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.)
Documentary film 'Flight to the Future' shows experimental aircraft at Muroc Army Air Field (Edwards Air Force Base) in California, United States. U.S. Air Force F-94 Starfire, B-66 Destroyer, C-123 Provider, Piasecki H-21 helicopter, C-54 Skymaster, C-47 Skytrain, T-33 Shooting Star aircraft parked at an airbase. Dry land with a few bushes around the airbase. Men raise canvas covered door of hangar. Bell YP-59 A aircraft taxis out of the hangar. Bell YP-59 A aircraft taxis and takes off from the runway.
United States experimental aircraft at Muroc Army Air Field (Edwards Air Force Base) in California, United States. U.S. Navy Bell YP-59 A aircraft taxis out of the hangar. Bell YP-59 A aircraft taxis and takes off from the runway. Number of large hangars along the runway at the airbase. Bell X-1 taxis out of the hanger. Bell X-1 aircraft in flight.
United States experimental aircraft at Muroc Army Air Field (Edwards Air Force Base) in California, United States. Bell X-2 being pushed by several men across the flight line. Bell X-3 taxis out of hangar. Bell X-4 taxis and takes off from the runway. Pilot in the cockpit of X-1A aircraft. Ground crew make a final check. U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortress takes off from the runway with X-1A under its wing. X-1A releases from B-29 Superfortress in mid flight and begins a solo flight. X-1A lands on the runway.