A review of research and development in guided missiles by the United States Air Force from 1919 to 1948. General Motors power-driven bomb (GM A-1 Bug), number 9 on tail, in Muroc, California. Technicians work on the same. The bomb is raised into position for attaching to the launching automobile by means of a hoist on a truck. The missile is nick named the 'Bug'. Technicians work at the automobile being driven beneath the suspended missile. The missile is radio controlled. The automobile specifically built for the launch of the missile is powered by two 165 HP Cadillac engines attached to a single drive shaft. Attaching the 'bug' missile to the launching car. The tractor and the hoist are removed. The automobile is driven across terrain at Muroc. A testing station for testing radio control section of aircraft during test. A technician checks over the radio equipment and shows television camera and equipment used for test. The automobile start at a high speed across the launching strip. Take off of the missile from the automobile. 'Bug' missile in flight. Views from a control aircraft beside the GM A-1 Bug while the Bug is in flight.
A new sonic airplane tested in Muroc, California. Northrop pilot Charles Tucker, wearing an oxygen gear, in United States Air Force's new research craft X-4 Bantam. The X-4 taxis and takes off for its first flight test. The X-4, the swept-wing, semi-tailless plane powered by gas turbine engines, in flight.
The experimental Northrop MX-324, first U.S. military rocket-powered flying wing plane, takes-off during tests at Muroc Dry Lake, California. It makes a short flight, circling to land smoothly with a very long landing roll, disappearing in the distance. (Buildings seen in back ground are at North Edwards Air Force Base.)
D-588-2 Sky Rocket at Muroc in California. D-588-2 Sky Rocket is pushed out of a hangar. Insignia of United States. Radar in the background. A rudder of D-588-2 Sky Rocket. Men stand behind the rudder. Landing gear and nose of D-588-2. A man stands on the right wing of Sky Rocket. The cockpit of the Sky Rocket is open. D-588-2 Sky Rocket fueled. D-5882 ground crew prepares to service. Two men work under the right wing.
D-588-2 Sky Rocket at Muroc in California. Ground crewmen around the cockpit of D-588-2 Sky Rocket. A man in a cockpit. A crewman stands on a ladder. A rudder of D-588-2. Insignia of United States. Men around D-588-2 Sky Rocket. The cockpit is closed. Front hatch is open. Man seated in plane nose of D-588-2. A man on a ladder. Ground crewmen around plane. Flame for rocket burns up.
A novel sled propelled by rockets being tested at Muroc Air Force Base (Edwards Air Force Base) in California. Sled on track. Man stands besides tracks. Driver wears safety jacket and gets into a sled. Man closes door of the sled. Sled runs on tracks. Driver of sled smiles.