Wednesday, November 04, 2015
The Moonliner was an impressive feature of the pre-1967 Tomorrowland. I loved it best when it had the TWA colors; that airline ended its sponsorship in 1961, and the TWA name was painted out. About a year later, Douglas Aircraft Company took over, and remained the sponsor until the rocket's removal in 1967.
This first picture was originally posted in 2010 (the photo is from April, 1966); it's a beautiful view of the rocket in its natural habitat. The rocket was 76 feet tall, but was based on a concept by Werner Von Braun that (had it ever been built) would have been over 200 feet tall and powered by an atomic reactor. Imagine that!
Zooming in to the right we see part of the oval Flying Saucer area, and the new Administration Building under construction.
This next shot is also a beauty; it was taken in October, 1963 (originally posted in 2008), in the late afternoon. I don't think I would be able to deal with crowds like this!