The icebreaker, USS Burton Island (AGB-1) en route to King Island in Alaska as a part of U.S. Navy annual winter ice reconnaissance mission. USS Burton Island stops at Womans Bay, Kodiak Island. Naval air station at the island. An aircraft pulls up into the hangar. Residential area in Kodiak. Snow covered mountains. The U.S. troop transport submarine, USS Perch (SSP-313) moves slowly on the surface, past the camera. The USS Perch crew lines her afterdeck. Notable on the USS Perch, is a large rounded watertight container for storing amphibious landing equipment. A helicopter being loaded aboard USS Burton Island. Crew fastens the helicopter securely in anticipation of rough seas through which she is later seen making way. Views of crew members removing rime ice from the deck, superstructure, and turret of a 5 inch gun. Small slabs of sea ice termed, "lilly pads," floating in the water. Rime Ice covering the railings of the USS Burton Island.
Views from the deck of the Army Air Corps Alaska Flight support ship, "El Aquario," as she makes way close to shore in the Gulf of Alaska. Snow covered mountains dominate the landscape. Bow waves break as the ship heads into less protected waters. She beins to roll in white-capped seas and then pitches and rolls with water breaking over her bow, in heavy seas.
Views of facilities aboard the icebreaker, UsS Burton Island (AGB-1) devoted to health and welfare of her crew. extra roomy bunks for the crew; Sailors making use of the ample sink and shower facilities. A sailor shaving. Crew members lining up to eat in the ship's dining facility. The ship's dentist taking a bite wing X-ray of a sailor's teeth; a sailor having blood pressure checked; and a pharmicist preparing a prescription, in the ship's well equipped medical facility. Corpsman placing instruments into an autoclave for sterilization. Physician using portable X-ray machine to examine sailor's injury. Sailors at work in the ship's laundry, equipped with automatic washer and semiautomatic pressing machine. Sailors making personal purchases in the ship's store.
Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound in Valdez, Alaska. Tug boats tow the Exxon Valdez to another island. Oil layer over water. The oil spread over water in the Kenai Peninsula. Oil spreads over water in the Gulf of Alaska. United States Coast Guard aircraft Dassault Falcon 20 in flight. Screen shows the tracking of oil spread. Pilot and copilot at controls. Men disembark aircraft. Ships loaded with man and equipment in the Prince William Sound. Men in the control room at work. Vice Admiral of U.S. Coast Guard Clyde E Robbins with other officers.
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.
Views of various projects depicting man's creative engineering skills across the United States, including: The Indian Serpent Mounts, Ohio; Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Headquarters, Connecticut; Mackinac Bridge, Michigan; Green Bank Radio Astronomy Antenna, West Virginia; Tanker "Manhattan" in the Northwest Passage; Chicago's Marina Towers, Illinois; NASA launch complex 39, Florida with a rocket in place; Watts tower, California; John Hancock Building, Illinois; Washington Monument; Dworshak Dam while under construction, Idaho; Newport Bridge, Rhode Island; U.S. Steel building, Pennsylvania; Mt. Glory Arch Bridge under construction in Wyoming; Johnson Wax Headquarters building, Wisconsin; Boeing 747 Factory Building Complex, Seattle Washington; A model of the proposed New Orleans Super Dome in Louisiana; Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel; Dulles International Airport, Virginia; Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minnesota; Westinghouse Headquarters building, Pennsylvania; Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, New Mexico; Gulf Life Tower, Florida; Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wisconsin; a paddle style River boat on the Ohio River; an artist depiction of the under construction Mobile River Highway Tunnel, Alabama; the Westinghouse Desalinization Plant, Florida; Model of master plan for the city of Gary, Indiana; Gulf Oil's "Big Brutus" crane at work on a dig site (The 160-foot tall coal shovel known as the 1850-B was designed and built by Bucyrus-Erie in Hallowell Kansas, for the Pittsburg & Midway, or P&M Coal Mining Company. It is the only one of its kind ever built. The mining company was purchased by Gulf Oil in 1963, and subsequently went under The Chevron Mining umbrella); Knights of Columbus headquarters building, Connecticut.