Horten aircraft parked at Orange County Air Base, California. Mr. Horten, the designer and his copilot look back from cockpit of aircraft. Horten aircraft parked and hangar in background. Various portions of the aircraft such as control surfaces, retractable wings, the mechanical mechanism which actuates the retractable wings, elevon and sign of 'Horten Wingless' on aircraft. Aircraft fly low above runway and land.
Horten aircraft parked at Orange County Air Base, California. Mr. Horten, the designer and his copilot look out from cockpit of aircraft. Various portions of aircraft such as control surfaces, retractable wings, the mechanical mechanism which actuates the retractable wings, the controls and instruments in the cockpit, and the landing and stabilizing gear. Experimental flight tests with the plane by flying it up a few feet above the runway for a distance, then landing again.
Mr. Horten shows several different proposed design sketches and scale models of the 'Horten Wingless' aircrafts for military and commercial use. Terminal building at Orange County Air Base and Horten aircraft parked.
Experimental flight tests of Horten aircraft. Aircraft take off on runway. Sketches of designs proposed for Horten aircraft. Aircraft take off and other aircraft parked on airfield. Sign of 'Entrance - Orange County airport publicly owned'.
Major catastophe events of the year 1952. Views of destruction on the ground in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after American Airlines flight 6780, a Convair 240, crashed into a house at Williamson and South Streets on January 22, 1952. Burned wreckage and devastation seen at the crash site in Elizabeth following the crash and subsequent explosions damaging or destroying multipole houses in the 600 block of Williamson Street. In the first few seconds of the clip, the Battin High School for Girls is seen in the background. The school was adjacent to the crash but not hit. Narrator also describes the crash of an Army transport plane in California which killed 86 soldiers, but no images of that crash are shown. Next scenes shift to England, on September 6, 1952, as a de Havilland DH.110 jet aircraft, piloted by John Derry, explodes in midair after achieving Mach 1 and then beginning a left bank and climb at 450 knots during the 1952 Farnborough Airshow. Spectators at the British air show are seen on the ground in the area below the explosion and where debris rained down on the crowd causing deaths and injuries. Engines from the blown-up DH.110 plane (prototype, ID WG236) are seen hurtling through the sky toward Observation Hill immediately after the mid-air explosion. Scenes show crowd working to tend to the wounded and shocked families and children crying.
Missile development and build up facilities at Vandenberg Aerospace Air Force base in California, United States. Atlas Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on a launch pad at the air base. Airmen around the Atlas missile. Shrouded Atlas missile on a trailer as it drives past a sign that reads ' Vandenberg Air Force Base, Pine Canyon gate ¼ mile ' . Atlas checkout building as airmen work on the missile. Thor intermediate range ballistic missile raised on an a launch pad. Officers talk on the launch pad of Thor missile. U.S. and British RAF airmen work around the missile. Atlas missile on the launch pad. Thor Agena missile being launched. Scene shifts to explosion of Hydrogen bomb in test at Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, in 1952.