Promotional film for TAT-Maddux airlines shows shows the route of a Ford Trimotor from Waynoka to Clovis, New Mexico. Passengers disembark from a train and board a Ford Trimotor. Plane taxis along and then takes off. A map shows route from Clovis to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Plane flies over mountains,over Albuquerque and lands at an airport. Women look at Native American Indian wares and enter the terminal. Native American Indian family looks at the plane.
Passengers board a Ford Trimotor plane in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A map shows route of the plane from Albuquerque to Winslow, Arizona. Plane flies over mountains and deserts. Plane being refueled. A map shows route from Winslow to Kingman, Arizona. Aerial view as plane flies over meteor crater and reaches Kingman.
Tribute to war correspondent, Ernie Pyle in New Mexico. Newspaper with the headline 'Roving Reporter' consists of an article on Ernie Pyle. A building in a field. Ship at sea. Smoke arises from the stacks of the ship. A train passes on the track. Pyle's home in New Mexico. A woman plays with a dog outside the house. Books in shelves inside the house. Photographs of soldiers and officers on the wall. Views of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Silver cities. Scenes of Carlsbad Caverns, the Rio Grande and a Pueblo reservation. Troops fire in the field. Trees in the field. A globe on a table. New Mexico pointed on the globe. Buildings in the city. People walk on the street. Cars pass on the street. A woman paints a picture. Houses on the ground. A grave on the ground. Mining of lead, zinc and silver in the city.
A streamliner locomotive pulling a train and moving quickly toward camera position. Scene change to view of the Masonic Temple building in Alexandria, Virginia. Next scene shows a TWA gate area at Albuquerque New Mexico airport. A TWA Lindbergh Line DC-3 airplane taxis to a stop. A frozen park scene in Minneapolis Minnesota. An aerial view of Miami. A tall white tower in San Francisco (Ferry Building?). Wide pan view of skyline and skyscrapers of New York City. Exterior of U.S. Post Office Building in New York City.
A low yield atomic explosion is conducted for experimental purpose. Smoke rises due to explosion. Sign reads "Headquarters Special Weapons Command." U.S. Air Force Major General John S. Mills steps from the headquarters building accompanied by another officer. View shifts to B-29 aircraft parked on the tarmac. A tug is pulling a B-47 aircraft. Mechanics on maintenance stands working on aircraft. Aerial view of an Air Force F-86 fighter airplane speeding past a B-29 in flight. View from directly overhead of a B-29 in flight over desert terrain. Scene transitions to view from directly underneath a B-29 in flight. Change of scene shows two women in the Weather Central of the Atomic Energy Control point, where teletype machines are printing out weather data. Meterologists plot wind data on maps. View of an atomic explosion. Closeup of the "atomic cloud." Technicians standing in a group, outdoors, observing the movement of the cloud. Next a technicial with a radiation counter walks to a helicopter, waiting with pilot already in the cockpit. He boards and the helicopter takes off. Closeup from the ground of the helicopter flying low directly toward the camera. Occupants can be seen as it fies past. Another post-explosion atomic cloud is seen. A B-29 in flight overhead. View of a pilot wearing helmet and oxygen mask, inside the cockpit. View of cloud through which they are flying. More views of pilot inside. A B-36 aircraft in flight with blue sky in background. Closeup of a C-47 aircraft in flight, with a sampler attached to the top of its fuselage. Crewman inside an aircraft attending to camera equipment. Other cremen at complex recording devices. View of a B-29 directly overhead. Crew members inside a cloud tracking aircraft. Men in a military control center receiving and plotting the cloud movement data. More views of B-29 and crew members inside. Men with hoses decontaminating a B-29 after it completed cloud tracking mission.
The B-29 "Dave's Dream" returns to airfield in Marshall Islands, after dropping atomic bomb on Bikini Atoll, in Test Able of Operation Crossroads, on July 1st, 1946, during U.S. nuclear testing. The B-29 lands and taxis to a parking place on the ramp. The area around the aircraft is cordoned off and the crew is confined therein as they deplane. Navy photographers take photos. An interviewer talks to crew members. The crew walks away from the aircraft along a cordoned pathway between numerous military personnel on hand to greet them on this historic occasion. The aircraft, number 44-27354, was actually participating in its second atomic mission. It also served as a photographic platform for the mission to Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, when it was named "Big Stink.". Pilot for the Bikini mission was Major Woodrow Swancutt of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. The aircraft was renamed "Dave's Dream" in honor of Captain David Semple, a bombardier killed during the crash of another B-29 on March 7, 1946, near Albuquerque, New Mexico.