United States and Chinese airmen at Bergstrom Field, Austin, Texas July 1946.
The Neo-Classical building is the Texas State Capital at Austin, Texas and Austin Texas is noted on the graduate’s diploma “Bergstrom Field, Austin, Texas”. At this time the 349th Troop Carrier Group was based at Bergstrom and assigned to the Third Air Force, Tactical Air Command as noted on the diploma. Also “Air Force Combat Units of World War II” Edited by Maurer Maurer states this unit trained Chinese crews to operate C-46 aircraft.
Film is very interesting in that it visually shows the transition from “Army brown to Air Force Blue” for the C-46s still carry the I TROOP CARRIER COMMAND insigne on the nose, with was disbanded on 4 Nov 1945 but they have the new AAF wide "Buzz Numbers" for all aircraft operating solely within the continental USA, by T.O. 07-1-1 of November 1945 and the graduate’s diploma is notating the new post-war air force type command reorganization of March 1946.
XB-36 first flight on August 8, 1946, at Fort Worth, Texas, with Convair Chief test pilot Beryl Erickson and copilot Gus Green, at the controls. The XB-36 flying over airfield, with landing gear extended. Views from side and below. Views from above, from the side, from below and from the rear, as it flies some distance from the field, with gear still extended. XB-36 on final approach crossing a river, and touching down on first part of runway as it lands.
Cowboys approaching ride horses into a stable. Cattle graze. Oil wells and military airfield from overhead. Distant view of Dallas Texas city skyline. Night view of streets and signs in Amarillo Texas. Daytime view of a tall skyscraper building and wide street in Houston Texas with cars and traffic View of the Hotel Nimitz in Fredericksburg Texas. Downtown Fort Worth Texas city street with shops, offices, and cars. Downtown area in Pampa Texas. Street corner view in Kerrville Texas. Two different views of The Alamo and surroundings in San Antonio, Texas. A water tower and oil rigs in Kilgore Texas. Downtown area of El Paso, Texas from elevated view. Street view in downtown Beaumont, Texas. Downtown view in Wichita Falls, Texas. Downtown San Angelo Texas views. Distant view of the city of Austin Texas from an elevated position, and then in downtown Austin featuring the State House Capitol building. Cattle, sheep, and sorghum farming views. Rice fields and Turkey ranches. Many oil rigs and oil wells. A busy shipyard in Texas making ships for World War II war effort. A sprawling aircraft factory. Oil rigs pumping oil. Farmer on tractor plows wheat field. View of rice harvesting (Massey Harris Self Propelled Harvest Brigade). Men stack magnesium bars. Magnesium factory next to ocean in Texas. Hand cotton picking and view of a mechanical cotton picker. Tractor pulling sorghum harvester. Sulfur mining and Helium plant in Amarillo. Black clouds in sky from burning natural gas in making synthetic rubber for war effort. Cliff of sulfur dynamited and loaded by train crane. Cowboys herd cattle and view of Fort Worth Stockyards and Exchange. Angora goat farm and turkey farming. War time workers manufacturing. Alabama and Coushatta Native American Indian village with flag of service stars for men in the war. Indian children with elder and Indian logging camp. Campus of University of Texas and State Capitol in Austin. Well dressed women exit Dallas department store.
The London Blitz. Sections of London ablaze from German bombing.US President Franklin Roosevelt signing H.R. 1946, Lend-Lease legislation. View of last page of H.R.1946, signed by Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and by President Roosevelt. United States sends war material to England. 'USA' written on Lend-Lease boxes being loaded on lorry after arrival in Britain. Huge crates of Lend-Lease war materiel on railroad flat cars pulled by locomotive. Smoke rises up from the engine. 'Machine tools, BULLARD, Bridgeport Conn.' written on crate in transit.
U.S. Army soldiers at a baseball game in Yokohama Park Stadium, Japan, during postwar occupation following World War II. The stadium had been renamed and a sign on it reads "Lou Gehrig Stadium." U.S. soldiers enter the ball park to watch the baseball game. A crowd of American soldiers in the stands. Baseball game in progress. First Lieutenant Don Pinciotti, assigned to ASCOM-C 8th Army Headquarters, as Athletic Officer in charge of all Recreational Activities, for USA troops in and around the Yokahama area, is seen playing as catcher and manager of the 8th Army Chicks. Japanese bat boys sit near the dugout. (Note: Pinciotti returned to the United States in August 1946 to complete his studies at the University of Dayton, where he also played football and made All-Ohio and Catholic All-American in 1946. He graduated in June 1947. Prior to graduation, he signed a contract to play professional football with the Detroit Lions and after graduation, he signed a contract to play professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox.)
A scientist makes a presentation of Project MX770 showing coverage of model and various phases of missile development from 1946-1951. Development of NATIV (NORTH AMERICAN TEST INSTRUMENTATION VEHICLE) missile is between 1946-47 while NAVAHO is developed between 1948-49.The presentation shows the pulling of test vehicle under launching tower and its vertical position. A technician ties guide wires near the top of the missile.The missile is fired. Graphical presentation shows the parabolic pathway of missile showing altitude of 400mt and speed of mach8 (2722.32m/s). The firing range of Navaho is 3000mt from surface to surface.The missile uses Ramjet engines. Models of three missiles are also shown.