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.
Matador missile on the launching platform at Wheelus air base in Tripoli, Libya. Nose of the missile raised and ready for launching. JATO bottle blasts and Matador takes off. Blast creates a large cloud of sand and smoke comes out. Matador on zero length launching platform.
Assembled Matador on zero length launching platform on flat bed trailer at Wheelus air base in Tripoli, Libya. Matador is being raised into launching position. Hydraulic arms on front of launching platform. Raising nose of missile into launching position. Matador taking off from zero length launching platform. Booster burns out and falls away from the Matador missile. Captain at microphone pushing down on control buttons on Matador missile control box. Matador missile on zero length launching platform on flat bed trailer. Personnel and vehicles around the missile.