At the start of an air show in Spokane, Washington, during World War 2, a U.S..Army Air Force Colonel introduces Brigadier General James G. Parker, Commanding General of the 4th Air Force, headquartered in San Francisco. General Parker says a few words of greeting. People applaud. The Colonel then introduces Air Force Brigadier General Dale V. Gaffney, Commanding General of the Alaska Wing, Air Transport Command. He also says a few words. Then, (sound only) the Colonel introduces a Major, from Spokane, who had survived the Bataan Death March and also successfully escaped from a Japanese prison camp.
Army Air Force Major Samuel Grashio speaks prior to an air show in Spokane, Washington, during World War 2. He is from Spokane, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, and had successfully escaped from a Japanese prison camp. The Major begins to describe his experiences during the fall of Corregidor and Bataan, during the Japanese invasion at the start of World War II in the Pacific. Unfortunately, the sound stops (purposely ?) as he gets into the details of his story.
American Power Boat Association (APBA)Gold Challenge Cup race on Lake Washington,Seattle,Washington, August 10th, 1957. Hydroplanes are seen traversing the 90 mile course in 30 mile heats at high speed. One hydroplane motionless in the water,after its engine quit. The winning boat is Miss Thriftway, driven by Bill Muncey, who is seen standing next to the large Gold Cup trophy. Change of scene to England, November 7, 1957, where a group of men stand on a pier next to the Bluebird II, jet-powered speedboat. Owner, Donald Malcolm Campbell, is seen getting into the boat. A man onshore sits at an electronic speed recording device. The Bluebird II, driven by Donald Campbell, is seen speeding across Coniston Water lake in Cumbria, England, where it achieved a new water speed record of 239 mph.
A football match held at Spokane, Washington. The football match is played between the Texas Christian University and the Washington State University. The match in progress. Players at line of scrimmage. A huge crowd seated in the spectator area. The crowd cheers. Texas Christian University's Horned Frogs win with a 21-7 score.
Civil defense exercise attack in Spokane, Washington. A civil defense exercise being carried out to meet the threat of Hydrogen bomb attack. Women technicians at a map as they work to locate the position of the enemy airplane during the exercise. Business center of the city being evacuated and people move out of their homes. National guards patrol the streets. People carrying umbrellas stand in a large group. Chester Brown, Chief Radio Engineer for the city, speaks on phone as the 'all clear signal' is sounded. People walk on street.
U.S. Army Air Force air show in Spokane, Washington. Formation of three U.S. L-6s flying directly over crowd. Formation of three A-25s coming in and flying low across in front of the crowd. Two A-25s collide in mid-air and breakup in pieces. One A-25 hits ground and explodes. Other A-25 falls close by, explodes when it hits ground. Burning area where aircraft crashed. Large clouds of black smoke rise from the area. Air Force crew members killed in this tragedy were: Capt Ford K. Sayre, Lt. George Chrep, Lt. William R. Scott, and Sgt. Joseph M. Revinskas.