Armed Forces day at Pepperrell Air Force Base, St. Johns, Newfoundland Canada, together with Torbay Airport (also known as St. John's Airport). Demonstrations of fire fighter equipment, water cooled 30 caliber machine gun, radar scanner. Weather balloon released in air. Ongoing parade through Saint Johns with United States and Canadian forces passing review stand. Aircrafts on exhibition include C-54, B-50, T-33, H-34, F-89 D's, C-47's and C-54's fly over in formation.
U.S. Air Force Arctic Survival School training and practice at Goose Air Base in Labrador, Newfoundland, Canada (near Goose Bay). Shows an aerial view of SOS stamped out in snow. Survival class instructor points out to cold weather gear that includes gloves, coat,socks and boots. He demonstrates construction of shelters, animal snares and traps with the help of model. Students strap on necessary equipment and get into snowshoes. U.S. Air Force personnel go into field for survival training. They construct parachute tent, fell trees to be used for firewood, Air Force personnel ice fishing with weighted net. They build fire signals and stamp SOS on snow covered open field.
Entrance of Ernest Harmon Base Operations Building at Harmon Air Force Base. C-124C Globemaster aircraft taxis in the snow. Several C-124s on the snowy ramp. Airman seated inside base theater during briefing.
Canadian and Newfoundland dignitaries in a meeting regarding confederation of Newfoundland with Canada. Former Prime Minister Mackenzie King is seen. Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent signs the confederation agreement document and gives a brief speech supporting the new relationship. Seated at the head of the Newfoundland delegation is Sir Albert Walsh, later named Lieutenant Governor. Other delegation members include Crosbie, Gruchy, Bradley, Smallwood, Winter. Sound of applause by the audience.
Canadian and Newfoundland dignitaries in a meeting with a map of Canada in the background. Old man and woman seated on bench with a dog. Poster on wall reads 'Newfoundlanders vote for Confederation'. Views of other pro-confederation campaign posters. Anti-confederation activist Peter Cashin. People enter a building to vote on the measure.
A group of men roll the Bellanca high wing monoplane, "Columbia,"from a hangar at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, Canada. Pilot,Captain Erroll Boyd, and navigator,Harry Connor, stand in front of the airplane, discussing their aeronautical chart. Camera focuses on the airplane's rudder, displaying: "NR 237" A picture of of a woman dressed in the U.S. flag, and the word: "Columbia." vertical stabilizer displays a stylized diamond forming letters: "CAL." With engine running, a well wisher shakes hands with Erroll Boyd through the plane window and then steps back as the "Columbia" taxis ahead. The aircraft begins takeoff on a rough, rocky field. (It didn't succeed and they had to try again with manual help to keep the airplane's tail from digging into the ground.) Scene shifts to the aircraft airborne overhead. (Note: fuel problems forced them to make an emergency landing at Tresco, the Scilly Islands, off Cornwall, England, before finally arriving at Croydon.)