February 21, 1956 – I Have a Date with Outer Space

62 years ago today, Look Magazine featured Pete Everest. The article has some pretty interesting/rare photos, but being the large format magazine that it is, won’t fit on the scanner. I will have to get creative and share some better shots in the near future.

On the flip side, the Library of Congress today owns […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bell X-2 Book Coming This November

Osprey Publishing is releasing a X-2 book November 21, 2017 by Peter E. Davies. It is number 6 in a series of books on the X Planes.

Amazon currently has the book available for pre-order at $13.39.


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).


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 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 […]

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 […]

Real Exciting: X-2

I have no clue what the story is that goes with the cover art (and since I’m female, I may never know since this is “for men,” lol) . Looks like the X-2 is now a fighter interceptor. From April 1957.