Construction of the Panama Canal connecting the Caribbean Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. Views of abandoned and failed first attempt by French team led by Ferdinand de Lesseps, with scenes of Panama natives cutting vegetation with machetes. Scene of abandoned canal work area. Scenes of United States work to build the canal beginning in 1903. Steam shovels digging and moving earth. Laborers construct railroad for use in canal building. General Glen Edgerton talks about the construction difficulties from malaria, and the worker prescription of quinine three times daily. Views of British and French workers on the site working and arriving by rail to work. Dynamite explosion removes rumble for railroad construction. View of locks under construction 1000 feet long and 110 feet wide. Excerpt from interview with former Canal Zone Governor and Congressman Maurice Thatcher, who characterizes the project as the greatest liberty that man had ever taken with nature. (Thatcher was honored when the first bridge connecting both sides of the Panama Canal was named after him as "Thatcher Ferry Bridge". In 1979 the name was officially changed to the Bridge of the Americas.) Clip next shows 1970's aerial view of the Panama Canal. Ships moving through the Panama Canal.
Sailors work on catapult control panel on board United States super carrier Kitty Hawk in Pacific Ocean. Another sailor cleans the canopy of F-14A aircraft. Anti sub marine helicopter SH-3D lands and US-3A aircraft takes off on board the carrier. A pilot in the cockpit of United states Navy F-14A gets ready for a flight. A-6B aircraft moves to catapult, unfolds wings and takes off. F-14A, A-7E and E-2C take off, one by one.
United States Naval aircraft F-14A rises on elevator to flight deck and is being pushed by tug to the edge of flight check aboard super carrier Kitty Hawk in Pacific Ocean. A-6B aircraft undergoes pre-flight checks by technicians. A Pilot gets into the cockpit of an aircraft and gets ready for the flight.
United States Navy aircrafts F-14A,A-6B,A-7E and S-3A land aboard super carrier Kitty Hawk in Pacific Ocean.
United States Navy aircrafts F-14As, A-6Bs ,A-7Es and F-8Hs take off and land aboard super carrier Kitty Hawk in Pacific Ocean. E-2C lands on board the carrier.
United States Navy aircraft F-14As parked on the edge of the flight deck on board super carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in Pacific Ocean. US-3A takes off. Chicago guided missile cruiser is seen at the sea. United States Navy A-6Bs,F-14As and F-8Bs take off aboard the carrier USS Kitty Hawk.