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A GMC Astro’s part in a ‘giant leap for mankind‘

| March 04, 2011

Even folks who weren’t born when the Apollo 11 rocket blasted off to the moon July 19, 1969 can imagine the excitement behind the well-known expression, “The Eagle has landed.” 

The trucker who drove the GMC Astro that toured the nation with an Apollo 11 exhibit the year after the mission no doubt witnessed enthusiasm across the nation as he or she drove cross-country to mreo than 50 cities. On OverdriveRetro, you can read about the truck that provided that tour, along with a small bit of the GMC’s development and General Motors’ involvement in the Apollo 11 program.

If any trucker remembers those days or has hauled for the space program, please write me. You may have memories that others whose minds and hearts were captivated with America’s space program would like to read about. Contact me at

  • John Soukup

    My Father (John Soukup) owned Industrial Displays, the company that built the trailer for the Apollo 11 in 1970. I think he still has old photos of the Apollo 11, and the GMC truck, parked in front of his shop in Glendale California. I was wondering if I could see the original article for Overdrive. He lost money on the job, because the government neglected to tell him he had to hire security for the moon rock. The trailer had fold down sides, that turned into steps, for the exhibit. By the way, the trucker almost lost the Apollo 11 on the backside of the grapevine when the GMC brakes gave way. The police escorts had to speed ahead to clear traffic so he could make it to the bottom of the hill safely. (I doubt GM mentioned that for the article.) …John strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.