A U.S. Air Force F-86 Sabre jet crashes into a neighborhood during landing approach after a supersonic training flight in California. It kills seven people as it smashes into a residential area. It sprays flaming fuel oil and completely destroys two houses. The demolished houses are seen. Army Personnel check the wreckage. Toys of children found in the wreckage. Signal Hill Oil Field seen. Several people take their belongings.
A forest of oil derricks is seen at Signal hill in Huntington Beach in California. Oil drilling being carried out using whip stock method in the region.
Training maneuvers during Operation Alligator Hide at the White Beach Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, United States. Marines sit behind a barbed wire fence in the simulated village of Santa Maria. Two villagers standing beside a tent atop a hill. A United States Marines Sikorsky UH34D helicopter in flight above the hilly area. The helicopter in flight over the trees on the hill. Two helicopters in low flight over the hill. The villagers looking at the Marines standing beside the wooden fence. One of the villagers talking to the Marines across the barbed wire fence. Other Marines in the background. The Marines beside a stream in the hilly area. Two helicopters landing on the hilly area. One of the Marines signaling to the helicopters. A few Marines run to one of the helicopters and board the helicopter. 'Marines, SP7' written on the helicopter. A few Marines beside the other helicopter parked behind. 'SP23' written on the front part of the helicopter. The helicopters lift off. A jeep with a flag on the front parked beside the fence. A Marine beside the jeep watches the helicopters in flight.
"Operation Firestop" at Camp Pendleton, California. A helicopter lands and personnel board the helicopter. Helicopter in flight. Helicopter hovers near fire truck as pilot picks up an end of a hose and unreels it, laying it out over a hillside. Accordian-folded cotton hose uncoiled from a tray below a helicopter, as firefighter holds the hose. Fire retarding chemicals being tested by rotating treated materials through flames, in a laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Field testing by spraying fire retardants on a grass field at Camp Pendleton, and then observing their efficacy when the field is set afire. Large group of firefighters on hill, participating in "Operation Firestop," watch a helicopter flying below them during tests. A truck laden with bags of chemicals, makes its way up a hill through brush.
World War II scenes of German Stuka dive bombers in operation. U.S. B-25 bomber in flight, and views of firestorms from Allied incendiary bombing of Axis targets. Scenes of the "Operation Firestop" project in 1954-55, in California. U.S. Forest Service and other agencies cooperate in a one-year project headquartered at Camp Pendleton, California. Aerial views of Camp Pendleton area, in Southern California. A modified Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bomber in flight discharges water from its torpedo bays. Men installing fabric water container into the bomb bay of the TBM. The aircraft seen in low level pass, dropping water contents onto field. Cropduster pilot Floyd Nolta, seen flying his Stearman biplane over California landscape, and then taxiing in to park, after landing. On the ground, we see how he modified his airplane to release water from a hopper in its bottom. On August 13, Vance Nolta flies the Stearman on multiple sorties, dropping water on a fire in the Mendecino Forest. Nolta filling his water tank from a hose at Willow Airport, and dropping water from the air, above the fire. View at Willow Airport, of 7 Stearman and N3N airplanes modified for aerial firefighting. Views of these aircraft dropping chemically treated water from the air. TBM aircraft equipped with 400 gallon tanks drop water from the air. PBY flying boat seen in flight. A B-26 bomber passing low and dropping chemically treated water. A Navy Mars flying boat passing overhead as it drops water from a 7000 gallon tank.
The role and contribution of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in combat and war. U.S. Army Signal Corps officers train at the Signal Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Officers train at telegraph machines under the supervision of an instructor. Officers seated at desks in a classroom. Instructors take classes with the help of charts, diagrams and black boards. Officers seated atop electric poles for training. Two officers train in hand-to-hand combat at the OCS. Officers learn to use Radio Relay. Students listen to an instructor as he demonstrates the process. A U.S. soldier lays field wire across a hilly terrain to establish wire communications in the European Theater during World War II. Soldiers on the hill. Soldiers set up a sending station at the point where the wire can't go forward. A receiver is set up at the point from where the wire can go forward again. A soldier receives a photograph of a map through facsimile. Items of signal communication including radio relays, receivers, walkie-talkies, radio boxes and fuses to be produced and distributed by the USA Signal Corps to all other ground forces, navy and the Allies. New, modern, improved efficient signal communication equipment. A soldier displays two old type fuses and their counterparts.