U.S. airborne troops training in hand-to-hand combat; scaling obstacles; crawling under barbed wire; and parachuting from C-130 aircraft. Paratoopers jump from aircraft and view of sky filled with parachutes and aircraft. Paratroopers landing on the frozen tundra in Alaska, and jumping from U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster aircraft, over the ice cap in Greenland. In February, 1956, U.S. Army paratroopers jump from Air Force C-119 aircraft during SEATO Operation "Firm Link," in Thailand. Civilians in Thailand watch the demonstrations, in which one of the paratroopers is forced to use his auxiliary chute when his main chute fails. Military General officers of Southeast Treaty Organization nations watch the demonstrations. U.S. Army airborne units practicing assault resupply techniques with NATO forces in Germany, supported by helicopters and light utility airplanes. Supplies being airdropped with parachutes to the resupply location. At Fort Bliss, Texas, a radio controlled drone plane equipped with a parachute (possibly a Radioplane OQ-14 or similar from slightly later generation), acts as a target for tank crews. When hit, the drone parachutes to earth. A different U.S. Army reconnaissance drone is launched from a catapult as a U.S. Army soldier stands nearby controlling its ascent with remote control joystick. Aerial footage shot by the drone is shown, revealing scenes on the ground useful to field commanders. The drone, with it's camera, returns to base and gently parachutes to be recovered.
A Strategic Air Command (SAC) bombing competition in Maine, United States . Aircraft parked at Loring Air Force Base. United States Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses and Convair B-36s parked at a flight line. Men working on maintenance and repairing mechanical defects in an airplane. Animation shows the course of airplanes in flight. The aircraft in flight during the competition. They are tracked from the ground with radars. The aircraft taxiing on the air base.
The fourth presidential election debate held between Democratic nominee Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican nominee U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon in New York, United States on 21st October 1960. ABC News correspondent Quincy Howe allows CBS News correspondent Walter Cronkite to ask a question to Vice President Nixon. Mr. Cronkite asks Vice President Nixon if the Eisenhower Administration was suppressing a report by the United States Information Agency that shows a decline in United States prestige overseas as pointed by Senator Kennedy. Vice President Nixon replies and talks about Sputnik Program launched by the Soviet Union. He further compares the United States and the Soviet Union in terms of education and science. He speaks about UN General Assembly votes called on the Soviet Union to end its Hungarian intervention in 1956 and relates to American prestige. Senator Kennedy says that he did not make most of the statements that Vice President Nixon said he has made and he refers to the first one about Sputnik Program launched by the Soviet Union. Senator Kennedy refers to slums in the United States and talks about support housing legislation which the Eisenhower's Administration has opposed and also speaks about scientists and engineers United States has produced in comparison to the Soviet Union. He further says they were the first in other areas of science but in space, which is the new science, they are not the first
View of newsmen seated and cameramen at a press conference. President Eisenhower enters the conference room. Journalist asks him questions regarding violence resulting from 'Segregation Issues'. President replies how local government of United States of America is ready to help. Journalists writing in notepads. Close view of President speaking.
World War II. B-17s of the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Hell's Angels' staging at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine, on their way to their base at RAF Station Molesworth, in England. Airmen work on a parked Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Names and artwork on the B-17s: Nose, body, and tail art reveal names like: 'Perk the Jerk', 'Gunnin for Marijane' under the dorsal turret, 'Duke of Paducah', 'Klee's Lounge', 'Kiler Kilgore', 'Hell Cat', 'The 8 Ball', 'The Duchess', 'One 'o' Clock Jump', 'The Devil Himself' under the aircraft nose, 'Bad Check', 'Delta Rebel No. 2', 'Knock-Out Dropper', 'Sky Club' and 'Continental' on propellers, 'Wild Bill' on a nose, 'Pepper Box' under a dorsal turret, 'Wee Willie Woo', 'Hornet's Nest', 'Lady Fairweather', 'Margaret - M' under a dorsal turret, 'Canuck' on a nose, 'Squirt' and 'Maggie' on propellers, 'Mimi' on a nose. A B-17 called 'The Green Hornet'. Two airmen stand under the aircraft. 'Yahoodi' with 'Si the Gonuf' made on an aircraft. Note: From Brian O’Neill’s “303rd Bombardment Group” here is the fate of the name ships in this film. “Hell Cat” 41-24580, pilot: T.O. O’Connor, fate: MIA 23 Jan 43
“The 8 Ball” 41-24581, pilot: W.R. Calhoun, fate: C/L UK 20 Dec 43
“The Duchess” 41-24561, pilot: H.L. Stouse, fate: ret USA, 7 Jul 44
“One O’Clock Jump” 41-24582, pilot: W.N. Frost, fate: MIA 12 Dec 42
“The Devil Himself” 41-24612, pilot: R.S. Hayes, fate: ret USA 20 Dec 44
“Bad Check” 41-24587, pilot: B.B. Southworth Jr., fate: MIA 11 Jan 44
“Knockout Dropper” 41-24605, pilot: J. Rolle, fate: ret USA 27 Mar 44
“Lady Fairweather” 41-24568, pilot: A.R. Redding, fate: MIA 23 Nov 42
“The Green Hornet” 41-24603, pilot: E.J. Sanderson, fate: MIA 23 Nov 42
“Yehudi” 41-24608, pilot: F.A. Saunders, fate MIA 3 Jan 43
(Also seen is a 91at Bomb Group B-17:“Delta Rebel No. 2” 42-5077, pilot: Lt Birdsong, fate: MIA 12 Aug 43. It is seen because the 91st BG was passing through Dow Field at the same time, during deployment to England.)
The 1956 National Convention of the Democratic Party in Chicago, Illinois. Former President Harry S. Truman and his wife Bess, taking seats at the convention.Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, taking her seat. Democratic Party National Chairman, Paul M. Butler standing behind and below the podium as convention prepares to get underway. Amphitheater is filled with seated delegates, as they are called to order. Delegates standing and applauding, following the keynote speech of Frank G. Clement, Governor of Tennessee,who touches the Tennessee delegate identification pole as it is thrust toward him.. Delegates waving poles displaying their respective State Names.