Thursday, August 13, 2020

Audie Murphy Goes To Disneyland, Pt. 1

In 1956, war hero and actor Audie Murphy went to Disneyland with his family: wife Pamela Archer and their two children, Terry Michael and James Shannon. At the time, Terry was six and James was two. The two shots for today show them at the Disneyland Heliport, which had just begun operation. Operated by Los Angeles Airways, the flight lasted about fifteen minutes and took guests between Los Angeles International Airport and Disneyland (southeast of Tomorrowland).

Even though these shots were most likely taken at the end of the day’s visit, I am showing them first to give a sense of what it must have been like to arrive at the park via helicopter. Talk about VIP!

Pamela was no stranger to flying; she had once been a flight attendant.

I had to include a closeup of the vintage cars in the parking lot!

This color shot from my collection shows two little guests arriving at LAX after a full day at Disneyland, circa April 1965.

More to come of Audie's day at Disneyland!

See more vintage & contemporary Disneyland photos at my main website.


Chuck said...

The color photo shows the aircraft lost in the fatal crash on 22 May 1968.

Daveland said...

Thanks for pointing that out, Chuck - I had no idea! That crash occurred on my 4th birthday apparently!

Nanook said...

Yes, those cars...
a 1942-1945 Studebaker, and on the right, a 1950 Ford 'Country Squire' "woody" station wagon. And in the first image, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that's either a 1951 or 1952 Pontiac.

What a way to travel to Disneyland... the helicopter, that is-!

Daveland said...

Thanks Nanook - great eye!