One of the few replacement pieces that had to be fabricated was the front grill. Rigidized Metal of Buffalo, N.Y., had provided the original material for the Escorters 50 years ago and was happy to supply two more ribbed metal grills to Smith for his project. The same company supplied the stainless steel metal used to construct the iconic `Unisphere' globe that symbolized the fair. RPPG of Arkansas City laser-cut the metal to fit the grille surround perfectly.
Mike Berry / The Wichita Eagle