View from a U.S. Marine bunker as enemy shell explodes nearby, during the siege of Khe Sanh in the Vietnam War. The marines firing mortars and a 105mm howitzer from their bunker. Enemy shells exploding on the tarmac, where American Air Force C-130 aircraft are parked. Marines rushing wounded comrades on stretchers, to C-130s for evacuation. Scene shifts to U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel James P. Sheehan, standing at Camp Pendleton, California. (He was a company commander in the siege at Khe Sanh.) As he describes the C-130 aircraft support operations, a contingent of marines marches past, behind him. Scene shifts to a civilian narrator standing in the Military Airlift Command (MAC) Headquarters Command Center at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Among other things, he describes MAC support to the Tactical Air Command in Korea. Camera focuses on MAC air routes in the vicinity of the Philippines, Japan, and Korea. Next, is seen view of airfield at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, briefly at sunset, and then at night, as pilots of the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing and their F-111 aircraft prepare to depart for Korea, in response to border tensions, in August, 1976. Ground crewman directs a taxiing F-111 using lighted wands. The F-111s takes off. One of them is seen landing after the 7 thousand mile flight to Korea, as Major Paul Malandrino,Jr. (unseen) of the 366th Wing, speaks about MAC's airlift support. A C-141 MAC aircraft is seen landing. View of a C-141 with tail doors open and its cargo of military equipment on the ramp behind it. Glimpse of a marine with rifle and earphones, guarding equipment on the airfield ramp. Closeups of F-111 aircraft taking off.
Argentine Ambassador Honorio Pueyrredón speaks into four microphones, at the dedication of a memorial to General and independence leader, José de San Martín, located in Judiciary Square, Washington, DC. (It was moved to Triangle Park, at Virginia Avenue and 20th Street, in 1976.) This is a duplicate of the original located at the Plaza San Martin, in Buenos Aires. It is a gift to the United States from Argentina. View of the flag-draped equestrian statue, as it is uncovered displaying the flags of Argentina and the United States and numerous doves flying skywards. View of the memorial base, as an aide climbs steps and presents the Ambassador with an object that he places into an opening in the base. Scene shifts to President Calvin Coolidge, stepping to the podium, surrounded by officials and notables, including First lady Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge. They applaud and then sit as the President begins to speak. Change of scene shows closeup of the President and Mrs. Coolidge standing on a stand decorated with flags and bunting, set up next to a building. Secretary of State, Frank Billings Kellogg, stands to the left of Mrs. Coolidge. Uniformed Argentine soldiers stand at attention in front of the dignitaries. The President shields his eyes from the sun as he observes something to his left.
Opening scene shows a C-130 aircraft on final approach, and about to land on an airfield, at dusk. Next, a MAC Lockheed C-141 Starlifter aircraft is seen flying over a body of water. Its tail number is 63-8075. (Nicknamed "Petunia Pig," it was flown in accelerated operations beginning in 1964, and eventually logging about 15 hours a day in regular service, to provide the Air Force advance information about the operational capabilities of this type aircraft.) The next airplane shown is a MAC Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, about to land. Its unique 28-wheel landing gear is clearly visible as it approaches and touches down. Scene shifts to the MAC Command and Control Center, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, where Air Force controllers are monitoring MAC worldwide operations. The wall in the background is covered by a map of the world showing numerous MAC air routes. A civilian narrator speaks about the Military Airlift Command. Camera pans over the Command Center wall map, showing North and South America and associated MAC routes and then across the Atlantic to Europe and Africa. Bucolic scenes of farmland and fields in the vicinity of Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Next, three large jet transport aircraft are seen on an airfield ramp. Suddenly, one explodes and is destroyed in fire and smoke. Rescuers carry and injured person on a stretcher. Another scene shows a bus and cars consumed in flames.
Prewar and early World War 2 conditions of the British in Great Britain. War ammunition for Britain transported from the United States to Britain as part of lend lease plan. Also war materiel sent the other way around from the United Kingdom to the United States, as the war progressed. A map showing the path between the United States and Great Britain through the Atlantic Ocean. Tanks for Russia from Britain. Aircraft and guns for the United States by Lend Lease. Tons of food and clothing in large containers for troops in Britain. Clusters of houses and buildings. Two men on a bridge. A lane in Britain. People in the lane. Tanks prepare for war. British soldiers in uniform. A woman seated at a vanity putting on lipstick makeup. Men and women in the streets in England. A man turns to notice the legs of a woman as she walks by. View of legs of many women walking by, not wearing stockings due to rationing. Brief shot of driver in a car in the United States as he hands his gas ration ticket to the gas station attendant. Back in England, scene as a man goes to a pub for whiskey. The pub keeper laughs at him as there is none. Men in a field harvesting grains for making industrial alcohol. Soldier painting word "Hitler" onto a bomb shell. Cartons of whiskey being transported to the United States as pay for the material that comes in to Britain. A man opens cartons from the U.S. with 'Made in U.S.A.' painted on it. Images of American made industrial machine goods purchased by the British, including machinery signs for "Cincinnati Bickford", "The Ohio Machine Tool Company", "Niles Tool Works, Hamilton Ohio", "The Cincinnati Planer Co.", "American Hole Wizard", and "Barnes Drill Company, Rockford, Illinois" A woman worker moves a large planer or drill press into position. Crane at a ship dock is seen moving a large wooden crate with "Ford" label on it. A man goes to buy cigarettes. A 'No cigarettes today' board. If there were cigarettes he would have paid the cost of the cigarettes and the tax to the shopkeeper. Close up view of coins on a table and large portion going to British taxes to pay for war. A newspaper headline which says "Britain spends 49,000,000 per day on war." Several industrial plants in Britain, with smoke and pollution rising from chimneys and stacks during high output war effort. Laborers working at a construction site, including brick layers, who pay 29% tax. Rich men who pay 97½ % tax: A man in a nice car parked in front of a church. He leads a bride in a wedding gown and possibly the Bride's father toward the doors of the church. Various views of British workers and workmen walking in and out of factories. British citizens in ration lines. Sheep being herded on pasture land in Australia. Vessels in ocean used by the British for supplies to Russia. Aircraft from the U.S. on board a ship, and British troops arriving on a ship dock.
Film about the state of Illinois in the United States. People enter a building for the Illinois State fair. People in the fair. Swings and people in bus. Farmers walk with cattle. A farmer near his cow. A girl near her sheep who won the prize. Children on a miniature train. Harness racing at the fair. Sports cars driven during a auto racing. People in a bus. The statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Illinois State Capitol building. A ship in front of The Wrigley Building in Michigan Avenue.
Film 'This is our Land' about the state of Illinois in the United States. A bridge over a river. A view of the river through the bridge. The highway running alongside the river. A man sits on a bench under a tree. The skyscrapers of the city. Automobile traffic on the road. People walk on sidewalks. Pedestrians and automobile traffic in the capital city Springfield. The Illinois State Capitol building. A view of the Capitol dome. The statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Illinois State Capitol building. The Lincoln Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. A child rubs nose of the sculpted face of Abraham Lincoln.