View from a Helicopter flying over fields of grain in Montana, United States. Shadow of the helicopter is seen moving below. Cattle grazing on the range are startled by the chopper. Views of U.S. Minuteman intercontinental missile installations in the vicinity of Great Falls, in 1964. Colonel Rex Dowtin, Commander of the U.S. 341st Strategic Missile Wing, is seen in cockpit of the helicopter. Views from the helicopter as it flies over the steel-covered underground missile silos. Snow-capped mountains in background. Colonel Dowtin and another crew member inside the helicopter.
U.S. Air Force staff car driving along a road at the Minuteman Missile complex of the 341st Strategic Missile Wing, near Great Falls, Montana. In the back seat are Captain Kenneth Atkins, a combat crew commander and his deputy, Lieutenant Jim Highland. View of desolate landscape from the passing car. The car stops at a fenced area where guards confirm their identifications. Inside a building the men are issued .38 caliber revolvers and ammunition. An authentication code is given over the phone by the guard, who then promptly burns a stub of paper on which it is written. The combat crew enters the complex through an alarmed door and takes an elevator down to the lower level. View up the shaft of the elevator descending. They exit and stand as the silo blast door is opened from within, and then enter the vault-like control room. Colonel Rex Dowtin, Commander of the 341st Wing, listens as one of his combat crews gives him their certification briefing. Combat crew members Atkins and Highland are seen in their silo control capsule, where they look over the latest message traffic. Views of SAC (Strategic Air Command) message recording systems and internal capsule controls. A double padlocked red box containing secret missile launch codes. Pre-recorded voice reporting the status of all missiles under the crews control. Sound of voice reporting on various selected channels. Views outside the silo, with some snow on the ground. View of a missile nose. Panning views of the capsule, showing the crew member bunks, among other things.
History of fire fighting in forests in United States. United States President Theodore Roosevelt standing with several persons, including John Muir and Chief Forester, Gifford Pinchot. Roosevelt on speaker's stand. Picture of Northern District Forester, William B. Greely and his staff, in Missoula, Montana. Scenes from 1910 during period of drought. A ranger checks a rain gauge. Picture of Smoke rising in a forest as a fire breaks out in Montana. Firefighters are recruited and head to Montana on horses and mules. Smoke rises as fire spreads across the forest. Firefighters work with hand tools and axes in attempt to control the fires. August 20, 1910, hurricane force winds create the "Big Blowup" fire storm starting in Elk City Idaho. Destruction in Wallace, Idaho. Scenes of aftermath, showing swaths of destroyed forest. Men in area filled with smoke, felling a large tree using axes. Forest Rangers standing on a mountain peak, scanning the horizon, with field glasses, for signs of fire. A Ranger on horseback. A Ranger approaches a fire, puts his backpack down and starts to clear brush. A fire warden standing on a peak looking for signs of fire.
A report covering the expansion and modernization of U.S. ICBM force, Norton AFB. Minuteman II missile on trailer truck. ICBM crew working around Minuteman II. Minuteman II erected. Test launch of Minuteman II at Cape Kennedy space center in 1964. Missile base under construction at Malmstorm AFB in Montana. Deactivation of first generation Titan I and Atlas D missiles, updating of Atlas for space boosters. Shrouded missile on trailer truck. Animated map of U.S. showing 14 air bases from where Titan I and Atlas D missiles are transferred to Norton AFB in California. Map shows Minuteman I turnover to SAC (Strategic Air Command) at Warren AFB in Wyoming. Minuteman I transfer ceremonies attended by military, state, and local dignitaries. Major General J. L. McCoy speaking at microphone. Minuteman control center building at Norton AFB. General McCoy with other officers discussing in conference. Officers on field looking over drawings for building new missile launch site.
A large welcoming crowd gathered at Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana, United States. U.S. President Richard Nixon and First Lady Patricia Nixon disembark from a plane and wave the crowd. Press photographers with cameras and equipment cover the event. Supporters raise banners and placards for Nixon. Large sign, "Welcome to Flathead Valley President and Mrs. Nixon" on the terminal. A high school marching band in red uniforms plays. President Nixon addresses the crowd and is flanked by Mike Mansfield, the Majority Leader of the Senate, Montana Governor Forrest Anderson, Congressman Dick Shoup, Congressman John Melcher. Former Montana Governor Hugo Aronson is also present. Views of the excited crowd as the elected officials make their way through the crowd shaking hands.
View from Helicopter cleared to land at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. Boys running across a field of tall grass past radar antenna at the base. A boy on a bicycle rides past a Strategic Air Command sign at the base reading "Peace is our Profession." Interior of a command center. An Air Force Senior Master Sergeant working with airmen to maintain status of the 341st Strategic Missile Wing's Minuteman missiles and coordinating their servicing and maintenance. Staff in the unit's command center is called to attention as their Commander, Colonel Rex Dowtin, enters. Colonel Dowtin and his staff officers take seats and listen to their morning briefing, beginning with a report from their weather officer about local conditions. This is followed by reports from other officers about the status of matters in their respective areas of responsibility. Meanwhile at another location, white-clad missile combat officer crews (Captains and Lieutenants) are being briefed by a Lieutenant Colonel who tells them the defense condition (DEFCON) is "4" and issues instructions for the day.