Bit of a late follow-up, but Gainax, the studio behind Evangelion, have put Anderson tributes in several of their shows - the equally nautically based "Secret of Blue Water" (aka "Nadia of the Mysterious Seas") features a Thunderbird 2 parody launch sequence, the generally-regarded-as-the-best-OAV-there-will-ever-be "Gunbuster" features a suspiciously FireFlash-looking supersonic transport, and thinking about it the whole of Evangelion could actually be described as "UFO: With Giant Robots!".
"The power of bakers, the power of artists; even the power of witches! It must be a power given by God... sometimes we suffer for it."- Ursula, Kikis Delivery Service.