X Planes 6 – Bell X-2 by Peter E. Davies

There’s one thing I always hear about the X-2 program; “There outta be a book.”

Well, we now have two X-2 books on the market. In November 2017, Osprey released X Planes 6 on the Bell X-2, by Peter E. Davies. Is it the “definitive” X-2 book? No, but it’s still a worthy effort with […]

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 […]

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 & 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Replica Lincoln Bond MA-1 Jacket

It is always fun to hear from other Toward The Unknown fans. Recently, I received an email & photos from David, from the other side of the world (from me), in Australia. Another continent represented in the TTU roll-call!

David is assembling a MA-1 jacket to replicate Lincoln Bond’s from the movie. While the jacket […]

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 […]

October 20, 1956: Toward The Unknown Premiers at Edwards AFB

Sixty years ago today, on October 20, 1956, Toward The Unknown premiered to a gathering at the Edwards AFB Base Theater. This was also opening night for the brand new new theater. William Holden, Virginia Leith, James Garner, LQ Jones and other stars from the movie appeared for the event and party.

The Edwards community […]

Sixty Years of the Bell X-2

It’s hard to imagine that it was 60 years since the Bell X-2 last flew. In September 1956, the Bell X-2 program flew higher and faster than anyone had ever gone before:

September 7: Capt. Iven Kincheloe rockets to a record altitude of 126,200 feet.

September 27: Capt. Milburn “Mel” Apt flys the perfect profile […]