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. )
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.
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.
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.
Aerial view of the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine, underway on the surface and then submerging. View of helmsman below in the Nautilus. Aerial view of frozen arctic ocean with deep crevasses, as narrator mentions the Nautilus traveling submerged, beneath the North Pole on August 3, 1958. The boat's Captain, Commander William R. Anderson, is seen in uniform. More views of the Nautilus moving on the surface, including one with crew members standing on deck. Next, a newspaper headline is shown, announcing Alaska's statehood. Small boy and girl sitting in the grass holding a flag displaying map of Alaska and reading: "Alaska 49th State." Automobile traffic driving into Anchorage, Alaska. Banner stretched across the road reads: "Anchorage. All-America City." Pedestrians jam the sidewalks as the city celebrates its new statehood. A float displaying a huge moose has sign on its side reading: "49th. Hey Texas. Now I'm the biggest Bull..." Young Alaskans ride in a convertible automobile. A huge 48-star American flag covers the front of a building. It has a large extra star appended to it. Closeup of the flag.
Waves crashing on a rocky shore. View of Plymouth Rock, with "1620" engraved on it. Coastline with hills and sea. A forest and primitive house of sticks. A church with watch tower. Reenactment of early immigrants felling trees and busy in a 17th Century settlement in Massachusetts. View upward of tall tree. Column on a building in Virginia; portico and clock on a building in Rhode Island;and a church in Carolina.The minuteman statue in Battle Green, Lexington,Massachusetts. Image of colonist James Otis. Statue of Thomas Jefferson. Image of Thomas Paine. Statue of Patrick Henry. Reenactment of British Red Coats charging up a hill during the American revolution. John Trumbull's painting, the "Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776" in the Capitol Rotunda, Washington,DC. A copy of the document. Reenactment of General Washington's troops and snowy encampment at Valley Forge, in 1777. The colonial troops marching in the snow.Painting of George Washington praying in a glen. Painting by John Trumbull of Lord Cornwallis surrendering to George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, October 17, 1781. The Constitution of the United States in the National Archives, Washington, DC. Liberty bell swinging. Early American flag with 13 stars and 13 stripes. Animated map showing the original 13 States. Reenactment of early settlers, in wagon trains, pushing Westward from the original colonies. New States being added to the animated map, until all 48 continental American States are filled in. An American flag displaying 48 States.