The 1966 "Tower Tragedy". 24 year old Charles Whitman kills 16 and injures 33 persons at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Policemen and security guards take position and try to reach the sniper at the top of the University of Texas Tower. A large crowd of students and other people gathered to watch the sniper. Shot guns, rifles, revolvers and other weapons recovered from the sniper who was killed by policemen.
Cowboys approaching ride horses into a stable. Cattle graze. Oil wells and military airfield from overhead. Distant view of Dallas Texas city skyline. Night view of streets and signs in Amarillo Texas. Daytime view of a tall skyscraper building and wide street in Houston Texas with cars and traffic View of the Hotel Nimitz in Fredericksburg Texas. Downtown Fort Worth Texas city street with shops, offices, and cars. Downtown area in Pampa Texas. Street corner view in Kerrville Texas. Two different views of The Alamo and surroundings in San Antonio, Texas. A water tower and oil rigs in Kilgore Texas. Downtown area of El Paso, Texas from elevated view. Street view in downtown Beaumont, Texas. Downtown view in Wichita Falls, Texas. Downtown San Angelo Texas views. Distant view of the city of Austin Texas from an elevated position, and then in downtown Austin featuring the State House Capitol building. Cattle, sheep, and sorghum farming views. Rice fields and Turkey ranches. Many oil rigs and oil wells. A busy shipyard in Texas making ships for World War II war effort. A sprawling aircraft factory. Oil rigs pumping oil. Farmer on tractor plows wheat field. View of rice harvesting (Massey Harris Self Propelled Harvest Brigade). Men stack magnesium bars. Magnesium factory next to ocean in Texas. Hand cotton picking and view of a mechanical cotton picker. Tractor pulling sorghum harvester. Sulfur mining and Helium plant in Amarillo. Black clouds in sky from burning natural gas in making synthetic rubber for war effort. Cliff of sulfur dynamited and loaded by train crane. Cowboys herd cattle and view of Fort Worth Stockyards and Exchange. Angora goat farm and turkey farming. War time workers manufacturing. Alabama and Coushatta Native American Indian village with flag of service stars for men in the war. Indian children with elder and Indian logging camp. Campus of University of Texas and State Capitol in Austin. Well dressed women exit Dallas department store.
United States and Chinese airmen at Bergstrom Field, Austin, Texas July 1946.
The Neo-Classical building is the Texas State Capital at Austin, Texas and Austin Texas is noted on the graduate’s diploma “Bergstrom Field, Austin, Texas”. At this time the 349th Troop Carrier Group was based at Bergstrom and assigned to the Third Air Force, Tactical Air Command as noted on the diploma. Also “Air Force Combat Units of World War II” Edited by Maurer Maurer states this unit trained Chinese crews to operate C-46 aircraft.
Film is very interesting in that it visually shows the transition from “Army brown to Air Force Blue” for the C-46s still carry the I TROOP CARRIER COMMAND insigne on the nose, with was disbanded on 4 Nov 1945 but they have the new AAF wide "Buzz Numbers" for all aircraft operating solely within the continental USA, by T.O. 07-1-1 of November 1945 and the graduate’s diploma is notating the new post-war air force type command reorganization of March 1946.
A student opens fire in University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas. Tower of University of Texas as a student Charles Whitman opens fire from the tower. People running about in the campus to escape the fire. Students hide behind cars. Wounded students being carried away. Police cars in the campus. Rifles and guns discovered from Whitman being displayed. Firing killed nearly 15 people.
Terror in Austin, Texas. Charles Whitman who is a student of the University of Texas fires bullets from the tower of the building killing 15 people and wounding 33. Exterior of the University of Texas. Men kneeling down on a street. Cars parked on the street. Men run. A crowd gathers outside the university. Cars parked on the street. Rifles and guns on a table. The crowd rushes towards the building.
State Capitol in Austin,Texas. The State Capitol building in Austin. Trees in the foreground. The Red Cross Totem Pole at the Capitol. The business district of Austin. Traffic moves on the street. The Governor's Mansion. Tourists walk in the front garden.