The B-29, "Dave's Dream," taking off from Roswell Air Base, New Mexico, for the Marshall Islands, to participate in Operations Crossroads. Major Woodrow P. Swancutt, pilot of the B-29 Superfortress bomber, "Dave's Dream," leads his crew as they all don their parachutes and survival gear prior to boarding the aircraft for takeoff. They then enter the aircraft via a crew ladder in the nose wheel well area.
Opening scene shows Adolf Hitler reviewing German troops on parade. German paratroopers jumping from Junkers Ju-52 aircraft. View from the ground of paratroopers descending from three Ju-52s. The Japanese attack on Pearl harbor, December 7, 1941. Heavy smoke rising from the listing USS Arizona after she is hit by bombs. Newspaper headline reading "Pearl Harbor Bombed!" American soldiers leaving Camp Stomeman, are seen assembled on a pier at the Pittsburg waterfront to board one of the ferries that would take them to Piers 15 and 45 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. A sign at pier reading:"Through these portals pass the best damned soldiers in the West." Glimpses of soldiers firing howitzers in World War 2. Glimpses of the civilians supporting the war effort. Auto workers walking near a war plant during shift change. A new army truck leaves a factory. Workers assembling the turret on a Sherman tank. Guns and turrets being manufactured. Factory floor filled with new pursuit airplanes. A B-25 Mitchell Bomber taking off. Aerial view from bomber of its bombs exploding over enemy target below. freight trains carrying military supplies. Supplies being loaded aboard a ship for the U.S. and allies. The American battleship, USS New Mexico firing a gun, and firing guns from triple turrets. Workers assembling aircraft engines in a war plant. A woman at work in a plant. Gun camera images from warplane strafing a ground target. World War 2 Victory parade along 5th Avenue, New York City, in 1946. Washington Square triumphal arch in background. Various views of the parade. Layed off war plant workers looking for new jobs. Ship carrying returning soldiers back home. Disabled soldiers and sailors making their war to a Mililtary Air Transport Service C-54 aircraft. More views of the disabled veterans.
A film based on the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Long Island, New York which is dedicated to study of foreign animal diseases. Animated map of the United States of America depicts the New England region of the U.S. affected with foot and mouth disease of animals during year 1870 and Mexico and Canada affected by epizootics in 1946 and 1952 respectively. A technician stores animal foot and mouth disease virus in a laboratory freezer.
Interior of a hangar number 8 at Thule Air Force Base, Greenland. Air Force mechanics perform general maintenance work on Convair B-36 of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) 6th Bomb Wing, home-based at Walker Air Force Base, Roswell, New Mexico. The mechanics pull an auxiliary heater up on to the wing and start it.
Two airmen pushing a trolley with contents covered by canvas. They are moving it towards B-29 Superfortress, "Dave's Dream," sitting on the airfield ramp, surrounded by armed Military Police guards. Airmen cover the bomb bay door and lower part of the B-29 with a canvas to prevent the nuclear device from being seen during loading. The canvases are removed after loading and the aircraft's engines are started. Bomb bay doors are then closed.
Gear of B-36 peacemaker lowered as plane lets down for landing. Crew unloads equipment from Strategic Air Command (SAC) B-36, into a waiting truck.