New model jet fighters and bombers parade at the British Air Show in Farnborough, England. Advance jet bombers and jet fighters take off and display their tactics during the air show. New Hawker Hurricane Jet claims unofficial speed mark. Spectators watch anxiously the take off, landing and aerial display by the planes. Britain's new four engine jet bomber, the Valient takes off as the spectators watch.
A British Austin Champ amphibious four-wheel-drive vehicle (inspired by the American Jeep) is driven over rough terrain and in water at the Farnborough testing grounds in England. The Chanp is seen driving parallel to deep ditches. It is made submersible by connecting a vertical exhaust extension to its water proof engine. A driver, dressed in a waterproof outfit, takes the vehicle down a concrete ramp into a deep trough of water where it is completely submerged. He successfully travels through and up the other side of the trough.
Major catastophe events of the year 1952. Views of destruction on the ground in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after American Airlines flight 6780, a Convair 240, crashed into a house at Williamson and South Streets on January 22, 1952. Burned wreckage and devastation seen at the crash site in Elizabeth following the crash and subsequent explosions damaging or destroying multipole houses in the 600 block of Williamson Street. In the first few seconds of the clip, the Battin High School for Girls is seen in the background. The school was adjacent to the crash but not hit. Narrator also describes the crash of an Army transport plane in California which killed 86 soldiers, but no images of that crash are shown. Next scenes shift to England, on September 6, 1952, as a de Havilland DH.110 jet aircraft, piloted by John Derry, explodes in midair after achieving Mach 1 and then beginning a left bank and climb at 450 knots during the 1952 Farnborough Airshow. Spectators at the British air show are seen on the ground in the area below the explosion and where debris rained down on the crowd causing deaths and injuries. Engines from the blown-up DH.110 plane (prototype, ID WG236) are seen hurtling through the sky toward Observation Hill immediately after the mid-air explosion. Scenes show crowd working to tend to the wounded and shocked families and children crying.
Major Howard "Deacon" Hively, of Athens OH, 334th Squadron, 4th Fighter Group (formerly Eagle Squadron) in cockpit of P-51 aircraft at Debden Air Base, England, during World War II. Crew chief helps with his shoulder harness. Pilot waves and closes canopy. Captain Sheldon.W. Monroe, of Waycross, Georgia, talking to crew chief, S/Sgt Paul Fox, sitting on nose of P-51, as he performs maintenance. (Note: Captain Monroe was reportedly killed in action in 1951, during the Korean War.).
Major events of the year 1951. Parliamentary elections in Britain. People come out of polling stations after casting their votes. Votes counted and Winston Churchill becomes the Prime Minister for the second time. Churchill at various public meetings as large crowds cheers for him. Winston outside the 10 Downing Street.
Three pilots, Major Gerald Montgomery, Major Howard D. (Deacon) Hively, and Captain Shelton W. "Shell" Monroe, of the U.S. Army Air Forces 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, holding and discussing a map in their hands. Logos of the Eagle Sqadron and the 334th Fighter Squadron displayed above a wall containing small painted German crosses representing enemy aircraft destroyed, probably destroyed, and damaged. Airman stencils two more under the destroyed column. Major Howard D.Hively of Athens, OH.,with another Major looking at record of aerial victories on the wall. Hively holds a sign reading "300 destroyed." He hands it to the other Major who tacks it onto the wall using the butt of his .45 caliber automatic pistol as a hammer. They smile and shake hands. Then Lieutenant Timothy Cronin stencils three more crosses in the destroyed column, under the 300 sign, as another pilot looks on smiling. Shelton W. Monroe was later killed in Korea after his plane was shot down on April 17, 1951.