Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Douglas Rocket to the Moon

In 1962, Douglas Aircraft assumed sponsorship of the Rocket To the Moon ride at Disneyland. At the time, Douglas was a major supplier to the United States Space Program and constructing engines and rockets to be sent into outer space. The red and white color scheme and TWA logo was removed and the blue and red color scheme with Douglas and the Douglas logo was applied. The first image shows the Rocket as the main focal point. On the right hand side is the Flight Circle sponsored by Cox (and home to Cox Pilot when he worked there.)

The second image is a bit more abstract. However, it captures the icon and also shows the rocket's destination in the background.


Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

The second abstract photo is super and extra sweet with the moon in the deep blue sky. I like the Douglas treatment of the rocket better than the TWA colors. With the exception that the Douglas version is looking a bit worn out, all those trip to and from the moon I guess. Great post, thanks!

Matt said...

I love that second photo too, reminds me of the night of the first moon landing and I went outside to look up at it, to see if I could see them...very cool indeed.

Major Pepperidge said...

Those are two beauties... even though I love the TWA version, the Douglas rocket is awfully cool!

CoxPilot said...

Great pics. The photographer had a good cence of composition by adding the daylight moon.

Thanks for the shoutout about the Flight Circle (the Cox Thimble Drome was the official name at the time, and you can see the gold thimble and the words "Thimble Drome" above the fencing.) It seem like a million years ago.