Mix of period footage circa 1910, retrospective interviews in 1975, and some still images. European immigration in bad travel conditions to America. View from rail on deck of a ship in heavy seas. An elderly European immigrant recalls his experiences of the journey on ship to America. Ship in Atlantic Ocean. Picture of European immigrants on ship deck. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Early 1900s period footage of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island and disembarking from ship, then walking with luggage for processing at Ellis Island. Some immigrants peer across New York Harbor at the skyline of New York city. Scene change to 1975 and views of interiors of a no longer used building in Ellis Island. Names of persons carved on walls. A man shares his experience as an immigrant passing through Ellis Island, and then as an immigration inspector reviewing new immigrants as they arrived.
Vietnamese refugees soon after arriving in the United States after the Vietnam War fall of Saigon. A Vietnamese girl seated next to a man using a radio to communicate. In the Refugee Center, a man writes names of refugees with their tent assignments. Air Force personnel and volunteers at work in the Center.
Test site on Prairie at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. United States Air Force and civilian personnel work on monitor consoles, typing data and operating scanner remote controls. USAF official speaks over microphone with headphone.
United States Air Force Captain puts tape into computer at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. He speaks over telephone. Captain dials numbers on telephone. He enters building along with a group of civilians.
“Operation New Arrivals,” in 1975, at Eglin Air Force Base Vietnamese Refugee Center. Opening scene shows closeup of a clown in costume, standing among some Vietnamese refugee children who are gathered outdoors at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Closeup of two boys sitting on folding metal chairs, eating ice cream popsicles. Many more closeups of children eating their popsicles. Next the children are seen seated in chairs, applauding for some kind of entertainment. Camera then shows the aforementioned clown, in front of the children, shaking hands with some of them. He then fashions some balloons into the shape of a bunny rabbit and gives it to a small child.
Safe use of nuclear weapons by the ( USAF ) United States Air Force. At the Directorate of Nuclear Safety at Kirtland Air Base in New Mexico officers at a meeting. The officers conduct detailed nuclear analysis and survey to achieve nuclear safety standards. An officer at a blackboard. Two officers at a desk as another comes in. The officers look at papers and try to identify and correct conditions that pose a nuclear hazard. The officers of Nuclear Weapons System Safety Group in a meeting. They look at a chart. The officers under the wing of an aircraft as they check pre operational safety standards. An officer climbs into the cockpit of the aircraft. A commander and the Nuclear Safety officer walk towards the aircraft with a building in the background. A nuclear weapon or nuclear bomb is attached under the wing of an aircraft. The commander climbs into the cockpit and the Nuclear Safety officer also climbs up as they look at the control panel of the plane.