The 1919 Motor Transport Corps convoy en route from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, California. The Convoy of U.S. Army trucks is seen moving slowly, over the Lyons-Fulton Bridge across the Mississippi River at Clinton, Iowa. While crossing the bridge, the convoy is led by an open car displaying an American flag, followed by a bicyclist. Pedestrians walk along side walkway crossing the bridge in the opposite direction. The convoy of Army trucks driving along a highway after crossing the Mississippi. Sign at side of road reads: "Bay State." Sign on one truck reads: "Frisco." Trucks display logo of U.S. Army Corps of engineers. The convoy driving along a road parallel to a railroad line. Next sequence shows one truck attempting to pull another that has been mired down in mud, in Nebraska. After some effort, the truck is successfully pulled out of the mud.
A staged news film showing Prohibitionist William E. Johnson (aka "pussyfoot") accompanied by uniformed police officers raiding a rum liquor still, in Soux City Iowa. The officers kick open the doors of the distillery, and pull a man out. Then, from inside, two law enforcement men carry out a simple piece of distillation apparatus. Johnson sheds his coat jacket and proceeds to destroy the still equipment with a sledge hammer, bashing holes in the container and breaking pipe and distillation coils from the device. (Note: a slate alludes to Johnson losing an eye while crusading in London. That occurred on November 13,1919, when he was publicly "teased" by medical students who carried him on a stretcher through the streets. Johnson lost sight in one eye, after being struck with an object thrown by a spectator.)
The world struggle for oil is depicted. Use of components of oil in homes and in railroads in the United States is shown. A dramatization shows the effect of a kerosene lamp on social life. A woman seated in a chair near a table in a room. A kerosene lamp in a corner. A man opens the door of the room and walks in. The woman gets up and welcomes the man. They both walk to a seat and sit down. Another woman enters the room. The man stands to greet her. She increases the light of the lamp and then leaves the room. The man decreases the light of the lamp. The man and the woman talk. The 1893 replica of the 1831 DeWitt Clinton steam locomotive is shown in operation with its three carriage train, in New York City. The DeWitt Clinton was the first railroad locomotive to operate on the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad in New York. The reproduction seen here was built in 1893 by the New York Central Railroad for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This footage was shot on July 17, 1921 when the DeWitt Clinton train was preparing for a trip to another exposition in Chicago. On this day it ran several times from 96th to 116th streets in New York City. New York Central employees are seen on the drain, dressed as passengers would have been in 1831. This replica was later displayed at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, and is is now on display at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn Michigan. It was acquired by Henry Ford in 1934, in an agreement with the New York Central that it would continue to travel to events on occasion.
Tug tows Northrop F-15 Reporter into hangar in Minneapolis, Minnesota to be instrumented for Project Thunderstorm. Various scenes of electrical equipment used in making man-made lightning, including a generator made up of hundreds of transformers, and a connected massive generator for producing high voltage. A large oscillograph is shown along with a smaller oscillograph designed for airborne use. A scientist is seen inside the giant generator. Artificial lightning tests are made on canopy of the F-15 occupied by a scientist, and the canopy remains intact following lightning strike. Lightning rods are attached to lightning-vulnerable nose, tail fin, and wing tip locations of the Project Thunderstorm aircraft. Pilot climbs into canopy of F-15. Airborne F-15 project aircraft seen in flight headed toward area of dark clouds. In Ohio at Clinton County Army Air Field, a project officer (AAF Captain) describes how search procedures of the pilot, weather observer, and radar observer are coordinated and key locations of radar and cooperating facilities at Jamestown and the Clinton County Army Airfield. Large radar antenna revolving on top of large tower, scanning for signs of thunderstorms. Radar antenna scanning vertically, near Quonset huts. Command center inside a quonset hut with project personnel at radar scopes and thunderstorm and aircraft positions plotted on large plexiglass screens. Technician adjust motion picture camera that photographs radar scopes every four seconds. Operator at vertical measuring instrument, showing reflected returns from targets, on July 18, 1947. View of operator at plan position indicator radar scope showing weather returns on June 6, 1947. Ground Control Approach (GCA) truck located near end of airfield to guide landings of Thunderstorm aircraft. Radio operators sitting at radar scopes inside the GCA unit. P-61 makes GCA approach and landing in good weather, to maintain skills needed when weather is bad. Briefing officer at blackboard cites radio channels to be used for various purposes. View of AAF aircrews in audience.
A football match between Wolverines of Michigan and Hawkeyers of Iowa at Iowa City. The Wolverines of Michigan defeated the unbeaten Hawleyers of Iowa by 17-14.
An American football game between Iowa Hawkeyes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Iowa, United States. The players on the ground play. The spectators in the stand cheer for their team. Hawkeyes quarterback Ken Ploen scoring. The spectators in the stands cheer. The players play. The spectators in the stand cheer as Hawkeyes score against Irish. The Iowa Hawkeyes wins against Notre Dame Fighting Irish by 48-8.