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).

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 isn’t original (it’s a Buzz Rickson replica), the Ad Inexplorata patch is original.

Lincoln Bond MA-1 Jacket

Lincoln Bond MA-1 Jacket

Lincoln Bond MA-1

Lincoln Bond MA-1 Jacket

Lincoln Bond MA-1

Lincoln Bond Nametag, Rank & Original Ad Inexplorata Patch

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 would have been filmed in 1988-89 for the 1989 episode.

Quantum Leap Edwards Housing
Quantum Leap Edwards Housing
Quantum Leap Edwards Housing
Quantum Leap Edwards Housing
Quantum Leap Edwards Housing
Quantum Leap Edwards Housing

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 and more.

What's left of the old South Base housing area, as seen from the commander's house hill.

What’s left of the old South Base housing area, as seen from the commander’s house hill.

Edwards Celebrates 60 Years of Toward The Unknown

On October 20, Edwards AFB had a little bit of fun to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the movie Toward The Unknown. Back in 1956, TTU premiered at the Edwards base theater, still around today. That day was also the grand opening for the new theater. Stars in attendance back then for the premiere included William Holden, Virginia Leith, James Garner and more. For this year’s event, the movie was shown three times during the day, included a classic car show in the parking lot, and encouraged folks to dress like it was the 1950s.

While I wasn’t able to attend, site contributors Tony Accurso & his daughter Evelyn were my on-the-spot reporters and sent over some photos:

Edwards AFB Theater

Note the movie poster & sign above the door.

57 Chevy at car show

Can’t have the 50s without some classic cars


I call myself a TTU superfan….someday Evelyn is going to take my place!

TTU Sign



Premier 1956


I also have a gallery of photos from the premier back in 1956 on the website. Be sure to check it out!

YT-38 – Then & Now

YT-38-05-NO 58-1192 Edwards AFB

Then: YT-38 58-1192 at Edwards AFB with a Corvair


Now: At the South Dakota Air & Space Museum, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
June 2016