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Dating to 1951, WASHINGTON CLOSE-UP is the pilot episode of an an early public affairs television show that ran on the DuMont Network. Hosted by veteran radio broadcaster John B. Hughes, who holds up a plastic donkey and elephant to symbolize the Democratic and Republican Parties, the show was intended to present news fairly and impartially (so what else is new?). This episode looks at world government, the threat to U.S. sovereignty, and a gag rule that emerged as part of the Cold War. At 1:27...
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The 1963 America’s Junior Miss Pageant is the subject of this color film. The film opens with 1962 pageant winner Jean Allen (mark  00:25 ) who calmly explains that the pageant “is the search for the ideal high school senior in the nation” and details the various competitions leading up to the Junior Miss Pageant as scenes from her competition are shown. After being crowned, Allen recounts her world wind year as Junior Miss starting at mark  02:25  with a montage of scenes from parades...
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WINGS TO YUGOSLAVIA is a Pan American promotional travel film from the 1960s, when the nation was part of the Eastern Bloc. The film takes viewers on a tour of Yugoslavia, a land made up of “six republics, five nations, four languages, three religions, two alphabets, and one desire: independence.” The film begins in Belgrade ( 01:16 ) with scenic shots of the Sava and Danube Rivers and the airport. Belgrade is a bustling city, its streets lined with outdoor cafes ( 01:48 ) and its markets...
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Dating to the year 1933, this silent film from the Chicago Public School System under Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William J. Bogan celebrates "A Century of Progress handicapped children". (The "Century of Progress" was the name of the Chicago World's Fair of this same time period). The film gives an extraordinary glimpse into "state of the art" education for children with disabilities in the first part of the 20th Century, and is one of a couple films in our...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. Wings of Commerce (:28). In 1919, John Alcock and Arthur Brown make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in a modified WW1 Vickers Vimy bomber. Others follow suit (:29- 1:10 ). Children crowd around and watch a barnstorming exhibit ( 1:11 - 1:40 ). In Paris, open-cockpit passengers are flown...
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This Soviet propaganda film recounts the crucial events of 1919 with the White Army battling the Red Army for control of Russia. Narrator: In the summer of 1919, the Soviet Republic was threatened by a new military power. General Denikin formed an army of 200,000 people out of officers, Cossacks, and groups of local nationalists in the south. In July 1919, in Tsaritsyn, general Denikin issued a directive ordering the forces to take over Moscow. (01.00) An offensive was launched. In October...
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This 1954 black and white documentary film Tomorrows Drivers is presented by Chevrolet dealers (:07) and produced by Jam Handy Pictures (Jam was also a U.S. Olympic swimmer). It details an early education safety consciousness driving program aimed at kindergarten through third-grader students at Garfield Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. James (Jimmy) Stewart is the storyteller. Actors Charles Bernstein, Haskel Welch, and Thelma Bennett play roles. A group of six-year-old children shown...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features seven segments of historic highlights. Italian-Ethiopian War 1934-1946 (:39- 3:22 ). Italian King Victor Emmanuel III inspect graduate officers on horseback followed by tanks following the same difficult course. Actual footage of Italy attacking Ethiopia in tanks is shown. General Graziani watches as his troops penetrate the valley....
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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This beautiful color film produced for Alcoa Process Development Laboratories is about aluminum finishes. The anodic processes are trademarked Alumalite. It may be from the 1960s, based on the psychedelic screenshots and music. Giant rollers splash aluminum across a metal sheet as it moves through the line ( 2:10 - 2:29 ). Beakers in a test lab brew colors ( 3:09 ), measured by a spectrophotometer ( 3:31 ). Also measured is the thickness of coatings ( 3:37 ). Data is gathered, including the...
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Shot by an unknown American, these 16mm silent Kodachrome movies date back to the 1930s. The beginning shows a formal wedding. Scenes include entrance of the groom at :30, followed by the bride and bridesmaids at :59. The bride is at 2:00 with her father. The ceremony is seen at 2:10 with the ring going on the finger at 2;25. Big kiss at 2:33 . Wedding cake gets cut at 3:25 . At 3:40 we see a young boy, probably the son of the newlyweds, looks like the kid is getting his first haircut. At 4:30...
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This 1944 black-and-white film is the second part “Castaway” — a Willard Pictures creation for the Bureau of Aeronautics. It continues to follow a downed pilot, who after being adrift at sea for several days finds his way to a dry island. “The hunt for food is on and you’re not overlooking anything,” the narrator immediately explains at mark  00:10  at the pilot walks along the shoreline, picking up snails, scallops, and conch. Sleep envelops the pilot but by mark  1:30  he is...
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Shot in 1970, this silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to Hong Kong and its harbor. At :55 seconds you will see the wreck of the RMS Queen Elizabeth, once a grand sovereign of the seas but by this time reduced to a charred and sunken wreck. The story on this derelict can be traced back to November of 1968, when the luxury liner crossed the Atlantic for the last time and was sold to a group of Philadelphia businessmen. Their plan was to turn the ship into a tourist attraction in Florida similar...
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Made in 1956 by Castle Films, this movie "The Fabulous Harlem Globetrotters" was originally released as a silent for the home market. We haven't been able to confirm it, but we believe this film includes Clarence Wilson, George "Meadowlark" Lemon, Charlie Hoxie, Roman Turmon, Andy Johnson, Woodrow "Woody" Sauldsberry, Carl Green, Leon Hillard, Willie Gardner, and others. The famed Washington Generals are also shown in the exhibition match that occurs about halfway...
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Shot by a news cameraman in the late 1950s or early 1960s, this film contains disturbing images of car accident aftermaths. It's unclear why this footage was shot, but we suspect it may have been intended to be shown to young drivers as part of driver's education or, another possibility, it was being shot to create a film about safe driving techniques. The footage is not in sequence and various locations are shown; and in some cases the accidents are clearly fatal. At  5:48 , a funeral home is...
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Produced by British Airways Film Unit, the 1976 TRANSATLANTIC SUPERSONIC is a promotional film for British Airways’ commercial transatlantic flights on the supersonic Concorde jet. The film follows several men and one woman as they depart various locations (Germany, Bahrain, Scotland, and Paris) to travel to the U.S. via Heathrow Airport. The use of British Airways’ supersonic Concorde jet allows these passengers to cross the Atlantic in just over 3.5 hours. The Concorde lands ( 02:25 ) in...
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One of the Ministry of Information's "Into Battle" shorts, "These are the Men" was written by Dylan Thomas. This incredible film uses footage from Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will" and other speeches by Hitler and other Nazi leaders, and replaces normal translations with bombastic, over-the-top confessions. Various leaders including Hitler, Goebbels, Göering, Streicher and Hess bare their terrible sins and character flaws as frankly as if they were victims...
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Made in 1942 during WWII by Universal for the U.S. Government and the War Production Board, KEEPING FIT features actors Robert Stack, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine, Anne Gwynne, Irene Hervey, Lon Chaney Jr. and Dick Foran in a propaganda movie directed by Directed by Arthur Lubin, written by Paul Huston and produeced by Will Cowan. The film was intended to be shown to war workers and, apparently, the wives of war workers who would be tasked with keeping them well fed and "in shape"....
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Dating to 1949, TROPICAL MOUNTAIN ISLAND was directed by Victor Jurgens. The film shows rare views of Java and discusses its geography, crafts, and produce, including quinine bark, tea plantations, sisal plants, cocoa trees, kapok pods, sugar cane, rubber latex and rice. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for...
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Part two of the Big Picture about the Battle of the Bulge, TIGERS ON THE LOOSE was produced by the Army Pictorial Center and is narrated by Lorne Green. It features live WWII footage and interviews with commanders of the infamous 10th Armored “Tiger” Division. It begins December 16, 1944 as Hitler drives forward (:45- 1:08 ). American defenders at Bastogne are outnumbered and outgunned. General Anthony McAuliffe ( 1:29 ) has replied to a letter of surrender with the single word “NUTS.”...
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This silent test film shows the results of a high speed crash test on a fourth generation Chevrolet Corvette, and features various angles of the impact including shots from underneath the vehicle. The film begins with reference shots of the car from all sides before moving into the tests, with the car traveling into an angled concrete wall. The car doors were made of transparent plastic to aid researchers in seeing the impact effects on the passengers -- crash test dummies.  The test shows...
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One of a series of 16mm silent films made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham, Jr., this historic film shows the construction of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Kilham also authored a book, "Rockefeller Center: a pictorial record from photographs" published in 1933. Kilham worked directly underneath architect Raymond Hood, the chief designer of Rockefeller Center, and his films document history in the making. This film contains with incredible images of the building of...
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This declassified film details attacks by the USAF in North Vietnam and Laos in 1966. Some of the attacks include F-4s and F-105s, some flying out of Korat Air Base. Includes rare footage of a North Vietnamese MiGs being shot down by cannon fire. Seventeen MiGs were shot down in 1966, including a MiG-21 shot down by a sidewinder missile. At the beginning of 1966, the number of U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam totaled 184,314. South Vietnamese military forces totaled 514,000 including...
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Made by Dobeckmun, a leading manufacturer of cellophane bags for the retail industry and one of the great companies of 1930s Cleveland, Ohio, MAKING DRESSING OF SHIMMERING TRANSPARENCY is a silent industrial film highlighting the company and the city in which it resides. This rare color film begins with images of downtown Cleveland from the air (actually, a skyscraper roof) before showing the city from a "motor car" ( 1:25 ). At  1:43  the Dobeckmun Company plant is seen, and then...
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“Voyage North” is a color film that focuses on operations on the HMS Artemis (S49), an Amphion class submarine built in 1946 during a voyage. The official British government film, produced circa 1970, is an impressionistic account of life on the submarine told partly through the eyes of Lt. Ellison, a new submarine officer. After seeing the sub while pulling into a dock in Copenhagen, Denmark, we move inside at mark  02:24  for a training exercise on escape routes in the event of an...
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This black and white film TROOPSHIP dates to WWII and is presented by the British Ministry of Information. At least some of it was filmed by the Army Film Unit before January 17, 1943, as the SS Vestfold, which was destroyed by a German submarine on that date, is shown leaving the arrival port at 6:43 in the film. The theme song “Hold Your Hats On (Toodle-Oodle-OO)” was copyrighted December 31, 1942 by Sonny Miller. TROOPSHIP shows a converted ocean liner drafted into Royal Navy service...
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This promotional film for Century City dates to the early 1970s, when Los Angeles' "city within a city" came into its own. It features a futuristic score by Mort Garson and was produced by John McComb and written, photographed and edited by Lee Chaney and Filmagic. Century City is actually a 176-acre (71.2 ha) neighborhood and business district in Los Angeles County's Westside. Outside of Downtown Los Angeles, Century City is one of the metropolitan area's most prominent employment...
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An Associated Film Artists Production directed by Karl Robinson, this 1950s European travelogue takes the viewer to Turkey. The film is aimed at American viewers and makes much of the fact that Turkey is an important U.S. ally. The film opens with a brief history of the country, referencing its strategic location and size, and goes on to focus on three major cities: Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa. At  2:30 , a Swissair propeller airplane is shown leaving New York City for Turkey. Visitors are shown...
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Produced by Canadian Pacific, which operated a steamship line that serviced Manila, this color film shows stunning views of the Philippines pre-WWII. The movie was made during the American colonial rule by Richard and Elizabeth Hubert, who lived in Asia in the 1930s. After escaping from Shanghai on one of the last ships that left before the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Richard Hubert, a Canadian citizen, went to work for the U.S. Office of War Information in 1942. He...
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Made by the RWU (see below), this silent German film shows the lives of farmers (or "Fellah") living in Northern Egypt near Cairo and likely dates to the 1930s or early 1940s. Some of the scenes include life along the Nile, camels and Bedouins, typical homes and making of mud bricks and clay pots, grinding of flour using a stone wheel and preparation of food, and it ends with scenes of women washing their clothes in the river. Fellah (Arabic: فلاح‎‎, fallāḥ; plural...
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MEN OF LIGHTSHIP 61 is an American version of a short propaganda film, MEN OF THE LIGHTSHIP, produced by the Crown Film Unit for the British Ministry of Information in 1940, the year after the beginning of the Second World War. It dramatises the bombing of the East Dudgeon lightship by the Luftwaffe on 29 January 1940 and was designed to portray Germany as a barbaric enemy. An opening narration explains the traditional understanding of lightships (stationary ships used as lighthouses) as...
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Made in 1942 during the German occupation of France, PAR 18 METRES DE FOND or 18 METERS DEEP is a pioneering film shot partially under water by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Talliez. It was directed by Frederic Dumas who met the pair in 1937. The film was shot in 1941, and its production did not benefit from the SCUBA breathing system that Cousteau would develop and use later in his career. To shoot the underwater scenes a special depth-pressure-proof camera case developed by mechanical...
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This WWII Army Air Forces Weekly Digest newsreel consists of various segments. It begins with an assessment of bomb damage in Pilsen, where marshaling yards were struck by 500 bombers of the 8th Air Force. The Skoda Works is seen heavily damaged. At  1:57 , the newsreel assesses the rocket jet plane Me-163, which first saw combat in 1944. The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, designed by Alexander Lippisch, was a German rocket-powered fighter aircraft. It is the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft...
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Featuring actor / pilot James Stewart and beloved newsman and entertainer Arthur Godfrey, this film promotes the International AeroClassic, an air show that took place only once — in November of 1965 at Palm Springs, California. Unfortunately for Palm Springs and event organizers, the event took place in inclement weather. The AeroClassic racked up considerable debts and put the organization behind it into bankruptcy. At  4:20 , Miss Ila Johnson is seen arriving to open the AeroClassic....
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This silent film of the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio begins with the inaugural parade for the event (:17), and then quickly moves to the Cleveland Airport for the arrival of various contestants, including the finish of the Women's Air Derby — also known as the "Powder Puff Derby" — from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland ( 3:39 ). There is rare footage of the winner, Louise Thaden ( 4:19 ). Thaden was a friend and rival of pioneer aviators Amelia Earhart, Pancho...
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Made in the 1960s when Egypt grew close to the Soviet Union as an ally, this documentary film starts with images of the pyramids at Giza and scenes of ancient Egypt. At  1:40 , ships are seen in the Suez Canal along with imperialist oil tankers. At  2:00 , the Suez Crisis is seen with its aftermath -- the canal closed to all traffic.  At  2:30 , primitive methods of farming are shown, along with pastoral images of the Nile River, some of the wildlife along its banks, and the farmland that...
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This startling U.S. Navy color film, Advance Base, narrated by WWII journalist Quentin Reynolds, was filmed by Marine Combat Cameramen and Seabees (:33). Color WWII combat footage includes bombing, a dead Japanese soldier, burning out enemies then shown dead, dropping a hand grenade in and blasting enemy troops out (:43- 1:16 ). Gruesome dead bodies are hard to look at ( 1:18 - 1:46 ). Japanese equipment is recovered ( 1:47 - 2:14 ). The Navy practiced setting up mobile and fixed bases in...
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This World War II-era Army Air Forces film demonstrates the proper method of bomb handling and loading of a B-29 Superfortress, including the use of a C-3 bomb hoist. (A scroll at the start of the film reminded the viewer that the C-3 was later replaced with a C-6 bomb hoist, though the operations were basically the same.) The film takes its viewer to the Army Air Forces Board headquarters in Orlando, Florida, where offers are discussing “Project No. F-3607” — a test of bomb handling and...
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Made in 1945 after the German surrender, this WWII combat bulletin was produced by the Army Air Forces. It shows various combat scenes and developments, starting with the use of JATO bottles for aircraft at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. At  1:40 , bomb damage is seen at Mainz, Germany including extensive damage to the city's railway terminals and electric power plant. At  2:20 , Worms Germany is seen almost entirely decimated by bomb strikes, although the cathedral is seen relatively intact....
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Mar 18, 2017 U.S. Government
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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Feb 9, 2016 U.S. Government
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Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class battleship Chicago (CA-29), the USS California (BB-44), and the...
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Aug 21, 2015 Burlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific Railroads
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The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco.  The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America"...
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Jan 17, 2015 U.S. Government
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A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record...
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Apr 3, 2011 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Mar 30, 2010 Cine Art
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An amusing short film, made prior to WWII, that shows a group of Hawaiian maidens performing the traditional hula dance aboard a U.S. Navy battleship.
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“Operation Seadragon” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” — about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. The were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from the Navy in 1949 after 22 years service and introduces this episode....
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Made in the 1950s, “This is Lakehurst” explains the history of this famous air station. Lakehurst is the US Naval Air Force's station in Ocean County, New Jersey (:45). Commissioned in 1921, it is best known for being the base for airship training, development and operation (:54). It rests 75 miles south of New York and 50 miles east of Philadelphia ( 1:04 ). A facet of it's many varied missions is the Naval Air Technical Training Unit ( 1:13 ). In the phase nicknamed “flying the...
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An underappreciated sequel of sorts to the film "The Negro Soldier", “Teamwork” is a US War Department black-and-white training film directed at African Americans on the subject of team work. The film's production history is chronicled in the book "Making Movies Black" by Thomas Cripps, "Teamwork" was almost not made, as the Army by 1944 viewed such films as superfluous. Fortunately for filmmaker Carlton Moss, General Lyman Munson, Anatol Litvak and Frank Capra...
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Made in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, this Ukranian propaganda film takes a hard look at nuclear energy and the threat posed to humanity by the atomic bomb and radiation. The film was most likely made by the government of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine in 1987, just three years before the Soviet Union crumbled. The Chernobyl accident severely undermined the Soviet government, and this film may be seen as evidence that within Ukraine, the incident was perceived as the...
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This 1970s travelogue of Red Square, Moscow shows Lenin's tomb, St. Basil's Cathedral and other prominent landmarks in the heart of the Soviet Union's capitol. The film includes a changing of the guard at the tomb at  1:15 , with crowds of people seen observing the somber ceremony. At  1:58 , some of the long lines of people paying respects to Lenin and those who died defending the Soviet Union are seen including Young Pioneers. At  2:40 , a military parade is seen featuring rocket...
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Created by Douglas Aircraft, A REPORT ON ANTARCTICA was presented (with accompanying sound, not available here) to show aircraft used in support of the 18th Air Force in 1957-58. Specifically it presents footage of the Air Force Task Unit of the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing’s mission in support of the International Geophysical Year (1 July 1957-31 December 1958). This mission (most likely occurring in 1957), which is part of Operation Deep Freeze, features Douglas C-124 Globemaster IIs being used...
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Made in 1945 or 46, this extraordinary 16mm silent home movie shows a visit to the war-torn Philippines by a U.S. military officer. The film begins with a flight aboard a propeller driven aircraft from an unknown base to Manila. At 1:35 the aircraft lands at an unknown airport before the journey continues by plane and then by boat. By 2:51 the flag of the Philippines is seen, and it appears this part of the film was shot from a boat. At 3:00 a large Spanish-style structure is seen, which at...
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This short 1979 film, Space Shuttle: America’s Space Transportation System, is produced by Rockwell International’s Space Division and promotes the future of the U.S. space transportation system using space shuttles. The film primarily uses still images, but it opens with actual footage of the space shuttle orbiter Enterprise making its landing in October 1977 ( 00:10 ). The film discusses how the space shuttles are reusable cargo carriers, which launch from either the Kennedy Space Center...
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This 1960 color film on Thailand is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and is produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:50). It opens with a monk sitting on a rock overlooking the landscape below, followed by quick images of the Wat Pho Complex ( 1:00 - 1:18 ), a woman performing a traditional dance ( 1:19 ), and a kite dancing in the sky ( 1:30 ). The New Horizons credits are shown ( 1:30...
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This color early 1970s film about recycling was produced by the Solid Waste Management Office and the Environmental Protection Agency. The film opens with a “junk man” riding in a horse-drawn wagon loaded with scrap metals ( 0:08 - 0:32 ). Young men and women unload, sort, weigh, and fill containers of aluminum cans ( 0:33 - 1:20 ). Pallets of crushed cans are moved by forklifts, fired, and recycled into new sheets of metal ( 1:21 - 2:08 ). Children help as tin cans are pushed into large...
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Dating to the 1930s, "An Egyptian Adventure" is a comedy travelogue that presents a U.S. Navy sailor's view of Egypt which (as a title card states) was "once the happy homeland of the Pharoahs". The film begins with images of statues, probably of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. At :50 some of the water works near the Nile River are seen, used to move water onto the fields. At  1:10  the Nile is seen followed at  1:21  by images of Cairo with its mosques and busy streets. At ...
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Made in 1957-58 by the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization and the University of Michigan, "The Invisible Enemy" attempts to discuss the dangers of radioactive fallout and the need for fallout shelters. The film features a professor making a scientific lecture about radiation, its unseen powers, and lethal effects. The film features images of geiger counters, atomic bomb blasts ( 3:56 ), research nuclear reactors ( 6:35 ), medical use of nuclear radiation ( 8:15 ) and more. At...
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“Television Serves its Community” is a 1960 educational documentary revealing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community. It follows three programs at KTLA in Los Angeles as they are planned, rehearsed, and televised. In addition to showing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community, it also shows the use of live cameras, film, magnetic tape, and remote pick-ups from trucks and helicopters. At mark  00:45  it is...
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Famed astronomer and Cornell University scientist Carl Sagan takes the viewer to the Red Planet in this circa 1972 official NASA film, “Mars: The Search Begins.” Sagan explains that not much was known about our neighbor in space until the unmanned Mariner 9 space probe, which was launched toward Mars in 1971. At mark  00:55 , geologist and astronomer Harold Masursky explains how scientists were working to understand how the planet was formed, while biologist Gerald Soffen explains the...
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Note: this film has water damage at the head, please see  2:16  where the Missile Recovery segment begins, it is not so pronounced. Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut encouraged servicemen to “keep on learning” in this circa 1956 black-and-white education film. It consists of various segments including "Missile Recovery", "An Almanac of Liberty", and a history of the "Submarine". An Air Force technical sergeant opens the film at mark  00:22  to...
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This promotional film for the Bofors Oerlikon 20 mm cannon shows the popular weapon mounted in an armored vehicle. This gun is one of a series of autocannons, based on an original German 20 mm Becker design that appeared very early in World War I. It was widely produced by Oerlikon Contraves and others, with various models employed by both Allied and Axis forces during World War II, and many versions still in use today. The weapon can be used as an anti-aircraft gun (used against helicopters...
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“The Fire Brewing Story” is a circa 1960 color promotional film that opens with an aerial view of Detroit and a voiceover reminder that “modern” cities are always on the move, especially a city’s industry. This holds true for the Stroh’s Brewery Company, as the camera pans in on the company’s red brick at mark  01:30  and the film’s title fills the screen. Near mark  02:00  the camera takes us to a “recreation center” within the brewery as smartly dressed men and women...
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Part 2 of the 1962 documentary “The Truth About Communism” continues its explanation of the terror presented by the Soviet Union and its ideology. Narrated by Ronald Reagan (who as United States President nearly 30 years after this film would influence the fall of Communism), the picture opens in Czechoslovakia where democratic elements, led by President Edvard Benes, hoped the Soviet Union would allow Czechoslovakia the freedom to choose its own form of government and aspired to a...
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“Golden Valley” is a mid-1930s black-and-white Wilding Picture Production made in cooperation with the United States Department of the Interior, Pacific Constructors Incorporated, the Columbia Construction Company, and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The film shows the California Central Valley water system, beginning with the high mountains including Mount Shasta, and terminating in agricultural lands in the south of the state. Using aerial photography from the Goodyear airship...
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Made by the International Shoe Company to promote its HyTest Safety Shoes brand, “One Ounce of Safety,” a 1940s black-and-white safety film produced “in the interests of foot safety.” Set in a steel plant, the film stresses the importance of safety shoes, and in one demonstration at mark  03:43  illustrates the point as the plant supervisor whacks his reinforced-tip shoe with a hammer. The point’s driven home when a metal rod falls on the foot of a worker at mark  04:26 . Waking up...
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Produced by the Department of Agriculture in 1971, this historic film "A Lady Called Camille" documents the devastation caused by Hurricane Camille in 1969 and shows the the suffering it caused tens of thousands of people in Mississippi and through the Southern U.S.. While 259 lives were lost to the hurricane, thousands were saved due to emergency planning, highly trained rescue teams, the Red Cross, and help from the forces of government.  Hurricane Camille was the third and...
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This “unclassified” 1974 US Navy film opens with a German submarine crew silently stalking and then firing upon an Allied vessel. During WW2, the film says, 47 major ships, 52 submarines, and countless lives were lost. The war also taught the Navy that close exposure to an underwater blast can severely damage a ship’s hull or propulsion systems, putting it out of commission. The film’s title, “Close Is Near Enough,” appears on the screen at mark  03:20  as the narrator echoes...
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Dating to the 1970s, this Royal Navy recruiting film shows HMS Collingwood, a so-called "stone frigate" or shore establishment located in Fareham, England. HMS Collingwood is the lead establishment of the Maritime Warfare School and the largest naval training organization in Western Europe. The Maritime Warfare School is a federated training establishment incorporating HMS Excellent, the Defence Diving School, the RN Physical Training School, the School of Hydrography and Meteorology...
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Produced in 1945, "The 6th Marine Division on Okinawa" is documentary film about the Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. The film was released shortly after the event as part of the WWII war bond effort. During the campaign for Okinawa (Operation Iceberg) the Sixth Marine Division was assigned to the III Amphibious Corps. This Academy Award nominated documentary film tells the story of the 82 days fighting on the Island of Okinawa. It was shot in Kodachrome color. The...
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This film highlights two service songs. First, The Caissons Go Rolling Along, sung by Robert Weede and produced by the Office for Emergency Management. Second, The Marines' Hymn, produced by the Office of War Information and Bureau of Motion Pictures. Soundies were an early version of the music video, produced between 1940 and 1946.
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On July 30, 1942, the WAVES became a World War II division of the U.S. Navy, and consisted entirely of women. The name was the acronym for "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service". The word "emergency" implied that the acceptance of women was due to the unusual circumstances of World War II, and at the end of the war the women would not be allowed to continue in Navy careers. Their official name was the U.S. Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), but the nickname of the...
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Presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this film shows some early underwater habitats, including the EDALHab, one the first of its kind. EDLAHab was used for Project FLARE, Florida Aquanot Research Expedition, a pioneering effort to examine the nitrogen/oxygen diving techniques sponsored by the University of New Hampshire and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA. UNH's Engineering Design and Analysis Laboratory was formed in 1965 as an interdisciplinary faculty...
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This color film, AVR-140, is a U.S. Air Force audiovisual presentation about the A-10 capabilities and testing during a sortie surge on February 8, 1977. The A-10 attack aircraft were tested in Gila Bend, Arizona. Before the day was over, each plane flew 17 missions. The plane taxis in and the wheels are blocked. The ground crew works quickly to restock it with ammunition; large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells (:08- 1:40 ). The A-10 flies directly at the camera, passes by, and drops on a...
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This color film, AVR-140, is a U.S. Air Force audiovisual presentation about the A-10 capabilities and testing during a sortie surge on February 8, 1977. The A-10 attack aircraft were tested in Gila Bend, Arizona. Before the day was over, each plane flew 17 missions. The plane taxis in and the wheels are blocked. The ground crew works quickly to restock it with ammunition; large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells (:08- 1:40 ). The A-10 flies directly at the camera, passes by, and drops on a...
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The US Air Force Film Report, Special Air Warfare Forces (F R 426), produced by Air Photographic and Charting Service, Military Air Transport Service in 1965, shows how the Special Air Warfare Forces are structured and what they do. The film begins with a brief history of the creation and expansion of the Air Force Air Commandos ( 01:13 ), a special force designed to combat communist insurgencies throughout the world. The Air Commando force begins with the activation of 4400 Combat Crew...
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This 1944 black and white documentary film B.3004 about DDT is an AKS production sponsored by the U.K. government’s WWII War Office. DDT is the common name of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, an insecticide that was used in WWII to prevent the spread of malaria and typhus among troops. Except for the use of malaria control, it is now widely banned. DDT was promoted extensively by western governments, and this film is a piece of that promotion. Microscopic views are shown of a mosquito, flea,...
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This U.S. Marine Corps film from the Vietnam War in 1968 documents the Chi'u H i Program (loosely translated as "Open Arms"). Chieu-Hoi was a psychological operations initiative by the USMC and South Vietnamese to encourage defection by the Viet Cong and their supporters to the side of the Government during the Vietnam War. Defection was urged by means of a propaganda campaign, usually leaflets delivered by artillery shell or dropped over enemy-controlled areas by aircraft, or...
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“The Chemistry of Fire” is a circa 1944 black-and-white United States Navy film that informs sailors how to properly put out. It immediately starts with a brief explanation that fuel needs both oxygen and ignition temperature to burn (mark  00:10 ) with a “burning graphic” illustrating the point before explaining that extinguishing fire involves cutting off the oxygen supply or decreasing the temperature. Several examples of the “smothering” method are shown accompanied by the...
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The United States Navy presents “The NOL Story,” a circa 1950 color film that informs the viewer of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland. (The site had done considerable work that had practical impact upon world technology). Covering 900 acres with more than 70 buildings, the film shows the viewer an aerial view of the facility beginning at mark  01:30  before discussing the “ultramodern” facility and its research and development of new naval weapons. The film is...
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Command of the Seas: Arctic is part of the U.S. Navy’s 1950s film series that promotes the Navy’s activities in the world’s oceans to establish and maintain “command of the seas” to ensure global security. In this short film, the focus is on the emerging presence of the Navy in the Arctic Ocean. The film opens with shots of U.S. warships ( 01:17 ) as the narrator explains the role the U.S. Navy has in keeping the seas peaceful. The one place still untamed is the Arctic. The Arctic (...
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Released by the Department of Energy (and appropriate sanitized to remove classified material) this Armed Forces Special Weapons Project film shows the Upshot-Knothole atomic tests including the use of the so-called Atomic Cannon in 1953. Operation Upshot–Knothole was a series of eleven nuclear test shots conducted in 1953 at the Nevada Test Site. It followed Operation Ivy and preceded Operation Castle. Over 21,000 soldiers took part in the ground exercise Desert Rock V in conjunction with...
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Produced by Boeing’s Vertol Division (most likely in the late 1960s), Hovering Angel is a short film that promotes the humanitarian contributions made using Sea Knight CH-46s and Chinook CH-47s. The film opens with a scene of a Sea Knight CH-46 rescuing a pilot from water ( 00:18 ). Aircraft carrier crewmen refer to escorting helicopters on rescue missions as “angels,” thus the title of the film. In 1966, deep snows strand boy scouts at Horseshoe Bend Camp in Rising Sun, Maryland ( 01:10...
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This extremely rare silent film provides an inside look at the Central Gun Camera Film Processing Laboratory and likely dates to the Korean War. The role of the CGCFPL was to process tens of thousands of feet of gun camera footage obtained by U.S. Air Force pilots.This footage was shot primarily on 16mm motion picture film by cameras that were typically mounted in the wings of airplanes, and which were activated when combat or bomb drops were initiated. Gun camera films were used during WWII,...
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“Design For Survival” is a black-and-white educational film from the Atomic Age telling the viewer of advancements in air travel. Produced for the Aircraft Industry Association by Arthur Lodge Productions, the late 1950s film opens with various aircraft in flight including the NB-36H Nuclear Test Aircraft (NTA) bomber aircraft equipped with a nuclear reactor (a test bed for the time when, the narrator assures us, nuclear aircraft will be the norm). Also shown is the rocket powered Bell X-2...
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This U.S. Navy fire training film was produced by Technical Communications, Inc. in 1969 and is an overview of the fire fighting course for men assigned to carrier duty. Made in the wake of the disastrous fire aboard USS Oriskany in 1966 and the USS Forrestal fire in 1967, the purpose of this film is to educate the Hangar Deck crew on how to confine, control and/or extinguish a fire on a naval aircraft carrier. The opening scene ( 0:14 ) is a naval aircraft carrier at sea -- most likely USS...
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Taking place in the spring and summer of 1972, this color film details live footage of the laying of a 123kV, three core, oil-filled power cable submerged between Lepe, England and Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight, a popular tourist center. At that time, the bulk of electricity was provided via two underwater (sub-marine) cables. The Southern Electricity board decided to install a third cable ( 1:32 ) and hired Balfour, Beatty & Co., Limited. To make this continuous cable for a 3-mile sub-marine...
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One of a series of classified films made for training by the Army Air Forces during WWII, this film about the Norden Bombsight focuses on the operation of the device. A typical training set-up is seen, with the Norden being operated in a hangar, using a piece of equipment as a distant "target". During the entire war the Norden was considered a top secret piece of equipment and normally when it was shown in training films, it was hidden behind a piece of canvas or otherwise...
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This historic, silent film from Republic Aviation shows the development of the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone. A second film PF# 54484 is also available. The film begins with shots of a slide rule and a drafting table (:42), as the drone is designed. A so-called breadboard model of the flight controller is seen at :51, and a circuit board is shown at 1:14 , part of the guidance system. At 1:30 a large analog computer mainframe is shown being used to analyze data. At 1:39 , a woman...
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Hosted by Rear Admiral Leonard "Swoosh" Snead, the Navy's project manager for the F-14 Tomcat, this 1974 movie provides an update to the on-going efforts to put the aircraft with the fleet. The film shows the remarkable efforts the Grumman employed to test, manufacture, and deploy this remarkable fighter. At this point only 13 aircraft had been delivered from Northrop Grumman to Miramar, and the plane's potential was not fully known. The film shows VF-1 and VF-2 beginning independent...
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Produced in 1944 by Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, GRUMMAN AT WAR shows the company in full swing as part of the WWII production effort. The film was released along with a companion book to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the company's founding. By the time it was made, production of the Wildcat and Avenger had been taken over by the Eastern Aircraft Division of General Motors Corporation, under their FM and TBM designations, to allow Grumman to concentrate on production of the...
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This early 1940s black and white propaganda film of Soviet war footage, "Defenders of Moscow" opens with a shot of a downed German plane (:11). Men and women use sledge hammers and shovels to strengthen the Moscow defensive earthworks (:13-:43). With the men fighting, women make shells in an ammunition factory (:44- 1:30 ). They also make skis for the soldiers ( 1:32 - 2:03 ). Men in a munitions factory assemble the Tommy guns / machineguns and Kalashnikovs and AK-47s carried by ski...
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This Soviet-produced documentary film shows the Red Army's long offensive of 1944 that led to victory against the Fascist Wehrmacht. It contains fascinating footage, rarely seen in the west. (The film covers early 1944 through January of 1945.) Narrator: "Soviet military forces fully obtained strategic initiative by 1944. The final victorious period of the war between the Soviet Union and Fascist Germany began. Military leaders planned to start a large offensive campaign from White Sea to...
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This color educational film produced by NASA about the Flight Crew Support Division is Report #2, dated December 31, 1964. Flight crew support will be needed for the upcoming Gemini and Apollo operations. Astronauts Edward White (who would die in the Apollo 1 fire) and James McDivitt are shown, who are training for the GT4 flight crew (:35-:47). This division has several experimental and training equipment pieces in Houston, including Gemini mission simulator #2, which is entered by the two...
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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
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Made in 1962 by the Defense Atomic Support Agency (formerly the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project), this film ATOMIC WEAPONS AND FIRE shows procedures to be used in the event of an accident involving a nuclear weapon. The film was likely made as a result of a series of serious accidents involving nukes in the 1950s including the Mars Bluff B-47 incident, the B-36 crash in British Columbia in 1950, and the Tybee Island mid-air accident in 1958. As the film states, nuclear weapons in this era...
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This late 1950s / early 1960s unclassified black and white United States Navy Training Film is about preventing aircraft accidents. Various military aircraft are shown throughout the film as it discusses ground accidents (:38). A man working on an aircraft unknowingly knocks over a can of flammable liquid, sees it, and cleans it up (:49- 1:22 ). Most accidents are caused by carelessness, negligence, or ignorance. The Navy’s flight safety record is shown to decrease from 1947 through 1958 (...
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Made by the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War, PENETRATION AND LOW APPROACH PROCEDURES FOR JET AIRCRAFT was shown to pilots to explain the techniques used to make instrument approaches to runways in situations where there is low visibility. The start of the film shows a Lockheed T-33 jet performing a training mission. At 1:32 , the mission encounters overcast and zero visibility weather during landing. The film then explains how all runways have standard, automatic radar and other features...
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Dating to approximately 1975, PORTRAIT THE BLUE ANGELS was created by the U.S. Navy and McDonnell Douglas, manufacturer of the A-4F Skyhawk II. The Navy's Flight Demonstration Team downsized to the subsonic Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II in December 1974 and was reorganized into the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. Immediately prior to this configuration, the Blues flew the McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, a Mach 2.2 capable, two-set fighter. The 1974 reorganization permitted the establishment of...
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This U.S. Navy film from the early 1970s starts with a discussion of how in the first five months of 1968, Navy pilots only achieved an "unacceptable" 3:1 kill ratio over North Vietnamese Migs. As the narrator explains, the small Migs were able to outmaneuver U.S. aircraft in combat. The Navy Fighter Weapons School or "Top Gun" was created as a response to this problem, using the A-4 Skyhawk as the adversary aircraft. The results were extraordinary, with an increase in kill...
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