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Defense Early Warning radar sites (DEW Line), White Alice communications systems, and North American Air Defense (NORAD)

Aerial views of Dew Line air defense radar installations in the Northern part of North America. Ground views of a man dressed in furs riding a dog sled. View from the sled of the dog team pulling it. The man and dog team moving in the snow past black microwave antennas of the "White Alice" Alaskan Communications system. Aerial view of a White Alice complex containing huge red and white checkered microwave antennas. Oil tanks and other facilities at the site. Scene shifts to closeup of receiving and relaying antennas of the White Alice system. View of a Dew Line radar site. Narrator explains how the Dew Line stations work in concert with the White Alice system. Closeup of radar antenna rotating and fade to a radar screen where a target is being painted by a sweeping beam. Operator at the radar screen picks up phone to inform NORAD (North American Air Defense Command). View of the NORAD Headquarters Building at Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, with mountain in background and flags of the U.S. and Canada flying from flag poles in front of the building. View inside the command and control area of the headquarters. A large tracking board on which radar information is depicted. view of a radar station complex on land and one out at sea. A Lockheed EC-121 radar picket aircraft in flight and a radar picket ship at sea.

Date: 1959
Duration: 2 min 4 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Description of North American Air Defense system components and operation

Actor Raymond Massey talks about the nation's need for defense against possible air attack. He walks to a large wall map depicting North America and discusses joint efforts of Canada and the United States to establish an effective air defense system for North America. On the map, lines of radar stations are shown: The DEW line;Mid Canada line; and the Pine Tree line. Other radar installations are highlighted along East and West coasts on land, on towers in the ocean, on picket ships and on picket aircraft. Sites of the SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) network of radars, computer systems, and aircraft command and control equipment are depicted on the U.S. part of the map. The headquarters of NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) at Colorado Springs, Colorado is highlighted. Massey points to models of intercepter missiles and long range bombers, on his desk, and discusses their employment. He then speaks of an intricate communications system to tie everything together. This is depicted on the animated map. Views of men laying telephone cable. Underground view of telephone cables. View of telephone microwave tower. Telephone poles and lines along a rural road. A mother and child telephoning the father long distance. Office workers using telephones. Teletype machines and television communications. A ship laying telephone cable at sea.Map depicts lines of communication provided by undersea cables. views of emergency supplies and equipment available in times of disaster. Downed power lines being repaired. Men at a large emergency diesel generator. Underground communication cables being installed by team of tracked vehicles. Remote lines of communication away from possible targets are depicted.

Date: 1959
Duration: 5 min 6 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
A cold wave leads to freezing of Niagara Falls in North America and an ice bridge builds up in the gorge.

The Niagara Falls freezes due to cold wave. Women and children look at the Niagara Falls which has frozen due to a cold wave. Ice accumulates against the wall. Ice floats in water. Ice walls hang from the rocks. A 30 feet thick bridge of ice at the bottom of the gorge.

Date: 1959, January 8
Duration: 45 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Fictional enactment of U.S. actions in response to enemy bomber attack against North America

Air raid alarm sounding and civilians in New York City running down into subway for shelter. Surface-to-air BOMARC missiles raising into firing position. Civil Defense Air Raid Warden, in white helmet, directing people to shelter. BOMARC and NIKE-Hercules missiles readied for launch. F-102 interceptor aircraft in flight. NORAD personnel monitoring radar displays. Formation of F-102s and closeup of a pilot in a cockpit. Activities of personnel inside NORAD command Center, coordinating defense forces. NORAD Commander, General Laurence S. Kuter, on "Red Phone" for conference call receiving White House authority to strike back. SAC bomber crews scramble to their bomber aircraft. B-47s and B-52s taking off. NORAD headquarters authorizing missile sites to commence firing.SM-65 Atlas missiles being launched. Nike-Hercules missiles being raised and BOMARC missiles being fired. Enemy aircraft being destroyed in the air, by missiles. Comments by actor Raymond Massey regarding U.S. military preparedness.

Date: 1959
Duration: 4 min 20 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Nikita Khrushchev watches the filming of a movie sequence in Hollywood, Los Angeles while on a visit of the U.S.

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on a visit to the United States. Animated map of the United States shows places visited by Mr. Khrushchev during his tour. A line on the map from New York to Los Angeles. An aircraft lands in Los Angeles, California. 'U.S. Air Force' written on the aircraft. Mrs. and Mr. Khrushchev disembark from the aircraft and are greeted by Los Angeles Mayor. Photographers click pictures. Mr. Khrushchev and party leave in cars for a tour of the city. The motorcade is accompanied by police escorts. Brief shot outside the Brown Derby at 1628 North Vine Street in Hollywood. Mr. Khrushchev's motorcade reaches Hollywood. Photographers click pictures. They are greeted by Hollywood film executives, including Eric Johnston, president of the Motion Picture Association of America. They watch the filming of a movie sequence on a Hollywood movie set.

Date: 1959, September 19
Duration: 1 min 47 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. developments in defense against intercontinental ballistic missiles

Actor Raymond Massey standing in front of color map of North America, speaks about U.S. measures to defend against potential enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles. Aerial view of one of the largest radar antennas in the world being set up in Greenland and Alaska, and another planned for Great Britain, all part of the BMEWS (Ballistic Missile Early Warning System). A teletype machine printing information transmitted by the BMEWS system. View of technicians working in BMEWS communications circuit vault. More views of BMEWS radar antennas. Animated diagram of earth with early warning satellites orbiting to provide instant notice of missile launch. Views of U.S. Army Nike-Hercules missiles being tested, before development of the Nike-Zeus versions.

Date: 1959
Duration: 2 min 25 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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