A clever captain of an enemy vessel would presumably approach with the red-painted part of the ship fully in view and thus away from the attentions of the guns (whatever sort they are) on the top of the grey painted part.
Fireball XL5, I liked the way it took off.
However I bet behind the mountain where the launch track is build, there is a massive pile of burnt out rocket sledges.
Also the "Excalliber" from the failed Babylon 5 spin off was a nice looking ship.
P.S. Does Supercar count???
Apart from supersonic flight and travelling under water I'm sure in one episode it went into orbit.