British fliers land in Melbourne, Australia. The British airmen CWA Scott and Tom Campbell Black land in Australia while flying in a race from England to Australia. Airplane lands on an airfield. People gather in a large number to greet them.
Army Air Forces records describe this as flight tests conducted at Wright Field on a Japanese Mitsubishi Type 0 MK2-SSF Hamp fighter plane, Army Air Forces (AAF) No. EB-201. (Recognized later, as a variant of the Zero, these Mitsubishi A6M3 Type 32 planes were renamed "Zeke 32.") Flight tests were made from January 9th to March 10th, 1944, to compare this aircraft with AAF fighters and to verify tests made in Australia by the Special Duties and Performance Flight of T.S.-7, Directorate of Technical Services, Melbourne. Test pilot in the cockpit with engine running. Closeup of pilot (possibly Captain Ralph C. Hoewing, who became first Commandant of the AAF Test Pilot School). He takes off from the airfield. and is seen in flight. Various aerial views of the Zero are seen including: flying overhead and from above as it flies over Ohio farmland. The pilot enters a shallow climb; and is seen from above and behind. He performs a slow descending roll. Finally, he buzzes the airfield at low altitude and high speed, and then brings the aircraft in for a smooth landing. (Note: This aircraft was rebuilt by the Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit in Hangar 7 at Eagle Farm Airfield, Brisbane, Australia, from the wrecks of five Mitsubishi A6M3 Type 32 Zeke's captured at Buna, New Guinea, during the war.) [ Ref. WWW. hangar7.org.au ]
America's Olympic contenders return in Los Angeles, United States from the Olympic games at Melbourne. The America's Olympic team members climb down a ladder. American weightlifters Paul Anderson carrying Charles Vincci on his shoulders climbs down the ladder. A close up of American Oarsman John B. Kelly. Basketball player Bill Russell. A close up of Anderson waving. All the players including Anderson seated together. American athletes Glenn Davis and Greg Bell stand together. Olympic athletes Bob Richards, Charles Dumas and Tom Courtney stand together. Parry O' Brein meets his family members.
B-17 flying fortress bomber taxiing on Royal Australian Air Force Base at Laverton, near Melbourne, Australia during World War 2. Several other B-17s are parked in the background. Armorer crews loading bombs aboard B-17s. American Army Air Forces crews boarding B-17s. Closeup of Brigadier General Ralph Royce, Chief of U.S. Air Operations in the South Pacific, as he looks out from copilot's window in a B-17. View out left window in cabin ofthe B-17, on takeoff roll. View of two left engines from pilot's window at low altitude. View of crew members in cabin of B-17. Change of scene to cockpit of B-17 named "The Swoose," in flight, being piloted by Lieutenant General George H. Brett, Commander of all Allied Air Forces in the South Pacific. Closeup of General Brett. Glimpse of navigator charting position at his station. The plane's pilot and aircraft commander, Major Frank Kurtz, is occupying the copilot position and converses with General Brett. Waist gunners preparing for battle in the aircraft. View out gunner's opening.
A collision between Royal Australian Navy HMAS Melbourne (R-21) and destroyer USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) while taking part in SEATO (Southeast Asia Treaty Organization) exercise in the South China Sea. HMAS Melbourne (R-21) rests on water. Two utility boats pull away from HMAS Melbourne. Forward section of HMAS Melbourne showing damage to the bow caused in the collision. Crewmen on the weather deck of a ship look towards HMAS Melbourne. A crewman up in a crane on a board ship. A crane hook swings in the air over a utility boat in skids on deck and is attached to slings. Five crewmen in the boat. Part of carrier superstructure seen in the background. A man signals on the deck of the ship. The boat is lowered in water. Australian utility boat approaches with survivors from USS Frank E. Evans aboard. Personnel on the sponsor deck of the ship watch. The boat approaches the ship's gangway. Men disembark from the boat onto the gangway and move up. The utility boat approaches the gangway of the ship. Men walk up the gangway. A U.S. Navy boat underway.
Handley Page Harrow (G-AFRL) aircraft taxis out. Handley Page Harrow and Short S.30 Empire in flight. Air-to-air refueling by Handley Page Harrow to Short S.30 Empire is achieved. Parachutist jumps from an aircraft. View of parachute in sky. Parachutist lands in middle of the city where he is met by few dignitaries.