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.
Wright Air Development Center in Ohio, United States. General Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg speaks, a document titled 'Ridenour Report'. First page of the document titled 'Research and Development in United States Air Force'. Air force organizational chart shows the hierarchy. A map of United States shows the location of ARDC (Air Force Research and Development Command) at various places. Workers at the entrance of Wright Air Development Center in Ohio. Men and women work inside the center. A B-52 aircraft takes off and in flight.
In a U.S. Army documentary, an Army Sergeant walks on sidewalks of a typical 1950 small town in the rural United States -- Ottumwa, Iowa. Civilians on streets of the city. Various shops and 1940s and 1950s era automobiles. People from various walks of life talk to the Sergeant. The Sergeant recalls the town's ancestors entering America. The Des Moines river is shown with a small boat anchored at the end of a dock and men and boys fishing. Statue of an Indian Chief atop the Courthouse Building, Chief Wapello, whose tribe camped in the spot of the town years prior. The entrance of the library. Still images and drawings from the library depicting the town. Pictures of houses, shops and other buildings. People on the streets of Ottumwa. The Ottumwa Daily Courier newspaper headline announcing U.S. participation in World War I, "War Becomes Actuality." Images of members from Ottumwa's own Company G, 42nd Rainbow Division in WWI, including soldiers Arthur Menge, Charles Orman, Marlow Work. Views of WWI battle scenes. Oscar Nelson is remembered for heroism. WWI soldiers returning to American towns. Private Charles Orman 40 years later in Ottumwa. He enters a barber shop. Art Menge is also seen in the Barber shop. Aerial view of the city with many bridges, plants, factories, and homes visible. Cars and pedestrians on streets, The Ottumwa Bank, the Airport with a plane parked in front of the terminal, the Railroad train station with people waiting as a large sleek silver passenger train pulls up and arrives. The Hoffmann Drug store, the Ottumwa Hotel, The Ottumwa Daily Courier newspaper building, the Glover Motor Company, the Union Bank, and the Sunnyslope Sanitorium. Various homes and neighborhoods and 1950s automobiles. Governor Herschel Loveless, an Ottumwa native, at home with his wife. The home on Davis Street of the Miss Universe contest winner Carol Morris, and views of Ms. Morris in the pageant and receiving the winners crown in 1956.