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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]