Film titled 'The Jet Stratotanker-An introduction to the KC-135 airplane'. U.S. KC-135, an aerial refueling tanker aircraft rolls out of the assembly line for its first public appearance at the Renton Plant in Seattle, Washington. People gather in large numbers. A KC-97 in crowd's background. A U.S. B-52 takes off from the runway. Scenes of KC-135 and KC-97 in flight. Shows KC-97 refueling several aircraft such as F-84, RB-45C, B-47 and B-52 at a high altitude. A Boeing 357-80 (Dash 80) takes off from an airfield. A B-52 comes in contact with the refueling boom of the Boeing 357-80.
The first U.S. Air Force jet tanker prototype being assembled in the Boeing Renton plant in Washington, USA. Like the Boeing 707, Its design is based on the Boeing Model 367-80 ("Dash 80"). But it is smaller, overall, than the 707, has a narrower, windowless fuselage, different cockpit window configuration, etc. Engineers are seen looking at design drawings placed on a wing. A worker climbs partway out of cockpit window.. A woman works on an engine nacelle. Several views of the plant interior with all activity concentrated on construction of this single aircraft.
United States Air Force Officers walk around Boeing DASH-80 experimentsl prototype aircraft parked at the Boeing field, Renton, Washington, United States. Views from vehicle riding on the airfield runway. Boeing Stratocruiser aircraft (Air Force C-135) seen parked beside the runway.
Boeing test pilot, Tex Johnston, waves from cockpit of DASH-80, taxis it to runwah and makes high-speed run on the ground. He returns and parks. Boeing technicians crowd around and about the aircraft and pilot Johnston walks amongst them.
A Boeing 367 Dash 80 lands on an airstrip. Shows parts of a test airplane being transported to the Boeing Flight Center in Seattle, Washington. Interior view of the test center. A tank constructed for the hydrostatic testing of Boeing fuselage. A production line for Boeing KC-135. Fuselage section of KC-135. Boeing KC-135 parts are manufactured by companies across different parts of America such as War Aircraft Manufacturer in Riverside, California, Northrop Aviation in California, Twin Coach Company in Buffalo, New York and Ryan Aeronautical Company in San Diego, California. A large Boeing part being transported on the Great Northern Railways. Boeing parts being brought in assembly at the Renton Plant in Seattle. Scenes of Boeing parts being manufactured inside the plant.
Shows a series of pre-flight tests being performed on a Boeing KC-135 at the Boeing Flight Center of the Renton Plant in Seattle, Washington. Boeing wing flaps and tail rudder being tested. Technicians work at engines of KC-135. Interior view of a control room. KC-135 takes off for its maiden test flight. KC-135 in flight. KC-135 lands successfully after the test flight. Refueling boom of KC-135.
View of newsmen seated and cameramen at a press conference. President Eisenhower enters the conference room. Journalist asks him questions regarding violence resulting from 'Segregation Issues'. President replies how local government of United States of America is ready to help. Journalists writing in notepads. Close view of President speaking.