing in aviation history.
Unfortunately, the aircraft suffered around $40 million in damages. Nonetheless, the company is confident to get the Airlander up and running and will offer a safe and enjoyable service.
Don Johnson As James “Sonny” Crockett
With Vin Diesel’s remake series of Miami Vice currently in the works, we thought it would be fitting to shed some light on the cast of the classic ’80s series and reveal what they are doing now with their lives. There is no doubt that Don Johnson’s lead role as Sonny Crockett played a huge part in Miami Vice‘s success. A Vietnam veteran turned undercover detective worked alongside “Rico” Tubbs to crack down on Miami’s vicious crime lords.
Don Johnson – Now
Don Johnson hasn’t slowed down since his work on Miami Vice came to an end. Not only has he appeared in big movies such as Django Unchained, but his daughter Dakota Johnson is also a big Hollywood actress now. Johnson seems to be on board with a Miami Vice reboot. However, he admits that it should be done differently. “I kind of feel they’ll do a version of Miami Vice, but it’s not going to be Miami Vice,” he said.
Olivia Brown As Trudy Joplin
While Gina was essentially a foil for Crockett, Olivia Brown’s character did the same thing for Tubbs. Trudy is Gina’s patrol partner and over the course of Miami Vice‘s run, she gets into some bizarre scenarios. For example, she ends up encountering a UFO and the alien who emerges from it is none other than James Brown. Miami Vice was the reason that Brown met her ex-husband Mykelti Williamson. She appeared in the movie 48 hours and even had a role in Designing Women.
Olivia Brown – Now
Despite finding love on the set of Miami Vice, Olivia Brown’s marriage to Forrest Gump‘s Mykelti Williamson wouldn’t last. However, the German-born actress managed to hold down a couple of successful roles in shows such as Moesha and 7th Heaven, the latter of which she starred in for seven years. Brown has taken a step back from the world of acting to focus more time on her family. She is currently married to James Okonkwo and the couple had two kids together.
Philip Michael Thomas As Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs
Every hero needs a sidekick, and for Sonny Crockett, it was Rico Tubbs. Philip Michael Thomas plays a New York police detective who originally travels to Miami to avenge his brother’s death. However, Tubbs gradually settles into Miami life and realizes that he might never be able to go back to NY. The ’80s was also a time period that Thomas tried his luck in singing. Shortly after Miami Vice came to an end, he released a couple of lackluster albums.
Philip Michael Thomas – Now
Unfortunately, Philip Michael Thomas has never quite managed to escape the shadow cast by his iconic role as Rico Tubbs. After a failed attempt at a singing career and number of B-movies to his name, Thomas gained some success in the world of video games, lending his voice to the classic game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. It seems that Thomas’s personal life has actually been more eventful, having had 11 children. Five of them he had with ex-wife Kassandra.
Martin Ferrero As Isidore “Izzy” Moreno
Something of a late bloomer in the world of TV and film, Martin Ferrero had only appeared in a handful of shows before landing the role of “Izzy” Moreno. A petty criminal, Izzy ended up becoming quite useful for Crockett and Tubbs, helping crack down on some big cases with some valuable intel. Despite not being a part of the main cast, Ferrero appeared in every single season of Miami Vice, the only actor to achieve such a feat.
Martin Ferrero – Now
You probably recognize Martin Ferrero for playing the guy in Jurassic Park who got killed by a T-Rex while sitting on a toilet. Like many actors who starred in Miami Vice, Ferrero also had a minor role in Don Johnson’s series Nash Bridges. Despite a couple of other appearances in shows such as The X-Files and The Practice, Ferrero hasn’t done too much acting. However, he did a spoof performance of his Jurassic Park character in a CollegeHumor video.
Saundra Santiago As Gina Navarro Calabrese
After Sonny Crockett’s divorce, his co-worker Gina became his love interest. Although their romance didn’t stand the test of time, they still remained very close throughout the show’s run. Gina’s fearlessness proved that it wasn’t just Crockett and Tubbs who could get their hands dirty in Miami’s underworld of crime. Santiago was one of only four stars to appear in every single episode of Miami Vice; the others being Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, and Olivia Brown.
Saundra Santiago – Now
She might have never eclipsed the success she had as Gina Navarro, but Saundra Santiago continues to pepper in impressive acting performances until this very day. For a couple of years at the turn of the Millenium, the actress starred in Guiding Light, the longest-running daytime soap on CBS. Santiago also had a recurring role on The Sopranos as Tony’s next door neighbor Jeannie. One of her most recent roles came in the Tom Selleck-led Blue Bloods.
John Diehl As Lawrence “Larry” Zito
With a handful of roles under his belt in movies such as Escape From New York and Stripes, John Diehl built up a healthy resume before joining the cast of Miami Vice. He played Stan’s partner in crime Larry Zito, a source of comic relief. However, after three seasons, Diehl was getting bored of his role and wanted to leave. As a result, Larry died after overdosing and shortly after, Diehl tried his luck as a professional boxer!
John Diehl – Now
Although his boxing career never really took off, John Diehl has still managed to hold down a respectable acting career in the world of TV and film. Some of his most notable roles came in movies such as Jurassic Park III and Pearl Harbor. He also had a recurring role on The Shield and even had a handful of appearances on Scandal. Diehl has been married to singer Julie Christensen since 1992 and they currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee.
Belinda Montgomery As Caroline Crockett-Ballard
Although she never held down a regular role on Miami Vice, there is no denying the importance of Belinda Montgomery’s role as Crockett’s ex-wife, Caroline. Eventually, she moves away to Ocala, Florida and in her last appearance, it is revealed that she has remarried and is having a child. Montgomery developed a reputation as one of the most prolific crime drama stars, appearing in numerous ’80s shows such as Magnum P.I., Riptide, and Murder, She Wrote.
Belinda Montgomery – Now
A couple of years after Miami Vice came to an end, prolific TV star Belinda Montgomery continued her steady acting career, starring alongside Neil Patrick Harris in the popular sitcom Doogie Howser, M.D. Since then, she has also appeared in shows such as L.A. Law, JAG, and Ghost Whisperer. One of her most recent roles came in the long-awaited sci-fi sequel Tron: Legacy. In more recent times, Montgomery has enjoyed success as a writer, having won a contest in 2013 for one of her short stories.
Sheena Easton As Caitlin Davies-Crockett
Pop star Sheena Easton made the most of her singing and acting abilities when she played Caitlin Davies, a singer who Crockett becomes a bodyguard for. Naturally, the duo falls in love and eventually they tie the knot. However, tragedy turned its ugly head when one of Crockett’s enemies kills Caitlin. To make matters even more tragic, Sonny learns that she was seven weeks pregnant with his child. She may have been in just five episodes, but boy, they were special.
Sheena Easton – Now
With many Grammy award nominations to her name and a fruitful career in both music and film, Sheena Easton is still as busy as ever. Despite not releasing any new music since 2000, the Scottish singer still performs regularly and has been on a number of tours. She also has a passion for performing in the West End, with her most recent stage role coming in 42nd Street, which ran during the 2017-18 season. Easton has also lent her voice to animated shows such as Phineas and Ferb.
Pam Grier As Valerie Gordon
It made sense that a star of Pam Grier’s caliber would end up on Miami Vice. For many, she is the poster girl of the Blaxploitation drama, having starred in classics such as Coffy and Foxy Brown. Although she only appeared on the show for three episodes, Grier made a huge impact as Valerie Gordon, a police officer from New York who develops an on-and-off relationship with Rico Tubbs. Her appearances happened over the course of three years.
Pam Grier – Now
A decade after her recurring role on Miami Vice, Pam Grier experienced something of a resurgence when Quentin Tarantino cast her in the lead role of his third movie Jackie Brown. Since then, the Queen of Blaxploitation has appeared in shows such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The L Word, and Smallville. Grier’s most recent role came as Grandma in the critically acclaimed drama This Is Us. She also starred as herself in the 2017 video game Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Michael Talbott As Stanley “Stan” Switek
Crockett and Tubbs weren’t the only dynamic duo on Miami Vice. Stan Switek formed a strong partnership with Larry Zito. However, the Elvis Presley fan eventually suffered from a gambling addiction. The actor who played Stan, Michael Talbott, had already established himself as a prolific performer by the time the ’80s series came around. He had already starred in shows such as Sanford and Son and M*A*S*H. He even had appearances in classic movies such as Carrie and Mommie Dearest.
Michael Talbott – Now
Michael Talbott didn’t fully capitalize on his Miami Vice success, with his most recent role dating back to the mid-’90s. However, he has remained an ambassador for the series, regularly having signings and attending conventions. Outside of acting, the actor is a huge supporter of the National Rifle Association. As a result of this, he has also worked as a spokesman for Panteao Productions, a production company that specializes in firearms. It is believed that he currently resides in Waverly, Iowa.
Julia Roberts As Polly Wheeler
The season four finale of Miami Vice saw a familiar face take on one of her very first roles. A young Julia Roberts played Polly Wheeler, an assistant of crime lord Miguel Manolo. She is the manager at an art gallery, which is a front for the kingpin’s illicit activities. Eventually, Crockett and Tubbs crack down on the operation. It is never confirmed whether or not Polly survived after her boss’s assassination. However, we all have an idea of how Julia Roberts’ life went…
Julia Roberts – Now
Of course, Julia Roberts has blossomed into one of the most iconic actresses of the last 30 years. With roles in movies such as Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, and My Best Friend’s Wedding, Roberts is still demonstrating her raw talent until this very day. Her most recent roles have come in movies such as Secret in Their Eyes and Wonder. Despite her consistently successful career, Roberts has managed to have a fairly stable personal life, having been married to Daniel Moder since 2002.
Gregory Sierra As Louis “Lou” Rodriguez
Before Edward James Olmos took over as Lieutenant Marty early on in the series, it was Gregory Sierra’s character who Crockett and Tubbs would answer to. Lieutenant Lou Rodriguez made a big impression during the first few episodes of Miami Vice. However, when an assassin burst onto the scene who was hired to kill Crockett, he ends up killing Lou instead. His untimely death set the pace for a show that would regularly take its viewers by surprise.
Gregory Sierra – Now
Another star from Miami Vice to maintain a fairly steady career, Gregory Sierra was incredibly prolific for the decade following his short-lived role as Lou Rodriguez. With an incredible list of shows under his belt, Sierra seemed to star in everything from Magnum P.I. and Murder, She Wrote to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The X-Files. Sierra starred in 2018’s Orson Welles-directed The Other Side of the Wind, which came out over 30 years after Welles’ death.
Helena Bonham Carter As Dr. Theresa Lyons
She might have only appeared in a handful of episodes, but no one could foresee the trajectory that Helena Bonham Carter’s career would take after her minor role. The British actress played Dr. Theresa Lyons, who soon enough, falls head over heels for Sonny Crockett. Despite reciprocating the feelings, Crockett is concerned about Lyons’s addiction problems and ruefully advises her to go to a special treatment program in Hartford, Connecticut; a program for doctors struggling with addiction.
Helena Bonham Carter – Now
Not only has Helena Bonham Carter become a Hollywood superstar with a number of big roles to her name, but she has also had her fair share of high-profile relationships. After being romantically linked to Kenneth Branagh, she also had a long-term relationship with filmmaker Tim Burton, who she worked with on numerous projects. In 2019, Bonham Carter will take over from Vanessa Kirby in the hit series The Crown, playing the older version of Princess Margaret.
Bruce Willis As Tony Amato
There have been many actors who had minor cameos on Miami Vice before they became Hollywood superstars. Maybe the biggest name to appear on the series is Bruce Willis, who was still coming up in the industry when he landed the role of Tony Amato. After appearing in the season one episode “No Exit,” Willis essentially paved the way for other soon-to-be stars to make their own brief appearances on the show. This included the likes of Ben Stiller and Jimmy Smits.
Bruce Willis – Now
While Bruce Willis still remains until this day one of the biggest names in Hollywood, he has been accused of “phoning it in” in recent times. Nevertheless, the Die Hard star has still managed to hold down some impressive roles in recent times. These include movies such as Moonrise Kingdom and Looper. Willis will reunite with M. Night Shamyalan for the long-awaited sequel to Unbreakable – Split. He has been married to Emma Heming since 2009 and the couple has had two kids together.
Edward James Olmos As “Marty” Castillo
When Lieutenant Rodriguez was shot in the fourth episode of the series, fans knew quickly that Miami Vice meant business. Consequentially, Edward James Olmos joined the cast to fill the void as Lieutenant Martin “Marty” Castillo. It turns out that Olmos was responsible for giving his character notable habits such as keeping his desk spotless and telling people to knock before they entered his office. Olmos was praised for his work and even won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor.
Edward James Olmos – Now
Edward James Olmos has arguably had the most interesting life post-Miami Vice in both his professional and personal life. The seasoned actor held down a steady career in both film and TV even after his role as Marty came to an end. He had a regular role in the hit sci-fi remake series Battlestar Galactica, while also starring in movies such as Selena and Blade Runner 2049. After divorcing Lorraine Bracco in 2002, the actor tied the knot with Lymari Nadal. She is 31 years younger than him.