Restrospective of the 1954 search for a suitable site for U.S. Air Force testing of ballistic missiles. Coastal area with ocean in the background. Officials look over charts, maps, photographs as they select the site for Vandenberg Air Force Base. In January, 1958, view of building with a sign that reads ' Headquarters, First Missile Division, Strategic Air Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base' Entrance of the headquarters as Major General David Wade walks out. U.S. Air Force officers and airmen attend missile training classes. Airmen work on assembly of Thor missiles . U.S. Air Force officers and airmen operate missile launch consoles in a launch control center. November, 1958, Thor intermediate range missile on a trailer being delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Trailer backs up to the launch pad. December, 16, 1958, the Thor missile on launch pad venting gases. U.S. Air Forces officers at a launch console. The Thor missile is launched. RAF airmen watch missile in flight.
Storms hit the United States and Japan. Hurricane Helene hits Carolina and Virginia Cape as strong winds blow at 140 miles per hour. An uprooted tree. High waves occur at sea. Damaged buildings as a result of the hurricane. Damaged roof of a house. Aftermaths of Typhoon Ida in Japan. Water clogged streets. Damaged houses as a result of the typhoon. Japanese soldiers carry on rescue work.
A huge gathering present for the 1958 Orange Bowl parade associated with the January 1, 1958 Orange Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma "Sooners" and the Duke University "Blue Devils" college football teams. Dancers and band of the Oklahoma Sooners perform at the parade. Girls dancing, instrumentalists pass by, a clown on a canoe with wheels and another clown on snow skis with wheels. Police motorcyclists perform a drill. Girls in dresses (Orange Bowl queen and court) ride by on a parade float.
Baltimore hosts the Major League Baseball All-Star Game for the first time in 1958. 48,000 fans, most in white shirts, crowd Memorial Stadium for the game. Managers Fred Haney of the National League and Casey Stengel of the American League pose for cameras. With game tied 3-3 in the sixth inning, American League gets two men on base after National League mishandles infield roller by Ted Williams. Yankee Gil McDougald (seen in closeup) hits a bloop single to score Frank Malzone and put American League ahead 4-3, which would be the final score. Baltimore fans cheer Oriole pitcher Billy O'Dell, who pitched a scoreless final three innings to earn a save. Del Crandall of Milwaukee Braves pops up for the final out.
Operations aboard USS Essex (CVA-9) during the Lebanon crisis, in 1958. View beneath wing of an aircraft on catapult, as the catapult crew hooks bridle to aircraft. Officer leaves the ship's message center. Hatchway leads into message center. Two junior officers in the communication center. Teletype machines printing out messages aboard ship. Views beneath wing of jet as one of the catapult crew hooks it up to the catapult.
Aboard the USS Essex (CVA-9) in the Mediterranean Sea, off Lebanon, during the crisis in 1958. Radar men on watch monitoring scopes. Sailors speak into mikes of their headsets. Room is dimly lit. Teletype machines operation in the communication's center. Two junior officers and an enlisted man walk into the room, look at the message received and tear the message from the machine. They leave quickly.