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Produced in the 1980s, this Cold War National Guard recruiting film shows the Guard conducting war games with Bell helicopters and M-60 and M-48 tanks. Voice-over explains the importance of the Guard and the benefits to being part of the nation's oldest branch of military service. Basic training is shown. A drill instructor is shown at 2:00, and advanced training at the 4:20 mark including truck driving, welding, cooking, computer operations and more.     Women members of the Guard are also...
Topics: 1980s, Army National Guard, Basic Training, War Games, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage
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This 1965 color Navy recruiting film documents the process of the recruiting and training for service on a nuclear submarine. A woman wearing a 1960s Jackie Kennedy style suit and pillbox hat waits with her husband in his 1960s suit and hat at the train station. A teenage boy pulls up in a 1950s convertible. The train arrives and a sailor gets off and greets his family. The boys park in the driveway of a suburban 1960s neighborhood. The sailor greets a pretty girl next door. Dinner is served...
Topics: 1965, US Navy, Nuclear Submarine, Recruiting Film, Inner Space, Stock Footage
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Parachute Rigger” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with colorful parachutes hanging high on a wall. One is lowered by a wire to a waiting sailor (:23-:38). Women Parachute Riggers in Navy WAVES blouses sit at sewing machines and repair parachutes (:39-:52). Two Parachute Riggers are shown up-close packing a parachute along a long table. The entire parachute is...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Recruiting Film, Parachute Rigger, Your Job In The Navy, Stock Footage
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This color recruiting film showcases the U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers, airplanes, pilots and flight crews. It was shot aboard a number of carriers including the Essex class USS Ticonderoga (CV-14), USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Lexington (CV-16), USS Coral Sea (CV-43) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Copyright is 1970. Opening: An eagle soars through the air. Other types of birds fly. Different U.S. military jets. Title: FLIGHT, THE ROMANCE OF NAVAL AVIATION (:07-:56). A U.S. Navy carrier at sea....
Topics: Naval Aviation, 1970, US Navy, Aircraft Carriers, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white educational film "Eagles of the Fleet" was made by the British Government as a recruiting and information aide for the Royal Navy. The first part of the film shows shore training at HMS Heron aka Yeovilton, a facility sited a few miles north of Yeovil, Somerset.  The second part of the film shows flight operations, training and a mock attack staged by  HMS Vengeance (R71), a Colossus-class light aircraft carrier. The film features Fairey Firefly and Hawker Sea...
Topics: British Government, Eagles, 1950, Royal Navy, Recruiting Film, HMS, HMS Heron, Stock Footage,...
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Produced by U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Voluntary Training Unit 12-36 and Lt. Col. William L. Hendricks, USMCR Commanding Officer, this 1961 film is narrated by American actor Jack Webb and gives viewers a look at the state of readiness of the United States Marine Corps. The film opens with Jack Webb spinning a globe in a Marine Corps office. A Marine Corps marching band plays as Marine Corps men march in full dress. A man walks from his home down the sidewalk in his uniform (01:20). Marines...
Topics: US Marines, USMC, 1961, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Jack Webb, USMCR
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Created in the early stage of WWII, this propaganda and recruiting film was intended to educate ordinary Americans about some of their responsibilities at the "home front".  This might include serving as Air Raid Wardens, Civil Defense Workers, or in services such as the Driver's Corps (whose members were trained in first aid and auto repair) or as messengers.  The film includes a brief excerpt from a speech by President Roosevelt, and uses the British auxiliary services as an...
Topics: World War II, Civil Defense, Air Raid Wardens, Recruiting Film, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
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Here are two WWII U.S. Army Air Forces recruiting films. The first "Survival of the Fittest" is about how physical training is important for survival in combat. This is copyrighted 1944. The second, "Sustineo Atlas" is about the elite the Officers Candidate School. It dates to 1943. Opening titles: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST (:06-:31). An U.S. Army Air Force officer who survived for weeks in the jungle receives a medal. Another officer receives a medal. He is seen walking...
Topics: WWII, US Army Air Force, Basic Training, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This fascinating travelogue was made in 1934, in the era when China was in the grip of the Imperial nations. America operated its own fleet of warships in Chinese waters, to protect American interests, especially the tankers belonging to Standard Oil. Shown in the film are various U.S. Navy warships and gunboats, and although none are identified by name the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship for the Asiatic fleet, is clearly visible. Canton and Shanghai are cities visited during the course of the...
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
This film from WW2, released in late August of 1994, shows the demolition of the Army Air Force Base in Hengyang, China as Japanese forces were closing in, the OQ-2 drone used for target practice in Guadalcanal as well as the construction of a tar paper airstrip in Normandy. It was prepared by the Army Air Forces Combat Film Service (:28). It opens with the demolition of the air base in Hengyang, China in June of 1944 (:44). Japanese forces moved towards the area on the Hankow railway (:45)....
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This short, silent film from the collection of Jeff Vilencia, shows the design and construction of the Dobson Convertiplane built by Franklin A. Dobson of Newport Beach, California. It likely dates to the early 1950s. Frank Dobson was an inventor with many ideas who also built and/or patented an anti-submarine warfare device known as "SCAT", toys, and started a business selling hovercraft kits. At 1:15, one of his toys is shown -- a flying wing aircraft with similarities in design to...
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This is a 1950’s era, color movie about Campbell’s Soup. This campy, 1952 cooking film shows you every possible recipe you can devise using Campbell's soup. The Campbell’s Soup kid comes out on stage in front of a tomato. Campbell’s Soups present, The Magic Shelf. Featuring Anne Marshall, Director, Home Economics, Campbell’s Soup Company. The curtain opens and a magician with a tuxedo and top hat appears. The man winds up a handkerchief and makes a knot 1:00. The knot unravels itself...
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This film is a part of the series titled ‘Weekly Digest’. It shows various footage from WWII fronts including construction of the airstrip on Green Island, footage of the pilots of the first all African American fighter outfit and captured German soldier interrogations in Italy. The footage was prepared by the First Army Air Forces Combat Film Detachment (:22). The first segment takes viewers to Green Island off the coast of the Solomon Islands in March of 1944 (:32). A new airstrip here...
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Shot by an unknown American camerman during WWII, this fascinating silent color home movie shows activities in India at an American air base located at New Delhi.. The person who filmed it was apparently part of the American 10th Air Force, and you will see the Headquarters building at 4:50, located at 43 Queensway. The film also shows the famed India Gate (not to be confused with the one in Bombay) at New Delhi, at the :35 mark.  The air base is seen in more detail around the 6:30 mark, with...
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The Corporal Story is a 1956 silent gag film from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, one of the partners of the U.S. Army in the development of the MGM-5 Corporal missile, the first long-range guided missile. While the captions are comical, there is good footage of what appears to be actual test launches of the missile—although the footage of failed launch attempts only enhances the humorous spin of the film. The film opens with footage of an explosion and the charred remains of the missile and its...
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Pick-up (TF 8-2060) is an official War Department training film from 1944 that informs World War II servicemen about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections and the need to protect themselves from contracting a possible STI, as well as what to do to treat it and what happens if you don’t treat the infection. The film focuses on the symptoms of gonorrhea and syphilis as it covers proper courses of treatment. The film opens with a shot of an Air Force base where a soldier, Corporal John...
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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 eight segments of historic highlights. Woodrow Wilson 1856-1924. 1914 President Wilson votes in the primaries. He leaves Princeton University and is shown waving from the back of the Presidential Train. Mrs. Wilson waves to crowds from a curtained window. 1917 President Wilson speaks to Congress. He is blindfolded to draw the first...
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This sales film advertises the Bofors 40mm gun, an anti-aircraft autocannon. Created in the 1930’s by AB Bofors, a Swedish arms manufacturer, it was used largely in WW2 by the western Allied Forces. The film opens with the Bofors crest (:21) and will take viewers through a detailed breakdown of the weapon. This weapon had become the standard anti-aircraft gun during WWII and had been modified to become entirely "tropicalized" (:49) meaning it resisted rust and damage from moisture...
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This film from 1942 depicts parts of the North Africa Campaign of WW2, as well as from the Allied forces' advance on New Guinea. It is presented by Official Films (:12) and opens with a promotion to buy more war bonds. (The US Treasury Department pushed for citizens to buy more bonds in order to finance WW2.) (:22). US forces are seen heading into Higgins boats for the landing on North Africa (:31) and British and US invasion fleets moved towards Africa from the British Isles (:49). This was...
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The JD 860 Scraper is a short promotional film from John Deere, touting the features of the “money-saving” JD 860 Scraper, which John Deere released in 1969. The film (from 1969 or the early 1970s) features over 15 minutes of footage of the JD 860 Scraper at work. The film opens with a pristine JD 860 ( 00:44 ) before cutting to the JD 860 in action ( 01:15 ). The elevating scrapper with its 215-net flywheel horsepower diesel engine has a 37,500-cubic foot capacity, maximizing time on the...
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this silent, color home movie is about a visit to Austria including Vienna and Salzburg. This is circa the 1950s or early 1960s. Buildings and cars (:08). Imposing building, possibly a train station or city hall, amongst the green hills and mountains (:16). Building nested into a hillside ( 1:05 ). People walk around ( 1:14 ). Farm, houses, rolling green hills ( 1:24 ). Clear cut area where lumber is being harvested ( 1:48 ) People ride bikes past a bus in...
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This color, amateur home movie features footage of everyday people in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1944. It was likely shot by a U.S. serviceman. Opening: two men shake hands (:08). Cars drive in a quiet neighborhood (:28). A tree (:57). A park area, possibly part of Fort Shafter ( 1:08 ). Cars pull into a restaurant, the drive in Kau Kau Korner. This 24-hour restaurant was on the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Kapiolani Blvd. Known as The Crossroads of the Pacific. It was built 1935 and a much...
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This old film, likely from the 1930s, shows the Cadbury factory at Bournville and the model village built by George Cadbury, as well as the production of Cadbury’s famous Bourn-vita chocolate malt drink mix. The film opens with what appears to be a grandfather sitting down at a table with his grandson to tell him about the history of Cadbury. Viewers see a field in Bournville, near Birmingham, which is apparently where the Cadbury family built their factory. Illustrations show the evolution...
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Made in 1946 to commemorate 20 years of the Strategic Air Command, this silent film shows the various aircraft used to carry atomic weapons.  It begins with images of the B-29, which carried the first and only atomic bombs  ever used in anger and which served as nuclear weapons platforms in 1946-47.  The B-50 is shown at the 1:40 mark, and this modified version of the B-29 served until 1955 in this role.  Next, the F-84 Thunderjet is shown, in service from 1950-57.  At the 2:45 mark these...
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Here's a film everyone should watch!  "Handwashing in Patient Care" is a 1962 U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare movie that was intended to instruct nurses and physicians about how to "scrub up." In the era of Covid19, the simple protocols described in this 58-year-old film are still relevant.  We recently rescued this obscure film from destruction -- something we've done with thousands of 8mm, 16mm, 35mm motion pictures over the years.  We encourage viewers...
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Produced by the U.S. Army in the early days of the Cold War (1951), this film attempts to educate Armed Forces personnel about the Soviet Union, its people, political system, and goals. Although the language in the film is not as harsh as that used later in the conflict, it does indicate the increasing level of alarm that follows the USSR's detonation of an atomic bomb in 1949. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and...
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The first episode of a two-part presentation by the Social Security Administration of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, this educational film covers changes during the transitional period of Social Security programs and legislation during the mid-1960s. The public service film production begins with a colorful map of the United States at 0:07. The film emphasizes how Social Security serves Americans all across the country and is hosted by Roy L. Swift, the SSA's...
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Written by Air Marshal Sir Phillip Joubert in 1940, 'Fighter Pilot' is a short film celebrating the Spitfire at the height of the Battle of Britain. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Dating from September 7, 1946, this fascinating and poignant 16mm silent home movie pays tribute to all those who gave their lives in World War II. The entire population of the small town of Mendon, Massachusetts is seen decked out in bunting, and there are many celebrations and a special memorial to those local residents who lost their lives in the conflict. The film ends with many shots of local children, including a little league baseball game, and with them perhaps hope that the future...
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This film about West Point shows the U.S. Military Academy as it appeared in the 1970s. The film pays tribute to the "long grey line", showcasing the modern curriculum and the "Path for Success" that it offers. 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: "01:00:12:00 -- President...
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This short 1940s Navy training film, TF 11-3046, shows viewers (who would have been U.S. Navy sailors or recruits) how a sailor can quickly lose his hard-earned pay. The film follows Bill Adams, an arrogant sailor who cashes his paychecks and keeps the money on him in an apparent effort to flaunt his wealth. The film opens in the sleeping quarters of a navy ship where a group of sailors are settling debts. The men then go ashore (01:33), and Adams, who has 7 months pay in his wallet, and a...
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You in Japan is a short 1956 military film (AFIF 78) that serves as a brief orientation to Japan for U.S. servicemen stationed there. The film begins with a shot of a U.S. ship at sea, with the crew on deck, about to arrive in Japan. Troops sit on the deck of the ship for a short orientation on Japan before arriving at port. Units of the Japanese Defense Force march during training under the U.S. military (01:50). The film shows the port of Yokohama (03:45), and then several U.S. servicemen as...
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This black & white educational film is about Synoptic Meteorology, which is the analysis and prediction of large-scale weather systems; understanding relatively large-scale weather-producing disturbances like frontal depressions, tropical cyclones, and anticyclones. Copyright is circa the 1930s.  Opening titles: Meteorology - Synoptic Meteorology, produced by Science Films Ltd (:06-:32). Hands turn the pages of a book that contain many weather maps. A man writes down the air temperature...
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This U.S. Air Force training film shows the basic drill movements, without arms, for airmen.  The men shown in this film have received 2-4 weeks of training in drill.  Various drills are shown and explained including attention, parade rest, rest, "snap to attention", fall out, fall in, right face, left face, about face (face to rear), order arms, hand salute, individual hand salute, etc.  Marching steps are seen at the 6 minute mark, including column left, column right, marching...
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This 1970s era, color promo movie for P&O Lines is narrated by journalist Stanton Delaplane. It follows two ships through Alaskan waters and recounts the experiences of  guests as they tour several Alaskan towns. The film opens in a bar with people having a great time. Many different scenes of Alaska are shown. Main title: Dateline Alaska. Journalist Stan Delaplane talks to the camera. The SS Arcadia and SS Spirit of London cruise ships are seen and to be featured throughout the film 1:17....
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Part of the "Army in Action" series within "The Big Picture", this episode "The Winds of Change" features the U.S. Army posture during the first quarter of the 20th Century, Woodrow Wilson and the World War I buildup and combat, the armistice, peacetime demobilization, and the nature of life in the United States during the 1920s and 30s including speakeasies, prohibition, the marathon dance craze, and more. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to...
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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, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's infiltrators...
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Shows USMC performing early Vertical Envelopment exercise from USS Boxer. Vertical Envelopment is a maneuver in which troops, either air-dropped or air-landed, attack the rear and flanks of a force, in effect cutting off or encircling the force. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information...
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This undated silent film from the Stoody Company details the process by which plowshares are hardfaced with Stoodite, a cobalt alloy. It likely dates to the 1940s. At 0:48, the film states the type of plowshares adaptable to hardfacing and the need for them to be sharpened and heated to 1750 F before application of Stoodite.  At 1:02, a plowshare is shown being heated in a furnace until glowing red. At 1:42, the thickness the nose point (1/8”), and area up to 4 inches above the nose (1...
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The United States Army presents T.F. 8-1576. MCML. Hospital Food Service Personnel Training. Part Two: The Individual. This movie produced in 1950, is about a ghost who spreads germs all around the hospital. The purpose of the movie is to teach hospital workers what NOT to do by observing the bad habits of the ghost. It is filmed in black and white and the film is narrated. The movie opens with two men responsibly washing up in the men’s locker room. The wind is blowing and the door opens. A...
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Shot by an American military officer, this 16mm silent home movie shows images of the Republic of China (approx. September 1945-1949) in Shaoxing, Shanghai, an unidentified Taiwanese town, a flyby of Beijing and the Great Wall of China, as well as the U.S. Air Force bases in Guam, in Shanghai Jiangwan, Inarajam in Guam, and an unidentified R&R location and airbase (identifiable only by U.S. VRE-1 Air Evacuation Squadron signs). Footage includes one aircraft C-4 airframe 90408 (which would...
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This fascinating full color, silent home movie from June, 1941 shows the American Sokol Slet, a gymnastics and sporting competition, held in Chicago including Soldier Field. The film begins with important members of the organizing committee meeting to plan the games. At 1:27, a sign announcing the games is seen at the Sokol headquarters and shortly thereafter is a title card noting that for three days competitions in diving, gymnastics, swimming and athletics were held in Douglas Park, Pilsen...
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Warning: some of the content of this film is unsettling and may be inappropriate for younger viewers or anyone who has just eaten or is about to eat food. Created for the medical profession, “Human Gastric Function” is “an experimental study of ‘Tom,’ a unique patient with an extensive gastric fistula” (an abnormal opening in the stomach or intestines that allows the contents to leak). It serves as a record of a 15-year study carried out between 1941 and 1952, and shows how the...
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"Statesmen in Overalls" is a 1951 promotional film for the Christian Rural Overseas Program, also known as C.R.O.P., an ambitious private relief effort that pre-dated the Marshall Plan in Europe. Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP) began its operation in August 1947 under the sponsorship of Church World Service. A year later Lutheran World Service and the Catholic Rural Life Conference became co-sponsors, but withdrew in 1952. For a time nearly all Catholic, Protestant and...
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This 1945 Canadian color documentary about growing certified seed potatoes is presented by the National Film Board for the Department of Trade and Commerce and Department of Agriculture Ottawa. The film opens with acres of potato fields. Farmers on tractors move across the field. Another field is plowed by a farmer and horse (:056-1:52). Women sit and cut potatoes over a sharp blade into smaller chucks and drop them into baskets. Wire baskets of potatoes are dipped in a disinfectant and loaded...
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This WWII film about the Battle of the Bulge was intended to promote the 7th War Bond Drive, and demonstrating that American soldiers cannot afford to stop fighting, just as American workers can never afford to slack off at vital war jobs.  The film begins with images of France in August of 1944, as U.S. troops celebrate (prematurely as it turned out) the liberation of Europe from the Nazis.  The German counterattack in December of 1944 proved devastating to Allied hopes of the war ending by...
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Made by the U.S. Navy, this silent film shows the aircraft carrier USS Franklin both before, during and after the Japanese attack that crippled and nearly sank the ship.  The USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big Ben," was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy, and the fifth US Navy ship to bear the name. Commissioned in January 1944, she served in several campaigns in the Pacific War, earning four battle stars. She...
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Produced by Lockheed as part of the F.A.A. Qualification for the L1011 aircraft, this film shows evacuation system tests conducted with human subjects. At the start the full interior cabin of the aircraft is shown, followed by the deployment of the rescue slide from the aircraft front door. Each test subject wears a number so that their position in the aircraft can be identified. At 2:00, interior footage of the exit is shown. A large clock in the upper right hand corner shows time elapsed to...
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This sales film from Caterpillar highlights the C 785 Off-Highway Truck by showing the machine in action at the company’s Arizona Proving Grounds. C 785s drive on dirt roads. The film shows the 785 from various angles (00:50), giving viewers a look at the truck’s folded core radiator, dual turbo-charged 3512 engine, and rear-mounted six-speed transmission. A man climbs up into a 785 (02:16), and viewers get a look at the cab. The dump bed is lifted. The film then shows the cylinder block of...
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This short 1960s U.S. Navy film (D-A-PHD-6-01) gives viewers a look at the development of the Navy’s helicopter escape capsule ballistic system and early tests of the system. The film opens with a helicopter crashing into a body of water. Another helicopter crashes into the sea next to an aircraft carrier. A UH-25B (Piasecki HUP Retriever) flies by, and the film shows soldiers sitting in the fuselage of the chopper. An image of the UH-25B is used to show how modifications are made to add a...
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This color silent film footage shows some of the events of 13 March 1969, as the Apollo IX mission comes to an end with splashdown and recovery of the crew. The U.S. Navy assault ship USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) performs the recovery mission. The helicopters shown are Sikorsky SH-3D Sea Kings of HS-3.  The primary helicopter shown, emblazoned with the number "54" on the hull, is BuNo 152695.  The astronauts were retrieved using a Billy Pugh net or basket. Astronaut James A. McDivitt,...
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Military training film detailing flight procedure, crew assignments, and armament of the B-29 bomber aircraft. The B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing that was flown primarily by the United States toward the end of World War II and during the Korean War. It was one of the largest aircraft to see service in World War II and a very advanced bomber for its time, with features such as a pressurized cabin, an electronic fire-control system, and...
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This 1960s U.S. Navy film (MN-11478-A) in an introduction to the Mk 86 ship gun fire-control system. The film opens with a ship sailing at sea, and viewers see a Mk 45 gun mount on the bow of the deck. The 5-inch/54-caliber gun fires several rounds. Operators man the fire control systems in the fire control room (01:28). The film shows the hardware for the system, including two antennas, radars, two television cameras for sighting (02:34), and the Mk 45 gun mounts. Illustrations are used to...
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This is a 1950’s era, color movie called All the Difference in the World. Produced by Wondsel, Carlisle & Dunphy and presented by The National Association of Ice Industries, the movie opens with 3 boys sitting around the kitchen table doing schoolwork, 00:30. One boy gives a report on town criers, 1:03. One boy gives a report on town criers, 1:15. One boy gives a report on the iceman, 1:30. The new town crier is a radio bulletin man, 2:02. The new town crier is a power company serviceman,...
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This silent, color home movie footage shows a wedding, as well as a visit to Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean in 1939. It's possible that the trip served as the unknown couple's honeymoon. The man shown at the beginning of the film, Charlie Wiman, is believed to have been Commodore Charles Wiman of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, and master of the yacht Patolita shown in the film. More importantly, Wiman was also the president and owner of the John Deere Tractor Company in Moline, Illinois,...
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This silent footage from a U.S. Navy archive, shows Navy Cross winner F. Trubee Davison at his home in New York.  Various footage related to WWI aviation is seen, including shots of biplanes, dogfights, and seaplanes, as well as shots of the First Yale Unit also known as the "Millionaire's Unit".  This material was presumably part of a documentary film or tribute created in honor of Davison.  In 2015 a documentary film was released about Davison and the First Yale Unit, see...
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This color educational/training film is about the current artillery weapons the U.S. Army is using. This was made in 1953.  Titles: The United States Army Presents Weapons of the Artillery (:09-:21). U.S. Army soldiers fire off a cannon. A tank fires off artillery. A cannon is fired. A tank fires off light artillery. 3.5" rocket launcher bazooka, served by a two man crew - a demonstration shows it fired at a tank and the tank is hit, but not totally destroyed. The quadruple 50 caliber...
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This 1947 film "Sustained Operations" was originally classified Restricted (:07), indicating it was only to be used internally at the U.S. Air Force. The film may be one of the very earliest released by the Air Force, which split from the Army in September, 1947. The film looks at new military concepts and specifically the logistics needed to support worldwide strategic forces, including B-29s which, at the time, were the only aircraft capable of delivering atomic bombs to targets....
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This film presents a narrative set at West Point Military Academy in the late 1970’s. It shows a brief history of the school with a main focus on the school’s strict adherence to honesty and integrity. It shows cadets in the school with a specific point to one cadet who breaks the honor code. It was presented by the US Army (:20). The film opens with young men taking off for a track race (:35). Some of the racers are pointed to whom act dishonorably in their day to day life. One is pictured...
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Made during the run-up to the Operation Sandstone nuclear tests, RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY ON OPERATION SANDSTONE was intended to debunk certain misperceptions that the military believed were being put forward in the U.S.A. about the dangers of radiation and fallout.  The film begins with footage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the study of the blasts made by the United States Atomic Energy Commission.  The narration puts forward the idea that nuclear contamination and exposure can be minimized by...
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Please note: our print of this film is not complete. We continue to look for a more complete print to post for you. Made for Cunard in the 1950s, "Getting There is Half the Fun" was produced byJohn Bransby Production. This promotional film showcases the RMS Queen Elizabeth and what passengers can expect on their journey, starting in New York City and ending in England. Launched by Cunard in September 1938, this magnificent 83,637-ton 1,031-foot-long vessel was the largest passenger...
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This color educational film is about the rollout of the space shuttle Enterprise. This was filmed in September 1976.  Giant steel doors open (:13). Palmdale, CA, space shuttle beginning preparations for a rollout for all to see on September 17, 1976 (:32). A large crowd has gathered for the rollout (:41). Dr. Fletcher speaks (:48). Orbiter 101 christened the Enterprise is asked to roll out (:57). The Orbiter is rolled out (1:18). Space Shuttle Enterprise (1:45). People watch as the Enterprise...
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"The Battle of San Pietro" is a 1945, black and white, documentary film directed and narrated by famed Hollywood director John Huston ("The Maltese Falcon") for the U.S. Army Pictorial Service about the 1943 Battle of San Pietro Infine. (TRT 32:25). It was shot by Jules Buck alongside troops in the field, and while it appears documentary in style many portions are re-creations shot with actual G.I. participants. The film caused controversy during the war, as some in the U.S....
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Attention! A new higher quality version of this video is now available at: http://youtu.be/y4q9jLXpdJk Made during WWII, this 1944 color film shows the men of the Coast Guard in operation in the Atlantic. Guardsmen man and command various support vessels and transports. Their cutters serve as Navy warships. Anti-submarine patrol is an important duty, and we see PBY flying boats, cutters and destroyers fending off enemy subs. As a seaborne invasion nears, USCG personnel and the men of the...
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This black & white educational film is about the Paratroops of the United Nations Allied Forces who are fighting against the Axis powers. This film is circa 1942. Titles: United Artists presents The World in Action, Paratroops, Commandos From The Sky (:06-:54). Men on a plane parachute off the plane, parachutes as seen from the ground. Armies of the United Nations are ready to parachute: Poland, France, Russian, American, British, and Canadian. A plane takes off. Men stretch and then do...
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Made in 1951 by Zeit Im Film, Südwest-Film GmbH,  "A  Will -- A Way" is a somewhat typical post-WWII social education film. It focuses on how private initiatives can result in positive change in war torn Germany. Specifically, the film looks at how communities can come together to rebuild cities and villages, and without government help or intervention. Such messages were critical in a nation that had endured such a devastating defeat in 1945. Here, six years later, people are...
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This episode of the 1950s TV series The Greatest Drama tells the story of Garfield “Gar” Wood. Gar, also known as the “Silver Fox,” sits in a speed boat in 1931 before attempting to break the world record by reaching 100 mph (00:41). He speeds across the waterway on Miss America IX, hitting 102 mph. In a boat shop, women sand a speed boat (02:22). Gar’s wife christens the first Miss America. At Osborne Bay, England 02:40), Gar Wood and his mechanic Orlin Johnson prepare to race Miss...
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This 1973 short film promotes the H.M.S. Daedalus, the Naval Air Engineering School. The film opens with a shot of helicopters taking off from an aircraft carrier ( 00:16 ), then cuts to scene of a student doing a flight simulation with a Wessex V mockup ( 00:36 ). The school’s female students, known as wren air mechanics ( 01:30 ), also study naval engineering. Students learn about and work on helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, such as the Sea Vixen fighter plane ( 02:42 ). The men and...
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This film "The Old Prospector Talks" was presented by William M Pizor. It features the "Radio Ambassador of Song, Al Shayne" in a "Poetic Gem" by Edgar A. Guest. This 1940s era, black and white film recounts a poem called, The Old Prospector Talks. The film opens on a mountain covered with evergreens 1:10. Snow-covered valleys 1:24. A burrow comes out of a mineshaft pulling two minecarts followed by a man 2:02. A buffalo grazes in a field 2:05. Wind blows the trees...
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This short, silent training film is a bit of a mystery. It begins with images of an F-105 Thunderchief in camouflage paint scheme in a hangar, with crew checking out a large piece of ordnance, possibly a B-61 or B28 nuclear weapon or mockup. At the 2:30 mark, a mock-up of what appears to be a B-61 nuclear weapon is shown. At 4:13 another weapon is shown, possibly a B28EX nuclear weapon mock-up. The B28, originally Mark 28, was a thermonuclear bomb carried by U.S. tactical fighter bombers,...
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This 1930s German silent educational film shows miners descending into the depths of a large coal mine, and then their routine underground pulling coal into a long conveyer belt.   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...
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This silent, raw footage dates to March 19, 1954 and shows human factors experiments involving Col. John Paul Stapp, who in December of that same year rode a rocket sled called the Sonic Wind at speeds up to 632 miles per hour at Holloman, New Mexico. This set a ground speed record and put Stapp into the books as "Fastest Man on Earth". The film starts with footage of the preparation of the Sonic Wind at :30. At 1:08, Northrop Aircraft crew strap Dr. Stapp into the rocket sled. An...
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Made in 1961 THE FAR SOUND examines how technologies invented at Bell Laboratories and developed by the Bell System and AT&T contributed to making direct-dial, long-distance telephone service possible. The film was directed by Jerry London and produced by John Sutherland and features narration by Chet Huntley. The title of the film comes from the problem that Bell Labs surmounted in the early era of telephony, amplifying telephone signals so that long distance communication was possible....
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This silent footage from WJBK-TV in Detroit shows an air show and demonstration of the the-then new M48 Patton tank. The tank is marked "Detroit Arsenal" (:50). It's believed that the base shown in the film is at Selfridge. Also on display is the Nike Missile (1:05) operated by the 1st Army Missile Group.  At 1:38 a blimp from the U.S. Naval Reserve flies overhead. At 1:42 an unidentified man narrates as the tank crushes a car repeatedly. At 2:10 men inspect the destroyed car. At...
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This episode of the 1950s TV series The Greatest Drama tells the story of the great “Crusader,” Fiorello H. La Guardia, also known as the “Little Flower.” La Guardia addresses a crowd at a political rally. He sits in a chair at his home and reads a book (01:14). Footage shows New York City’s impoverished lower east side (01:55), where La Guardia grew up. La Guardia serves in World War I as a pilot, and footage shows several planes taking off, while a photograph shows La Guardia in...
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This film, a silent home movie from Canada (we don't know who shot it), shows aftermaths of a couple of small plane crashes in the frozen tundra of the North. The first crashed plane at 4:20 is apparently from Bradley Air Services Limited, also operating as First Air. This was an airline headquartered in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It operated services to 34 communities in Nunavut, Nunavik, and the Northwest Territories. The crashed airplane appears to be a Piper Cub with...
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This 1930s short film, narrated by 1930s USC and UCLA football announcer Ken Carpenter, gives audiences a brief look at defensive formations and offensive plays. The film opens with a few scenes of football, including a punt, a reserve play, and players huddling on the field. The film shows a five-man line for a defensive formation (01:03), then it shows a 6-2-2-1 defense. A defensive end rushes in and tackles the ball carrier. A safety plays too close to the line of scrimmage and misses the...
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This reel of silent footage was produced by Lockheed aircraft in support of the C-5 Galaxy's on-going flight test and development program. The film begins with images of the prototype C-5A aircraft on its first take-off roll on June 30, 1968. Crew that day included Chief Engineering Test Pilot Leo J. Sullivan and test pilot Walter E. Hensleigh, flight engineer Jerome H. Edwards, and E. Mittendorf, flight test engineer. U.S. Air Force test pilot Lieutenant Colonel Joseph S. Schiele was also on...
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In this 1955 newsreel short of aviation advances, the aircraft carrier USS Essex is shown, with a jet airplane missing the wire and sailing into the ocean.  The pilot is rescued by helicopter.  A stripped down B-36 bomber is seen at the 1 minute mark, to permit cruising at 50,000 feet.  A B-47 Stratojet is shown conducting aerial refueling at the 2:00 mark.  The Bell X-2 Rocket plane, flown by Pete Everest, is shown at the 3 minute mark.  The newsreel ends with footage of parachute...
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Dating to 1944-45, these silent films contain a record of Luftwaffe pilot kills over Europe. These kind of "gun camera" films were used both to document and verify kills and probables, but also to assess the techniques used in the dogfights. The film contains various encounters beginning with an attack by an Fw-190 on a Lagg 5, or Lavochkin La-5 This was one of the Soviet Air Force's most capable types of warplane, able to fight German designs on an equal footing. In this case however...
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Unless You Fly With Safety is a short U.S. Air Forces film that stresses the importance of safe flying. The film opens with a biplane flying over trees and then alongside another plane. Footage shows the valley the planes are flying over, with fields and farmhouses. The plane flies just over a car on a highway (02:04), causing the car to swerve off the road. The pilot skims right over a young woman outside working in a garden. The pilot goes to fly just above the woman’s house on his return,...
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This 1943 Royal Army film presents weapons including the Bren gun, anti-tank rifle, the anti-tank two pounder and the Thompson submachine gun and how to use them properly in various combat areas. It points to the need of knowing when to fire weapons for most effective use. The British military demonstrates scenes of combat against would be German forces during WW2. It opens with the Bren gun to be used in defense against enemy ground forces (:18). The lightly wooded countryside that the defense...
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This black & white educational film "Mother Love" is about animal research about love. This is a 1960 CBS News presentation.  A baby monkey lays about (:06-:22). Title card: Conquest (:23-:34). Charles Collingwood introduces us to this film about science. This about the measure of love (:35-1:17). Primate laboratory at The University of Wisconsin at Madison as our host holds a baby Rhesus Monkey. 120 of these monkeys are in the lab. They are trying to measure an infants love for...
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This short 1953 government film shows the work of the Tanjong Karang Irrigation Scheme, a reclamation project in Selangor, Malaya (Malaysia), converting the sponge-like terrain of the swamps created from flooding of the Bernam River into cultivatable rice paddies. The film opens with a shot of people milling around in a square in Malay. Sacks of rice are loaded off ships at the docks in Malay (00:37), as the country imports rice. An aerial view shows the swampland area in Selangor that borders...
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This late 1950s film "Collector's Item" from Parthenon Pictures, presented by International Harvester, documents the city of Los Angeles’ banning of backyard trash incinerators and its transition to a municipal garbage collection system in 1957. The film opens with a shot of LA from a distance. A public works administrator from a midwestern city, Don Flemming, observes the operations of LA’s Toyon Canyon landfill. There are several good shots of LA. Cars crowd the freeways in LA...
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Entitled ENGLISH PAGEANTRY (titles missing from this print), this short film dates to 1951 and was shot by Matthew Nathan.  The film shows Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard in London, England.  Queen Elizabeth II is seen at the 3 minute mark departing Whitehall Chapel.  At the 3 minute mark the Archbishop of Canterbury is seen at St. Paul's Cathedral for The Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy.  The Royal Hospital, Chelsea is shown at the 4 minute mark, and the Queen is seen...
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This 1952 U.S. Navy film entitled "Icebreaker" shows a U.S. Navy ship the USS Burton Island traveling from San Diego to Kodiak, Alaska, St. Lawrence and King Island in the Bering Sea.  USS Burton Island (AG-88) was a United States Navy Wind-class icebreaker that was later re-commissioned in the United States Coast Guard as the USCGC Burton Island (WAGB-283). She was named after an island near the coast of Delaware, and carried a helicopter on board.  Burton Island's mission in the...
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This reel of silent footage dates to World War I and consists of various segments. At 00:14, members of the American air corps the Lafayette Escadrille are shown in France. The aircraft appear to be SE-5Cs in French livery (This portion of the film appears to be "flopped"). At 1:32 members of the unit are shown arm-in-arm and pose with their dog.  At 2:04 a wrecked German airplane is seen with its pilot held prisoner. At 2:15 bombs are loaded by hand into a German plane to be dropped...
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Dating to the 1950s, this United Airlines travelogue shows a HOLIDAY IN HAWAII. The aircraft featured is a DC-7, that could make the trip from the U.S. West Coast in 8 "short hours". The film features stunning images of Hawaii in the age before jet air travel transformed the islands, with terrific images of Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, surfing ( 9:00 mark) and many other sights in Honolulu and beyond. The film also contains great footage of the Honolulu...
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These 1950s home movies show a trip to Panama and the Canal Zone, as well as the island nation of Cuba prior to the Cuban Revolution. The trip was made by a family aboard the ocean liner RMS Mauretania towards the end of its service life (it was scrapped in 1965). Some of the sights included in the film are the Havana Zoo, the "El Rancho" Gardens in Panama City, and Castleton Gardens in Jamaica. RMS Mauretania was launched on 28 July 1938 at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead,...
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Featuring bow hunter Tex Stone, this hilarious film shows hunting of javelina in Northern Mexico. The javelinas are hunted in hopes of determining if they are rabid. At 4:30 Tex spots a mountain lion. These are the biggest cats in North America. Both animals are hunted with steel tipped arrows. At 6:50, the film follows a group of ranchers who hunt for bobcats in New Mexico or Arizona with packs of dogs. At 8:50, a bobcat is subdued and put in a cage for transport to a zoo.  Tex Stone hunted...
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This 1947 film "People of Saba" looks at the small Caribbean island which is the smallest special municipality (officially “public body”) of the Netherlands. Saba consists largely of the potentially active volcano Mount Scenery, at 887 metres (2,910 ft) the highest point of the entire Netherlands. The film was made before an airport was built on the island, and it was essentially cut off from the outside world except by ship. Saba has a land area of 13 square kilometres (5.0 sq...
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This late 1960s/early 1970s color educational film provides graphic depictions of whaling. It was produced by L. Richard Ellison. The film opens with a blood harpooned whale (:02-:27). A sign at a museum reads “Visitors are requested not to touch the skeletons.” On display is a 100’ model of a blue whale. A scientist works in a large storage room filled with whale bones, shown in close-ups (:28-1:35). Killer whales swim at California Sea World. Blow holes and fins are shown up-close...
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This film depicts the landings and operations of the U.S. forces on Tinian Island in the Marianas Islands in World War II.  The Battle of Tinian took place from 24 July until 1 August 1944. The film opens with a map showing the Marianas (:20). While Saipan had been hit by U.S. forces, Tinian was closely observed and studied (:37). Daily plane strikes and naval bombardments hit the island (:49) and photograph reconnaissance missions were carried out. The beaches which were chosen for landings...
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Made in 1966, two years after the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, this U.S. Navy film report shows the activities of the 7th Fleet and its activities in Southeast Asia and Vietnam. It includes aircraft carrier operations, naval gunfire support and attack, riverine operations and more. Also shown is Operation Jackstay. JACKSTAY was an amphibious operation, launched from the USS Princeton, that utilized surface borne and helicopter borne assault forces. D-day for this search and destroy mission: 26...
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Military airfield, damaged bomber aircraft, Rome, ancient buildings, Sienna. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This film shows rocket sled tests of aircraft components at the Holloman Air Force Base in the 1960s. An ejection seat test is shown. A lot of the footage is shot with high speed cameras, producing stunning slow motion footage of these rocket sleds. The Holloman High Speed Test Track was originally 3,350 ft (1,021 m) long when initial construction was completed in August 1949. The first test performed at the HHSTT was the launching of the Northrop N-25 Snark in 1950, but soon included human...
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Made in 1954, this U.S. Navy film shows the main battery fire control procedures aboard a heavy cruiser or battleship. The film shows a target being acquired, general quarters being sounded ( 1:30 ), and the general alarm being sounded ( 1:50 ). At 2:00 , the fire control procedures are shown as the ship prepares to fire its main battery. The bridge, combat information center, control forward (location of the gunnery officer), and control aft are shown. Spot one and two are shown at 3:19 , as...
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This late 1960s/early 1970s color training film (TF-6748) about the F-111 weapon system and F-111A attack radar mission profile was produced by the United States Air Force. Colorful graphics uncover the many knobs and controls on the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark supersonic medium-range interdictor and tactical strike aircraft’s instrument panel (:25-:55). A pilot and instructor sit in the cockpit of an F-111 for attack radar scope training. A gloved hand turns a knob for the antennae....
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Made during World War II, Castle Film's "Washington in Wartime" shows the nation's capitol as it looked during the year 1942-1943, and presents an affirmative message for viewers about the nation's resolve in fighting the war -- with an emphasis on national leadership. The film opens with shots of various monuments before showing Union Station (:43) including shots of President Franklin Roosevelt greeting foreign visitors and riding down Pennsylvania Avenue. At 1:17 Washington...
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