Exteriors of United States Air Force hospital at Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod. President John Kennedy with his sister, Mrs. Jean Kennedy Smith comes out of hospital and gets into a car. View outside Boston's Children Hospital where President Kennedy's premature child, son Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, is kept under intensive care. President entering the hospital and passing through corridor. View of crowd at hospital.
October, 1962, U.S. Air Force U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, tail number 56-6707, of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, lands at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. View of Photographic evidence, brought back by the U-2, showing Soviet missiles being set up in Cuba. President John F. kennedy broadcasts to the nation about the crisis on October 22, 1962, announcing measures being taken by the USA to address the situation. A B-58 Hustler bomber landing. Airmen removing camera from nose of a reconnaissance aircraft. Air Force Sergeant, photo interpreter, reading wet film in a base laboratory. U.S. Naval officers and sailors in Command Center viewing large wall map of the world. U.S. Air Force SAC B-52 bombers taking off. View of United Nations Headquarters building in New York City. On October 25, 1962, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Adlai Stevenson, confronts Soviet Ambassador Valerian Alexandrovich Zorin about missiles in Cuba.He looks at Zorin, and says,"Don't wait for the translation, yes, or no." Zorin smiles as the room fills with laughter. He then responds. View of a Soviet ship bound for Cuba being monitored by a U.S. aircraft overhead. Pilot in cockpit of the aircraft. View from U.S. aircraft flying low past a Soviet ship. Crew in cockpit of the aircraft. Soviet ships turning away. Helicopter flying over sandy beach area of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The helicopter parked and Undersecretary of State, Averell Harriman, steps from the helicopter and is later seen with President Kennedy, and Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, at the President's Weekend White House. Harriman reports on the successful negotiation of a limited nuclear test ban treaty. Glimpse of Moscow. U.S. Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, Soviet Foreign Minister,Andrei Gromyko, and British Foreign secretary, Alexander Douglas-Home, are seen signing the document for their respective nations, August 5, 1963.
A film about missile launches in the United States. Major Leroy Gordon Cooper, an American astronaut, suiting up. He puts on a space helmet. He goes to a NASA( National Aeronautics and Space Administration ) transfer van followed by others. Cooper goes to an elevator and the elevator lifts up. McDonnell technicians shake hands with the astronaut. He squeezes into a Faith 7 capsule. An MA-9 on a launch pad. The ignition, lifting off and climb up of Mercury-Atlas 9, the last U.S. Mercury spaceflight manned space mission (Atlas 130D), on 15th May, 1963. National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) cameramen at work. Major General Leighton I. Davis, Commander Air Force Missile Test Center (AFMTR), observes the launch. The capsule splashes down. A navy recovery team on USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), the third Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, as the capsule is hoisted aboard and Major Cooper egresses from Faith 7. A band plays as Cooper walks. A dining ceremony at Officers Club on Patrick Air Force Base honoring astronauts and Dyna Soar pilots on 2nd March, 1963. Colonel Henry Dittman Base commander, Dr. Kurt Debus, Major General Leighton I Davis, The Secretary of Air Force Eugene M. Zuckert, Colonel Swanson, Walt Williams, Lee S Harding and Brigadier General Harry J. Sands Jr. seated at a front desk. Immediately in front of the head table are honored guest, astronauts and Dyna Soar pilots: Major Donald K. Slayton,Captain Virgil I Grissom,Major Leroy Gordon Cooper,Milton O Thompson,Major James W.Woods, Major Russel J. Roggers, Major Henry C. Gordon, Captian Edward H. White II,Captain James A. McDivitt. The Secretary of Air Force Zuckert speaking.
Opening scene shows large group of retired Air Force officers seated at a number of tables in the Bolling Air Force Base Officers' Club. Closeups of General Carl Spaatz, Lieutenant General Ira Eaker, Lieutenant General James Ferguson (Deputy chief of staff for research and development at Headquarters Air Force), and Major Sidney J. Kubesch (who, in October 1963, was aircraft commander of the B-58 bomber that set a speed record, flying 8,028 miles from Tokyo to London in 8 hours, 35 minutes and 20.4 seconds). Old time aviators, Colonel Harry Halverson and aviation mechanic, Sergeant Roy Hooe, who both flew on the Question Mark, are also seen. Closeup of a model B-58 Hustler bomber sitting on a luncheon table. Closeup of a model of the Fokker C-2A "Question Mark" next to old log book. ( This clip also shows two unidentified women participating in the luncheon.)
A large group of retired Air Force officers are seen seated at a number of tables during a luncheon celebrating the 35th anniversary of the 1929 endurance record setting flight of the Fokker C-2A aircraft named "Question Mark." The event is in the Bolling Air Force Base Officers' Club. Closeup of General Carl Spaatz, addressing the group from a podium. Colonel Harry Halverson and aviation mechanic, Sergeant Roy Hooe, who both flew on the Question Mark, are listening, along with Major Sidney J. Kubesch (who,in October 1963, was aircraft commander on the B-58 bomber that set a speed record, flying 8,028 miles from Tokyo to London in 8 hours, 35 minutes and 20.4 seconds). Lieutenant General Ira Eaker addresses the group next. Closeup of him and of General Spaatz tilting his head to hear. The audience applauding. Sergeant Roy Hooe then addresses the group. The clip ends as the luncheon ends and the participants socialize.
A film about missile launches in the United States. A Saturn rocket on a pad. The launch of the rocket. Cameramen in action. Arrival of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in a United States Air Force Boeing VC-137C and tour of Cape on November 16, 1963. President Kennedy in a car with Major General Leighton I. Davis Commander Air Force Missile Test Center (AFMTC) and James Webb, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator, together with Launch Operations Center Director Kurt Debus. Astronauts Major Leroy Gordon Cooper and Major Virgil Grissom in civilian clothes brief Kennedy on the Gemini program. The President with Senator George A. Smathers and Werner Von Braun at the base of the Saturn rocket. President Kennedy boards a United States Marine Corps (USMC) VH-3A helicopter. The helicopter takes off and lands on USNS ( United States Navy Ship ) Observation Island (T-AGM-23). President Kennedy wearing a sailor jacket meets the commander of the ship. He observes the Polaris missile launch from USS Andrew Jackson submarine on 16th November, 1963. President Kennedy talks to Major General Davis and Dr. Kurt Debus at the launch operations division of the NASA. He boards a Boeing VC-137C aircraft at Cape Canvaeral and bids farewell.