A film about missile launches in the United States. The American flag at half mast. Troops assembled on a ramp and Brigadier General Harry J. Sands Jr. Vice Commander of the Air Force Missile Test Center (AFMTC) speaks at the memorial services for the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy on 25th November, 1963. The night launch of an Interplanetary Monitoring Platform (IMP) satellite, test no. 6900, using a Delta launch vehicle on 27th November, 1963. The launch of a Centaur II, test no. 5175 on 27th November, 1963. A map of Cape with new name Cape Kennedy.
Views inside the Strategic Air Command Headquarters Command and Control Center at Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha, Nebraska. Six huge display screens cover the wall and controllers at monitoring stations are seen in semi-dark environment. An Air force Senior Master Sergeant stands near one of the control stations, as he calls up various computer-driven displays, which are shown onmonitors depicting the distribution and status of SAC's world wide assets at any moment. An Air Force Colonel occupies the Senior Controller's position on the main floor of the Command Post. Camera focuses on the Colonel, and his "fruit salad" (rows of military ribbons); his Command Pilot's wings; and the eagle's on the shoulders of his uniform. Scene shifts to variety of telephones in different colors. Looking over the shoulder of the Colonel, the camera focuses on a gold phone providing a direct line to the President of the United States; the National Military Command Center in Washington, DC; and to other Major Command Headquarters. Red and Gray phones comprise SACs primary alert system and show numerous connections to sites in the 2nd and 15th Air Forces. Closeup of the red phone control board. Scene shifts to a B-52 bomber in flight, and to pilots in a B-52 cockpit. The SAC Senior Controller, Colonel, on the gray phone, ostensibly talking to the B-52 pilots.
History and scenes related to the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC). Wheat crop blowing in wind and abandoned harvesting machinery in fields of Nebraska. World War II aerial view of several U.S. Army Air Force B-17 bombers in formation flight. Tail Codes of "triangle C" identify them as belonging to the 303rd Bomb Group (H), 1st Air Division, 41st Combat Wing
Eighth Air Force, based at RAF Station, Molesworth, England. A closeup shows B-17,tail number, 41-24416 of the 358th Bomb Squadron. (Its name, "Black Diamond Express,"is not seen.) Lettering on side of one of the B-17 aircraft includes word, "Doodle". View of bombardier using bomb sight in aircraft during bombing run.. Aerial view of buildings on ground. Close up as bombardier completes settings and pulls lever. Bombs away view as bombs are dropped from open bomb hatch toward industrial target. View from aircraft as bombs hit industrial buildings and massive explosion as buildings in target zone are destroyed by B-17 bombing during World War II. Dramatic view of smoke, and rubble soaring upward toward camera on aircraft. View on ground of bombs hitting target and workers in an oil tank and marshaling yard area rushing to assist after damage from U.S. bombing campaign in World War 2. Fire fighters try to extinguish fire. Wreckage due to bombing. Damaged rail lines and trains. U.S. Army Air Force B-29 aircraft in flight as seen from air. POV B-29 bomber from pilot seat area looking forward at bombardier and nose of aircraft. View of bomb door hatch open on B-29 and release of an atomic bomb similar to "Little Boy" atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. View of a massive atomic bomb explosion. Smoke rises from nuclear bomb blast. Views from cameras used in atomic tests showing buildings and equipment at moment of impact. Massive wind and immediate destruction from atomic blast wave. Sweeping views of undeveloped land near SAC HQ at Offutt AFB, and views of the Headquarters of Strategic Air Command, United States Air Force. A Minuteman missile standing near the building. Point of view from visitors entering the headquarters, as an an air policeman directs them. Insignia of SAC (Strategic Air Command) on the wall. Identity card of visitor matched. Model of airplane. Guards checks the Identity card of visitor and opens door
Turn of the Century immigrants to the United States pose aboard ship. Some wear fez hats. View of clothing industry workers at sewing machines. Picture of Sidney Hillman and his wife, circa 1910. Older garment worker cutting cloth. Clothing workers punching a time clock. Men operating sewing machines. A cutter marking cloth from a pattern. A man sewing button holes on clothing. Old pictures of earlier garment workers. More modern view of unionized clothing workers at sewing machines. A cutter using a machine to cut multiple layers of fabric. Supervisors discussing a sample of sewn product. numerous views of men and women sewing garments. Flashback to earlier times of workers marching to demand a union contract. Union member distributing literature at a factory gate. Small group of union picketers on sidewalk. Union leader speaking to group of women workers in Southern town. Union organizer with bloodied head, smoking cigarette. Striking Workers (mostly women) standing in group outside employment office of Tuf-Nut Garment Manufacturing Company in Little Rock,Arkansas. The striking women being arrested by policemen. Change of scene to closeup of Alabama State policeman smoking cigar. Civil rights marchers during demonstration in Birmingham Alabama on May 7, 1963 during the "Birmingham Campaign" or "Birmingham Movement". Fire fighters in fire engine pumper truck stops near police on street in town and sets up fire hoses to spray high powered water directly at African American civil rights marchers. Civil Rights marchers soaked by high powered water hoses. One protestor or demonstrator tries to run away from the fire hose and is grabbed by two white police men. A protestor takes cover behind a telephone poll as a firehose is directed toward him. A black man converses with two women on a snowy street. Civil Rights marchers of the negro Southern Christian Leadership Conference carrying signs during a demonstration. People fill the area around the reflecting pool by the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, August 28, 1963. A man and his daughter share time together on a snowy day. Children sledding in the snow. People ice skating on lake in Central Park, New York City. Closing views of early immigrants to the U.S.A.
A film about missile launches in the United States. A Saturn rocket on a pad. The launch of the rocket. Cameramen in action. Arrival of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in a United States Air Force Boeing VC-137C and tour of Cape on 16th November, 1963. President Kennedy in a car with Major General Leighton I. Davis Commander Air Force Missile Test Center (AFMTC) and James Edwin Webb National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator. Astronauts Major Leroy Gordon Cooper and Major Virgil I. Grisson in civilian clothes brief Kennedy on Gemini. The President with Senator George A. Smathers and Werner Von Braun at the base of Saturn. President Kennedy boards a United States Marine Corps (USMC) VH-3A helicopter. The helicopter takes off and lands on USNS ( United States Navy Ship ) Observation Island (T-AGM-23). President Kennedy wearing a sailor jacket meets the commander of the ship. He observes the Polaris missile launch from USS Andrew Jackson submarine on 16th November, 1963. President Kennedy talks to Major General Davis and Dr. Kurt Debus at the launch operations division of the NASA. He boards a Boeing VC-137C aircraft at Cape.
"To keep the peace" about need for peace, during Cold War. Expansive farm field of wheat waving in breeze under a sunny to partly cloudy sky in the United States. Wide shot of ocean waters and sun breaking through low clouds near dawn or dusk. President John F Kennedy delivering a speech on peace and nuclear testing, on July 2, 1963, in Naples Italy at NATO headquarters. Kennedy says, "The purpose of our military strength is peace. The purpose of our partnership is peace. So our negotiations for an end to nuclear tests and our opposition to nuclear dispersal are fully consistent with our attention to defense--these are all complementary parts of a single strategy for peace." Shortly after President Kennedy's death, President Lyndon B Johnson addresses a joint session of Congress on November 27, 1963. Shows segment of speech where President Johnson says, "We have proved that we are a good and reliable friend to those who seek peace and freedom. We have shown that we can also be a formidable foe to those who reject the path of peace and those who seek to impose upon us or our allies the yoke of tyranny."