The 'Ms. Slick Chick' chicken beauty contest is held in Petaluma in California. A group of chickens run on the ground as two young women groom a hen. The women spray perfume on the bird and paint its toe nails. They hold up a mirror in front of the hen. A group of young women in bathing suits stand in a line, each with a hen for the contest. A man examines each hen and declares a New Hampshire Red hen the winner of the contest.
Four lion clubs at a house in Petaluma, California. The cubs play in garden. Small girls play with a cub. The cubs fed from a tray. The cubs then play with the tray.
Firing of a V-2 rocket from White Sands, New Mexico. An XP-84 jet aircraft on a test flight in California. Scenes of devastation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. An atomic bomb test conducted in Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Large smoke cloud rises. Americans expressing disgust with war and confidence in ability to protect against it in future. Newspaper headline about Armistice ending World War I on November 11, 1918. Victory parade in New York City. Close up view of Adolf Hitler as he speaks forcefully to a German audience. V2 rocket being launched in Germany. German Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet rocket plane in flight. Map depicting uranium deposits world wide. An XB-36 bomber in flight with landing gear extended. A huge formation of various warplanes in flight, high overhead. A wartime tank assembly plant. American army troops on parade. A United Nations meeting in session. Peaceful scenes of American soldiers in Hawaii before World War II in the Pacific. Hawaiian Hula dancers. Japanese carrier-based Aichi D3A1 dive bomber in flight during attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Bombed U.S. warships and facilities in Pearl Harbor. American Army officer and civilian discussing wisdom of maintaing large standing army. Army recruits are seen in the U.S. Army Universal Military Training Experimental Unit at Fort Knox, in 1947. They are seen in quarters, studying; taking part in sports (baseball); and attending religious services in a base chapel. Several trainees in a field tent, working with numerous tape decks in some kind of military communications activity.
Speed and altitude tests being conducted by Bell X-1 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortess in flight with U.S. Air Force Bell X-1 under its wing. Speed and Mach attainment painted on fuselage of the aircraft. Bell X-1 aircraft releases from B-29 mid flight and begins a solo flight circa 1947. Next scene shows the X-2 released from a B-50 circa 1955. Animation shows radar tracking flight course details for the future X-15. It also depicts its course of flight and the landing of X-15.
Street is filled with members of two Hollywood labor unions engaged in jurisdictional disputes. Demonstrators are arrested by police and led away, to be loaded into a paddy wagon. Three women are arrested. One of them holds a sign that reads, 'Raises Now, Peace in 1947' Another sign seen in the crowd reads, 'No Scabs.' The International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) is in conflict with Conference of Studio Unions (CSU).
Police keep peace and escort some demonstrators away individually. Others are loaded into police wagons. Some posters carried by workers call for labor peace in 1947.
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz is met by General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur, as he arrives by airplane in Manila, Philippines. Japanese diplomats and military officers board the U.S. Battleship, Missouri, to sign surrender documents. Admiral Nimitz is one of the signatories. Nimitz is given a hero's welcome, in Washington, DC, replete with a military parade. He addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Admiral Richard Byrd briefs Admiral Nimitz (now Chief of Naval Operations) about the 1947 expedition to Antarctica. Admiral Nimitz receiving an honorary degree from Columbia University, in New York. (Others present during this event include General Dwight Eisenhower and General George Marshall.) Nimitz, appointed as UN Plebiscite Administrator for Kashmir. He is visited by members of the Japanese Diet and signs autographs for them. Nimitz standing with President Truman, who appoints him to a special commission on internal security.
Retired Admiral Nimitz at home in his garden at Berkeley Hills, California. Weather vane at his house contains 5 stars and replica of a submarine.