1953 GM Parade of Progress 
GM Futurliner Restoration Project
National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States

'33 World's Fair

1936 Parade
1938 Previews

1941 Parade

1953 Parade
  '53-'56 Tour
  Setting Up
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1954 Parade
Appreciation Letters
In-Line Six
Other Futurliners
Oral Roberts Cathedral Cruiser

Setting Up The Aer-o-dome Tent

Positions where the Aerodome girders will be placed are established by Charles Tangora.

This special truck holds all the framework for the 158-foot long, 80-foot wide Aerodome.

A boom that reaches the full 28-foot height of the "tent" unloads the aluminum frames.

Altogether .. Heave! By nightfall these same men must take the platform as lecturers.

Maybe this is why "young" college graduates are required for Parade of Progress jobs.

Like giant jackstraws, the ribs of the Aerodome are spread out to be lifted into place.

With this network of ropes the Aerodome "skin" will be lifted up to form the "big top."

A cluster of powerful lights is hoisted to the tent peak.

The stage, complete with movie screen, is erected.

The stage in use.

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