Northrop heavy bomber YB-49 in flight over mountains and landing at Muroc, California. The aircraft was sometimes called a "flying wing" or boomerang due to its appearance. Several scenes of B-47 aircraft taking off.
Major catastophe events of the year 1952. Views of destruction on the ground in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after American Airlines flight 6780, a Convair 240, crashed into a house at Williamson and South Streets on January 22, 1952. Burned wreckage and devastation seen at the crash site in Elizabeth following the crash and subsequent explosions damaging or destroying multipole houses in the 600 block of Williamson Street. In the first few seconds of the clip, the Battin High School for Girls is seen in the background. The school was adjacent to the crash but not hit. Narrator also describes the crash of an Army transport plane in California which killed 86 soldiers, but no images of that crash are shown. Next scenes shift to England, on September 6, 1952, as a de Havilland DH.110 jet aircraft, piloted by John Derry, explodes in midair after achieving Mach 1 and then beginning a left bank and climb at 450 knots during the 1952 Farnborough Airshow. Spectators at the British air show are seen on the ground in the area below the explosion and where debris rained down on the crowd causing deaths and injuries. Engines from the blown-up DH.110 plane (prototype, ID WG236) are seen hurtling through the sky toward Observation Hill immediately after the mid-air explosion. Scenes show crowd working to tend to the wounded and shocked families and children crying.
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.