The first Douglas F5D-1 Skylancer aircraft (BuNo 139208) at Edwards AFB for its maiden flight on April 21, 1956, with test Douglas Aircraft test pilot Robert O. Rahn at the controls. Test pilot Rahn climbs aboard the aircraft, which is painted in U.S. Navy colors. After several views of pilot, Bob Rahn, in the cockpit, the scene shifts to the airplane on takeoff roll. It takes off smoothly accompanied by a T-33 chase plane. The F5D climbs out steeply and is next seen in level flight cruise configuration. The sequence concludes with the F5D on final approach and landing, with T-33 flying in parallel. The aircraft touches down smoothly and rolls out in a nose high attitude, seeming to almost drag its tail, but not quite. Photographers record the landing from the side of the runway. Reportedly the test flight was smooth overall and the aircraft easily exceeded the speed of sound on this, its first flight. (Note: The U.S. Navy cancelled the F5D Skylancer order, after only several aircraft were built. Two were eventually acquired by NASA.)
Major events of 1956. Contestants at Miss America pageant walk the ramp in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Marian Ann McKnight of South Carolina crowned Miss America. Carol Morris of Iowa wins the Miss Universe contest in Long Beach, California.
Track and field sports at Compton, California. Participants of 100 meters race, run on track. Willie White wins by Bobby Joe Morrow, American Athlete, winner of three Olympic gold medals in 1956 in the race. Bob Gutowski wins pole vault. Participants of Mile run, run on track. Spectators watch the game. Australia's Merv Lincoln wins the Mile.
The 1956 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. A large number of delegates gathered at the convention. The delegates carry placards with names of various states on them. Signs read 'California', 'Tennessee', 'Texas', 'Indiana'. A man speaks into a microphone as he introduces Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois as the Democratic nominee for Presidential election.
The 1956 National Convention of the Democratic Party in Chicago, Illinois. Former President Harry S. Truman and his wife Bess, taking seats at the convention.Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, taking her seat. Democratic Party National Chairman, Paul M. Butler standing behind and below the podium as convention prepares to get underway. Amphitheater is filled with seated delegates, as they are called to order. Delegates standing and applauding, following the keynote speech of Frank G. Clement, Governor of Tennessee,who touches the Tennessee delegate identification pole as it is thrust toward him.. Delegates waving poles displaying their respective State Names.
A U.S. Air force F-100C Supersabre jet rounds out in nose-high attitude, during attempted emergency landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The pilot applies full power, attempting go around, but the aircraft continues in the same uncontrollable condition (known as a "Sabre Dance"). The aircraft yaws to the right and its right wing lowers, striking the runway and causing it to crash in a ball of fire. (Note:The aircraft was being flown by Lieutenant Barty Brooks, of the 1708th Ferrying Wing, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. He was to ferry it from Palmdale, California. When he experienced inflight difficulties. He attempted an emergency landing at Edwards Air Force Base, where cameras were set up for different purposes, but caught this event on film.)