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.
Douglas D558-2 Skyrocket research aircraft, built for the U.S. Navy, is seen taking off from Muroc Army Airfield (AKA Edwards Air Force Base). in first test flight, piloted by Douglas test pilot, John F. Martin. It makes gradual ascent passing low over the camera. In this first flight it is powered by a Westinghouse J34-40 turbojet engine. (After early flights with the jet engine, it would re-powered by a rocket engine.)
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.
D-558-2 Skyrocket with a B-29 Superfortress in flight over Muroc Air Force Base (now named Edwards AFB). A B-29 Superfortress in flight. A Skyrocket is attached to the belly of B-29. Insignia of United States. A chase plane flies on the left side of the B-29. The posterior part of D-558-2 and B-29. Jet is turned on and the Skyrocket is still attached to B-29. Vapor comes out from the jet line. U.S. Navy Skyrocket emits much vapor while still attached to B-29. The Skyrocket with B-29 in flight. The Skyrocket detaches from B-29 mother ship and is in flight. It flies over the mountains. The Skyrocket makes pass from the landing field. (Note: the Superfortress bomber seen here has the big WASP Major engines. So it is probably a B-50 - perhaps XB-50.)
The sled runs along the ground on the rails during tests carried out by Northrop engineers in Muroc. The rocket powered sled breaks the speed-of-sound barrier. The unmanned sled hits a speed of 1019 miles per hour. Smoke trails. Mountains in the background.