A review of research and development in guided missiles by the United States Air Force from 1919 to 1948. Type A-3 water born missile move across water. The missile is a radio controlled motor launch. A-3 radio controlled motor launch maneuvers about on the water surface.
Reconstruction of a German pilot's activities in the European Theater during World War I. Aerial view of a battlefield. Smoke rises from firing and bombardment. A German aviator with a gunner in the cockpit of an aircraft in flight. A British General's headquarters. A hand-held bomb is dropped on the building. Heavy columns of smoke rise up from the burning building. The pilot and the gunner in the cockpit of the aircraft.
The role and contribution of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in combat and war. U.S. shuttle ships loaded with signal communication supplies for U.S. and Allied troops in the European Theater make their way in the Atlantic ocean. The Squier Laboratory at Camp Alfred Vail in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. A technician works on signal communication equipment in the laboratory. U.S. soldiers use mine detectors in the European Theater during World War II. The mine detectors detect metallic, non-metallic mines, wooden box mines, and mines in glass containers. Artillery soldiers bury large microphones into the ground in advance zones. The microphones relay back information on enemy artillery. Soldiers receive the information on radio sets. U.S. aircraft on a training flight simulating real combat situation: The aircraft lost in heavy rain and rough weather, looking for the location of Boston. The pilot switches on a modern advanced radar. The radar waves pierce thick clouds, are reflected by Earth's surface and display an image on the scope. The image shows the clear location of Boston harbor directly under the aircraft. U.S. bombers attack over the Channel coast on D-Day (6 June, 1944). U.S. soldiers employ meteorological equipment for long range weather forecast in the European Theater during World War II. Soldiers release a hydrogen balloon into the sky. Another soldier uses an apparatus to take readings of atmospheric conditions behind enemy lines. An aircraft drops an automatic weather station called SCM-18-TI by parachute into enemy territory. The timed mechanism sends out weather data in codes. The interior of the automatic weather station lying open in a field.
Wright brothers' first flight together near Dayton Ohio in 1910. Wilber is in the pilot's seat with Orville as passenger to his right.(Until this flight, the Wrights had never flown together so that if one of them was killed, the other could continue their work.) Next, a view of Alberto Santos-Dumont, and the first European flight made by him on 13 September 1909. Following segment shows crowds gathered at Washington DC Polo field as truck arrives carrying mail to be loaded on the first U.S. Air mail flight, May 15, 1918. Army pilot, Lieutenant Webb, in his JN-4H airplane, on Southbound flight from New York, takes off from Philadelphia, where he stopped to pick up more mail. He flies over the Washington Polo Field upon arrival. We see his airplane being unloaded as he jumps down from cockpit and crowds watch. Views of first transatlantic flight begins with takeoff of three out of four existing United States Navy Curtiss flying boat aircraft from Newfoundland, on May 16, 1919. Curtiss flying boats NC-1, NC-3, NC-4 are seen at takeoff from Newfoundland on first leg of the transatlantic journey. Flying Boat NC-4 is also seen at one of its foreign ports, though which is unclear (Azores, Lisbon, or England).
Fire in the The Wilson Square - Champ-de-Bataille Square municipal theatre (located in the Place Wilson) in Brest, France. The architect was Antoine Choquet de Lindu. People on the street outside the Theatre during the fire. French firemen and U.S. troops (immediately post World War 1) arrive in trucks to fight the theater fire. The fire fighters extend water hoses from the trucks and from manual pumps to the building. Men climb up ladders to the first floor of the building. Men standing on the balcony of the first floor holding the hoses. Broken windows of the ground floor in view. Men break windows on more doors. They position hoses and spray water from hoses through a window of the first floor. Firemen go up and down the ladder. A huge group of men outside the building operating a see-saw manual water pump. (The theater was completely destroyed and rebuilt in wood at the Place de la Liberté.)
A training film on loading and employment of LSTs (Landing Ship Tanks) in the United States and their unloading in the European Theater. Officers aboard an LST underway at sea. One officer looking through binoculars. Ships of the transport group underway. Assault troops being loaded on LCVPs (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel). They are carried to the assigned LSTs. The LSTs receive them aboard and they are checked by the Ship's Officer. Men aboard an LST. The LSTs heading for an assault area. Troops, vehicles and ammunition aboard. The troops fire anti aircraft guns from a ship. Smoke rises from firing. Several airplanes in flight overhead. Guns are fired from a ship. The LSTs arriving at the shore in the European Theater. Bow doors are opened and unloading activities start. Tanks, trucks, LVTs ( Landing Vehicle Tracked ), bulldozers and other vehicles are unloaded. The LSTs are emptied. The bulldozers are taken out first so that they can make way for other vehicles when they proceed in the area. Tanks and other vehicles are unloaded after the bulldozers. Vehicles proceed on the beach.