Strategic Air Command (SAC) Reflex Action Alert flight crew members, responding to on alert, run across icy ramp to man their B-47 aircraft at the Loring Air Force Base in Maine, United States. Crew is seen preparing to board and launch. Heater hoses are attached to the aircraft. Pilot talks to crew chief, who then attends to ground auxiliary power unit and communicates with aircrew using mike and headset. Sun is setting.Snow plowed from alert area and runway. Three responding crew members slip and slide as they run over ice. A flight line guard, carrying a carbine and wearing fur lined parka, checks their passes and lets them continue. Aircraft in flight seen in background.
Aerial view of 1950's automobiles parked outside Burdine Stadium (later the Miami Orange Bowl) in Miami, Florida. Fans of both Duke University (Blue Devils) and University of Oklahoma (Sooners) football teams entering the stadium at entrance gates. View at gates as tickets are checked. A fan tries on a festive hat. View of the field with marching bands on it during their show, displaying a large American flag formation. View of fans in the stadium. Some Oklahoma Sooners fans wearing cowboy hats. 1958 college football Orange Bowl game gets underway. Scenes from the game, crowd cheering, band and cheerleaders performing at half time and from sidelines.
Pilot climbs into the cockpit of B-47 in United States. He wears heavy parka and puts on his helmet. He closes the canopy of B-47 on snow covered ramp. Ground crewmen pull covers off aircraft's right wing inboard engines. They toss them into a snow bank at edge of alert area clearing and then they run back towards the aircraft. Control tower at Loring Air Force Base, Maine. Tower operator speaks into hand-held mike. Second operator talks on telephone in the background. Ground crew removes chocks from wheels and air intake covers from right wing engines of a RATO equipped B-47. Snow covered alert ramp at Loring Air Force Base.
Three B-52 crew members enter aircraft at Loring Air Force Base in Maine, United States. Second B-52 parked in the background. Snow covered ground. B-52 engines starts. Crewmen wear fur lined parkas, helmets and protective ear covers. They discuss amongst themselves.
B-47 aircraft at Loring Air Force Base in Maine, United States. Two RATO equipped B-47's taxis from snow covered alert pad onto the air strip.
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.