Allied air attacks against France during World War II. A map of France shows the location of Orly. Aerial view of U.S. Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator aircraft in a formation flight. Bombs being dropped on an airfield by U.S. 8th Air Force aircraft on May 24, 1944. Pillars of smoke rise up as the bombs hit the targets. Bomb craters on the field. Smoke rises.
Air lift of passengers by U.S. Air Force aircraft at Orly Air Base in Paris, France. Sign board reads as 'Aeroport D'Orly'. Trucks being driven at the airport. Aircraft in the background. Men loaded in trucks. U.S. flag at mast. Sign: 'Base Operations, Orly Field Paris France, Elevation 295 FT. HQ. 7415th ABGp'. Men get off the trucks. They unload their belongings. They unload boxes from trucks and carry them. Men standing with barracks bags. Men with camera as they walk. A man shows an act to amuse others and other men laugh. Men take photos. Men move with their bags. View of the airport. Men look at documents. Men take food at the airport. Men meet their wives and families.
French midget aircraft takes off from Orly Airport in Paris, France. The pilot pushes out French midget aircraft from hangar at Orly Airport. The pilot starts engine on the midget aircraft. The aircraft takes off from the field. Other French aircraft models in the background. The aircraft in flight over grasslands. The aircraft lands. The hangar in the background.
A Pan American Airways 4-engine Boeing 707 passenger aircraft at Orly Airport outside Paris, France. An aircraft taxis along a runway. A sign on an aircraft reads 'Pan American'. A woman boards the flight. A number of the terminal buildings seen. Large cranes and construction underway in parts of the airport. A Boeing 707 aircraft taxis down a runway and past other aircraft on the airfield. Aerial views of Paris near Orly Airport. The aircraft in flight. The aircraft flies over a beach and comes in for landing. The aircraft lands and taxis. A sign reads 'Jet Clipper Whirlwind' on the side of the Pan American Boeing 707. Aircraft at an airfield.
Post World War 2 improvements and advances in travel and transportation. An ocean-going ship is seen plying the waters of an estuary. A white tower is seen with moving radar antenna on top. A lone operator is seen at radar screens in the control room. He wears headset and microphone. Narrator notes how radar helps navigation in crowded estuaries like the Scheldt and the Malin. Captain onboard ship ostensibly speaking to the radar operator. Another radar antenna rotating rapidly. A British European Airways Vickers VC.1 Viking airliner at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam. Glimpses of other airplanes with European airlines identifications including, Belgian,Polish and Scandanavian Airlines DC-3s. A Portuguese DC-6 parked, and a KLM airlines DC-6, named the Vliegende Hollander, taxiing. A Sud-Est SE-161 Languedoc 4-engine airliner of Air France, taxiing.View of control tower and related buildings at the airport. A person marking a carton for air delivery. A man loads parcels from his automobile trunk, into a Scandanavian Airlines DC-3 aircraft. Venue shifts to Orly airport in Paris, France, where a DC-6 airplane sits in front of a terminal building. Preparations to greet a dignitary, including uniformed brass band seated at an awninged pavilion, and a military honor guard. A DC-4 aircraft parked in nearby background. Party going out to greet the dignitary, who turns out to be the President of France, Vincent Jules Auriol, arriving on an Air France Lockheed Constellation airliner. A large contingent of Army troops are assembled in formation to honor the arriving President. He strolls across the ramp, accompanied by a General and an Admiral, among others. He climbs stairs of the pavilion as the band plays La Marseillaise (National Anthem).
Air lift of passengers by U.S. Air Force aircraft at Orly Air Base in Paris, France. People stand beside a U.S. Air Force plane. Men carry their belongings and barracks bags and board to the plane. Men carry boxes and load onto the plane. After loading door of the plane is closed. Engine starts, plane taxis on the air strip. Interior of the plane. Men in plane. Plane takes off. Few officers standing.