George Herbert Walker Bush speaks to the 1984 Republican National Convention as the nominee for Vice President. Supporters cheer holding banners. Childhood pictures of George W. Bush with his family. He is shown as a fighter in a squadron in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Footage of his rescue by submarine after he is shot down. Footage of Yale University and a photo of Bush wearing a Yale sweatshirt. George H W Bush starting in the oil business in Texas. Shots of oil workers drilling for oil and an offshore platform. A reporter interviews Bush in the 1960's in front of the U.S. Capitol building in the background. Footage of Bush speaking before the United Nations in his role as U.N. Ambassador. Vice President Bush meets Chinese officials. George H. W. Bush with Barbara Bush and their five children, including George W. Bush, as he announces his candidacy for President in 1979. The Vice President with U.S. President Ronald Reagan at Reagan's ranch, in a meeting with Tip O'Neil, and on the steps of United States Capitol building.
Richard Burt, Assistant Secretary for European affairs in the United States. Richard Burt speaks about the June North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) foreign ministers conference of Paris. He speaks about Soviet Union's disagreement about the 1979 decision and to negotiate with them. The other issues to be discussed include development and conditions in Poland.
Aaron Douglas is shown working on a painting. Aaron Douglas (May 26, 1898 - February 3, 1979) was an American painter and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
Construction of the Panama Canal connecting the Caribbean Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. Views of abandoned and failed first attempt by French team led by Ferdinand de Lesseps, with scenes of Panama natives cutting vegetation with machetes. Scene of abandoned canal work area. Scenes of United States work to build the canal beginning in 1903. Steam shovels digging and moving earth. Laborers construct railroad for use in canal building. General Glen Edgerton talks about the construction difficulties from malaria, and the worker prescription of quinine three times daily. Views of British and French workers on the site working and arriving by rail to work. Dynamite explosion removes rumble for railroad construction. View of locks under construction 1000 feet long and 110 feet wide. Excerpt from interview with former Canal Zone Governor and Congressman Maurice Thatcher, who characterizes the project as the greatest liberty that man had ever taken with nature. (Thatcher was honored when the first bridge connecting both sides of the Panama Canal was named after him as "Thatcher Ferry Bridge". In 1979 the name was officially changed to the Bridge of the Americas.) Clip next shows 1970's aerial view of the Panama Canal. Ships moving through the Panama Canal.
Speed and altitude tests being conducted by X-15 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. X-15 begins a solo flight into the stratosphere. Pilot Scott Crossfield seated in the cockpit of X-15. Mach meter indicator passes Mach two. Radar dish antenna recording the course of flight. Chase planes F-100F and F-104D in flight. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) officials take recordings on graph and look at radar screens. Pilot converses with the ground crew members. X-15 lands on Rogers Dry Lake in California. Vehicles parked next to the aircraft after its landing in ground.
Edwards Air Force Base at California. Speed runs by 'Budweiser' SOS (Speed Of Sound) rocket powered car. The car is driven by Mr. Stan Barrett. Speed on this run is 546 ( plus a fraction) miles per hour and recorded on camera number 747. At this great speed, the images are blurred and features mostly indistinguishable until the car slows down in a long coast to stop.
Another motion picture camera and photographer is seen near the end of run. Bright points of reflected sunlight appear on front and top of car. The roadbed reflects images during the filming.