Views of diesel powered bulldozer leveling off sandy field and metal grill work placed by workers for landing strip at Marston Strip, North Carolina. Aircraft C-47D landing on landing strip.
The Pan American Highway Commission officials received by Cameron A. Morrison, Governor of North Carolina. Governor Morrison and the delegates pose for a photo on steps of a building. The commission visits the Highway Equipment Depot near Raleigh and inspects the machinery. They proceed towards University of North Carolina. Traffic signs and direction boards on road sides. University of North Carolina college students give a cheer and greet the group. The commission buses, cars, motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecars are seen traveling on highway roads in North Carolina. The commission members observe road machinery and try out the machines including early tractors, graders, scrapers, and plows, trench diggers, and steam shovels. Two delegate members ride in the bucket of a steam shovel. They halt at the newly completed Wilcox Bridge spanning the Yadkin River near Spencer, North Carolina. A view of the caravan on the open-spandrel (open support system) Wilcox Bridge over the Yadkin River and then in a North Carolina town. The group entering Bessemer city in North Carolina, where a welcome banner spans the roadway.
Paratroopers bailing out of aircraft C-47, descending, striking down. C-47s landing and crew debarking on air strip. Crew getting equipment from aircraft.
Workers in war production effort busy at a General Electric Plant in the United States during World War 2. Men wheel portable power generators used to power search lights. Search light spots an airplane above in the sky during testing. Various parts being manufactured for large U.S. Navy warships. Auxiliary generators provide heat, light and power to cruisers. Big reduction gears and turbines being finished in the factory and tested. Ships outfitted with GE turbines are launched. Narrator mentions the recent launch of several battleships. Two battleship launches are shown, including the June 13, 1940 launch of the USS North Carolina (BB-55), being christened by Ms. Hoey, daughter of Clyde Hoey, the Governor of North Carolina. Beside her in dress white U.S. Navy uniforms are Lt. Sampson and Lt. DeMetropolis. The battleship slides down skids into waters at New York shipyard.
U.S. Battleship, USS North Carolina (BB-55) underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Sailors raise signal flags. Bosun's mate pipes signal, and sailors respond to battle stations for live fire exercise. One of the ship's triple turret rotates with its 16 in (410 mm)/45 calibre Mark 6 guns. Her1.1 in (28 mm) anti-aircraft guns begin firing, followed by the 16 inch guns. Closeup of Captain Olaf M. Hustvedt, the first Commander of the U.S. North Carolina. He looks through binoculars. Night firing of the North Carolina's guns.
Coast Artillerymen at Camp Davis in North Carolina demonstrate how to handle a barrage balloon. Two types of barrage balloons. Men lay a canvas cover on a balloon bed. A compact wooden box in which a balloon is transported. Men lift the box and bring it to the edge of the cloth on the ground. They remove a lid. A balloon and its accessories are unpacked. Men remove their shoes and spread the balloon. Men put an inflation tube into an appendix of the balloon and the other end is attached to an air blower. The balloon is partially inflated. A man enters a gas chamber through the appendix and takes an inspection lamp. Men prepare cylinders of helium for inflation the balloon. The inspection is complete and the man comes out from the appendix. Men walk on the balloon to remove the air.