A field grade U.S. Air Force officer at Kindley Air Force Base, Bermuda, is seated in an office. Behind him on the wall is a large map of the Atlantic ocean with concentric rings on it, centered at Bermuda. He receives a paper report and makes a phone call. An airman at a communications center receives teletype messages and leaves to deliver them. Scene shifts to a flight engineer sitting at his panel aboard a WB-29A aircraft of the 53rd Strategic Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Hurricane Hunters). The WB-29 is experiencing significant turbulence. An officer briefing a group of Air Force officers and airmen. View of 53rd Squadron area on ramp at Kindley Air Force Base. An officer briefing aircrews. A synoptic chart is mounted on front of his podium. A map of the entire Atlantic ocean and environs covers a wall behind him. To his left is a map of the South Atlantic with Bermuda highlighted at the top. a triangular air route is depicted on it. It is labeled: "Gull Hotel."
A Control tower and beach at U.S. Naval Air Station Bermuda. Two U.S. sailors are seen on the beach. (A Military Air Transport Service-MATS- C-97 Stratofreighter is parked on a ramp in background.) One sailor is launching a large inflated balloon. Closeup of manual "Radiosonde, Type AN AMQ 10." The balloon in the air tethered to radiosonde equipment held by sailor. He releases it and the sailors pay out line as balloon ascends.
Several WB-29A Weather Reconnaissance aircraft of the 53rd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (Hurricane Hunters). Their unique sampling fixture is seen atop their fuselages. These are stationed at Kindley Air Force Base, Bermuda. The unit belongs to the Air Weather Service of the Military Air Transport Service (MATS). Aside from the aircraft, a few of their Squadron facilities are seen on the ramp.
Pilot of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Hurricane Hunters) getting last minute briefing at Squadron operations, in Bermuda. A WB-29A of the Squadron, with unit logo and "Hurricane Hunters,"painted on its fuselage. The logo depicts a pilot on a flying carpet, with weather instruments, holding a crystal ball and an umbrella. It also includes a Lightning flash and clouds and rain drops. As the aircraft taxis slowly past the camera, the seal of the Military Air Transport Service (MATS) can be seen below its tail. Scene shifts to Dade County, Florida, where a uniformed Red Cross woman helps two women into her station wagon.
WB-29A of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Hurricane Hunters) returning from a mission. The aircraft seen flying between smooth cloud layers. It banks to the left and descends. View of the WB-29 flying over part of Bermuda. Inside the aircraft, crew member fastens down equipment in preparation for landing. View from the ground as the WB-29 passes overhead. Another from the ground, of the aircraft touching down, bouncing up gently, and then staying down on the Kindley Air Force Base runway. (Note: During World War II, this B-29, tail number 42-94047, named the City of Jamestown, belonged to the 330th Bombardment Group, 459th Bomb Squadron stationed on Guam. On April 24, 1945,it was ditched near the shore of Japan, while returning from a bombing mission against the Hitachi aircraft factory in Tachikawa, Japan. Obviously, it was recovered and placed back in service after the war ended.)
View from ground of palm trees overhead. A U.S. Air Force WB-29A superfortress aircraft, tail number 42-94047, lands, taxis to the ramp, and parks,. at Kindley Air Force Base, Bermuda. Side of the aircraft displays logo of the USAF 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron it, and a banner reading: "Hurricane Hunters." The logo contains a large oval painting of an Aviator on a flying carpet equipped with weather instruments. He holds an umbrella in one hand and a crystal ball in the other. Lightning strikes from surrounding clouds, and precipitation falls. Scene shifts to view of WB-29A flying through clouds. It appears and disappears intermittently. Radio operator is seen inside cabin of WB-29 as it encounters turbulence and he finds it difficult to operate his transmitter key.