Motion Picture Herald – September 22, 1956

Chances are, you’ve never heard of the magazine Motion Picture Herald. If you were a theater owner back in the day, you did. This was the source for all the dirt on movies coming up as well as performance of what was playing at that time. In the September 22 issue, Warner Brothers promoted Toward […]

Old Life Magazine Issues on Google

I’ve known about the Life Magazine photo archive on Google for a while, but I recently stumbled across something just as fun – full issues online. It looks like the archive starts around 1972 and goes through 1953 as of this post.

I remember trying to find the August 3, 1962 issue. Because there’s a […]

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:

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Life’s Tough, Get a Helmet

Had to chuckle when I found this photo in the Life Magazine archive. Pete Everest, lighting one up in the car.

Edwards AFB Housing in Quantum Leap

Back in November, I posted some photos of what the South Base housing area at Edwards AFB looks like now. Not long after, I received an email from Quantum Leap follower Jon G. with some screen captures from the first episode. Sure enough, that episode was filmed at the old housing area. I believe this […]

Edwards AFB 2016: Then and Now

I’ve just added a page to the website with a bunch of photos from sites at Edwards as they appeared then vs. today. I had a ton of fun digging around and making screen captures from movies for the “Then” pieces. Photos include sites from The Right Stuff, Toward The Unknown, North Base, X-2 sites […]