California's Gold #13003 - LUNAR LANDING Huell travels to Edwards, California to visit Dryden Flight Research Center, which is NASA's primary center for atmospheric flight research and operations. Before man could walk on the moon, they had to land safely and the Lunar Lander needed a lot of fine-tuning. Huell meets up with some of the men who spent many hours working on and flying that amazing craft in preparation for the first moon landing. www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden
California's Gold #4006 - FIRE STEAMER
Huell travels to the 2002 National SPAAMFAA Winter Convention in San Bernardino. SPAAMFAA stands for ?Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America.? This get together was a wonderful place to get glimpse of our state?s fire-fighting history. There were all kinds of apparatus from small hand pumpers to elaborate steam driven engines from the turn of the century.
The highlight of the day was Dave Hubert?s lovingly restored rig, the "Reno #1", which served the city of Reno, Nevada from 1902 to 1922. Dave pulled out all the stops and did a "full steam" and a run behind special horses that are trained just for this purpose.
Huell learns about the legacy of Alaska's "Glacier Priest" and his connection to California.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #1807 - LAPD MOTORS Huell spends the day learning about the rich history of the LAPD Motor Officers who hop on a motorcycle to "protect and serve". It's hard to believe that this has been going on in Los Angeles for over a hundred years.