Roberts Cathedral Cruiser
Folks Design, Build Futurliners for Show
Designers of the Industrial Design and
Exhibit department of the Styling Section at work on some of
the early sketches used in planning the construction of the
new "Futurliners." Let to right Raymond Smith and
An early working model of the new "Aer-o-Dome"
frame which is constructed from an alloy and is arranged in
such a manner that it entirely eliminates the necessity for
using tent poles. Eric R. Brogren inspects the framework from
which is suspended a synthetic, impregnated canvas top.
Dressing down the wooden model which was especially
constructed to expedite the drawing and forming of the
transport curved windshield for the new
"Futurliners." Wilbur Koehn and Fred Stiglich,
Fleetwood Fisher Division, Detroit, employees shown here.
Futurliners, which are 33 feet in length and which were
recently completed in the Fleetwood Fisher Body plant in
Detroit, have such features as" dual wheels in front,
steering wheel in the center of the pilot's compartment and
retractable steel-and-aluminum towers which when raised serve
to illuminate the exposition area. Electronically-operated
doors of the "Futurliners" reveal spectacular
exhibits showing research progress. Light and power for the
exposition are supplied by a specially constructed GM Diesel
electric plant, which is a specially constructed GM Diesel
electric plant, which is said to be one of the most complete
mobile power plants in existence. The Parade of Progress will
show to various communities in the South during the winter
months, moving northward as the weather permits. These
photographs show various stages of designing and manufacturing
Placing the reinforcing tubing into plaster
form which was used in making the casting pattern for the
giant streamlined "Futurliners" rear quarter
diagonal brace hammer form. Left to right, John Nogs, William
Harnisch and Fred Stiglich, Fleetwood Division.
Tightening clamps which hold freshly formed
plastic windshield to wooden form. Plastic was placed on form
while warm and stretched to remove irregularities is glass for
Joseph Okray, Arlando Palango, Frank Bielaski, Emerson Bishop
and Richard Dooley.