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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 […]

YT-38 – Then & Now

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

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X-2 “Flight To The Future” Movie

“Flight to the Future” was just posted to YouTube from the San Diego Air & Space Museum archives. 21 minutes of vintage X-2. Thanks to Chris for letting me know about this!

60 Years of Going Toward The Unknown

Toward The Unknown is my favorite movie. Yeah, you probably know that already. It’s always interesting at work when you have a meeting icebreaker and you go around the room and say your favorite movie. While most folks mention some movie that came out last year that you never heard of, I mention my fav […]

X-2 Model Retires to Edwards

Remember the photos I posted last year about Dave Schaefer’s 1/5 rocket-powered X-2 model? The model is back, but this time at home…at Edwards AFB.

Dave donated the model to the Air Force Flight Test Center museum in September. The model will help tell the seldom told story of the X-2 and also honor all […]

Iven Kincheloe in October Air Classics Magazine

Head to the magazine store and pick up the October issue of Air Classics magazine. The issue features a 10 page article on Iven Kincheloe by Mike Machat. Plenty of photos, many in color.

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.

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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 […]

Starbuster Returns

Mike Machat was kind enough to share a new panting he completed for a client:

“Starbuster Returns” depicts the first powered flight of the X-2 flown by Lt. Col. Pete Everest on November 18, 1955. Passing through 10,000 feet, Everest deployed the landing gear on approach for a right-hand pattern to lakebed Runway 27 […]

Edwards AFB 1956 Open House

Neat-o – the only thing missing here is Lincoln Bond.