The American Interplanetary Society's first liquid fuel rocket is launched from Staten Island in New York, United States in 1933. George Edward Pendray of the AIS, and his associate preparing for the launch. The 7 1/2 foot rocket is placed on a stand. Other men look on. The rocket, fueled with gasoline and liquid oxygen, takes off. Its fuel tank overheats and explodes moments after takeoff and the rocket crashes to the beach below. (From a November 10, 1958 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier. The world's first successful liquid fuel rocket was launched by Robert Goddard in Auburn, Massachusetts, on 16 March 1926. This film records the first such attempt under auspices of the American Interplanetary Society, in 1933. )
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.
Solar energy furnace for production of enormous heat at Massachusetts, United States. The Army Quartermaster Corp shows a new solar furnace that captures the suns rays in a 1400 square foot heliostat. Situated at Lake Cochituate, it is capable of generating heat close to that of a nuclear explosion. Officers watch the furnace as it burn through a steel sample. It will be used to test effects of nuclear bombs on various materials, without the logistics and expense of nuclear test firings.
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.
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.
An overview of baseball teams preparing for the 1958 season in Florida. Views of New York Yankees' camp with manager Casey Stengel running onto field, pitchers Sal Maglie and Whitey Ford warming up. A smiling Mickey Mantle (#7) hits a ball far in batting practice. Yogi Berra (#8) and Hank Bauer (#9) take their swings. Scene shifts to the Dodgers' camp; this is the first spring after the team moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Views of pitchers Don Newcombe (#36) and Johnny Podres throwing, and players Duke Snider (#4), Gino Cimoli and Gil Hodges (#14) swinging in batting cage. Announcer notes Dodgers have big problem at catcher after Roy Campanella was put "out of service." (He was permanently paralyzed in a car accident.) Al Walker, Joe Pignatano and John Roseboro are named as his possible successors. Scene shifts to St. Louis Cardinals training camp. Announcer predicts Cardinals will be pennant contender. Views of brothers Von and Lindy McDaniel, shortstop Alvin Dark and all-time great Stan Musial. Scene then shifts to Chicago White Sox camp. Outfielder Al Smith (#9) fields a ball; Jim Rivera (#7), Nellie Fox and Smith take swings in batting cage. Action moves to Detroit Tigers camp, where pitchers Jim Bunning (#14) and Frank Lary (#17) are seen warming up. Al Kaline (#6) hits a ball in batting practice.