United States' first intercontinental guided missile undergoes test flights. The rocket boosters dropped after the missile reaches top speed. The boosters hit the ground. Clouds in the background
Army Air Force's huge boomerang shaped YB-49 flying wing bomber takes to the air on spectacular maiden flight in Hawthorne, California. People standing and working on YB-49. The aircraft climbs quickly. Smoke pouring from its eight jet engines.
Giant models of vegetables made of paper mache used to teach children the lore of vegetables at Hawthorne in California. Ears of corn and cucumbers six feet tall and squash and pumpkin bigger than a barrel are seen. Children sit on chairs in the class of Mrs. Dorothy B. Fraizer. A girl draws on the board. Children seen laughing and carrying the vegetable models over their heads.
United States Army Air Forces aircraft Black Widow's features are demonstrated in Hawthorne, California. A stationary Northrop P-61 Black Widow aircraft with views of its tail section, wings and engines starting. The Black Widow takes off.
The first Douglas F5D-1 Skylancer aircraft (BuNo 139208) at Edwards AFB for its maiden flight on April 21, 1956, with test Douglas Aircraft test pilot Robert O. Rahn at the controls. Test pilot Rahn climbs aboard the aircraft, which is painted in U.S. Navy colors. After several views of pilot, Bob Rahn, in the cockpit, the scene shifts to the airplane on takeoff roll. It takes off smoothly accompanied by a T-33 chase plane. The F5D climbs out steeply and is next seen in level flight cruise configuration. The sequence concludes with the F5D on final approach and landing, with T-33 flying in parallel. The aircraft touches down smoothly and rolls out in a nose high attitude, seeming to almost drag its tail, but not quite. Photographers record the landing from the side of the runway. Reportedly the test flight was smooth overall and the aircraft easily exceeded the speed of sound on this, its first flight. (Note: The U.S. Navy cancelled the F5D Skylancer order, after only several aircraft were built. Two were eventually acquired by NASA.)
Major events of 1956. Contestants at Miss America pageant walk the ramp in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Marian Ann McKnight of South Carolina crowned Miss America. Carol Morris of Iowa wins the Miss Universe contest in Long Beach, California.