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Following his retirement after 42 years in design at General Motors, Bill Mitchell operated his own consulting firm, William L. Mitchell Design, from 1977 to 1984. Mitchell's firm produced a number of spacecraft design concepts for aerospace conglomerate Rockwell International. The renderings included proposals for various civil, military, and research spacecraft.
In the 1960s and 1970s, gas stations and other types of convenience stores often gave away promotional glasses featuring a wide array of popular subjects of the day. At the height of the Apollo space program, Marathon gas stations offered a series of glasses featuring the Apollo 11, 12, 13, and 14 missions, including these Apollo 11 promotional drinking glasses.
German beermaker Engel Brewery produced this bottle of Fliegerbier -- "Pilot's Beer" in English -- in 1998 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the transatlantic flight of the Bremen. Crewed by Hermann Koehl, James Fitzmaurice, and Ehrenfried Guenther von Huenefeld, the Bremen's flight was the first east-to-west crossing, made against prevailing westerly winds.
In 1929, Ford Motor Company signed an agreement with the Soviet government to open two plants in the USSR, at Nizhny and Moscow. Ford provided detailed drawings of factory buildings and equipment, and sent engineers and foremen to oversee construction and startup. Although Ford lost money on the venture, it gained a great deal of publicity on the international stage.
Bill Elliott made his NASCAR Cup Series debut in 1976, and he took his first checkered flag in 1983. He set NASCAR's all-time qualifying speed record -- 212.809 m.p.h. -- at Talladega Superspeedway in 1987, and he won the Cup Series championship in 1988. Always a fan favorite, Elliott was voted Most Popular Driver a record 16 times.
This is Eliza Webster Jones, one of Noah Webster's eight children. Webster was a family man, doting on his children and grandchildren and delighting in their activities. Eliza lived with her parents and the younger Webster siblings in the New Haven, Connecticut home after it was completed in 1823. She married Henry Jones in 1825, probably about the time this painting was done.
Parnelli Jones (left) and A.J. Foyt charge around the dirt track at the Indiana State Fairgrounds during the 1961 Hoosier Hundred in Indianapolis. Foyt won the 100-mile/100-lap event with an average race speed of 92.369 miles per hour. Jones bowed out on lap 78 due to problems with his car's rear end.