Aerial view of the city of Tripoli in Libya. Wheelus beach in Tripoli. Several people on the beach. Buildings and trees in the far background. Views of Tripoli Harbor. Tripoli-Wheelus Field area. Ships underway in Tripoli Harbor.
A film depicts steps in Libyan independence. Allied soldiers on tanks during World War II. A tank goes past a ruined building. People gathered look as the Union Jack is unfurled. People read a proclamation pasted on a wall. Ruins of World War II. A meeting in the United Nations in 1945 where it is suggested that Libya be placed under temporary UN trusteeship. A resolution in the UN on 21st November, 1949 to create an independent Libya. The Russian delegate to the UN states his disagreement. The United Kingdom delegate speaks in favor of the resolution. A UN aircraft lands and taxis in Libya. Advisory Council members, led by Mustafa Qasim Mizran, who is first to exit the plane and is head of the National Party and Director of the School of Arts and Trades in Tripoli, are joined by UN Commissioner in Libya Adrian Pelt as they are greeted by dignitaries. The headquarters of the Commissioner and the Advisory Council in Tripoli. A sign reads 'Office of the United Nations Commissioner in Libya'. Members of the Advisory Council include representatives from Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, Fezzan, Egypt, France, Italy, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the United States and a minority group delegate. Cars carrying the representatives drive out of the gates of the headquarters. They meet people to become aware of their problems. People greet the UN Commissioner and the members of the Advisory Council. A visit to Benghazi where they meet the Emir of Cyrenaica. People holding placards in front of the Emir's palace to greet the Advisory Council. They meet the Emir, who is the religious Muslim leader, in his place. The headquarters of the Commissioner and the Advisory Council, where Mustafa Qasim Mizran is seen touching his face, as he stands behind king Idris,
Staff car coming on road at Wheelus air base in Tripoli, Libya. As car approaches three star flag can be seen just above license plate. Car turns and pulls out on sandy ground. General William H Tunner, Commander of USAFE, and two other officers get out of car. A large group of officers walk across sandy ground. General Tunner can be seen in front of the group. General Tunner and other officers walk toward wooden grandstand. Large group of officers seated on wooden grandstand on the desert. Briefing officer of the First Pilotless Bomber Squadron, briefing the officers on the operation of the Matador missile. Officers sitting in stand. General Tunner and his staff leaving. They walk past stands and enter staff car.
Airman on top of checking control box of Matador missile at Wheelus air base in Tripoli, Libya. Airman checking testing apparatus. Three airmen checking control box on top of Matador, one airman is giving hand signals. Two airmen checking electrical system on Matador which is on zero length launching platform.
Man kneeling on ground directing truck which is pulling the zero length launcher onto hardstand at Wheelus air base in Tripoli, Libya. Large mobile truck crane backing up to Matador missile on launching platform. Tying of crane hook to wing of Matador. Then it is lowered to ground. Cover is taken off wing. Then cable is attached to wing so it can be lifted. Wing lifts up by cable attached to hook on crane. Then wing is placed in position. Airman fastens wing on fuselage. The crane operator.
Airman checking testing apparatus for Matador missile at Wheelus air base in Tripoli, Libya. Airman checking control box for control of Matador. Airman guiding a JATO (Jet-fuel Assisted Take Off) bottle into position at rear of Matador. Officer behind the row of sandbags on desert, talking into microphone. Officers speaks into microphone. Another officer looking on. Matador on zero length launching platform. Personnel working around and on the Matador.