Automotive progress notes feature a steam powered truck and a collision-proof car. A man fills coal into the hopper of a steam-powered truck and starts the truck. The truck is driven on the roads of a stone quarry in West Virginia. The truck was imported from the UK and has written on the door, "The Sentinel Waggon Works Ltd. Shrewsbury England". Smoke from the steam truck as it drives up a hill. Scene shifts to demonstration of a collision-proof car made with stainless steel mesh and plaster of paris. It was invented by a San Diego man. The car is driven on rugged terrain. After going over a large bump the drivers door flys open. Part of a "25 years ago today" UN newsreel story issued September 24, 1959.
Military honors for United States airmen in Virginia, United States. The crewmen were killed when the unarmed American transport was shot down over Soviet-Armenia. Military personnel carry the coffins of the from a chapel. The coffins are borne to Arlington National Cemetery. A soldier plays a bugle. Other military officers and dignitaries pay last salute to the dead airmen.
A U.S. Army sponsored model rocketry shoot at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, United States. High school boys gathered at the Camp A P Hill with rockets they designed and built by themselves. They prepare for the shoot of missiles. Army men aid the boys in rocket launching. A boy talks over a phone during a launch countdown. The boys watch as the model rockets are being shot.
Project Mercury in Virginia, United States. A missile is launched from the testing grounds. A full scale model of a capsule is released which will carry America's first space man into orbit. A parachute opens and the capsule is recovered at sea.
United States astronauts preview space in Virginia. At the Langley Research Center astronauts of Project Mercury inspect the developments in the passenger satellite program. They are chosen for America's man in space program. They also experience zero gravity in a special flight.
Static test number 1044, of XLR-11 engine for X-15, on January 13, 1959,at Edwards Air Force Base in California. A camera kept on a platform. Engine in test stand.