Girls train as calvary in Culver City, California. Young equestriennes organize a Ladies' Auxiliary to the State Militia, offering themselves as trained riders for an emergency. A group of women ride horses in an open field. They cross hurdles and come down a slope as a part of their training.
Aviator Howard Hughes's H-4 Hercules amphibious plane is transported from Culver City to Long Beach. The H-4 plane is taken out from Culver City hangar in parts. A crowd milling around in front of the hangar. Huge wings of the plane moved under wires on a road. A trailer truck hauls the wing of the plane on the road. The parts of the plane are transported to Long Beach.
Activities of the First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army Air Forces in Culver City, California during World War II. A high altitude view of the area. Buildings in the area. 'Army Air Forces' written outside a building. Enlisted men of the 1st Motion Picture Unit lined up at attention and march. Officers and men work in a production office. The Writing and the Camera Department. Men carry photographic equipment.
Activities of the First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army Air Forces in Culver City, California during World War II. A high altitude view of the area. Buildings of the unit sound stages. The stages are sound proof and air conditioned. Buildings along the sides of a street. Cars drive past on the street. A sign outside a building reads: 'Stage 5'. Men work on a training film project. Artists act in the film. Army artists and set designers work in the art department. They work for the conversion of scripts into sketches and models. The model of a squadron department. Men act in a film for the squadron department and discuss about army airplanes and officers.
Activities of the First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army Air Forces in Culver City, California during World War II. A sign board reads: 'Make Up Section'. Make up experts work in a make up room. They apply make up on the faces of actors to prepare them for crash scenes. An actor acting in a film. The actor seated in the cockpit of an airplane. His face shows scars and injury.
Activities of soldiers in the First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU) of the United States Army Air Forces in Culver City, California during World War 2. A sign board reads: 'Animation Department'. Cartoon animation artists apply their skills to the war effort, working inside the building. They make sketches on drawing sheets. Artists seen include Joe Smith and Gus Arriola, and possibly the back of Rudy Larriva and Jules Engel. Minute mechanical details of aircraft, armament, and equipment are illustrated with the help of drawings and animation sequences in films. Narrator describes how complicated technical subjects can be illustrated. The explanation of the theory of flight with the help of an animation. Animation shows factors responsible for the flight of an airplane. Men hold slings attached to an airplane flying with the airplane.