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.
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.
United Nations meeting in Flushing Meadows, New York. U.S. ambassador to the UN , Edward Stettinius, is seen at conference table, seated next to Sir Alexander Catogan, of the United Kingdom. Meeting adjourns and members prepare to depart.
Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star serial 44-84995 parked at an Wright Field, Dayton OH. Side and nose views of the aircraft. Part of a USAF transport aircraft hanging out the back of a hangar in the background. The pilot, MAJ Donald S. Gentile, smiles for the camera. Pilot gets ready to board the airplane.