Erecting the Aer-O-Dome 
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
1954 Parade

  Erecting Tent
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  Inside Tent
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Appreciation Letters
In-Line Six
Other Futurliners
Oral Roberts Cathedral Cruiser

Setting up the Aer-O-Dome tent took on the appearance of setting up a "Big Top" for a circus. It was no small feat and required a great deal of skill, agility and hard work to set up this one-of-a-kind tent at each site.

The Aer-O-Dome was the only tent of its kind in existence. It used no pegs, poles or anything inside that would obstruct spectator vision.

The Aer-O-Dome had a aluminum "skeleton" on the outside and a canvas "skin" on the inside. The skeleton was a spot-welded, riveted, box-girder frame. 

The Aer-O-Dome rose 33 feet from the center.

The Aer-O-Dome used 3,445 square yards of canvas coated with a fireproof "vinyplastic" substance.

The silver-colored skin was pulled up from the ground by ropes and pulleys. 

The Aer-O-Dome tent resembled a dirigible hanger at 152 feet long, 80 feet wide and 26 feet high. 

The canvas, coated with vinylplastic, was fire, water and lightproof. The tent seated 1,250.

Unfortunately, many of the photos do not have any explanations with them but this appears to be a wooden model of the frame of the exhibit tent. The photo is dated February, 1940 on the back.


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