A U.S. Army VH-3A helicopter lands on the lawn of the Hotel General von Steuben, in Wiesbaden, Germany. A crowd of spectators stands across the drive from the hotel lawn, constrained by German policemen. U.S. Air Force Military policemen stand guard on the nearer side of the drive. Soon the Presidential VH-3 helicopter, Marine One, lands on the lawn. It displays the Presidential seal and that of the Military District of Washington, DC. Next, President John F. Kennedy is seen walking past the Army helicopter and into the U.S. Military's Hotel General von Steuben. He is accompanied by German Chancellor, Ludwig Erhard, U.S. Secretary of State, Dean Rusk and U.S. Army Aide, Brigadier General Chester V. Clifton, along with a phalanx of Secret Service Agents. Other officials look out from a dining room window of the hotel as the Presidential party arrives. (Note: In the 1950s, the U.S. built three large military hotels in Wiesbaden. In 1951,a star-shaped Hotel [the American Arms] was built on Frankfurter Strasse. In 1955, the 9-story Amelia Earhart Hotel was opened. It was a utilitarian structure, with row after row of windows. President Nixon once stayed there. It closed in 1995. The General von Steuben Hotel, depicted in this film, was the newest, built in 1956, on Auguste Viktoria Strasse, near the train station. It is now a commercial hotel, "the Dorint Hotel Pallas Wiesbaden." )
Project Cirrus, Wiesbaden, Germany. Honor Guard and a band await the arrival of a dignitary at Wiesbaden Air Force Base. United States C-54 aircraft lands and taxis before a group of officers, door opens and ramp wheeled in place. Lieutenant General Lauris Norstad, Deputy Chief Allied Forces, Norwegian General Oen leave the plane. Major General Truman H Landan, Deputy Commanding Officer, USAFE ( United states Air force in Europe ), Lieutenant General Robert W Harper, USAFE, Colonel Rich, chief of Staff 12th Air Force and Colonel Roberts, Commanding Officer Wiesbaden Air Force Base greet the dignitaries as photographers take pictures. Dignitaries salute, ranks of colors and band. Officers review honor guard, get into a car and it moves away.
Project Cirrus, Wiesbaden, Germany. Inspecting party including Lieutenant General Lauris Norstad and others walk in Italian camp area, Wiesbaden, Germany. They come out of the tent, exchange greetings, salute Italian escorts by the car and leave. The party inspects American tent area and enters tents. Party salutes men outside tents.
Operation Jupiter, Wiesbaden Germany. A motorcade of U.S. Army staff cars drives along the edge of the Airbase at wiesbaden, Germany. A USAF C-47 aircraft is parked nearby. Next, military officers are seen, from behind, walking toward large white tents pitched on the airfield grounds. General Dwight D. Eisenhower is recognizable, walking rapidly, with American and Italian officers. The most senior American officer in the accompanying group is USAF Major General Truman H. Landon, Deputy commander-in-chief and chief of staff for U.S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE). He seems content to stay pretty much in the background during the tour. Three Italian fliers are seen in closeup, standing in front of an Italian de Havilland DH-100 Vampire aircraft. They come to attention as General Eisenhower approaches. He shakes their hands and speaks with them. Italian and American officers huddle around him as he continues speaking with the Italian fliers. Eisenhower and his entourage walk through a line of parked Italian DH-100s and he speaks with several more Italian aircrews. Still moving at a brisk pace, Eisenhower crosses to a bivouac area of large brown tents, that he inspects. His principal tour guide from this point on is USAF Colonel George Laven, Commander, of the 86th Fighter-Bomber Wing. The group then crosses to an area paved with Marsden matting (Pierced steel planking) where several F-84E aircraft of the USAF 527th Fighter-Bomber Squadron (86th Fighter-Bomber Wing) are parked. Eisenhower stops to speak with a pilot and two airmen standing in front of one of the planes and continues on to meet several more.
Operation Jupiter, Wiesbaden Germany. General Eisenhower prepares to depart following an inspection of Italian and American Air Force units and equipment at Wiesbaden Airfield, Germany. several staff cars drive up to a parked USAF C-121 Constellation aircraft. A color guard stands nearby. As Eisenhower walks through ranks of honor guard, a military brass band plays. He is accompanied by Major General Truman H. Landon, Deputy commander-in-chief and chief of staff for U.S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE). They complete a quick review of the honor guard, salute the colors, and Eisenhower shakes hands as he walks to the stairs of his waiting aircraft. "7167 Special Air Missions Squadron" is written on the aircraft stairs. The aircraft begins to taxi out immediately. Its tail number is 48-614. A formation of Italian DH-100s flies overhead in salute. The C-121 is not seen again. The Italian DH-100s return and land.
Project Cirrus, Wiesbaden Germany. Cooks in a field tent kitchen near Wiesbaden as they prepare food for soldiers. Steaks placed in a boiler, turned over and placed in a colander. Two American soldiers on a serving line as they serve food, a soldier serves gravy from the pan.