Howard Hughes takes lunch at a restaurant in Chicago on May 14, 1936. Other people sitting and standing behind him. View of propeller on his Northrop Gamma 2G airplane being started. Hughes has his goggles on his head and takes off toward California. View of Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California. Hughes steps out of plane in Los Angeles after 8 hours flight. In next scene, aviator Amy Johnson, CBE, wife of Jim Mollison, emerges from her Percival Gull Sixplane. G-ADZO, in Capetown, South Africa on May 7, 1936 after a record-setting four day and sixteen hours flight from London. A large crowd waits to see her. People greet her with flowers. Johnson is seen among the large crowd and smiling and waving to the crowd. Scenes in clip are from a 1961 newsreel recounting events roughly 25 years prior.
View of The San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge over San Francisco Bay at the Pacific Ocean. Ceremonies where the bridge was opened to general traffic after completion of construction in 1936.California Governor, Frank Finley Merriam, uses a blowtorch to cut a chain, officially opening the bridge to vehicle traffic. Cars are seen massed, ready to commence the crossing. Cars pass through lane dividers and drive on the bridge. View of the towers and suspension cables from a car passing underneath.
Buildings seen from the bridge. Traffic on the bridge. (From a 1961 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.)
First in-silo launch of liquid fueled ICBM Titan VS-1 from Silo Launch Test Facility,Vandenberg. Code named 'Silver Saddle' the Titan carries a dummy second stage. Ground level surface of silo. Flames ignite from two silo ducts after initial ignition. Missile emerges from ground and climbs up in to sky. 3 May 1961. (Note: This launch was an engineering test of the range safety destruct system as well as a prototype Titan II silo, as that missile was still over a year away from its first launch. Following first stage burnout, the dummy second stage, which was filled with water, was detonated. The water formed an ice cloud that was then photographed. This experiment would later be performed on two Saturn I launches.)
Technicians work at AEC (Atomic Energy Commission) facility on SNAP (Systems Nuclear Auxiliary Power) generators to be launched in June and November months of year 1961. Design of SNAP generator is explained and shows generators at a pole and carried by a rocket in space. SNAP 9A modified by an added AC-DC converter. AEC personnel in fields to test missile launch effects of SNAP 9A. Simulated missile explosions are carried out to check if fuel capsule can withstand fire and explosions. After successful tests, SNAP 9A is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Documentary "One Week in October." Aerial views of Russian missiles in Cuba. Columbus day parade with marching bands, Boy Scouts, troops. Brief excerpt from 1962 World Series Baseball game with New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry delivering to Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants, who hits a ball to the deep left corner that is caught. March of Dimes annual poster girl. Jackie Kennedy with children of foreign diplomats. Fireworks in Uganda celebrating its independence. View of Vatican Palace and a candlelight vigil. President John Kennedy with Ahmed Ben Bella, Premier of Algeria. Ben Bella is then seen with Cuban leader Castro who receives him in Cuba. U.S. moon rocket launch. Scientists in America reviewing designs for fallout shelters and visiting banks, stores, and municipal buildings and garages to assess them for worthiness as bomb fallout shelters. Views of various types of fallout shelters. Food, water drums, medical and sanitation supplies bound for civic fallout shelters are seen rolling off of assembly lines and being boxed. Radiological monitoring equipment on an assembly line. A woman packages a geiger counter into a box. Then the fallout shelter supplies are seen transported by rail to defense department warehouses for distribution by local authorities to Community Fallout Shelters. View of moving train seen from above and from sideview. View of new fallout shelter signs being mounted at fallout shelters. Forklifts working at Naval Supply Center Oakland in California to arrange supplies for shelters. View of American Legion meeting where former President Harry Truman makes a speech. Former President Eisenhower gives a speech in Connecticut endorsing some candidates. Air Force helicopter flies overhead and then seen landing on White House lawn. Beaches of Cuba. Marches in Cuba. Historic view of soldiers marching beside monument to Battleship Maine in Havana. Crane atop monument as a wing is cut off; scenes of destruction of monument to Battleship Maine in Havana. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara marching into Havana in 1959 with cheering throngs after succeeding in revolt against Batista. Fidel Castro and Soviet leader Khrushchev greeting one another at United Nations in 1961. Soviet deputy premier Anastas Mikoyin greeted by Castro and crowd at Havana airport in 1960. Trade agreement between Cuba and Havana signed. Soviet Russian cargo ships on way to Havana. Cuban refugees in small boats being rescued by U.S. Coast Guard. Views of military specialists examining films of aerial views of suspected missile installations in Cuba. U.S. military mobilization for possible war. Strategic Air Command begins dispersing aircraft to possible needed locations. B-52 Stratofortress aircraft takes off. Badge on plane: "Anywhere. Anytime." Destroyer USS Strong, DD-758, making way in heavy seas. An American Aircraft Carrier underway in the distance. Polaris submarine on surface. Officers of STRAC or Strategic Army Corps seen meeting after being assigned to the new command of U.S. Forces Atlantic. Alerted U.S Army units on training exercise to maintain combat readiness. American Army troops load into rear of transport plane . C-124 Globemaster taking off. Then a C-119 shortly after takeoff flying overhead. Then a MATS C-124 again is seen overhead. 1st Armored division tanks being loaded onto rail for transport from Fort Hood Texas to Fort Stewart Georgia.
Creation of hydro electric operations at Hoover Dam in the United States. Hydro electric units are built in power house. Creation of hydro electric operations that provide electricity to California, Nevada and Arizona. An engineer works during manufacture of generator N8. Manufacturing of Hoover generator. A man works on welding. Men carry steel plates. Views of turbine wheel and men working near the wheel. Rail car transports N8 parts. N8 parts are transfered from canyon to power house via cable ways. A man signals. Manned cable way operator operated during dam construction. The interior of Nevada wing power house. Technicians assemble the engines installed. The crewmen prepare N8 equipped for receiving generating unit. The men remove temporary slab from turbine. Steel lamination plates stacked around rotary frames. An overhead crane carries the N8 parts. N8 parts assembled. On December 1961, world's largest hydro electric plant is completed.