Actor Raymond Massey talks about the nation's need for defense against possible air attack. He walks to a large wall map depicting North America and discusses joint efforts of Canada and the United States to establish an effective air defense system for North America. On the map, lines of radar stations are shown: The DEW line;Mid Canada line; and the Pine Tree line. Other radar installations are highlighted along East and West coasts on land, on towers in the ocean, on picket ships and on picket aircraft. Sites of the SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) network of radars, computer systems, and aircraft command and control equipment are depicted on the U.S. part of the map. The headquarters of NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) at Colorado Springs, Colorado is highlighted. Massey points to models of intercepter missiles and long range bombers, on his desk, and discusses their employment.
He then speaks of an intricate communications system to tie everything together. This is depicted on the animated map. Views of men laying telephone cable. Underground view of telephone cables. View of telephone microwave tower. Telephone poles and lines along a rural road. A mother and child telephoning the father long distance. Office workers using telephones. Teletype machines and television communications. A ship laying telephone cable at sea.Map depicts lines of communication provided by undersea cables. views of emergency supplies and equipment available in times of disaster. Downed power lines being repaired. Men at a large emergency diesel generator. Underground communication cables being installed by team of tracked vehicles. Remote lines of communication away from possible targets are depicted.
Boy Scout Jamboree get-together in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. Views of boy scout jamboree with tents at Colorado Springs. Flags of different nations are raised. Boy Scouts from all over the world assemble for the BSA's 5th National jamboree and 50th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America scouting movement. Giant cake for the ceremony. Boy Scouts get patches from a box. Sign: 'Choccolocco Council, Troop 53'. Boys erect the tents. Views of Colorado Springs surrounding mountains with various flags. Mountains in the background.
During the Cold War, a model home with a fallout shelter in Denver, Colorado, United States, in case of nuclear attack. The Housing Development shows nation's first model home with a fallout shelter. The house is designed with 8 inch reinforced concrete walls. The house is provided with all basic equipment and necessities like bunk beds, fresh air blower, and stockpiles of food. Women place a tag of approval on the front entrance wall of the house.
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.
Actor Raymond Massey in an office discussing importance of American military readiness. Street scenes in Manhattan, New York City. View from buiding overlooking Times Square in Mahattan, with Astor Hotel at left. Camera pans up (northward). Shift to North American Air Defense (NORAD) command center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where U.S. Air Force men and women mark aircraft positions on plexiglass status board. During this exercise,NORAD Commander,General Laurence S. Kuter,USAF,with NORAD Deputy Commander, Canadian Air Marshal Roy Slemon, at his side, picks up phone to alert defense forces. View of DEW line radar site where men monitoring radar screens pick up returns from two incoming bombers. A NORAD radar picket ship at sea and sailor inside detecting incoming bombers on his radar screen. An airborne Lockheed EC121 Radar picket aircraft and crew member inside detecting targets on his radar screen. Views of personnel at various NORAD centers sending and receiving detailed information about the detected aircraft. Canadian and U.S. officers communicating on "red telephone." General Kuter and Air Marshal Slemon, consulting in NORAD headquarters command center. A Navy Captain on the "red phone." Klaxon horn alerts Royal Canadian Air Force intercepter crew who scramble to their aircraft. Canadian Avro CF-100 Canuck interceptors taking off. General Kuter and Air Marshal Slemon engaged in the NORAD command center. Unidentified 4-star Air Force General using "red phone." SAC bombers on airborne alert. Air Force officer alerts interceptor squadron. Pilots scramble to their F-102 aircraft. F-102, tail number 53-107 taxiing from hangar. Pilots being secured in cockpits. F-102s taxiing at high speed.BOMARC missile readied. Civil defense officials issue air raid alert.
One of the heaviest snow storms in the history of state blankets wide area in Colorado. Snow covered houses, trees and mountains in the area. Helicopters and army rescue bring in hundreds of head of cattle. Many deer from mountain retreat. Cattle walk over the snow covered area.