In the 1970’s, a Californian, H.L. “Smokey” Rolland, took a DC3 from the scrap pile (A hijacking to Cuba is part of the plane’s lore) Trim the fuselage and mount it onto a school bus frame. And Voila! you have a motor home.
“Air V” was for the first street legal DC3 in California. It probably still is.
After a number of years “Smokey” sells the “Air V” to Robert and Heike Pfeiffer. They were inspired by NASA and converted the vehicle to look like a Space Shuttle. They Christen there modified vehicle “The Smile Shuttle”.
“The Smile Shuttle” is taken overseas and appears in event across Europe through the mid 80’s.
When TSS returns from Europe it out in the Mojave Desert, East of Los Angeles, when Phil and Becky Petersen Discovered it.
TSS was not in good shape and it took four years of work to get it up an running again. This time as a “Roach Coach” of sorts.
Now newly renovated and a kitchen added “The Smile Shuttle” Is reincarnated one more time as it is now known: The Space Shuttle Cafe.No Comments