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.
America's first satellite, the Explorer I. It is seen on the launch pad atop the Redstone Juno I rocket that will carry it into orbit on January 31, 1958. The rocket engine fires and the Juno I speeds upward. Next an American Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile is seen being launched 0n 18 December 1958, to steer itself into orbit as a satellite, orbiting the Earth.
Children and teenagers at a fashion parade in Japan. Clothes being displayed for children and teenagers. Children pose in sac suit. Dresses for fishing and play time. A young girl in a Kimono.
Westernized kimonos in Japan. A model wearing a modified design of kimono. The model posing in a park. A statue in the park. Trees and garden in the background. Another model, wearing another westernized design of a kimono, seated on the park lawn. The model wearing a matching hat. Several trees in the background. Other models wearing different designs of kimonos. A model coming down the steps of a building. A model posing in the park.
Cloud seeding for water shortage, Ashiya in Japan. Air Force personnel and Japanese civilians walk towards a United States C-130 aircraft and board the plane. Propellers rotate as the engine starts and plane takes off. Crewmen stand in open cargo door of the aircraft in flight and they unreel a hose from aircraft door. Two crewmen sit in the cargo door of the aircraft. Clouds being sprayed from the hose as it trails behind the aircraft. Crewmen look at the clouds in the sky from a window of the plane while still in flight. A Japanese man shows a note to the pilot. He stands in the cockpit.