An officer arrives by a plane and greeted by military officer. General Hideki Tojo and his staff confer. Pacific Island battlefield shows both dead and live troops. U.S. Secretary of Navy, Frank Knox arrives at Patuxent River in a plane. Frank Knox and other officials leave.
A U.S. Navy Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft lands on U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, United States during a long range navigational test. The earth in red horizon as the sun comes up. Commander Donald H. Lilienthal at the controls relaxes with a cigarette. The copilot in position.A heavy cloud layer. An opening in the clouds and ground seen. A crew man hands the pilot a cup of coffee. A runway underneath the aircraft as it touches the ground. A building at U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River. A firehouse and a control tower. The aircraft taxis to a parking area. People walk over to the parking area to welcome the crew.
A short U.S. Army feature entitled,"Black Widow" AND "Jato." Introduction is overlayed on map of Europe. Opening sequence features P-61 Black Widows of the 422nd Night Fighter Squadron, stationed at Florennes/Juzaine (A-78), Belgium, during World War 2, Some of the aircraft are identifiable: P-61A 42-5577 (later nicknamed "Tactless Texan") and "Wandering Wench" (P-61A 42-5590). Narrator states their mission is to intercept German "flying bombs." Mixed footage of P-61s at various places and times, includes some with D-Day invasion stripes.
Separate JATO-related footage features USN personnel fitting jet-assisted takeoff bottles on a Grumman F6F-3, possibly at NAS Patuxent River facility, Maryland. Later sequences show a JATO takeoffs by a Douglas SBD, and an F6F-3; and normal takeoff by a Grumman TBF, and a JATO takeoff by a Grumman F4F.
Views of the Chance Vought swept-back jet fighter XF7U-1 (#122472) on runway of Patuxent Naval Air Station ready to take off. View of U.S. test pilot (possibly Robert Baker?) adjusting helmet. The aircraft takes off at a high speed. Photographers recording action as the aircraft goes aloft for a test flight.
Newsreel clip entitled "Ball Players Train in North" shows major league baseball teams holding spring training in 1943. Teams were not allowed to travel south to Florida because of World War 2 travel restrictions. First part of clip shows men (presumably baseball players) riding in a horse and buggy along a tree-lined road. Giants seen running on field and meeting with manager and Hall of Fame outfielder Mel Ott. Players pose for camera, all wearing long sleeves. Closeup of Giants Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell. Giants players seen throwing at posters of Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and Hideki Tojo -- Leaders of the Axis powers during the war. Players look at the posters after throwing; note patriotic war patch on Giant player's sleeve. Clip shifts to Washington Senators training camp the same year. Coach and renowned baseball clown Nick Altrock leads players in warmup drills. Players warm up in outfield, near what looks like a heating plant. Closeup of Senators pitcher Dutch Leonard throwing. Closeup of Senators owner Clark Griffith (in overcoat) talking with manager Ossie Bluege. Closeup of Bluege. Players marvel over of 7-foot player Richard Ahrens, who was signed by the Senators that spring as a possible publicity stunt; he never appeared in a minor or major league game. Washington players pretend to warm themselves up by small campfire on the field. Another shot of Altrock. (Note: There is no indication where these clips were taken but the Giants trained in Lakewood, New Jersey that spring and the Senators trained in College Park, Maryland. )
Damage caused due to flooding of Potomac River near Williamsport, Maryland. Houses and buildings submerged in water. Destroyed buildings. Remains of a segment of a trestle bridge across the Potomac River at Point Of Rocks Maryland, with flood waters all around. Ticker tape warning of the flood is shown running throw a persons hands. Warnings issued by the weather bureau for the people. Members of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and others build a sandbag barrier to protect Federal buildings against the impending flood. View of the sandbags being put in place and the Washington Monument in the background. View of high flood waters at Great Falls and along other spots on the Potomac River carrying debris including houses and sheds. A trestle bridge over the water. Several people standing on the bridge as flood waters rip a support from the bridge and water is nearly overtaking the bridge. View on March 19 near the time the water crested at 19 and eight tenths feet at the site of the old Aqueduct Bridge or Aquaduct Bridge (near Key Bridge and Fletchers Boathouse) Industrial buildings flooded on the shores of the Potomac River.