OK so most fans would argue that Captain Kirk's starship Enterprise is the most iconic but the reality of the situation is that most people grew up watching Star Trek The Next Generation making the Enterprise-D the most viewed Federation Starship of all time. Here's 5 facts about Starfleet's Finest.
It's the fifth ship to bear the name U.S.S. Enterprise
The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D is a Galaxy-class ship and the fifth Federation starship in the Star Trek universe to carry the name Enterprise. It was launched on the 4th of October 2363. We've only got to hang around 347 years to see her maiden voyage.
The Enterprise 'D' received a patent
In 1990, Probert received a patent on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D design.
One model was not enough
There were three physical models of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D to shoot the show: a six-foot model, a two-foot model and a four-foot model.
...And One of those models sold for $600,000
Christie's Auctions sold one of the model Enterprise's for close to $600,000. It was expected to reach a maximum of $30,000.
The Enterprise D opened new opportunities for the franchise!
Not only did the Enterprise D pass the baton onto the spin-off series Deep Space Nine it also introduced a whole new generation to Star Trek. Merchandise flew off the shelves from toys on Amazon to Starfleet costumes. Eventually fans took to the next level and created Star Trek sites like TrekCore, Star Trek Dating and TrekMovie.