Restrospective of the 1954 search for a suitable site for U.S. Air Force testing of ballistic missiles. Coastal area with ocean in the background. Officials look over charts, maps, photographs as they select the site for Vandenberg Air Force Base. In January, 1958, view of building with a sign that reads ' Headquarters, First Missile Division, Strategic Air Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base' Entrance of the headquarters as Major General David Wade walks out. U.S. Air Force officers and airmen attend missile training classes. Airmen work on assembly of Thor missiles . U.S. Air Force officers and airmen operate missile launch consoles in a launch control center. November, 1958, Thor intermediate range missile on a trailer being delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Trailer backs up to the launch pad. December, 16, 1958, the Thor missile on launch pad venting gases. U.S. Air Forces officers at a launch console. The Thor missile is launched. RAF airmen watch missile in flight.
Static test number 1040 on December 23, 1958, of XLR-11 engine for X-15,at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The engine is in a test stand.
Static test number 1040 of XLR-11 engine for X-15. with XLR-11 engine at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Decenber 13, 1958. Engine in test stand. Heavy white smoke as test commences, followed by intense transparent blue flame and occasional bursts of white smoke
Aerial view of 1950's automobiles parked outside Burdine Stadium (later the Miami Orange Bowl) in Miami, Florida. Fans of both Duke University (Blue Devils) and University of Oklahoma (Sooners) football teams entering the stadium at entrance gates. View at gates as tickets are checked. A fan tries on a festive hat. View of the field with marching bands on it during their show, displaying a large American flag formation. View of fans in the stadium. Some Oklahoma Sooners fans wearing cowboy hats. 1958 college football Orange Bowl game gets underway. Scenes from the game, crowd cheering, band and cheerleaders performing at half time and from sidelines.
Technicians work at Jet propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California. Technician inserts high powered transmitter into base of payload assembly of the satellite unit. Technician attaches Fiberglass superstructure. He inserts low powered transmitter at top of pay load package. A ceramic strip casing (skin) is placed over instrument assembly. Nose cone is attached to assembly. Technicians attaching finished instrument package. Technicians work on the recorder. 21 February 1958.
A speech by U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon in the United States. Vice President Richard Nixon and Mrs. Nixon arrive at a speaker stand at Edwards Air Force Base, California. They are escorted by other dignitaries. A flag of United States. People seated for the speech. Dignitaries on the stage. Vice President Nixon climbs up the steps of the stage and shakes hands with the dignitaries. Men take pictures. People seated on chairs at the base. Mr. Nixon; Mr. Kindelberger, President of North America; Mr. Horner, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Research and Development make speechs. The dignitaries stand and applaud. X-15 is towed by a tug and is rolled out of a hangar. Insignia of United States. Dignitaries on either side of the X-15.