Several scenes of large map of United States of America. Nebraska is outlined and Omaha (Headquarters location of the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) is highlighted. An arrow points a bold dot representing city of Omaha in Nebraska,United States.
Views inside the Strategic Air Command Headquarters Command and Control Center at Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha, Nebraska. Six huge display screens cover the wall and controllers at monitoring stations are seen in semi-dark environment. An Air force Senior Master Sergeant stands near one of the control stations, as he calls up various computer-driven displays, which are shown onmonitors depicting the distribution and status of SAC's world wide assets at any moment. An Air Force Colonel occupies the Senior Controller's position on the main floor of the Command Post. Camera focuses on the Colonel, and his "fruit salad" (rows of military ribbons); his Command Pilot's wings; and the eagle's on the shoulders of his uniform. Scene shifts to variety of telephones in different colors. Looking over the shoulder of the Colonel, the camera focuses on a gold phone providing a direct line to the President of the United States; the National Military Command Center in Washington, DC; and to other Major Command Headquarters. Red and Gray phones comprise SACs primary alert system and show numerous connections to sites in the 2nd and 15th Air Forces. Closeup of the red phone control board. Scene shifts to a B-52 bomber in flight, and to pilots in a B-52 cockpit. The SAC Senior Controller, Colonel, on the gray phone, ostensibly talking to the B-52 pilots.
History and scenes related to the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC). Wheat crop blowing in wind and abandoned harvesting machinery in fields of Nebraska. World War II aerial view of several U.S. Army Air Force B-17 bombers in formation flight. Tail Codes of "triangle C" identify them as belonging to the 303rd Bomb Group (H), 1st Air Division, 41st Combat Wing
Eighth Air Force, based at RAF Station, Molesworth, England. A closeup shows B-17,tail number, 41-24416 of the 358th Bomb Squadron. (Its name, "Black Diamond Express,"is not seen.) Lettering on side of one of the B-17 aircraft includes word, "Doodle". View of bombardier using bomb sight in aircraft during bombing run.. Aerial view of buildings on ground. Close up as bombardier completes settings and pulls lever. Bombs away view as bombs are dropped from open bomb hatch toward industrial target. View from aircraft as bombs hit industrial buildings and massive explosion as buildings in target zone are destroyed by B-17 bombing during World War II. Dramatic view of smoke, and rubble soaring upward toward camera on aircraft. View on ground of bombs hitting target and workers in an oil tank and marshaling yard area rushing to assist after damage from U.S. bombing campaign in World War 2. Fire fighters try to extinguish fire. Wreckage due to bombing. Damaged rail lines and trains. U.S. Army Air Force B-29 aircraft in flight as seen from air. POV B-29 bomber from pilot seat area looking forward at bombardier and nose of aircraft. View of bomb door hatch open on B-29 and release of an atomic bomb similar to "Little Boy" atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. View of a massive atomic bomb explosion. Smoke rises from nuclear bomb blast. Views from cameras used in atomic tests showing buildings and equipment at moment of impact. Massive wind and immediate destruction from atomic blast wave. Sweeping views of undeveloped land near SAC HQ at Offutt AFB, and views of the Headquarters of Strategic Air Command, United States Air Force. A Minuteman missile standing near the building. Point of view from visitors entering the headquarters, as an an air policeman directs them. Insignia of SAC (Strategic Air Command) on the wall. Identity card of visitor matched. Model of airplane. Guards checks the Identity card of visitor and opens door
USAF Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, United States. U.S. Air Force cooks serve food. Black children in chow line. A sign on a boy's t-shirt reads 'Project R.E.C.' for recreation, employment and company. The cooks serve food. Children eat food. A sign on check post reads : 'Offutt Air Force Base'. Volunteers arrive for recreation training. A sign reads : 'Airmen Swimming Pool'. Airmen rest, dive and swim at the pool. Young children look at a notice board. U.S. flag is lowered and civilians of Omaha standing in the foreground.
The Strategic Air Command Base in Omaha. View of lawn and building with rocket in front. Press and United States Air Force Officers on airfield. Officers are greeted by Mary Peach and Rock Hudson, stars of the movie 'A gathering of Eagles' which is set against Strategic Air Command background. They see the master switchboard connecting SAC bases around the world. Billboard of new movie 'A gathering of Eagles' at the World Premiere in Chicago. Crowd at Premiere. Stars Mary Peach and Rock Hudson getting out of the car to enter the theater.
Balloon and Airship schools ran by the U.S. Air Service at various places in United States. Several hot air balloons inflated at ground at a school in Port Omaha, Nebraska. Eight balloons launched in air, one of them rises high. Students at the Ross Field, Arcadia, California. A big observation balloon moved out of the interior storage by the students. They attach a basket to the inflated balloon. Gasoline driven winch releases wire and balloon rises high in air. The Airship ship School. Langley Field, Hampton Virginia. A dirigible ZDUS.-1at the school. Students haul the dirigible out of its hanger.