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Misunderstanding​

:(The Orion III Spaceplane from "2001: A Space Odyssey"​

 

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I've always loved this 'Space Shuttle', was it based on a NASA concept or was it purely a film makers model?
a film makers model
Which film(s) was it used in? I thought it was purely intended as a static exhibit in Disneyland, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Moonliner.

Martin

It "was" kind of in a film :)

The Moonliner was based on the third stage of the Disney/Von Braun "ferry" rocket which they made a large prop for the "Lunar Reconnaissance Rocket" segment of "Man and the Moon" tv show.

Randy
 

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Folks,

TWA Moonliner = 1955 for Disneyworld, inspired by von Braun "Collier" series.

PanAm Orion III = 1968 for Clarke and Kubrick 2001
 

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TWA Moonliner has wilde and sometime strange story

Moonliner 0
1955 Howard Hughes make deal with Walt Disney for Sponsor a Attraction in Disneyland
Rocketship designed by John Hench, with advice by Werner von Braun in 1955
over 200 feet (61 m) tall and power by nuclear Engine

TWA Moonliner I
1955 build for "Flight to the Moon" attraction feature 76 feet (23 m) tall Model

TWA Moonliner II
1956 Howard Hughes order a smaller version of Moonliner for TWA HQ
the 22-foot-tall (6.7 m) version stood on roof until 1961
then Hughes sold TWA and end cooperations with Disney
the new owners of TWA remove the Moonliner II and sold it
today it's on loan to the National Airline History Museum in Kansas City

in mean Time TWA Moonliner I became the repainted Douglas Moonliner
as the Douglas Aircraft Company became it's Sponsor 1962 until 1967
Then Moonliner I was removed to make place for new Attraction
moved to "boneyard" of Disneyland last see in 1981, scrap ? sold ? still there ?

TWA Moonliner III
In 1998 a new Tomorrowland is build
Coca&Cola Sponsor a new TWA Moonliner one-third smaller of Moonliner I
put next old "Flight to the Moon" attraction site.

TWA Moonliner IV
2005 the TWA HQ building was sold to the Nicholson Group
they restore the old look of Building
therefore a new replica of TWA Moonliner II was build and put on roof
 

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