Motorcycle hill climbing in Wenatchee, Washington. Motorcyclists lined up for a rocky hill ride. Several people standing behind the motorcyclists. Men riding the motorbikes on the rocky hill. One of them falls down. People stand around and watch the dangerous stunt riding. A motorcycle races leaving trails of mud and dirt. A man watching the motorcyclist.
Hugh Herndon Jr. and Clyde Pangborn span the ocean. They wreck the propeller of the ship while landing. Mother of Clyde Pangborn greets him. Citizens of Wenatchee acclaim both the fliers. The fliers greeted by crowds as they pass through a street in an open car with United States flag.
Opening scene shows Adolf Hitler reviewing German troops on parade. German paratroopers jumping from Junkers Ju-52 aircraft. View from the ground of paratroopers descending from three Ju-52s. The Japanese attack on Pearl harbor, December 7, 1941. Heavy smoke rising from the listing USS Arizona after she is hit by bombs. Newspaper headline reading "Pearl Harbor Bombed!" American soldiers leaving Camp Stomeman, are seen assembled on a pier at the Pittsburg waterfront to board one of the ferries that would take them to Piers 15 and 45 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. A sign at pier reading:"Through these portals pass the best damned soldiers in the West." Glimpses of soldiers firing howitzers in World War 2. Glimpses of the civilians supporting the war effort. Auto workers walking near a war plant during shift change. A new army truck leaves a factory. Workers assembling the turret on a Sherman tank. Guns and turrets being manufactured. Factory floor filled with new pursuit airplanes. A B-25 Mitchell Bomber taking off. Aerial view from bomber of its bombs exploding over enemy target below. freight trains carrying military supplies. Supplies being loaded aboard a ship for the U.S. and allies. The American battleship, USS New Mexico firing a gun, and firing guns from triple turrets. Workers assembling aircraft engines in a war plant. A woman at work in a plant. Gun camera images from warplane strafing a ground target. World War 2 Victory parade along 5th Avenue, New York City, in 1946. Washington Square triumphal arch in background. Various views of the parade. Layed off war plant workers looking for new jobs. Ship carrying returning soldiers back home. Disabled soldiers and sailors making their war to a Mililtary Air Transport Service C-54 aircraft. More views of the disabled veterans.
Eagle with arrows and olive leaves, symbol of Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Scenes of warships and plane crash. A crowded ship. A woman cheers. United States President Harry S Truman and United Nations Secretary General Trygve Lie at a function offer to destroy atomic weapons in 1946. A building. Large number of people in a hall. Students in a class. Height measurement of a girl. Students leave school. Buildings of New York. Flags of different countries. Capitol building in Washington DC. United States President Johnson addresses the Congress talking about peace but simultaneously stresses on "Those who test our courage will find it strong, and those who seek our friendship will find it honorable." A bomber plane fly. Missile goes underground and its top is closed. Sun sets down.
Mixture of scenes recorded during visit of Israel's President Chaim Weizmann to the White House in 1848. A 1946 Buick Special 4 door sedan Model 41 car pulls up to back of the White House and parks A Cadillac Series 75 limousine follows, carrying Israel's first President, Chaim Weizmann, who is assisted as he steps out. Scene shifts to portico of the White House, where President Weizmann presents a torah to President Truman, who holds it up and makes some remarks. Closeup of the two Presidents. View from behind the two Presidents as they pose for photographers. Main part of White House in the background. Scene shifts to back of White House as President Weizmann's car pulls up to the door, this time with a Secret Service agent riding on the running board. (He steps down as car stops.) Next, a battery of photographers is seen taking pictures. Scene shifts again, to President Weizmann walking slowly from his car, with assistance. Another shot of photographers taking pictures. Next, Weizmann is seen on the White House Portico with President Harry Truman who escorts him into the White House, followed by various staff members. President Truman and President Weizmann standing on Portico of White House. A group of staff stand nearby as President Weizmann's car is driven from the White House parking lot, past a U.S.Presidential 1947 Cadillac limousine. Some repeated views: of Presidents Truman and Weizmann, as they face reporters; and of Truman, Weizmann, and the gift torah.
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.