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Filmed in 1945, this silent, amateur 16mm home movie begins with images of the city of Baltimore on August 14, 1945, -- Victory in Japan or VJ Day. The May Company building is seen draped in flags, banners, and war bonds promotional signs. At :31, you can see the sign reading "Japan Now Beat Thanks" and at :37, flags are handed out. At  1:01 , there is a shot of the Washington Monument and then a brief tour of the nation's capitol including the White House, as it appeared on or just...
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American Can Company presents “Vitamin Rivers,” a color film produced Caravel Films, Inc. of New York in the 1950s. A typical 1950s family opens the picture with the teenaged daughter working on a school project on fruit and vegetable juices. She explains the history of oranges to her father (and the audience) starting at mark  01:45 , having originated in China, and ultimately finding their way to the New World thanks to Christopher Columbus. Thankfully, dad went to Agricultural College,...
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This elaborate, amateur-produced 16mm silent film shows the 1947 Tournament of Roses Parade when the theme was "Holidays in Flowers". This was the 58th annual parade, with Bob Hope as grand marshall (see about  1:20  mark). The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2 if New Year's Day falls on a...
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Created by United Aircraft Corporation to celebrate 50 years of powered flight, WE SAW IT HAPPEN features interviews with pioneers from the first half-century of American aviation: designers, engineers, industrial entrepreneurs, and pilots. Appearing in it are: Wellwood Beall, Larry Bell, William Boeing, William Bridgeman, Frank Caldwell, Clarence Chamberlin, Virginius Clark, Glenn Curtiss, James Doolittle, Donald Douglas, Ira Eaker, Oliver Echols, Earl Findley, Benjamin Foulois, Robert Gross,...
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Produced in 1945, "On to Tokyo" is a cautionary film made by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service. Featuring Chief of Staff George Marshall, the film speaks to the troops who won the war against Germany about the absolute necessity to defeat the Japanese. "They think we will grow tired of war," says Marshall, "and call it quits...our purpose is to crush Japan just as quickly as we can." To do this, Allied forces must be redeployed as soon as possible, and sent to Asia...
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Attack in the Pacific (also known by the series title: Armed Forces Information Film: A.F.I.F. Number 3) is a 1944 American war documentary film directed by Frank Capra. This dramatic documentary, an Armed Forces Information Film, was completed a year before the war's end. It is dedicated to the men of the United States Navy, a fighting organization which fulfilled a most significant role in bringing about the defeat of Japan. Following a valuable introduction describing the variegated Pacific...
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This is the story of the United States Army Air Defense Command! Project Nike was a U.S. Army project, proposed in May 1945 by Bell Laboratories, to develop a line-of-sight anti-aircraft missile system. The project delivered the United States' first operational anti-aircraft missile system, the Nike Ajax, in 1953. A great number of the technologies and rocket systems used for developing the Nike Ajax were re-used for a number of functions, many of which were given the "Nike" name...
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This interesting home movie of Dallas, Texas starts with a shot of the Magnolia Building with its famed Pegasus (symbol of the Mobil Oil Company). The film likely dates to WWII era, as you will see a lot of patriotic bunting and flags in various city scenes. Starting at about :40 are shots in the downtown on Main Street with trolley cars visible. There's also a spectacular sequence shot in fast motion / time exposure of the same stretch of downtown scenery starting about 1:18 . At :57 some...
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THE TRUMAN YEARS is a film from a series on Presidential Administrations that chronicles President Harry S. Truman and his administration. Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was an American statesman who served as the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953), taking the office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. A World War I veteran, he is known for implementing the Marshall Plan, the establishment of the Truman Doctrine and NATO against Soviet and Chinese...
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The Northrop T-38 Talon is the focus of “The Versatile T-38,” a 1960s promotional film on the supersonic aircraft. The two-person aircraft is shown in the air and on the runway as the narrator offers a detailed description of its turbo jet engines and its thrust-to-weight ratio. Again shown in flight at mark  01:55 , we’re told how the aircraft is considered one of the safest used by the Air Force and we learn more of the aircraft’s attributes as well as some of the records the...
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"Mission Accomplished" was a short 1943 propaganda film produced by the United States Office of War Information about the B-17 Flying Fortress. The film opens with a brief history of the B-17, its birth in 1935 and its proven war record at Midway and the Philippines. However, the narration states, the B-17 has yet to prove itself over Europe. The time and range needed for a successful bombing raid were not available in the European theatre, some people thought. The film then switches...
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In this episode of the True Adventure TV series from the early 1960s, viewers go on an expedition through the Northwest Passage with the U.S. Coast Guard. The episode opens with dramatic shots of the Arctic, including an ice shelf breaking off ( 00:08 ). Host Bill Burrud discusses the Coast Guard’s voyage through the Northwest Passage. There are various shots of the Arctic Ocean with a number of different ships navigating its waterways ( 02:23 ). The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble sails out...
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This issue of the U.S. Naval Workers Digest, a WWII industrial incentive newsreel shown to those involved in the war effort, consists of a couple of segments. The first is entitled ATTACK / COUNTER ATTACK! and the second WINGS OVER LEYTE. The first film looks at amphibious landings in the European and Pacific Theaters of war, emphasizing the incredible amounts of supplies and material that go into making victory possible. The second film shows the naval battle of Leyte Gulf and also contains a...
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War Film 50, an industrial incentive movie titled “Yankee Noodle” shows how and what the ‘American Noodle’ has been able to create in wartime and in peace. The first innovative example is a washing machine ( 1:37 ) crafted from old wheels, hacksaws, nuts, bolts and improvised tools that could be used anywhere. Next, we see an old grappling hook, ropes and grenade launcher being used to blow mines ( 1:53 ). Another example is how a parachute was used to help land a plane with only one...
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This episode of the U.S. Air Force's news magazine "Air Force Now" shows the USAF of the 1980s (probably 1983), with its main focus being NATO and the Soviet threat in Europe. At the start of the film the new, high tech AWACS aircraft is shown in operation, also known as the Boeing E-3 Sentry. This is an American airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft developed by Boeing as the prime contractor. Derived from the Boeing 707, it provides all-weather surveillance,...
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Filmed on June 12, 1944, this silent film shows Allied leaders on their way to visit the invasion beachhead in France. There are apparently two (separate) parties shown, one British and one American. Some of the persons you will see in the film include British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts (to Churchill's right at 1:23 ), General George C. Marshall ( 7:08 ), Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Ernest...
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The 1945 Navy film THE LSD DESCRIPTION AND EMPLOYMENT (MN-4303) is an educational film detailing the Landing Ship Dock (LSD), the Navy’s big, fast ship that serves as both a floating dry dock and a transport ship. The LSD ( 00:26 ) features a massive hollow space called the well ( 00:43 ), which is where all the activity takes place. The ship also has a half deck with a fully equipped machine shop. Ships can be brought onto the dock and vehicles can be tied down for secure transport. Two...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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“The Longest Street” is an early 1960s color film that explores international trade — which, we are told at mark  00:36 , involves not only the trading of goods and services but also plants the seeds needed for the development of mutual respect that leads to world peace. Produced by the International Trade Communication and Research Institute (in association with the University of Redlands in California), the economic-themed film explains, in detail, how the United States had been...
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This color film about diesel farm tractor maintenance was produced by Standard Oil in the late 40s/early 50s. The time stamps apply to the first mention of the task. It opens with a McCormick-Deering WD-40 diesel tractor, introduced in 1934 (:09). A tractor with a blade fills a ditch ( 15:19 ). A special dirt throwing attachment can create terraces (:31). A Ford 8 N tractor (1947-1952) is small for easy maneuvering (:35). A 1940s Case row-crop model ( 1:42 ) has a close-up of the temperature...
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Made in 1947. this amazing Allis Chalmers-sponsored film shows how engineers and engineering build industry and the structure of the modern world, from power generation to mining, smelting, agriculture and beyond. At mark  1:20 , a college student named Bob is seen with his dad. He explains that he's not going back to school because he hates engineering and prefers getting a job. At mark  3:50 , his dad asks him at meal to go out to his workplace, an Allis Chalmers industrial plant.  At...
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“In the 20th century, man overcame his crawling and he is now poised at the very threshold of the stars.” That dramatic sentence opens the mid-1960s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Goddard Space Flight Center film. “The Vital Link.” The color film introduces audiences to those trackers who never leave Earth but whose missions are essential to astronauts’ “getting out and getting back.” Near mark  01:00  we hear a radio news broadcast of how Goddard Space...
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The circa 1971 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) color film “Apollo 14 Mission to Fra Mauro” opens with a shot of Freedom 7 on the launch pad on May 5, 1961. Piloted by astronaut Alan Shepard. it was the first manned flight of Project Mercury, the first United States human spaceflight, and the first step toward landing a man on the moon. By mark  00:50 , we jump 10 years ahead and see a Saturn V rocket on the launch pad — waiting to send the crew of Apollo 14 to the...
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“Dear Boss” is a 1952 United States Navy recruitment film that tells the dramatized story of a small town girl who joins the United States Naval Reserve Women’s Reserve (WAVES) and, in a letter to her former boss, tells of her experiences in boot camp and on her first assignment. The “nonclassified” film opens to the strains of “Anchors Away” and WAVES marching in formation before returning to their barracks and the letter-writing begins. Her old boss laments to her successor on...
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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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This historic film details the Viking Program, an historic space exploration program conducted from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the late 1970s. The Viking program consisted of a pair of American space probes sent to Mars, Viking 1 and Viking 2. Each spacecraft was composed of two main parts: an orbiter designed to photograph the surface of Mars from orbit, and a lander designed to study the planet from the surface. The orbiters also served as communication relays for the landers once they...
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The United States Navy presents “Prelude to Victory — A Pictorial Record of the United States Eighth Fleet, Its Officers and Men.” The circa 1943 black-and-white picture was photographed by crews from the Navy, US Coast Guard, and US Army, and an opening title guard explains how the United Nations had agreed to a plan during World War II to first defeat Axis powers in Europe “and then crushing Imperial Japan.” The viewer watches scenes of factory workers assembling shells, guns,...
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Made in 1945, WE SAID WE'D COME BACK shows the invasion of Guam and the actions and successes of the U.S. Navy to maintain the support of the American public. The film features Admiral Ernest J. King, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Admiral in Chief. It also ends with a brief appearance by James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy. The film shows how the war in the Pacific was turning to the American side including footage of the retaking of Guam and warships such as the U.S.S. Washington...
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Made in 1975 to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, "The Birthday Party" features a creative premise -- a group of retired Marines symbolizing various eras of the Corps get together for a celebratory dinner. Through vignettes, the history of the Corps is shown from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam, portraying the evolution of the Marine Corps from its origin to the present day. The film includes several well-known actors including Richard Dean...
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Produced during the 1970s, the Price of Peace and Freedom is a Cold War film that attempts to show the Soviet Threat to the United States and its Allies. This is an Armed Forces Information Film produced by the Office of Information for the Armed Forces Department of Defense in affiliation with the AFL-CIO. The film states the opinions of the American Security Council Education Foundation concerning the military threat posed by the Warsaw Pact countries to the United States and its allies. It...
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As the Cold War dawned, U.S. military planners recognized that the "top of the world" that separated the Soviet Union and USA might be a potential battleground. Understanding capabilities in this region became paramount, fostering a number of activities. This 1952 U.S. Navy film shows one of them -- Operation Ski Jump II, which was a sequel to operations conducted in 1951 where 12 landings were made by aircraft on the arctic ice. The purpose of these tests was to establish how...
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Produced by the Army Pictorial Center as part of The Big Picture television series, the 1963 episode (TV 572) “Command Decision” recaps the decision by Allied leaders to launch Operation Dragoon. Operation Dragoon (initially Operation Anvil) was the code name for the Allied invasion of Southern France on 15 August 1944. The operation was initially planned to be executed in conjunction with Operation Overlord, the Allied landing in the Normandy, but the lack of available resources led to a...
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This short film, Paris, shows viewers scenes from the liberation of Paris and provides a brief history to the liberation, which occurred on 25 August 1944. The film opens with a shot of the Eiffel Tower and U.S. tanks driving past it. The streets of Paris are filled with people celebrating the city’s liberation. U.S. tanks and jeeps drive down a road ( 01:10 ). There are more scenes of Parisians celebrating in the streets; American GIs are kissed by French women ( 01:33 ). The city’s...
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Dudley Pictures Corporation presents this 1955 travel film This World of Ours: Caribbean Sky Cruise. The film begins with visitors exiting Delta Airline’s DC-7 plane at the airport in Havana, Cuba ( 00:31 ), thus beginning their Caribbean Sky Cruise. Aerial shots of Havana and Havana Bay ( 00:44 ) reveal the beauty of the city that combines a modern metropolis with the old Spanish Main. At the entrance of the harbor is Morro Castle ( 01:05 ), or Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro. According...
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“Spectacular Disasters” is a 1950s black-and-white film combining real footage and commentary on a variety of calamities, beginning at mark  00:30  with a freak accident in 1932 when three sailors were hoisted into the air by USS Akron (ZRS-4)— two of them plummeting to their demise. The film continues wth footage of a helicopter crash, a smokestack crashing onto nearby buildings, and a bridge being destroyed by an ice flow in Warsaw, Poland. Mark  03:00  covers the dramatic 1940...
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Episode 34 of the “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film series offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens with a look at the “Forbidden City of Tibet” from 1923 (mark  00:30 ) and the first images ever captured from that land, including Thubten Gyatso — the 13th Dalai Lama of Tibet — at mark  03:50 . “Gold” takes viewers to the 1920s gold rush...
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This black and white mid-1950s television show was part of the "Conquest" series, which in season two looked at "Great Achievements of the 20th Century.”   A montage of achievements are shown. Early 1900s women punch a time clock dressed in long blouses, skirts, and updos, followed by dancing ( 1:38 - 2:04 ). A crowd gathers outside a Nickelodeon. A one-cent post advertises Billy West in The Absent Minded Janitor and Ham and Bud in The Sausage Factory. A hand inserts a penny...
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Made by Castle Films during WWII, this silent movie entitled "The Civilian Serves" shows the many ways in which ordinary civilians helped defend the nation during WWII, by serving as Air Raid Wardens, Block Wardens, in defense plants, and elsewhere. The film dates to 1942 and was probably shown at clubs and workplaces as a recruitment tool, and also made available to the home market by Castle. At the  2:40  mark, the large Civilian Defense Headquarters in Manhattan, New York is...
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“X Minus Zero” opens with a United States Air Force general briefly explaining the purposes of that branch’s missile test center — such as flight-testing guided missiles. The circa 1958 film’s purpose, he reveals at mark  00:45 , is to give the viewer “a much clearer understanding of our mission.” The film shows a flawless launch of a guided Matador surface-to-air missile, but the narrator quickly explains that much work was put into the launch prior to countdown. The viewer...
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Created to promote Grumman Beechlink's VTXTS training aircraft, this film showcases the company's program and makes a case for further development, including the aircraft's fuel efficiency (a factor during the gas crunch). VTXTS can be traced to the mid-1970s, during which time the U.S. Navy formally commenced its search for a new jet trainer aircraft to serve as a single replacement for both its T-2 Buckeye and TA-4 Skyhawk trainers. During 1978, the VTXTS advanced trainer program to meet this...
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This 1960s era home movie is a true rarity because it was shot with sync'd sound track. It shows the Rose Parade, including Vice President Richard Nixon as Grand Marshall.   This film is one of a large series of Rose Parade films in the Periscope Film LLC archive. The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2...
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Made during the Apollo program, “Assembling Apollo” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 that tracks the numerous pieces used to create the rockets and spacecrafts that took man to the moon. The film opens with the various parts being brought to the Kennedy Space Center via all sorts of airplane, ship, and vehicle, as engineers carefully assemble the various stages of the Saturn V rocket. Workers attach communication and fuel lines at mark  02:10 , and at mark  03:15  put the...
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Made during the Apollo program, “Guidance and Navigation” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 detailing those sophisticated and advanced systems that would take man to the lunar surface. Mark  01:45  shows us mission control in Houston, Texas, where engineers work in front of giant computers where they will monitor the pre-programed flight plan and modify as needed. Astronauts are also shown taking manual readings using a sextant at mark  03:00 . Following an animated portrayal...
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Made during the Apollo program, “The First Short Steps” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 showing the assembly of the Saturn V rocket used to take man to the moon. Pieces were transported to the Kennedy Space Center from manufacturing plants located hundreds or thousands of miles away using methods that varied from a barge to specially designed aircraft. The rocket’s first booster stage is shown starting at mark  01:47  being slowly transported and being test-fired at mark ...
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This black and white film about Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz contains graphic WWII footage. Ocean waves roll as a destroyer’s guns fire at Japanese ships. Nimitz boards to salutes (:17- 1:01 ). 1942, Japanese footage shows its Pacific fleet protected by airplanes. Japanese soldiers practice fighting with bayonets attached. Japanese General Tojo attends a party where Japanese and Nazi swastika flags hang on the wall ( 1:02 - 2:12 ).   Nimitz boards. Crew move torpedoes across the desk ( 2:13...
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This film celebrating the arrival of the new F-18 Hornet, and titled HORNET LAUNCH, begins with footage of the F-4 Phantom in combat operations. The requirements for a more efficient fighter craft was met with the F-18 Hornet (:45). It was the result of intensive design efforts by the Navy, Marine Corps and McDonnell Douglas company ( 1:05 ). The Hornet is an attack craft for close air support missions ( 1:35 ) and was to replace the F4 Phantom and A-7 Corsair ( 1:40 ). At the time it was the...
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US Air Force the T38A Talon is a color training film made for the United States Air Force, #TF 1-5394 was produced in 1962. The purpose of this film is to teach pilots to use instrumentation when flying. The film opens with a U. S. Air Force Northrop T-38 Talon flying through the air ( 0:34 - 0:52 ). Instrument flying using the T-38 flight director system ( 0:53 - 0:59 ). Showing the instrument panel of the T-37 compared to improved panel of T-38 ( 1:22 - 1:44 ). Attitude indicator, or AI, also...
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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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This color film produced by NASA, an Aeronautics and Space Report has 3 segments. The first is about Apollo 9 just before its launch on March 3, 1969 (:32). A ticker tape parade is held in New York for the astronauts of Apollo 8, William Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman (:40-:52). These men were in the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth’s orbit, circle the moon, and return safely. The Apollo 9 astronauts are Rusty Schweickart, James McDivitt, and David Scott (:052- 1:14 ). The command...
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Produced by the Navy in 1967, "Weaponeers of the Deep" documents the training and life of a submarine-based missile technician assigned to the nuclear-powered submarine USS Lewis and Clark, SSBN 644, operating out of Rota, Spain. USS Lewis and Clark (SSBN-644), a Benjamin Franklin class ballistic missile submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the explorers Meriwether Lewis (1774–1809) and William Clark (1770–1838), who carried out the Lewis and...
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This historic propaganda film from the Soviet Union recounts the progress of the USSR in industry, including industrialization, electrification, and improvement in the standard of living of all Soviet peoples.  Narrator:  Lenin's idea of electrification remains the driving principle for all branches of the national economy, especially those that determine technological progress. First and foremost, metallurgy, the foundation of material production. Secondly, mechanical engineering, which is...
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“With Pride and Dignity” is a circa 1962 Department of the Army color film takes a look at the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), the women’s branch of the United States Army. It begins with a cold opening as a lieutenant colonel reviews WACs in formation as the narrator explains how we are all part of a team working together. The narrator explains, beginning at mark  01:32 , how a relationship between a commanding officer and those in their outfit is similar to a teacher and student, with the...
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This “confidential” Cold War-era United States Navy training film follows the Sonobuoy Indicator Group AN/AQA-1. The expendable sonobuoy was developed during World War II in response to the devastating destruction of Allied shipping in the Atlantic caused by German U-boats. The simple radio-linked listening device, thrown out of an aircraft, proved revolutionary. The indicator is shown at mark  01:18  as the narrator explains its operation and types, including the Range-Only Echo-Ranging...
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Made in the late 1960s or early 1970s, FLORIDA SEAFARE shows Florida's fishing industry on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. It includes coverage of commercial fishing boats, oystermen, crabbing, shrimping and seine net fishing for mullet. It also shows the 6th Annual Apalachicola Seafood Festival in 1969. The Florida Seafood Festival is a two day event annually drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola in scenic Franklin County. The Festival is held at the mouth of...
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The 1950s Caterpillar film This New Series H D8 touts the new 225-horse power tractor ( 00:37 ). The D8 has been the yardstick of big tractors for decades, and more than 1,000 improvements have been made since the first D8 was built. For the new D8, engineers design lifetime lubricated tracks and test the product on proving grounds; the H Series D8 is then tested vigorously on Caterpillar’s proving grounds ( 02:25 ). The film discusses new features and improvements to design with the new...
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Made in 1967 by Central Studio in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Socialist Revolution, this historic Soviet film celebrates the founding of the Red Army by Lenin, and the present-day military might of the Soviet Union. The film presents a rare look at Soviet strategic capabilities in the era immediately after the Cuban Missile Crisis. (Note: this version of the film is dubbed in Arabic, and is not in Russian).  Narration: ( 00:00 ) "This movie is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of...
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One of the wonderful films made by Shell Oil Company in the 1950s and 60s, “Coupe des Alpes — The Story Of The 1958 Alpine Rally,” a color film recalling the aforementioned race. (Officially called Coupe des Alpes, the rally competition was based in Marseille, France and held from 1932 to 1971. In the 1950s and the 1960s, it was among the most prestigious rallies in the world and featured an international route, consisting of famous mountain passes in Europe.) “Fifty-six production cars...
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This 1951 black and white film is part of an information campaign by the Federal Civil Defense Administration and produced by TeleTran. It focuses on how individuals can extinguish home fires in the event of a nuclear attack. The underlying theme is to always be prepared. The film opens with the ring of a fire bell at a fire station. A 1940s American LaFrance firetruck pulls out and water is sprayed at a multi-story building. This is followed by an entire city on fire (:26-:54). An atomic blast...
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Made in the late 1940s or early 1950s, this promotional film for North American Aviation is a great historical document of the history of mass produced airplanes used mostly for warring efforts of the United States, told from the perspective of one of the largest airplane manufacturers in the world. It is filled with historic footage of various types of World War II fighter planes, surveillance planes, bombers and fighter jets. Spectacular air battle scenes from World War II and the Korean...
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Hosted by Bob Hope with a truly corny narration script, this recruiting film for the Army National Guard was originally released as one of the episodes of "The Big Picture", the U.S. Army's TV show. It shows the readiness of the Guard. At the  1:50  mark, a target drone, a Radio Controlled Target Aircraft or RCAT, is shown being piloted through a gauntlet of fire. At  2:25 , the M-40 duster anti-aircraft gun is shown.  The Duster has the capability of pumping out a 120 rounds from...
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This film shows the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment or SAGE, a system of large computers and associated networking equipment that coordinated data from many radar sites and processed it to produce a single unified image of the airspace over a wide area. SAGE directed and controlled the NORAD response to a Soviet air attack, operating in this role from the late 1950s into the 1980s.  The processing power behind SAGE was supplied by the largest computer ever built, the AN/FSQ-7. Each SAGE...
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This late 1960s color travelogue film provides highlights of the Apache, Navajo, and Hopi Indians keeping ancient traditions. It is narrated by Jack Douglas as part of the America! Television series, produced and photographed by Joseph Meagher.   Buffalo roam on a plain. The Grand Canyon and lakes with mountain reflections are panned.   Goats and sheep are herded in the shadows of oil derricks with flames of excess gas burning at the top. The Hoover Dam is shown ( 1:13 - 2:50 ).   The...
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This early 1940s black and white film documentary shows the life of Columbians in different income classes. It was created by legendary filmmaker Julien Bryan and the second in his commissioned Americas series. Young men in 1940s suits and 1940s formally dressed young women talk, children read books, young athletes swing weights, and classroom children of different ethnicities interact (:49- 1:55 ). A vintage illustrated map shows Columbia’s geographical layout. Waterfalls and mountain and an...
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The Federal Civil Defense Administration presents Role Of The Warden In The H-Bomb Era (TB-27-3), a 1955 educational film that reviews the duties of the block or community warden in the event of a hydrogen bomb attack. The film was considered important to make because while the public had been led to believe that an atomic bomb attack might be survivable, few believed that a hydrogen bomb could be, and as the film points out "civil defense must begin at the grass roots". The film...
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Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the [program’s] decade-long run. Episode 194, from 1954, begins with “To Give Us More Miles!” The segment recaps testing gasoline mileage in cars during a race from Los Angeles, CA to Sun Valley, ID. Officials of the...
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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 Cold War era U.S. Army film, likely made in 1952, tells about the handling of military prisoners in the stockade. It begins with an escape scenario from a military prison, presumably caused by a guard's lack of knowledge. From that, the focus shifts to training. Since the greatest danger comes when the prisoners are working, most of film addresses this circumstance. First, the guard verifies the ID's of his detail,  9:22 . Then he uses trained responses and coordination of effort,...
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This 1948 black and white promotional film is a presentation by the Association of American Railroads showcasing steam and diesel trains. These include ALCO PA, Southern & Pacific, Atlantic Coast Line, and Baltimore & Ohio. The film opens with a view of the tracks from the engineer’s perspective and the sounds of track and whistle (:02-:18). A curtain blows over a sleeping boy, awakened by the train (:19- 1:25 ). The steel bands of the track shine at night from the engineer’s...
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This silent U.S. Navy film, "SeaLab III Progress Report #2" documents the ill-fated SEALAB III experiment, in which aquanot Berry L. Cannon died. The film was likely shown as part of a U.S. Navy presentation, and would have had an accompanying script or commentary (now lost) read while it was projected. Some of the interesting segments in the film show the moving of the SeaLab habitat and its deployment, underwater assembly operations ( 7:25 ), and support operations. The converted...
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This black and white documentary film, Air Force Story Chapter 1, was produced around 1953 by the Department of the Air Force. The Department of the Air Force was formed September 18, 1947, within the Department of Defense. Musical score is by The U.S. Air Force Band under the direction of Lt. Col. George S. Howard, commander and conductor of the band from 1944-1963. The film traces the development of U.S. Airpower through World War I. The Air Force Story, Chapter I ( 0:16 - 1:14 ). A Hot Air...
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The U.S. Air Force presents The Air Force Story: Chapter VI: Prelude to War, 1937-1939 (SFP 263-6). This short film looks at the development of U.S. Air Force during the final two years of the 1930s, focusing on the U.S. response to the rise of Nazi Germany. The film begins with the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Goodwill flight ( 01:18 ) on 17 February 1938 to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The squadron of B-17s, led by General Robert Olds ( 01:35 ) leaves the U.S. for South America. Other notable...
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One of a series of classified films made for the Army Air Forces during WWII about the Norden Bombsight, this film focuses on the importance of properly leveling the device so as to minimize the error of deflection. 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 "blacked out". This series of films provides a rare look at the operation of the bombsight...
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The 1944 U.S. Army training film Introduction to Combat Fatigue (T.F. 8-1402) is designed to help U.S. soldiers suffering from combat fatigue understand the origins of their physical and emotional symptoms. An officer narrates the short film, which uses combat scenes to recreate the stresses that lead to combat fatigue, following U.S. Marine Ben Edwards as he experiences combat situations that lead to combat fatigue. The narrator explains that fear is a universal emotion, and it has its uses....
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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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This episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 10 - is entitled "The Tide Turns" and shows WWII history for June thru September 1942. In this film you'll see the 97th bomber group as it embarks for England; B-17's initiating high altitude precision daylight bombing; Japanese forces closing in on the U.S. Army in New Guinea; Army Air Force personnel and materiel help build runways near the front; P-38's down Japanese aircraft. The film starts at :20 with images of the liner RMS...
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This color film provides an overview of the X-15 from 1960 to 1980, predating Astronaut Joe Engle as Commander of the second orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia on November 12, 1981. The film opens with a view of the X-15 #3 plane dropping from a B-52 (:33). A photo of 6 of its 12 pilots is shown (:36), with an up-close shot of William Dana (:38), Milton Thompson (:41), William Knight (:43), John McKay (:46), Joe Engle (:48), and Robert Rushworth (:50). These test pilots flew the...
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Made in the 1940s, this portrait of Tibet the "land of isolation" begins with images of the Himalayas, with the "deepest valleys still 11,000 feet above the sea". At  1:10 , yaks are seen being used as transport animals, and at  1:36  a small village is seen. The narrator notes that the country has a population at this time of 3 million (today's population is roughly double this figure). At  1:55 , a Buddhist shrine is seen, and at  2:11  a traditional house. At  2:25...
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Made in the 1950s by Avion, a division of ACF Corporation, OPERATION PINPOINT outlines the use of a new horizontal position display, which was an innovation that allowed pilots to navigate with relative ease. It's unclear whether this display was ever adopted or deployed, as we've been unable to find references to it on the Internet. If you know about it -- let us know in the comments! According ot the film, the display was developed with Wright Air Development Center's Flight Control...
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The 1954 CBS / University of Arkansas produced documentary “The Search for Yokum Creek,” depicted the search for the origins of an Elizabethan ballad, “The Two Sisters.” The film begins with an exterior shot of the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center building where the presenter/narrator, Charles Romine begins by providing a few details about the upcoming investigation they are about to set out on (:42). Mary Celestia Parler, the founder of the Arkansas Folklore Society, an English...
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This 1960s film showcases the work of the city bus driver named Mr. Staley working on Santa Monica's famous "Big Blue Bus" lines. Featuring GMC "new look" buses, the film shows the operation of a diesel bus from the depot to a route on Lincoln Blvd. up to Montana Avenue. The film looks at the activities of various passengers, all the while showcasing the operation of the bus. Some of the topics explained include the use of transfers, tokens and fare boxes, the operation of...
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This soil conservation film, “Blades of Green” (59164) opens with the Union Pacific Railroad logo. It is presented by the Agricultural Development Department (:15). American bison once roamed the land by the millions (:23), yet due to increased population moving west the grass growing areas had shrank. This created a need for livestock to find food from man made irrigated pastures (:42). While hogs may have been good foragers (:52), dairy animals needed improved grazing fields ( 1:02 ). A...
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This historic computer and information technology film by Edutronics, Inc. presents “Data Processing Principles Basic File Concepts,” a 1969 film focusing on the “exciting things … happening today in the world of data processing.” From business to scientific research, the “science of information” is said to be changing the world around us. Machines are being used to represent, store, manipulate, transmit, and display information, we’re told starting at mark   01:05 . As we see...
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This silent, color film shows a visit to the ruins at Petra made in the late 1940s. Apparently it was shot by a visiting tourist, as portions of it are a bit amateurish (including the shot at 1:41 of the gorge leading to the city -- which seems to have been shot from aboard a horse.)   Petra, originally known to its inhabitants as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. Petra lies on the slope of Jabal Al-Madbah in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern...
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This episode of the Army Navy Screen Magazine features three segments. The first TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the various ethnicities and nations making up the Allied Army. The second is a profile of the AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE which provides medical care and transportation in support of the British. The third BY REQUEST features the city of Chicago as well as a song sung by Carol Bruce. Designed to promote racial harmony and understanding in wartime, TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the cooperation...
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“An Airplane Trip,” a 1939 black-and-white ERPI Classroom Films Inc. produced instructional sound film, combines the novelty of flying in the early days with basic inner workings of a passenger plane. The film opens with a mother and her young daughter entering the Los Angeles Union Air Terminal ( 0:30 ). They purchase their tickets to Salt Lake City at the terminal ( 0:47 ). They then head outside to the gate and watch in awe and anticipation as the airplane rolls slowly to the landing...
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This film made by the U.S. Army to educate soldiers about Latin America opens with footage of the lively festivals and stunning landscapes of Central and South America (:30). The host and narrator is Frank McGee ( 1:02 ) and he will depict the American view of Latin American Revolutions and will focus on Fidel Castro. He begins by describing the varying raw materials that can be drawn from the land, including copper, tin, zinc, petroleum and iron ( 1:25 ). Food commodities such as coffee,...
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One of a series of films prepared to train pilots, airplane spotters and anti-aircraft gun crews, this Aircraft Identification film is an official War Department Training Film (:07) produced by The Signal Corps in collaboration with the Cheif of Air Corps (:13). The film was intended to provide familiarity with aircraft types so as to avoid friendly fire incidents, and combines animation with shots of models and sometimes real footage of aircraft. The final film in the reel was made by the Walt...
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High Contrast Photography For Instruction is a 1956 instructional film for educators, teaching them how to make various copies using high contrast photography. The film was produced by the Indiana University Audio-Visual Center and features instructors from the university’s Education Department. The film shows the basic steps needed to create transparencies, reverse copies, slides, and prints. The film begins with directions for making overhead projector transparencies ( 00:58 ), developing...
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens". The Raven Forward Air Controllers were pilots used for forward air control by the Central Intelligence Agency. This film focuses on 1968. ( 00:00:00 ) Kim Chi with friends walking down street in Tuy Hoa, Viet-Nam. ( 00:00:31 ) American soldiers on Personnel Carrier in Tuy Hoa valley. ( 00:00:39 ) U.S. Army command post in Tuy Hoa valley. ( 00:01:00 ) U.S. Army on Personnel Carrier. (...
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The Lure Of New England, directed by Bon D. Grussing and produced by Martin Bovey Films in the mid-1940s for the Minneapolis-Moline Company, takes viewers on a short tour of America’s northeast. The film opens with shots of New England food, statues, beaches, rocky coasts, and covered bridges. Rural snow-covered New England ( 01:22 ) beckons to visitors with its scenic houses, fields, and churches. People check and empty buckets of sap on tapped maple trees ( 01:57 ). A man drives a tractor...
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Created as part of a series of educational films called "Ripples", 55 TO GET READY traces all the preparations for the flight of a TWA airplane from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles. It opens with a Trans World plane ( 1:14 ). Two characters are flying from DC to California and as they receive their boarding passes, LAX stickers are wrapped around their luggage ( 1:43 ). The information that at least fifty-five people must complete their jobs before the plane may take off follows (...
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The World Of Work’s “TV News: Behind The Scenes” is a 1973 episode from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films that shows viewers the day’s operations required to broadcast a news program. The episode follows the men and women of ABC7 Eyewitness News, including Roger Grimsby, Bill Beutel, Geraldo Rivera, Robert Labe, and Melba Tolliver, as they work to put together stories for the evening’s broadcast. The episode touches on topics such as how stories are discovered, how they are covered by...
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This late 1940s color film about France is one of a series of Pan Am travelogues as A Hartley Production. The film opens with a man in a beret talking on a 1940s telephone (:36- 1:24 ). He discusses the Pan American double-deck Clippers on the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (introduced in 1947) and the lounge area is shown with a stewardess serving canapes ( 1:24 - 2:08 ), followed by the sleeping berths ( 2:25 - 2:30 ). In Paris, the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees Avenue has jaywalkers picked...
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Made by AT&T in the 1970s to explain the communications revolution and the role that fiber optics plays in it, LIGHTWAVE opens with a dramatization of Alexander Graham Bell's photophone test, which transmitted his voice via reflected sunlight beams - all the way back in 1880. The film then explores the technological developments over the years which led to lightwave communications trials in the 1970s. The film ends with a look into the future at the possible telecommunications benefits of...
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“The El Centro Story” is a circa 1960 US Navy film that tells the story of Naval Air Facility El Centro in Imperial County, California, near the Salton Sea, as a pilot recounts his first approach to the airfield at mark  01:45 . After landing at mark  03:30 , the pilot sees members of the parachute experimental unit — a unit he’d be joining. He takes to the sky with other jumpers and at mark  07:23  they begin their leaps from the aircraft to begin plummeting to the ground. Each man...
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Dating to 1950, this U.S. Navy film depicts the job description for the Plane Captain for an Aircraft Carrier type plane (:08). Plane captains are attached to squadrons aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carriers and are responsible to ensure that every aircraft is mission-ready. Plane captains assigned to line divisions perform maintenance and daily checks on every aircraft. The film begins with a Navy or USMC F-80 Shooting Star making an attack run on a bridge in enemy...
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Combat Bulletin 56 shows propaganda leaflets dropped on German forces. A 57mm recoilless bazooka is shown. Hamburg is liberated. Tarakan Borneo assault. Baguio is captured. Japanese suicide plane, the Baka is captured on Okinawa. The Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka was a purpose-built, rocket powered human-guided anti-shipping kamikaze attack plane employed by Japan towards the end of World War II. United States sailors gave the aircraft the nickname Baka (Japanese for "fool" or...
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This film about the LCVP provides an introduction and look at the nomenclature ( 00:44 ) of systems aboard these vessels. The film dates to 1944. LCVP is short for Landing Craft, Vehicle-Personnel, also known as a Higgins boat (named after its creator Andrew Higgins). The film begins by detailing the stats of the LCVP while showing footage of LCVPs skipping along the water then landing on shore ( 02:11 ), where they unload soldiers ( 02:15 ), vehicles ( 02:23 ), and cargo—such as ammunition (...
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This profile of Canadian Pacific's "unit train", also known as the Supertrain, dates to the 1980s. The film shows how vast amounts of coal are moved from coal mines in British Columbia to the port of Vancouver and the Superport of Roberts Bank. The film begins as coal is moved through processing plants via conveyer systems, and then stored in silos (:50). Specially designed gondola cars capable of carrying 150 tons of coal each are used. The locomotives are automatically controlled by...
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