Americans listen to a chamber string quartet playing music on stage. Vintage views of various famous American cities in the 1950s. Sweeping wide views of American wilderness with mountains in distant background. Elevated view of a river in America. A railroad marshaling yard with skyline of Chicago Illinois in the distance. Close view of two railroad trains passing in opposite directions in downtown Chicago with skyscraper in background. A city street in downtown Detroit Michigan with 1950s cars on the road. View of the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis Minnesota and the city skyline in background. View of Saint Paul Minnesota with river, bridge, and some nearby factories. View of Saint Louis Missouri as seen from an anchored position on the Mississippi River. The city skyline of New Orleans from a distance. View of Pittsburgh skyline with the West End Bridge over the Ohio River in the foreground. People walk on the grounds of Liberty Island in New York, with the Statue of Liberty seen towering above. Aerial view of New York city's skyline, skyscrapers and New York harbor. Camera view panning from ground to top of Empire State Building in Manhattan. Aerial view of Washington DC and Potomac River. Ground view of Jefferson Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol seen together. Steps of Lincoln Memorial and view of statue of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln inside the memorial. An eastern American mountain view, witha lake or river in the foreground. View of Half Dome peak in Yosemite National Park seen from a moving vehicle. Elevated view of a dense forest in the western United States. Pacific coast scene of surf washing onto rocks in a rocky area with nearby cliffs and mountains.
A film 'We saw it happen' about the history of aviation in the United States. In Dayton, Ohio: Houses seen along Hawthorn Street. A still picture shows the Wright brothers in their youth. View down Hawthorn Street with several 1940s and early 1950s cars parked along the Dayton street. Exterior view of 7 Hawthorn Street, home of the Wright Brothers. Interiors of the Wright home in Dayton. The workshop of the Wright brothers. Machines in the workshop. The "Wright Cycle Co" and Wright Museum (moved from Dayton to Greenfield village in Dearborn, Michigan.) A powered engine prepared in the workshop. Sweeping view of windswept beach area of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where the Wright brothers conducted test flights in 1900-1902. Another view of Hawthorn Street in Dayton. A boy on the sidewalk. View of the 4 cylinder airplane engine first designed by the Wright Brothers. Narrator speaks of December 17, 1903 Wright Brothers flight. View of the Wright Flyer in flight overhead. Scene changes to aerial side view of Boeing B-52 Stratofortress aircraft in flight (this is aircraft YB-52,the second XB-52). The B-52 banks left and away.
Animated illustration of rapid improvements in GE jet engine designs. Views of the GE plant at Lockland, Ohio. Interior of a jet passenger liner airplane, as envisioned in 1951. View of Dr. Sanford A. Moss, standing in front of the Collier Trophy, looking at his award certificate, in 1941. The trophy was awarded to him and the U.S. Army Air Corps for development of the aircraft engine supercharger. Discussion of Atomic Energy Commission, U.S. Air Force, General Electric and Convair ideas about building an atomic powered airplane. Views of the GE gas turbine laboratory. Montage of jet aircraft of the early 1950s. Among those seen are: Convair SF-92 delta wing fighter plane; The Chase XCG-20A 4-engine cargo plane; North American F-86 sabrejet; Grumman F9F panther; F-89 Scorpion; and B-36 bomber, plus several unidentified experimental aircraft. Several scenes of B-47s in rocket assisted takeoffs.
Sesquicentennial of Washington DC, 1950. Film segments created for presentation by Treasury Department at meeting on April 25, 1929. A portrait of the first President of the United States George Washington. Animated maps of the original 13 colonies and the 10 square mile Federal District of Columbia. View of the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal. George Washington's plantation home, Mount Vernon. Christ Church in Alexandria. Old houses on a street and a hill in Georgetown. Sketch of Suter's Tavern. Animated map shows the L'Enfant development plan and the location of principal buildings. The first section of the U.S. Capitol built on Jenkins Hill. The U.S. Capitol building designed by William Thornton and Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Sketch of the White House designed by James Hoban. Sketch of Capitol Building in 1827 with dome constructed by Charles Bullfinch.
Bruce Dicky, a banker speaks on importance of roads for prosperous growth of people. Scenes of a road, on a side of a lake. Traffic moving on roads. Houses on sides of roads. View of industries and suburban shopping centers of the 1950's with many 1950's cars parked in parking lots, made possible by expanding roads and highway systems in America. Building of a cancer research center. C Y Thomas, a doctor speaks on the location of the hospital and the importance of roads linking to it. Interstate 287 with traffic moving on it. Industries and buildings linked with roads.
Factory whistle blows and men entering a factory. Car chassis factory assembly line. Locomotive engineer blows train whistle and locomotive with cultivators on a flat bed car. Cultivators harvesting grain. Woman carries groceries from shop to a 1950's sedan car parked on street. View of 1950's automobile highway traffic and aerial view of highway. Eisenhower inauguration. In his speech, Eisenhower emphasizes that, "we stand ready to engage with any and all others in joint efforts to remove the causes of mutual fear and distrust among nations..." Newspaper headline 'Korean Truce Signed'. American troops disembark ship and greet family. Secretary of State Dulles with Churchill. Eisenhower and Churchill at Geneva conference, along with Kruschev. Eisenhower speaks before United Nations about efforts to form an "atom pool." He notes United States "determination to help solve the fearful atomic dilemma...." Newspaper headlines 'Eisenhower Signs Sea Way Bill'. Construction of Saint Lawrence Seaway. 'Budget' and 'tax cuts' news in newspapers, including headline, "White House ends all wage controls...." Farmer plows field with tractor. Construction of new buildings and highway system through Eisenhower programs. Views of the newly established Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Workers filing cards in giant room of file drawers and cabinets. Nurse draws vaccine into syringe. Children are vaccinated. President Eisenhower meets leaders from different countries at White House, including England's Queen Mother and King Paul, Queen Frederica of Greece, and Prime Minister St-Laurent of Canada. Eisenhower at press conference discussing disarmament notes importance of the "elimination of opportunity of surprise attack." View of fff shore towers and listening platforms and missiles to protect America from attacks. Nautilus submarine launched. Plane taking off from aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59). Formation of Northrop F-89 Scorpions in flight.