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As if on cue, sunlight speared though the clouds for almost two minutes. Belyea made Caltech administrators sign for the delivery.

No one chronicled the return trip which, given the weather, must have been another slow-motion saga. At his office the next day, Belyea wrote: “November 20th — the job was completed — trucks were all back in our Los Angeles yards — and the drivers home sleeping.” ■
Jeff Smith


  1. U.S. 101 Photo Gallery: Southern Orange County: the old Galivan Overhead “was similar in appearance to the existing overhead in Del Mar and was, in fact, designed by the same engineer.”
  2. A.S. Leonard: “For this move, the speedometer might as well have been disconnected.”
  3. In headlines the next day, the upcoming wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Lt. Philip Mountbatten upstaged the historic delivery of the Giant Eye.

Belyea, Jack, “Wheels of Progress,” interoffice communication, Belyea Truck Co., November 20, 1947, ms, Palomar Observatory archives.

Bolton, Nancy R., “Press Pilgrimage to Palomar,” Sky and Telescope, January 1948.

Florence, Ronald, The Perfect Machine, New York, 1994; “Palomar, After 50 Years,” Journal of San Diego History, vol. 44, Fall 1998.

Leonard, A.S., “Cummins Dependable Diesels Haul the 200 Inch Mirror to Palomar Observatory,” ms, Palomar Observatory archives.

Richardson, Robert S., “The 200-Inch Mirror Goes to Palomar Mountain,” ms, Astrophysics Library, California Institute of Technology.

Woodbury, David O., The Giant Glass of Palomar, New York, 1939.

Wright, Helen, Palomar: The World’s Largest Telescope, New York, 1953.

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Fredc April 12, 2012 @ 11:13 p.m.

Was a chap named Pattee part of the Belyea crew for that trip?


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