December 1954 at Edwards

Did you know Mel Apt was a hero, too? He saved the life of a fellow test pilot who crashed on the Edwards lakebed. Learn more about this December 22, 1954 event, which feels like Toward the Unknown in a number of ways.

F-94 scene from Toward The Unknown. Photo via

X-2 at Black Rock

Dave Schaefer is out having fun again, this time flying his 1/5 scale rocket-powered X-2 at Black Rock, Nevada this September!  Photos have also been added to the X-2 album.


Upper Michigan Part 3 – Delta County Airport F-84

Right outside of Escanaba, Michigan is Delta County Airport. Sitting gate guard is a Republic F-84F. I think it may be time soon to restore this jet!

Delta County F-84




Upper Michigan Part 2 – A Visit to the the 753d Radar Squadron

Another stop on our trip to Upper Michigan was the 753d Radar Squadron site, just outside of Sault Ste. Marie right off of I-75.  Heading north on I-75, you can see it easily – just look for the large building on top of the hill, west side of the interstate.  The site is about a block off of the highway, right off of Radar Road.  The old buildings are now occupied by local residents and the old dish tower is now home to cellular antennas.

Radar Tower

Radar Road

View of the tower

753 Radar SquadronPatch

Memorial to a Forgotten Astronaut

Thought folks might find this article on the Mike Adams memorial interesting:

Mojave Journal: Memorial to a Forgotten Astronaut

A Visit to Kincheloe/Kinross AFB

Kincheloe DriveA trip to the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) isn’t complete without a visit to a cold war site. The UP, one of the last lines of defense from the Canadians (just kidding), is a smorgasbord of old SAC bases, radar sites and a one-time BOMARC sites. This June, our travels took us past the old Kincheloe (once Kinross) AFB and a one-time radar site in Sault Ste. Marie.

Kincheloe AFB
The old Strategic Air Command/Air Defense base is right off of I-75 at Exit 378.  Named after Iven Kincheloe in 1959, today the base is a mix of Chippewa County International Airport, prison, residences and businesses. Driving in, it appears that the old base main entrance sign is replaced with a smattering of ads for local businesses. In the past, the terminal for the public airport was the old alert building for SAC B-52 crews. Continuing around the airport, there are old military style buildings everywhere and we even drove past a flagpole and courtyard which may have been for the headquarters.

Many of the large SAC hangars still exist with manufacturers now in their place. You can drive on the apron between the row of hangars and the one-time ramp also has the old lighting in place. Too bad the ADC alert hangars aren’t around more.

No one gave us any issues for driving around and taking photos. I’d just advise staying away from the prison and from what you can tell is private property.

On the way in is the Kinross Historical Society, which advertises a military museum. We never make it in time to get in, but it might be a good stop if you’re in the area.

Watch for part 2 with a visit to the radar squadron site.

 Kincheloe Naming Ceremony, 1959

Kincheloe Hangar

kincheloe hangar


Kincheloe Hangar

Giant X-2 in Rockets Magazine

Rockets MagazineDave Schafer’s rocket powered X-2 model is featured in the latest edition of Rockets Magazine.

Download a free PDF of the magazine at

Dragonfly Squadron DVD/Blu-Ray

I’ve never seen Dragonfly Squadron, but the 1954 film is coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray in October. The film is also in 3D, so I guess the “Bomb-Blasting” will be even better…

Dragonfly Squadron

Celebrate James Garner’s Life

With a movie marathon this July 28 on TCM!  Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper salute without Toward The Unknown, Jim’s first movie. Check your local listings, but TCM is noting 6AM (likely Eastern Time).

James Garner in Toward The Unknown

Joe & Polly Craven

James Garner

NEW FACE – – James Garner, handsome and talented new Warner Bros. contractee, makes his film debut in “Toward The Unknown,” Toluca production for Warner Bros. starring William Holden. Garner, who comes from the stage, has featured role of Air Force major in WarnerColor drama of jet pilots, produced and directed by Mervyn LeRoy.

Wanted: “24 Hour Alert” on DVD

I just found out about a 1955 Warner Bros. movie titled “24 Hour Alert.”  I don’t know much of the plot (Jack Webb visits a California Air Force Base?!), but the visuals look like a fun watch.

If you have a copy of the movie on DVD that you’re willing to share, please drop me a note. More than happy to purchase or trade for another movie.


24 Hour Alert


24 Hour Alert

Images from – Check out this post for more screen caps from the movie.