Ride to the Top

By Rob Vandervort

March 2016

In the early days of Disneyland, in Anaheim, Calif., many of the attractions were sponsored by large corporations. One particular ride, more aptly described as an early flight simulator, was the Mission to Mars, sponsored by a Boeing heritage company, McDonnell Douglas, with prominent signage in the block italic letters of the McDonnell Douglas logo.

My favorite ride was the Mission to Mars, as simple as it seems today, and I always said to myself I would go work for McDonnell Douglas. Well, as it ended up, I did. And I have been working on sending rockets with satellites, and now astronauts, into space for 27 years.

Thanks, Boeing!