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hlbjr
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posted 04-16-2013 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hlbjr   Click Here to Email hlbjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know if this has been posted before but Jon Proctor, a noted airline photographer and TWA employee, has a website with his 50 years of airliner/airport photography.

One item I didn't realize was he was one of the original TWA tour guides at Kennedy Space Center in 1966! Here is his website with great info including the names of some of the original tour guides and some photos I've not yet seen.

garymilgrom
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posted 04-16-2013 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is a fantastic site. What memories. Thanks for sharing.

LM-12
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posted 04-22-2013 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The KSC bus tour back in 1966.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 04-23-2013 03:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great nostalgia. The glory days of diversity in aircraft design, when not everything had 2 engines slung under the wings.

LM-12
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posted 05-07-2013 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is an aerial photo of the Visitors Information Center dated July 22, 1966. That is the same day the NASA tours began, according to the TWA article linked in the opening post. The aerial photo resembles the visitor complex photo in the article.

YankeeClipper
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posted 06-22-2013 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the early 1970s, this was the calibre of tour you could have at KSC.

72-H-1190 Apollo 17 CDR Gene Cernan waves to tourists at the Cape. He is seated on the LRV 1g-trainer, waiting for the tour busses to pass. He has the drill strapped to the LMP seat with the LMP seatbelt.

KSC-72P-320 Watched by a large group of tourists at the Cape, Apollo 17 CDR Gene Cernan gets a heat flow drill stem out of the stem quiver during training.

Now that is what I call an Up-Close Tour!

SpaceKSCBlog
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posted 06-23-2013 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceKSCBlog   Click Here to Email SpaceKSCBlog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In May 2011, just before STS-134 launched, I was on a bus tour through the industrial area and we spotted Greg Charmitoff out for a morning run. He did, in fact, wave. Not that 99% of the people on the bus knew who he was.

mode1charlie
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posted 06-23-2013 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those are some great photos!

This would make a great book, by the way - photos of KSC back in the day, and now.

Ronpur
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posted 08-24-2013 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just found my tour book my Grandparents brought me back when they visited KSC back in the late 60s or early 70s. Very different. I will try to scan the pages and put them online!

SpaceKSCBlog
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posted 08-25-2013 05:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceKSCBlog   Click Here to Email SpaceKSCBlog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been thinking about starting a web site documenting the history of tours at KSC and CCAFS. Sounds like a lot of folks have personal photos and other memorabilia.

Ronpur
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posted 08-25-2013 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It took a while, but here is the tour book I have had for almost all of my life. It is copyright 1969.

If anyone can make this a PDF, just let me know and I can email you the scans.

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