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Jan 24, 2016 15:23 as a reply to  @ post 17868839 |  #1291

Love the colors in this!

Yes I need to get out. Been too busy with work. Let's get together and shoot sometime.


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Jan 25, 2016 21:16 as a reply to  @ trollins's post |  #1292

Sounds like a deal. It would be nice for us all get together sometime.
Is there a better time or day for everyone? I know its bitterly cold now but hopefully soon we can schedule something?


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Jan 25, 2016 21:18 |  #1293

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Jan 26, 2016 20:50 |  #1295

That's a great shot, Mike. I've been wanting to photograph the rocket for ages, and you did it better than I ever imagined!


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Jan 26, 2016 20:57 |  #1296

Snafoo wrote in post #17874303 (external link)
That's a great shot, Mike. I've been wanting to photograph the rocket for ages, and you did it better than I ever imagined!

+1...it is a terrific POV and the lighting is wonderful. I especially love the radiant gleam on the rocket.

Mike, if you can, sure would love to see those vertical lines straightened...the image is leaning a touch to the left all across the frame. I only mention it because the image is so great it deserves to be perfect. :)


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Jan 26, 2016 21:09 as a reply to  @ David Arbogast's post |  #1297

I agree with David. This shot deserves to be perfect. Just a tiny tweak clockwise should do it..


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Jan 27, 2016 12:28 as a reply to  @ KCmike's post |  #1298

The TWA Moonliner. Dude! how did you do that? One of my favorite pieces of Kansas City. I worked for TWA before they went down. Where was that taken from? Here was my shot from a couple of years back.


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Jan 27, 2016 12:39 as a reply to  @ trollins's post |  #1299

TWA Moonliner history

From 1955 through 1962, the TWA Moonliner was part of the first futuristic exhibit located in Disneyland's Tomorrowland. It was also an early example of modern product placement advertising by TWA's Howard Hughes teaming up with Walt Disney as the Moonliner's sponsor.

At 76 feet (23 m) tall, it was the tallest structure in the theme park, 8 feet (2.4 m) taller than the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Adjoining the rocket was the "Flight to the Moon" attraction, which later became "Mission To Mars" in 1975.

The Moonliner was designed by John Hench, one of the original Disney Imagineers, with the help of German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun. It resembled von Braun's V-2 rocket design but depicted what a commercial spaceliner might look like for traveling to the Moon in the faraway year of 1986.

The Moonliner's retracting landing leg covers were said to resemble the fuselage shape on TWA's elegant Lockheed Constellation airliner; the rocket also featured portholes, a raised cockpit area, and a boarding ramp. A real Moonliner was envisioned to be powered by an atomic reactor and actually be more than 200 feet (61 m) tall; the theme park's Moonliner was roughly a one-third scale model.

After Hughes sold his interest in TWA, the airline dropped their corporate sponsorship; the rocket then became the Douglas Moonliner when the Douglas Aircraft Company became its sponsor. This new Moonliner looked the same as the original, but the famous all-red TWA logo and stripes on the nose and landing legs were gone, replaced by a brand new paint scheme of overall white with blue stripes and a red, vertically stacked Douglas logo running down the rocket's fuselage.

The Douglas Moonliner stayed at the theme park for five more years, until 1967, when it was removed for a redesigned, New Tomorrowland, making way for the Carousel of Progress and other attractions. Its fuselage was moved to a storage "boneyard" area at the northwest corner of the property and was seen there as late as 1981.

Moonliner II

In 1956 Hughes added a 22-foot-tall (6.7 m) version of the Disneyland Moonliner, known as the TWA Moonliner II, atop the southwest corner of the TWA Corporate Headquarters' Building, located at 18th Street and Baltimore, near downtown Kansas City, MO. When Hughes and Disney ended their business partnership in 1961 after Hughes sold TWA, the airline's management removed the Moonliner II from its roof and sold it in 1962 to a local RV company called SpaceCraft.

SpaceCraft moved the now all-white Moonliner in 1970 to Concordia, MO, where it landed near the south side of Interstate 70, between Kansas City and St. Louis, MO, where SpaceCraft operated its assembly plant; it slowly rusted on that spot for more than 25 years. In 1997 a Columbia, MO lawyer, who collected Disney memorabilia, bought the deteriorating Moonliner II and then began a long, careful restoration process, eventually bringing it back to its 1956 condition and sporting its original red and white TWA paint scheme. The rocket is currently on loan to the National Airline History Museum at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, in Kansas City, MO, where it stands very near an original, fully restored to flight status, TWA Super "G" Constellation airliner; the Moonliner II is located about five miles from its original TWA rooftop location.

Moonliner III

In 1998 a new but scaled-down version of the park's original Moonliner was added as part of the New Tomorrowland, complete with the familiar red stripes of the now defunct TWA. Today, this one-third smaller Moonliner is used to promote Coca-Cola "Delivering Refreshment to a Thirsty Galaxy"; it sits next to the building that once housed the "Flight to the Moon" attraction, which is now Redd Rockett's Pizza Port.

Moonliner IV

In early 2005, the Nicholson Group, a Kansas City, Missouri urban development firm, hired local architectural firm, el dorado inc, to design and oversee the historic restoration of the TWA corporate headquarters building, complete with a replica Moonliner II. The Bratton Corporation was contracted in early 2006 to fabricate a brand new TWA Moonliner II replica for the building's roof. This new, fully illuminated rocket was completed and then installed on September 29 of that year at the very same southwest corner roof location as the original Moonliner II. The TWA building was then leased to Kansas City-based advertising agency Barkley, Inc., and the agency moved in on November 14, 2006. The area surrounding the TWA building is known as Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District.


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Jan 27, 2016 19:38 |  #1300

Jon and David - thanks for the comments. I will definitely go back and tweak the image. I appreciate the help!

Tracy - thanks as well. I took the shot from the parking garage just across the street from the Webster House. The Webster House is right next to the Kauffman Center. I took the elevator up in the parking garage to the top floor and went out to an empty parking lot to the very edge and took the shot.

The history of it all is truly amazing. I am a huge Disneyland fan and have been numerous times to both DL and to Walt Disney World. A big Disney geek to those who know me well. I knew of the original that was in Disneyland. When I saw it downtown a few years ago I was stunned to see the exact model and googled it. I have been to the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline and also visited the defunct Laugh O Gram Studios in KC. I've also been in the private club in Disneyland know as Club 33 that was and still is exclusive. Again I'm a huge geek with Walt Disney. Only thing left on my bucket list is his private apartment in Disneyland and the museum ran by his daughter in San Francisco.

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Jan 28, 2016 18:47 |  #1301

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The composition here just looked right when I stopped underneath the two intersecting bridges and this lovely little church was peaking its steeple out. It got me to thinking about how many of us come to a crossroads of sorts.

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Jan 29, 2016 20:41 |  #1303

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I went to the Mainstreet theater, then Empire (I think), to see "The Longest Day" on leave after boot camp in 1962. Also saw "Grand Prix" a few years later when home on leave. It was a beautiful theater!

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