A United States Army Air Forces B-17 bomber, tail number 41-24636, taxis and takes off from Pueblo Army Air Field in Colorado, during World War 2. View over wing of the B-17 in flight. The B-17 backs away to the right, levels off, flies right to left and towards and down under camera plane. Aerial view of the rugged terrain with low hazy clouds. Propellers spinning in the foreground. The B-17 in flight during the late evening hours.
The United States Army Eighth Air Force 351st Bombardment Group shooting for the film 'Combat America' in England. A United States Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress parked on the strip. Captain Clark Gable talking to GI in overalls. Captain Gable turns toward camera, and talks to someone off screen. Captain Gable and crew member in overalls, standing close to the B-17. An officer walks into picture, salutes and shakes hands with the Captain and carries on conversation. The three men walk under a wing of B-17 where they make a check on the super-charger. They inspect the landing gear,propeller, and flap. Captain Gable holds the propeller. Wing surface and antenna of the plane. The men check guns on the lower turret of B-17, then move to tail section where they check horizontal and vertical surface of the plane and the machine gun. Tail gunner of the B-17 sticks head out of window and talks to someone off screen. Top turret gunner does the same. Captain Gable, the officer, and crew member enter side door of B-17. B-17 taxis on runway and takes off. Old insignia on plane.
A USAAF B-17F is seen where it crash-landed in the desert near Biggs Army Air Field, El Paso, Texas, on February 18, 1943, in World War 2. The film was shot some time later when salvage operations are underway including removal of engines. As the camera pans around the plane, a bent propeller is seen in the sand. The tail number 25326 is seen, identifying it as Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress, 42-5326, of the 351st Bombardment Group, 511th Bomb Squadron, with home base at Biggs Field. The camera focuses on the plane's empennage.
Aerial view from fairly high altitude, shows convoy of American warships underway in the Pacific in 1943. Nearest ship seen is an aircraft carrier. Illustrated globe and animated map show a Naval Task Force headed through the Gilbert and Marshall Islands. Three U.S. Navy Douglas Dauntless dive bombers seen flying in formation with an aircraft carrier steaming in the background. Glimpse of more aircraft carriers. Sailors in the powder handling room of the Cruiser USS Chicago (CA-29) carrying cylinders of powder for her 8-inch guns. Sailors, stripped to the waist, in one of her gun turrets, load an 8-inch shell and powder charges into the breech of one of Chicago's guns. Interesting view from below, as they close the breech and step back as the gun fires. Glimpse of Naval guns firing from a U.S. warship. Another view of sailors loading an 8-inch gun on the USS Chicago. (Note: The USS Chicago was lost between Rennel Island and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands on 30 January, 1943.) A Baltimore Class Cruiser firing its guns. Flashes from naval guns firing from several American warships in close succession. Fire directed at the shore of a Japanese held island. Gun camera footage from a U.S. warplane strafing Japanese aircraft on the ground at an enemy air base. More gun camera footage of strafing and bombing. Closeup of a U.S. Army Air Forces B-26 Liberator bomber in flight, with others in the background. Views from U.S. Aircraft as their bombs strike Japanese targets on the ground below. A U.S. Navy TBF Avenger aircraft flying overhead as viewed from a landing craft. View from inside a landing craft full of U.S. troops heading toward an amphibious landing. Closeup glimpse of Coxswain in landing craft and troops aboard behind him. Amphibious landings being made under fierce friendly and enemy fire. U.S. troops leaving their landing craft under enemy fire. Marines firing small arms, machine guns, and using hand grenades, in sand of Tarawa. Views of fallen Japanese defenders on Tarawa. Closeup of Marine smoking a cigarette. Another is binding shoulder wound of a buddy. American flag raised on one of the few still standing palm trees. American Marines saluting the flag. Bodies of fallen American marines floating at the shore and on the sands of Tarawa. Marines departing Tarawa. Scene shifts to Chinese KMT leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, seated with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at Cairo, Egypt on 25 November, 1943. Leading Allied military leaders sit at a table to hammer out details of postwar plans. American officers present include U.S. Army Chief of Staff George Marshall and Chief of the Army Air Forces, General Henry H. ("Hap") Arnold.
A film 'Cold weather Seabee' about the training of U.S. Navy Seabees to work in cold weather regions in Colorado, United States. Seabees at work as they construct air bases and other facilities. Snow covered area in the Arctic region. Ships and submarines underway. The seabees loaded in trucks as they convoy heads for a training camp for Seabees in Colorado. Views of snow covered region. Seabees unload gear. A seabee sleeps in a bed and gets up and puts on his winter clothes and ski boots. An instructor teaches the seabees skiing. The seabees learn the basics of skiing as a few of them fall. An Army instructor guides them about the usage of snow shoe. Men put on snow shoes and walk through the snow.
Command and control center in headquarters of NORAD (North American Air Defense), at Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado. NORAD Commander, General Laurence S. Kuter, USAF, and NORAD Deputy Commander, Canadian Air Marshal Roy Slemon, Chief of the Canadian Air Staff, step into the Center, to observe activities. Based on teletype messages, U.S. airman marks aircraft positions on plexiglass overlay of NORAD area map. Staff of the center phone information to other elements of NORAD. View of concrete SAGE combat center with staff at large radar monitors. USAF Convair F-102 Delta Dagger aircraft take off on an interception exercise. They are seen at altitude, firing air-to-air munitions, under command of the SAGE combat center. A CIM-10 Bomarc surface-to-air missile rising at a NORAD site and being launched. View inside the underground Command Control Center of the U.S. Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha, Nebraska. Officers oversee the operation. B-47, B-52, and B-58 bombers are seen taking off. A SAC Major General at desk with a "Red Phone" connecting all SAC elements and the White House (shown). Control room of a ballistic missile center. View of SM-65 Atlas intercontinetal ballistic missile on launch pad and then launching. Civil defense officials man phones of national warning system, from NORAD headquarters. The system's links to North American cities shown on map. City street scenes.