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As Seen in Life Magazine

Not only a movie star in H-19 scene in TTU, this H-19B was also photographed for Life Magazine:

H-19B 52-7564 AFFTC Edwards AFB

Pete Everest – Part 2

Another slick model from Thomas!

Pete Everest made the first, third and sixth (and last) USAF flight on 23 12 1953, 02 07 1954 and 29 07 1954 on that plane. Then the underpowered jet went to NACA. Pete was used to hotter stuff!

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Pete Everest & the D-558 II

Thomas from Germany emailed me a photo of his 1/72 D-558 II model diorama – nice!

Nov 20, 1953: Scott Crossfield broke the Mach 2 barrier in Buno. 37974

May 5, 1955: Pete Everest made a 17 minute familiarization flight (N50) in that plane (M 1.6, 68.000ft) before starting with the X-2

Skyrocket

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Pete Everest & the X-1D

Just ran across this article from “This Day in Aviation:” August 22, 1953. It talks about Pete abandoning a flight in the X-1D, barely:

Fearing that a larger explosion or fire would jeopardize the bomber and its crew, Everest abandoned the X-1D, climbing up into the bomber. The X-1 was then dropped. It crashed onto the desert floor and exploded.

The article also talks about Toward The Unknown and a very similar scene with the X-2.

Mickey, Link, X-2 drop

“Trouble with the X-2!”

Bell X-2 Book Coming This November

Osprey Publishing is releasing a X-2 book November 21, 2017 by Peter E. Davies. It is number 6 in a series of books on the X Planes.

Amazon currently has the book available for pre-order at $13.39.

 

X-2 Davies Book

Toward The Unknown Playing at EAA Museum in September

If you’re up in the Oshkosh, Wisconsin area on September 7, the EAA Museum is playing Toward The Unknown in their SkyScape Theater. Per the EAA website:

Travel back in time and experience the golden age of cinema at EAA’s Skyscape Theater Royale, a series of classic aviation film screenings. Each film begins at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Skyscape Theater, an intimate setting with a 50-foot screen and state-of-the-art projection and sound systems. (Seating is on a first come, first serve basis and is subject to capacity.)

Nuts. They would do that on a work night…

EAA TTU Poster

El Paso XB-51 Crash

I recently received an email from Robert regarding an article on the “This Day in History” website covering the El Paso XB-51 crash. 46685 had Gilbert XF-120 markings and was en route to Eglin AFB for scene filming for Toward The Unknown. The website post includes an interesting article on the crash from the El Paso Times, March 26, 1956.

The Hunters – Trailer

Cool trailer for The Hunters that I haven’t seen before. Dick Powell has awesome taste in manufacturer models. And please, no singing along.

How to Buy Toward The Unknown in HD

In the last 3-4 years, TCM started showing Toward The Unknown. If you’re lucky enough, TCM also has a HD channel. For two years, I had a copy of TTU in HD saved on my DVR…then we dropped cable.

Digging around the interwebs, I found out that you can get TTU in HD via Amazon Video. The catch is you need the Amazon Video/Amazon Prime app on your viewing device of note. But no worries there, it seems to be available on:

  • Smart TVs (Samsung for example)
  • Roku boxes
  • Amazon Fire boxes,
  • Apple & Android devices as an app

So, while you don’t have a physical file to download, it’s available almost anywhere you have internet access. I believe Amazon also lets you download movies for offline viewing on select mobile devices.

So, last night, I bought TTU in HD from Amazon and yes, it’s HD and looks great. We have a 4K TV, so it upscales it a bit, but I’m sure on your standard TV, it’ll look great!

Buy TTU in HD on Amazon Video

Other online video sites may also offer (Google, Netflix, etc. – but this is the one I am familiar with). If you do find it elsewhere, let me know!

X-2 From Italy

Fabio from Italy dropped me an email recently with photos of the vacuform X-2 he just completed. You can also view more photos on the entire project online (you may need to log into Facebook to view).