Contestants line up for 7th annual barrel-jumping event at Grossinger's Resort in the Catskill Mountains, near the Village of Liberty, New York. They skate toward the camera. Spectators watch the event. Behind them is posted a contestant's name, "Coallier," and the mumber of barrels he will attempt to jump (14). Officials in striped shirts stand near a line of barrels as a skater Speeds toward them and clears all but the last and falls upon landing. Another skater tries, but lands in the midst of the barrels. Several more barrel jumpers are seen, most failing to clear all the barrels in their attempts. But even those who do, end up sliding across the ice into barriers designed to cushion their impact. Finally, the defending champ, Leo Lebel, of Hartford, Connecticut, who also won in 1956, clears 16 barrels to win the event. (Note: Leo Lebel went on to win this event in 1958 and 1959, as well.)
The USS Seawolf (SSN-575)submarine cruises underwater for a record 60 days. It emerges from water near Connecticut carrying 100 men after a record 60 days submerged. Another ship seen in the background. A dirigible is also seen above the USS Seawolf.
U.S. Reconnaissance Unit marines receiving underwater training at the U.S. Navy submarine school, New London, Groton, Connecticut. Inside the Buoyant Ascent, Submarine Escape Training Tower, marines equipped with breathing apparatus and flotation collars, are seen rising to the surface of the tank. Glimpse of a submarine on surface of water. Inside the submarine, marines in a platoon, assigned to a team, are briefed by an officer. Then the NCO in charge, carrying his swimming flippers, leads his team into the escape trunk, for their first training mission. View of the marines as water rises around them. Then they are seen making buoyant ascents from the submarine, with bubbles trailing as they rise. View at surface as the team members reach it. The team swims toward shore, pulling their equipment in waterproof bags. They land on a beach, and sweep away any landing marks in the sand. Inland, a team member removes a submachine gun from its waterproof bag. He gives the gun to another marine, fully dressed in camouflage fatigues,
Construction of Fleet Ballistic missile submarines in Groton, Connecticut. Skeleton hull of submarine under construction. Small hatch opening in the submarine. A man welds under the far side of the hatch in the hull. Cross bracings in the skeleton hull of the submarine. A worker uses a cutting torch and works on the submarine.
Construction of Fleet Ballistic missile submarines in Groton, Connecticut. Submarines under construction. A builder works on the skin of the submarine. Other workers working inside the submarine. Cross and vertical braces of framework of the submarine. Under section of the submarine. Wooden posts hold up the submarine on the ways. A man welds on the submarine. Ribbing and skin on the submarine.
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.