Post World War 2 scenes of European rail and air transportation facilities and operations in 1952. A new railroad locomotive moves out of a factory in Switzerland. The engineer looks out his side window as it rolls out. A train moves along a track next to a road that then crosses in a level crossing. A car stops for the train, as it passes. People walk on the concourse of a spacious modern train station in Italy. A train moves on a modern bridge high over a river. Views of several new (post-world War 2) bridges in Europe. Traffic on a road hub with cloverleaf loops. A British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) DeHavilland Comet jet passenger airliner taking off. Examples of processing that passengers must still undergo when arriving at various European airports. Passenger opening baggage for inspection while going through customs at a French airport. View from under the tail of a DC-6 passenger plane taxiing out for takeoff. View of a Transworld Airlines (TWA) Lockheed constellation passenger plane in flight.
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 events of the year 1952. Narrator indicates that the British detonated their first atomic bomb in 1952. Aerial view of Enewetak Atoll area where United States testing took place. America tests its first hydrogen bomb and a massive explosion occurs during Test Ivy, at the Enewetak atoll, on November 1, 1952.
Major events of the year 1952. King George VI dies in London, England on February 6, 1952 as the British public mourns his death. The flag at half mast. Woman crying over death of King George VI. Elizabeth II becomes the Queen and salutes the Royal Guards lined up at a ceremony. British soldiers fight in the streets of Egypt over the issue of Suez Canal. Dead bodies lined up on the street. King Farouk I of Egypt with his wife and children after being sent to exile as a result of a revolution. Workers at Anglo-Iranian oil refineries in Iran after the government's decision to nationalize them causing a great set back to British interests. Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddeq arrives at the International Court in Hague for the settlement of the issue.
Clip opens with 8 October, 1952 scenes from the aftermath of the Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash in England, where the collision of a Scottish Express train and a commuter train, followed by another express train, killed 200 people outside of London, England. Destroyed British trains on the track. Rescue operations carried out. Injured carried away for medical help on litters. Scene changes to coast of England in early January 1952, as the United States freighter ship Flying Enterprise (formerly the SS Cape Kumukaki) founders to one side while underway in rough seas. The ship had battled to stay afloat for 8 days following structural damage and then shifting cargo. Captain of the ship Kurt Carlsen is honored at a ceremony for putting up a brave fight for eight days trying to get the ship to port across the rough sea.
Various uses of petroleum and its byproducts in United States. Man drives a cream colored 1952 Cadillac Convertible car along the road. Close ups of various car parts in the 1952 Cadillac Convertible that are manufactured from petroleum byproducts, including seating, parts of dash, and window seals. Other vehicular traffic on road, including an antique automobile. An American Airlines DC-6 aircraft taking off. A Burlington Route E-5A Diesel-Electric Silver Pilot locomotive approaching on a track. Tractor driven plow. A field being plowed. Petroleum byproduct being sprayed on fruit trees as a pesticide. Use of oil for American ground, air and naval forces. Petroleum byproducts and uses in oil industry. View of an oil refinery. Tourists visit an early oil derrick in Pennsylvania. An oil rig at work.