Opening scene shows a wheat field in the United States. White hot molten metal collected in ladles as a furnace is tapped. Sandstone buttes the Navajo Nation's Monument Valley Park. Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, looking North from the Art Institute. A white church in a suburban setting. The Japanese cherry trees in bloom along the Tidal Basin in Washington,DC. A major river and an old fashioned stern wheeler River Boat cruising on it. A street scene in New Orleans, Louisiana. A roadway in Florida. A fishing village scene in New England. A formation of oil well pumps operating out West. Cowboys herding cattle. View of the Statue of Liberty with dramatic sunset behind it. Two U.S. Marines conversing as they look at the Manhattan skyline in New York City. Aerial view of the skyscrapers on Manhattan Island. View of Times Square in Manhattan, with the Astor Hotel visible (It was razed in 1967). Police officer directing traffic at an intersection. Two Marines walking past the United Nations Building in Manhattan, New York City. View of the General Assembly Building and construction site of the The Dag Hammarskjöld Library Building being added in front of it. Camera pans upward showing Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Camera pans the U.S. Capitol building, followed by the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Washington Monument (viewed from steps of the Lincoln Memorial across the reflecting pool, in Washington, DC. A Marine color guard marches across the lawn in front of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington Ridge Park Virginia, as the Marine Band marches and plays. Closeup of the Memorial with American flag flying above it.
Film opens with February 1st, 1967 Change of Command Ceremony for Commanders in Chief of U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC). General John Dale Ryan is assuming command from General Joseph J. Nazzaro. A color guard stands with American flag flanked by flags of Air Force, SAC, units, and award ribbons. A military marching band marches in front of a stage (reviewing stand) where Generals and guests are seated, including Generals Nazarro and Ryan, plus the Commanders of SAC's three Air Forces. Civilian leaders present included Nebraska Governor and Mrs. Norbert Tiemann. Closeup of General Ryan. View of Governor and Mrs. Tiemann standing amongst six Air Force Generals. A traditional ceremony for change of command ensues. The flag of outgoing General Nazzaro is furled and cased and the flag of incoming General Ryan is unfurled and uncased. The flag ceremony completes as the two Generals exchange positions. Views of Generals and guests. Closeup of General Nazzaro.The band plays and marches and a contingent of U.S. airmen march in review. General Nazzaro renders them a parting salute and then he and Ryan shake hands and both turn to greet the Governor and his wife.
Apollo 204 review board at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in United States. Technicians disassemble the scorched upper part of the Apollo 1 module following the tragedy of January 27, 1967.
Apollo 204 review board investigating tragic accident involving Apollo 1 command module.Formal meeting at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in United States. Members in board room discuss matters amongst themselves. Among those seated at the conference table is Colonel Frank Borman, USAF, in civilian clothes. He turns and looks toward the camera. " Secretarial support Board Inquiry" is written on the door of an adjoining room where a staff of administrative and clerical persons are working.
U.S. Air Force (Strategic Air Command) B-52 bombers land back in the U.S. after 6 months deployment in Southeast Asia. United States 306th Bomb Wing planes and crews return back to McCoy Air Force Base in Florida, and those of the 91st Bomb Wing return to Glasgow Air Force Base, in Montana. Both units had been operating out of Andersen Air Force Base, in Guam. The commander of 306th, Colonel Earl L. Johnson steps from the last B-52 to return to McCoy AFB. He meets his daughter and wife. Men take pictures in the background. Officers stand in the a group. He shakes hand with local officials. Crewmen with their luggage. A KC-135 Stratotanker taxis as it brings home ground crews and other support personnel. Relatives of the crewmen wait to meet them. They get off the plane. A banner reads '306th Bomb Wing Reception Center Happy Day'. The airmen enter a hangar and go through customs. The airmen meet their relatives. The scene changes from Florida, to Montana, where the final U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress of 91st Bomb wing arrives at Glasgow Air Force Base. "McNamara's Band," playing kazoos, pot, and other contrived instruments, greets the arrivals. Colonel George Phieffer Jr., Commander of 91st bomb Wing greets his wife and others. Ground crews and other support personnel also meet their families.
NASA engineers examine pieces of Apollo 1 capsule destroyed in fire on January 27, 1967. Parts of the capsule are arranged on tables for examination. Investigation conducted by NASA 204 review board.