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This film profiles the Fairchild F-27 propjet, a version of the Fokker F27 Friendship twin-engined turboprop passenger aircraft manufactured under license by Fairchild Hiller in the United States. The Fairchild F-27 was similar to the standard Fokker F27.   Television star and celebrity pilot Arthur Godfrey makes an appearance in the film, which also features test aircraft with the "Experimental" designation on the fuselage. The film likely dates to 1958-5 and shows the company...
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Made by the International Shoe Company to promote its HyTest Safety Shoes brand, “One Ounce of Safety,” a 1940s black-and-white safety film produced “in the interests of foot safety.” Set in a steel plant, the film stresses the importance of safety shoes, and in one demonstration at mark  03:43  illustrates the point as the plant supervisor whacks his reinforced-tip shoe with a hammer. The point’s driven home when a metal rod falls on the foot of a worker at mark  04:26 . Waking up...
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Command of the Seas: Arctic is part of the U.S. Navy’s 1950s film series that promotes the Navy’s activities in the world’s oceans to establish and maintain “command of the seas” to ensure global security. In this short film, the focus is on the emerging presence of the Navy in the Arctic Ocean. The film opens with shots of U.S. warships ( 01:17 ) as the narrator explains the role the U.S. Navy has in keeping the seas peaceful. The one place still untamed is the Arctic. The Arctic (...
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Dating to May of 1958, these silent "dailies" show ground handling equipment being developed for the U.S. Navy's Polaris IRBM. The footage was shot in Van Nuys, California -- then home of the Lockheed Missiles Division. A full size "dummy" missile is shown being loaded onto a hydraulic carrier. At 6:00 the missile is rotated to vertical. In this position it could be lowered into a submarine silo, and that may very well be the function of this piece of equipment....
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Filmed at the special request of Admiral Robert Dennison, the Naval Aide to President Truman, this 16mm silent film shows President Truman’s Rail Trip to the Pacific Coast, starting June 3, 1948. The reason for shooting the film is not altogether clear, but it paints a beautiful portrait of a whistle stop political tour. The film starts on June 4, 1948 with an early morning stop at Pittsburg. Harry S. Truman is seen from back of train. At 1:04 are scenes from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Scenes of...
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Primary Flight Training: Race Track Patterns, Part II (MN-3474k) is the second short U.S. Navy training film from 1945 that discusses the basics of flying a race track pattern. The film features a Navy instructor explaining concepts to his student, and it uses footage of a Navy N2S Stearman flying the patterns while supplementing with graphics to illustrate the concepts and issues new pilots will need to understand to perform the primary maneuver of the film—the 180-degree power-on approach....
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This episode of "The Greatest Drama" -- Mister New York -- is about Grover Whalen (1886-1962) and the influential role he played in New York City politics and society. The film begins by acknowledging that Grover Whalen ( 00:17 ) is master of the ticker tape parades that began in New York City (the first ticker tape parade occurred the year of Whalen’s birth, celebrating the dedication of the Statue of Liberty). Whalen tells the viewers how he organized the parades ( 00:29 ), making...
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This unintentionally hilarious Cold War era Soviet film was made to promote tourism in Siberia. It opens with scenes from the center of Siberia (:48) and the man-made Bratsk sea (:51). Traditions here have been carefully preserved and tribal dancing and carvings are shown ( 2:02 ) as well as Russian cottages and old Siberian villages ( 3:05 ). One of these has become a museum and it is the village of Shushenskoye where Vladimir Lenin had been exiled to ( 3:16 ). A plaque with Lenin’s face on...
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Project Mohole was an ambitious attempt to drill through the Earth's crust into the Mohorovi i discontinuity, and to provide an Earth science complement to the high profile Space Race. The project was initially led by the American Miscellaneous Society (AMSOC) with funding from the National Science Foundation. Phase One was executed in spring 1961. Five holes were drilled off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico, the deepest at 183 m (601 ft) below the sea floor in 3,500 m (11,700 ft) of...
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A survival film made during the Cold War, this film attempts to give practical advice to airmen who find themselves stranded in the "desert without sand" -- the arctic tundra. As the U.S. military began seeing the polar regions as a potential battleground with the Soviet Union, more and more flights were made into these regions, and the need for films like this one greatly increased. In this film the crew of a C-119 Flying Boxcar bails out and must survive in trying circumstances.
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Made in 1946, "Military Censorship" attempts to explain the need for censorship of communications by the U.S. Army in time of conflict. The film looks at the defensive measures used during WWII, which included censorship of mail and the withholding of information from the press. At mark  0:43  the film begins with images of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United states of America. This has form the way of life today conceived by freedom. Freedom of life,...
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This color film, AVR-140, is a U.S. Air Force audiovisual presentation about the A-10 capabilities and testing during a sortie surge on February 8, 1977. The A-10 attack aircraft were tested in Gila Bend, Arizona. Before the day was over, each plane flew 17 missions. The plane taxis in and the wheels are blocked. The ground crew works quickly to restock it with ammunition; large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells (:08- 1:40 ). The A-10 flies directly at the camera, passes by, and drops on a...
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This color film, AVR-140, is a U.S. Air Force audiovisual presentation about the A-10 capabilities and testing during a sortie surge on February 8, 1977. The A-10 attack aircraft were tested in Gila Bend, Arizona. Before the day was over, each plane flew 17 missions. The plane taxis in and the wheels are blocked. The ground crew works quickly to restock it with ammunition; large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells (:08- 1:40 ). The A-10 flies directly at the camera, passes by, and drops on a...
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This declassified film details attacks by the USAF in North Vietnam and Laos in 1966. Some of the attacks include F-4s and F-105s, some flying out of Korat Air Base. Includes rare footage of a North Vietnamese MiGs being shot down by cannon fire. Seventeen MiGs were shot down in 1966, including a MiG-21 shot down by a sidewinder missile. At the beginning of 1966, the number of U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam totaled 184,314. South Vietnamese military forces totaled 514,000 including...
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The US Air Force Film Report, Special Air Warfare Forces (F R 426), produced by Air Photographic and Charting Service, Military Air Transport Service in 1965, shows how the Special Air Warfare Forces are structured and what they do. The film begins with a brief history of the creation and expansion of the Air Force Air Commandos ( 01:13 ), a special force designed to combat communist insurgencies throughout the world. The Air Commando force begins with the activation of 4400 Combat Crew...
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Released by the Department of Energy (and appropriate sanitized to remove classified material) this Armed Forces Special Weapons Project film shows the Upshot-Knothole atomic tests including the use of the so-called Atomic Cannon in 1953. Operation Upshot–Knothole was a series of eleven nuclear test shots conducted in 1953 at the Nevada Test Site. It followed Operation Ivy and preceded Operation Castle. Over 21,000 soldiers took part in the ground exercise Desert Rock V in conjunction with...
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One of a series of classified films made for training by the Army Air Forces during WWII, this film about the Norden Bombsight focuses on the operation of the device. A typical training set-up is seen, with the Norden being operated in a hangar, using a piece of equipment as a distant "target". During the entire war the Norden was considered a top secret piece of equipment and normally when it was shown in training films, it was hidden behind a piece of canvas or otherwise...
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Presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this film shows some early underwater habitats, including the EDALHab, one the first of its kind. EDLAHab was used for Project FLARE, Florida Aquanot Research Expedition, a pioneering effort to examine the nitrogen/oxygen diving techniques sponsored by the University of New Hampshire and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA. UNH's Engineering Design and Analysis Laboratory was formed in 1965 as an interdisciplinary faculty...
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Produced by Canadian Pacific, which operated a steamship line that serviced Manila, this color film shows stunning views of the Philippines pre-WWII. The movie was made during the American colonial rule by Richard and Elizabeth Hubert, who lived in Asia in the 1930s. After escaping from Shanghai on one of the last ships that left before the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Richard Hubert, a Canadian citizen, went to work for the U.S. Office of War Information in 1942. He...
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This wonderful, innuendo-filled, animated 1949 color film, Avoidable Carrier Accidents, is United States Navy Training Film MN4353q. It opens with animated cars obeying a traffic light ( 0:13 - 0:20 ). A uniformed Navy officer looks upon a “Join the Navy” recruitment sign, which zooms into an Arabian location where the rest of the film takes place ( 0:21 - 0:40 ). The pilots take a break from sea and head to a bar, where a scantily clad belly dancer performs and a pilot “crashes” onto...
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A Chronicle of America's Jazz Age is a 1950 American documentary film produced by Richard de Rochemont. The film is narrated by Frederick Lewis Allen, Robert Q. Lewis, Allen Prescott, Red Barber, and Elmer Davis. The film opens with shots of city streets lined with cars and sidewalks full of people, before cutting to the front of the New York Public Library ( 01:21 ), where a young man browses the American History section before coming across the book that leads into the footage of the 1920s....
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Produced by Boeing’s Vertol Division (most likely in the late 1960s), Hovering Angel is a short film that promotes the humanitarian contributions made using Sea Knight CH-46s and Chinook CH-47s. The film opens with a scene of a Sea Knight CH-46 rescuing a pilot from water ( 00:18 ). Aircraft carrier crewmen refer to escorting helicopters on rescue missions as “angels,” thus the title of the film. In 1966, deep snows strand boy scouts at Horseshoe Bend Camp in Rising Sun, Maryland ( 01:10...
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This promotional film by Boeing features the Model 707 Stratotanker / Stratoliner, America's first jet transport. Known as the Boeing 367-80, or simply as the Dash 80, this American four-engine prototype aircraft tail # N70700 demonstrated the advantages of jet propulsion for commercial aviation. It served as base for the design of the KC-135 tanker and the 707 airliner. Some of the design features of the aircraft were pioneered in the B-52 aircraft. The film shows many of the features of the...
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Made in the 1940s by the National Board of Fire Underwriters and the Factory Insurance Association, STOP FIRES SAVE JOBS shows the threat of fires in the workplace: how they are caused, what their impact can be, and how they can be prevented. The film contains a lot of wonderful shots of factories, workers, fire engines and fire fighters, and of course -- fires. The film begins with fire; how fire may make jobs, be the servant of industry, creates goods and payrolls ( 1:01 ), when uncontrolled...
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Handing It Back is 1942 U.S. Navy training film, produced by Jam Handy Organization, which provides an overview of what pilots do in the Pacific theatre and why pilots and gunners are needed. The film’s battle scenes are from actual combat in the “Pacific Area.” The film begins with naval ships firing artillery ( 00:32 ) before cutting to pilots on deck just before U.S. planes engage in a bombing run ( 01:20 ). The film’s narrator says that the U.S. needs more men and guns, and the film...
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Made in the 1950s, “This is Lakehurst” explains the history of this famous air station. Lakehurst is the US Naval Air Force's station in Ocean County, New Jersey (:45). Commissioned in 1921, it is best known for being the base for airship training, development and operation (:54). It rests 75 miles south of New York and 50 miles east of Philadelphia ( 1:04 ). A facet of it's many varied missions is the Naval Air Technical Training Unit ( 1:13 ). In the phase nicknamed “flying the...
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Produced in 1945, "The 6th Marine Division on Okinawa" is documentary film about the Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. The film was released shortly after the event as part of the WWII war bond effort. During the campaign for Okinawa (Operation Iceberg) the Sixth Marine Division was assigned to the III Amphibious Corps. This Academy Award nominated documentary film tells the story of the 82 days fighting on the Island of Okinawa. It was shot in Kodachrome color. The...
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The 50th anniversary of Pan American Airlines (Pan Am) and a record-setting flight are celebrated in this 1977 film. The film opens with a narration of man’s desire to explore the globe — first by sea and later by air — most notably Wiley Post (mark  00:45 ) who was the first pilot to fly solo around the world in his Lockheed Vega aircraft, the Winnie Mae, in 1933. In 1947 the first around-the world passenger service was inaugurated in a Lockheed Constellation made for Pan Am. At mark ...
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This silent newsreel was released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope Library in 1927. The contents were shot by veteran journalist Lowell Thomas, who reported from Egypt during WWI and helped Lawrence of Arabia come to international acclaim.   At :17, Port Sudan (on the Red Sea) is shown where supplies for Lawrence are being loaded. At :40 are shots aboard a transport ship bound for the front, where bearers bathe and eat. At 1:20 the ship is unloaded at the Arabian coast. At 1:52 , a...
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This is a silent film.   Created by the Ballistics Research Laboratory at Aberdeen, Maryland this movie shows tests of 4000 lb "blockbuster" munitions, most likely the Mark V and Mark VI.   Blockbuster or "cookie" was the name given to several of the largest conventional bombs used in World War II by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The term blockbuster was originally a name coined by the press and referred to a bomb which had enough explosive power to destroy an entire city...
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This black and white film TROOPSHIP dates to WWII and is presented by the British Ministry of Information. At least some of it was filmed by the Army Film Unit before January 17, 1943, as the SS Vestfold, which was destroyed by a German submarine on that date, is shown leaving the arrival port at 6:43 in the film. The theme song “Hold Your Hats On (Toodle-Oodle-OO)” was copyrighted December 31, 1942 by Sonny Miller. TROOPSHIP shows a converted ocean liner drafted into Royal Navy service...
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Created by Douglas Aircraft, A REPORT ON ANTARCTICA was presented (with accompanying sound, not available here) to show aircraft used in support of the 18th Air Force in 1957-58. Specifically it presents footage of the Air Force Task Unit of the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing’s mission in support of the International Geophysical Year (1 July 1957-31 December 1958). This mission (most likely occurring in 1957), which is part of Operation Deep Freeze, features Douglas C-124 Globemaster IIs being used...
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This black and white travelogue film about Egypt was produced by Castle Films in 1951 as part of its “The World Parade” documentary series. It opens with a plane circling the Giza pyramids, interspersed with Arab camel drivers (:25- 1:03 ). Cairo is shown from the air, followed by trains at the station. The streets are full of camel trains, shown crossing a bridge ( 1:04 - 1:32 ). A traffic officer directs cars, buses, motorbikes, and donkey carts ( 1:33 - 1:50 ). The Shepheard’s Hotel...
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Dating to the 1950s, Pan American World Airways’ travel film Wings To Germany highlights the urban and rural attractions of the country. The film begins with Pan Am’s Clipper flight 100 on route to Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt is a bustling city, featuring Eschenheimer Turm ( 01:49 ) and other old buildings with busy streets and cafés. West Berlin ( 02:33 ) is similarly a bustling urban center with a number of sidewalk cafés. The Airlift Memorial in the city’s center is a popular...
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Created by Paul Salvino, a veteran Alaska truck driver who had a passion for big game hunting, this silent film (which would have originally been presented with Salvino's narration) documents a trip to India to hunt Bengal tigers and other big cats. At this time the killing of these animals was officially sanctioned by the state and viewed as a form of tourism. The film starts in Hong Kong ( 1:26 ) as Salvino and his party made their way towards India. At 2:28 a local farmer's market is shown....
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This never-seen-before silent, color 8mm home movie film was shot of the launch of the doomed S.S.EDMUND FITZGERALD on June 7, 1958. The film shows the crowds of spectators at Great Lakes Engineering Works. More than 15,000 people attended Fitzgerald's christening and launch ceremony on June 7, 1958. But the event was plagued by misfortunes: When Elizabeth Fitzgerald, wife of Edmund Fitzgerald, tried to christen the ship by smashing a champagne bottle over the bow, it took her three attempts to...
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Made in 1945 or 46, this extraordinary 16mm silent home movie shows a visit to the war-torn Philippines by a U.S. military officer. The film begins with a flight aboard a propeller driven aircraft from an unknown base to Manila. At 1:35 the aircraft lands at an unknown airport before the journey continues by plane and then by boat. By 2:51 the flag of the Philippines is seen, and it appears this part of the film was shot from a boat. At 3:00 a large Spanish-style structure is seen, which at...
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This 20-minute film shows the highlights of Pan Am Airlines' "Pan Am Makes the Going Great" global ad campaign in 1969. Featuring animation by Henry 'Hank' Syverson, a cartoonist and illustrator, who contributed cartoons regularly to The Saturday Evening Post" and many other magazines in this era. At the time these ads were made the Pan Am account was managed by J. Walter Thompson, and global in reach. This reel contains TV, radio, and print advertising samples. Pan American...
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Featuring journalist Bob Considine, "The New Story of Milk" tells the story of "modern" milk production. The film focuses on the “latest techniques” in use on the dairy farm, at the milk processing plant, and in the distribution network. A successful public service film, it was screened at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958.  The film begins with pastoral images of a farm in the era before mechanization, with a cow milked by hand at  2:30 , strained, and then cooled....
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Shot during WWII, this silent film shows part of the Ingersoll Works in Chicago, Illinois. During this time period of critical war production, Ingersoll built shell casings and gas drop tanks for aircraft, and these are seen being manufactured. The war placed a premium on manpower, so a lot of Rosie the Riveter women worked in the plant in this era as seen at  7:24 ,  8:12 ,  10:13  and elsewhere. The end of the film at  10:56 shows the steps in taking an ingot of metal and making a...
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Based on the famed "Joe MaGee" series of instructional films made by General Electric, "Fundamentals of Manual Shielded Arc Welding Part 2" presents vertical and overhead techniques for arc welding. Joe Magee was an animated character created by General Electric in 1942 to present the subject of arc welding, and always seems to do the "wrong thing". The original series consisted of six, ten minute films; but in this re-release they are condensed and extended into...
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Made in the 1940s, this profile of the famed Fuller Brush Company and its products and manufacturing techniques, gives some insight into one of America's most famous brands of the 20th Century. The film stars Alfred C. Fuller, who began what was to become Fuller Brush Company in a basement shop in Somerville, Massachusetts; In 1906 he moved to Hartford, Connecticut (the factory is seen at  3:00 ) and founded the company. The company began with door-to-door sales of brushes of various sorts,...
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This promotional, color film called North American Van Lines the Great Land Alaska, was probably produced around 1955 as a promotional for its business. North American Van Lines was founded in 1933 by a group of 12 agents and grew into one of the largest U.S. trucking companies. By 1952 it was attempting to expand its business to become international. Ariel of Alaskan mountains ( 0:07 - 0:17 ), Alaskan forests ( 0:22 ), Alaskan rivers ( 0:23 - 0:28 ), the Tundra ( 0:29 - 0:31 ). A Moose eating...
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The Battle of San Pietro is a 1945 documentary film directed by John Huston about the Battle of San Pietro Infine during World War II. It was shot by Jules Buck. The film is unflinching in its realism and was held up from being shown to the public by the United States Army. Huston quickly became unpopular with the Army, not only for the film but also for his response to the accusation that the film was anti-war. Huston responded that if he ever made a pro-war film, he should be shot. Because it...
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Made in the early 1960s and featuring actor Jack Webb, who served with the U.S. Marine Corps, this film presents the Armed Forces Code of Conduct, explaining each article and what each means to those in the Armed Services. The film features a re-enactment of a wartime military prison, with U.S. soldiers being held captive by enemies intent on breaking their morale, and extracting valuable information from them.  THIS IS THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE U. S. FIGHTING MAN 1. I am an American...
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This film, Let's See Chicago presented by the Santa Fe Railroad to promote trans-continental travel. It (:08) takes viewers on a trip to Chicago from Los Angeles beginning at the Union Station in LA (:22). For eastbound travelers, this is where the trip begins using transcontinental streamline trains (:29). From the observation tower at the Board of Trade, we are viewing one of America's largest inland cities ( 1:49 ). During the gold rush, Chicago only hosted a few business blocks and roads of...
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This black-and-white United States Navy Training Film, produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc. in 1960, is titled “Damage Control: Shipboard Fire Fighting, Basic” and covers shipboard fire-fighting basics. The picture opens with ships at sea an a reminder that vessels underway are at constant risk of fire, which can spread and place both the ship and her crew in danger. It is up to the sailors on board to know how to extinguish a blaze should one occur, the narrator explains starting...
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This early 1950s color film encouraging using airplanes to travel to favorite fishing spots was presented as a public service by United Aircraft Corporation and a presentation of The World Outdoors, Inc. There are also multiple verbal reminders to buy US Saving Bonds by narrator Peter Roberts. Shown are a 1948 Northwest Airlines logo and a Boeing 377-10-30 Stratocruiser (:26- 1:00 ). A man pulls up a large fish into a fishing boat in a Canadian river ( 1:01 - 1:28 ).   A man fishes from shore...
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“Television Serves its Community” is a 1960 educational documentary revealing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community. It follows three programs at KTLA in Los Angeles as they are planned, rehearsed, and televised. In addition to showing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community, it also shows the use of live cameras, film, magnetic tape, and remote pick-ups from trucks and helicopters. At mark  00:45  it is...
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Attack! The Battle of New Britain is a documentary/propaganda film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1944, depicting events in 1943.. It details, as its name implies, the New Britain campaign, which was part of the New Guinea and Solomon Islands Campaigns during World War II. The film follows a rather standard format: it is a chronological narrative of the campaign from the arrival of the soldiers in New Guinea to their capture of most of the island. Opening with travelers book pictures of...
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This historic, silent film from Republic Aviation shows the development of the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone. A second film PF# 54484 is also available. The film begins with shots of a slide rule and a drafting table (:42), as the drone is designed. A so-called breadboard model of the flight controller is seen at :51, and a circuit board is shown at 1:14 , part of the guidance system. At 1:30 a large analog computer mainframe is shown being used to analyze data. At 1:39 , a woman...
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Hosted by Rear Admiral Leonard "Swoosh" Snead, the Navy's project manager for the F-14 Tomcat, this 1974 movie provides an update to the on-going efforts to put the aircraft with the fleet. The film shows the remarkable efforts the Grumman employed to test, manufacture, and deploy this remarkable fighter. At this point only 13 aircraft had been delivered from Northrop Grumman to Miramar, and the plane's potential was not fully known. The film shows VF-1 and VF-2 beginning independent...
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Made in 1945 after the German surrender, this WWII combat bulletin was produced by the Army Air Forces. It shows various combat scenes and developments, starting with the use of JATO bottles for aircraft at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. At  1:40 , bomb damage is seen at Mainz, Germany including extensive damage to the city's railway terminals and electric power plant. At  2:20 , Worms Germany is seen almost entirely decimated by bomb strikes, although the cathedral is seen relatively intact....
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“This film is restricted.” That warning greets viewers at the start of this World War II-era, 27-minute Official Training Film from the War Department. Titled “The Anti-Tank Rocket M6,” this black-and-white picture is a bazooka-training film introduced by an instrumental version of “Buckle Down, Winsocki” — a song first heard in the 1943 musical “Best Foot Forward.” The film begins with “Methods of Use,” as introduced at mark  00:32  as German tanks are shown rolling...
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the U.S. Army’s “Basic Training of Glider-Borne Troops.” This footage is “Part 2: Loading Equipment in the CG-4A” — a 48-foot long cargo glider that can carry 13 soldiers, along with a pilot and co-pilot. The camera takes us inside the glider, as the narrator explains what a soldier will see inside the glider. An explanation of the glider’s tie-down rings (for heavy equipment...
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This 1960s NASA film tells the story of the 12 Gemini missions. Project Gemini was NASA's second human spaceflight program. Gemini was a United States space program that started in 1961 and concluded in 1966. Project Gemini was conducted between projects Mercury and Apollo. The Gemini spacecraft carried a two-astronaut crew. Ten crews flew low Earth orbit (LEO) missions between 1965 and 1966. It put the United States in the lead during the Cold War Space Race against the Soviet Union. Gemini's...
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The ground shakes, buildings crumble, walls fall, and music swells in the opening moments of the 19-minute U.S. Army Corps of Engineers film, “Response to Disaster,” detailing the events of Great Alaskan earthquake (also known as the Good Friday earthquake) on March 27, 1964. “Beneath this rugged crust of Earth in our 49th state, Alaska, tremendous stress has built up miles below the surface,” the announcer warns beginning at mark  00:32  as the camera pans snow-covered mountains. At...
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The first few seconds of this World War II-era film immediately identifies it as an official training film from the War Department … and restricted. Produced by the Army Air Forces and photographed by combat camera crews, the film introduces the viewer to “Bombers Over North Africa” starting at mark  00:32 , and the Battle of Tunisia. General Dwight D. Eisenhower appears at mark  00:45  to discuss Allied movements in the Tunisia Campaign, which took place between November 1942 and May...
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The Pan American Airlines promotional film series New Horizons, produced during the late 1960s or early 1970s, advertised the various destinations serviced by the U.S. commercial airlines. In New Horizons: Hawaii, Pan Am highlights the numerous attractions found in the United States’ newest state. The film begins with scenes from a traditional village near Honolulu where locals hula dance ( 00:41 ) and make wooden carvings ( 01:03 ). Elderly members of the community, who are highly respected,...
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Produced by the Department of Agriculture in 1971, this historic film "A Lady Called Camille" documents the devastation caused by Hurricane Camille in 1969 and shows the the suffering it caused tens of thousands of people in Mississippi and through the Southern U.S.. While 259 lives were lost to the hurricane, thousands were saved due to emergency planning, highly trained rescue teams, the Red Cross, and help from the forces of government.  Hurricane Camille was the third and...
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“The Orange Fruit of Life” is a color film celebrating citrus. Produced by Robert Leahey Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, the 1960s era picture opens with numerous scenes of orange groves before the narrator explains how “long, long ago” on the southern tip of Asia, “a miracle occurred — the first orange was born.” Over thousands of years the fruit was carried from Asia through India and Northern Africa and finally to Spain, where in the late 1400s Christopher Columbus brought...
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An excerpt from a longer documentary film about Adolf Hitler, this 7.5 minute segment follows the Fuhrer from the assassination attempt on July 20, 1944 through his suicide on August 30, 1945. The film begins with some of the last footage of Hitler shot before the assassination attempt, and shows him visiting injured staff in the hospital after the incident. At :51, Hitler is seen visiting with Mussolini. At  1:19 , the public trial of the plotters is seen. At  3:00 , footage of the...
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Dating to the year 1933, this silent film from the Chicago Public School System under Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William J. Bogan celebrates "A Century of Progress handicapped children". (The "Century of Progress" was the name of the Chicago World's Fair of this same time period). The film gives an extraordinary glimpse into "state of the art" education for children with disabilities in the first part of the 20th Century, and is one of a couple films in our...
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This silent 16mm home movie was made by someone who worked for (or possibly even owned) the Gettelman Brewery in Milwaukee. The Gettelman Brewery was established on Milwaukee's west side in 1856, and was justly famous for its brews $1000 Beer and Milwaukee's Best. (The $1000 label was a guarantee: the brewery promised $1,000 to anyone who could prove that Gettelman didn't use anything but pure malt, hops and water.) Gettelman never cracked the top four of nationally known Milwaukee breweries;...
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This promotional film for the F-105 Thunderchief fighter bomber was made by Republic Aviation to showcase the aircraft's utility for Tactical Air Command (TAC) under a wide variety of conditions. It likely dates to about 1960. ( The first F-105Bs entered USAF service with the Tactical Air Command's 335th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing in August 1958, although the squadron did not become fully operational until 1959.) The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was a supersonic...
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Robert Rietty, known as “the king of dubbers” and “the man of 1,000 voices,” narrates this short film about the Republic of San Marino. It is directed and photographed by cinematographer Cedric Williams. Baggage and passengers board an Alitalia DC-6B plane at London’s airport before taking off for Italy (:26- 1:00 ). Views of farm fields ( 1:03 ), are seen through a car window as it heads from the Adriatic coast inland to San Marino, a Republic inside the Republic of Italy. Cars and a...
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One of the "This Land of Ours" films made by prolific producer Carl Dudley, this 1950s educational film looks at the state of Utah in the American west. Utah means “top of the mountain” and is bordered by five states: Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado (:34). This state was originally under water, as evidenced by the wave-cut terraces (:45). The largest of what remains is The Great Salt Lake ( 1:02 ), so salty a person can float in it. Utah’s Mormon roots date to July...
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This is the 1943 restricted training film No. 107-B, second in the series, and produced by the Army Air Forces with the Republic Aviation Corporation and is a Jam Handy Picture.   It opens with Lew Lehr, a Vaudeville comedian, who accompanies a pretty young woman to the golf course to teach her the basics of golf. The camera focuses on her short flared shorts and her swing. She wears a tight sweater and ankle strap shoes ( 1:20 - 2:50 ). “Ground Handling.” A pilot makes an exterior check...
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This fascinating, silent 16mm movie comes from the estate of William Hawley Bowlus (May 8, 1896 - August 27, 1967) or someone who was close to him. Bowlus was a designer, engineer and builder of aircraft (especially gliders) and recreational vehicles in the 1930s and '40s. The film begins showing Bowlus buildling a balsa wood model of an airplane, most likely a P-61 Black Widow. At 2:00 , Bowlus shows off another model, this one of a midget racing car. At 3:10 , Bowlus is seen looking at a...
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Shot in the aftermath of the devastating fire aboard the USS Franklin in March 1945, this silent movie footage was shot by U.S. Navy cameraman for a documentary about the incident. At  3:00 , you will see burned out interior spaces of the carrier, standing in start contrast to parts of the ship that were untouched by fire.  At  5:30 , an African American officer (?) is seen in the ship. Unfortunately we do not know more about this particular film, who shot it, or why. The USS Franklin...
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This black-and-white World War II-era film takes a look at combat conditions on the ground and in the air during WWII. The film has a cold open, with a narrator detailing conditions suffered by both Allied and Axis forces, but soon delves into the role of air power during the war and how it supports ground troops. Between World War I and World War II, we are told, the relationship between air power and land power was unclear. By the 1940s, Allied forced realized air power can weaken any...
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This official NASA film takes the viewer inside the December 1968 launch of Apollo 8. Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, reach Earth’s moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth. The three-astronaut crew — Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders — became the first humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit, the first to see Earth as a whole planet, the first to directly see the far side of the Moon, and...
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This color educational film produced by NASA about the Flight Crew Support Division is Report #2, dated December 31, 1964. Flight crew support will be needed for the upcoming Gemini and Apollo operations. Astronauts Edward White (who would die in the Apollo 1 fire) and James McDivitt are shown, who are training for the GT4 flight crew (:35-:47). This division has several experimental and training equipment pieces in Houston, including Gemini mission simulator #2, which is entered by the two...
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AMERICAN COWBOY is a documentary about Gus Roberson, an American cowboy who has a ranch at Gunnison, Colorado. The film is part of the Ford Motor Co.'s "Americans At Home" series, and is narrated by journalist Joseph March and was directed by Larry Madison. The film shows a modern portrait of cattle ranching in the West, showcasing the difficulties of raising animal herds in tough environmental conditions. The film begins with the journalist arriving in Gunnison by steam train, and...
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Chevrolet’s 1956 short film, “On Top of the World,” produced by Jam Handy, follows six 1957 pre-production Chevrolet Task-Force models as they make the grueling trip from GM’s Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan to Fairbanks, Alaska, and back. The six Chevrolet trucks demonstrate their durability and performance as they tackle the formidable ALCAN highway. The six Task-Force trucks—a 1957 Chevrolet ½-ton Cameo Carrier Pickup, a 1957 Chevrolet 1-ton Panel, a 1957 Chevrolet Dump Truck,...
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The 1956 short Chevrolet film, “Chevrolet Action Release No. 3: The Big Winner,” produced by Jam Handy, takes a look at Chevrolets and their performance in stock car racing. The film begins with highlights from a few of the stock car events in 1955 and 1956: Daytona Beach, 1955 ( 00:22 ); Darlington, SC, 1955 ( 00:32 ); Daytona Beach, 1956 ( 00:48 ); Sebring, Florida, 1956 ( 01:08 ); and Gardena, California, 1956 ( 01:30 ), and features a variety of cars including several 1955 Chevrolet...
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This silent test film shows the results of a high speed crash test on a fourth generation Chevrolet Corvette, and features various angles of the impact including shots from underneath the vehicle. The film begins with reference shots of the car from all sides before moving into the tests, with the car traveling into an angled concrete wall. The car doors were made of transparent plastic to aid researchers in seeing the impact effects on the passengers -- crash test dummies.  The test shows...
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This 1960s color film is narrated by one of the three young brothers traveling together from New York to Genoa, Italy (an eight-day trip) on the SS Leonardo da Vinci, ( 2:59 - 3:16 ). This advanced Italian Line ocean liner was built in 1960. The film was produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica as an educational film. Shots of the New York shoreline are seen as the ship leaves the harbor ( 3:39 - 4:20 ). A sculpture of da Vinci is at the entrance to the dining hall ( 4:58 ), where lunch is served (...
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Shot by a combat cameraman embedded with U.S. forces in Vietnam, this 16mm silent film shows troops on jungle patrol at :32. At :40 an American G.I. smokes from a cigarette while waiting to advance. At 2:30 a slate is shown but it is impossible to read. At 2:56 troops advance through a clearing. At 3:40 a prisoner marches with the troops. At 4:18 the prisoner is roughed up a bit as an interpreter, probably AVRN, speaks to him. At 5:00 the prisoners are held at gunpoint with their arms tied...
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This film shows two fights between Joe Louis the "Brown Bomber" and Max Schmeling. The first fight between Louis and Schmeling took place on June 19, 1936, at the famous Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, and was one of the greatest upsets in boxing history. The referee was the legendary Arthur Donovan, and the stadium was sold out. The bout was scheduled for fifteen rounds. By round twelve, Schmeling was far ahead on the judges' scorecards. Finally, he landed a right to Louis' body,...
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This black and white documentary, Wright Builds for Supremacy, is a film on how to create and build Curtiss-Wright aircraft engines, and was probably produced around 1941 to 1942. The documentary was presented by Wright Aeronautical Corporation which was in business from 1919-1929 and then merged with Curtiss to form Curtiss-Wright, remaining one of the divisions of that corporation. This film was narrated by Lowell Thomas, an American writer, broadcaster, and traveler, and was produced by...
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This Soviet-produced documentary film shows the Red Army's long offensive of 1944 that led to victory against the Fascist Wehrmacht. It contains fascinating footage, rarely seen in the west. (The film covers early 1944 through January of 1945.) Narrator: "Soviet military forces fully obtained strategic initiative by 1944. The final victorious period of the war between the Soviet Union and Fascist Germany began. Military leaders planned to start a large offensive campaign from White Sea to...
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Made in 1962 by the Defense Atomic Support Agency (formerly the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project), this film ATOMIC WEAPONS AND FIRE shows procedures to be used in the event of an accident involving a nuclear weapon. The film was likely made as a result of a series of serious accidents involving nukes in the 1950s including the Mars Bluff B-47 incident, the B-36 crash in British Columbia in 1950, and the Tybee Island mid-air accident in 1958. As the film states, nuclear weapons in this era...
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This late 1950s / early 1960s unclassified black and white United States Navy Training Film is about preventing aircraft accidents. Various military aircraft are shown throughout the film as it discusses ground accidents (:38). A man working on an aircraft unknowingly knocks over a can of flammable liquid, sees it, and cleans it up (:49- 1:22 ). Most accidents are caused by carelessness, negligence, or ignorance. The Navy’s flight safety record is shown to decrease from 1947 through 1958 (...
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This raw, silent footage from Iwo Jima includes some of the most famous motion picture film shot in WWII: the second U.S. flag raising on top of Mount Suribachi.   It was filmed by William Homer "Bill" Genaust of Effingham IL (October 12, 1906 – March 4, 1945) a United States Marine Corps combat cameraman. Genaust was later killed in action on Iwo Jima. He filmed the flag raising on February 23, 1945, using a 16 millimeter motion picture camera which used 50-foot color film...
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Made by the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War, PENETRATION AND LOW APPROACH PROCEDURES FOR JET AIRCRAFT was shown to pilots to explain the techniques used to make instrument approaches to runways in situations where there is low visibility. The start of the film shows a Lockheed T-33 jet performing a training mission. At 1:32 , the mission encounters overcast and zero visibility weather during landing. The film then explains how all runways have standard, automatic radar and other features...
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Dating to approximately 1975, PORTRAIT THE BLUE ANGELS was created by the U.S. Navy and McDonnell Douglas, manufacturer of the A-4F Skyhawk II. The Navy's Flight Demonstration Team downsized to the subsonic Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II in December 1974 and was reorganized into the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. Immediately prior to this configuration, the Blues flew the McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, a Mach 2.2 capable, two-set fighter. The 1974 reorganization permitted the establishment of...
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This U.S. Navy film from the early 1970s starts with a discussion of how in the first five months of 1968, Navy pilots only achieved an "unacceptable" 3:1 kill ratio over North Vietnamese Migs. As the narrator explains, the small Migs were able to outmaneuver U.S. aircraft in combat. The Navy Fighter Weapons School or "Top Gun" was created as a response to this problem, using the A-4 Skyhawk as the adversary aircraft. The results were extraordinary, with an increase in kill...
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This early 1940s black and white propaganda film of Soviet war footage, "Defenders of Moscow" opens with a shot of a downed German plane (:11). Men and women use sledge hammers and shovels to strengthen the Moscow defensive earthworks (:13-:43). With the men fighting, women make shells in an ammunition factory (:44- 1:30 ). They also make skis for the soldiers ( 1:32 - 2:03 ). Men in a munitions factory assemble the Tommy guns / machineguns and Kalashnikovs and AK-47s carried by ski...
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These silent "dailies" from WWII were shot by a member of combat camera named Edwin C. Udey, who was a member of the Naval Medical Photo Unit #5. The film begins prior to the invasion of Iwo Jima on January 11, 1945 at an unknown location, possibly Saipan where Udey had been filming the invasion in the summer of 1944. The shots show a rocky coastline and sandy beach.   At 2:00 a coastline is seen from at sea. At 3:06 , a new camera roll, we are now at sea with the fleet assembling...
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This footage from just after the 1967 Six Day War begins with footage from an Israeli beach where civilians are seen swimming and relaxing despite the sound of distant shell fire and transport jets screaming overhead. At 1:35 , the Israeli cabinet is seen emerging from an emergency meeting at military headquarters. Golda Meir addresses a camera crew at 2:40 , telling them to film the assembled soldiers. At 3:00 , an Israeli tank is seen on the move and at 3:09 Moshe Dayan is seen, probably in...
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Created by famed cameraman Burton Holmes, this short newsreel shows the "Streets of Paris" exhibition at the Chicago World's Fair "A Century of Progress" in 1933.  The risque nature of the exhibit is a bit dumbfounding to a modern audience, as it features a "nudist colony" and "live model" art class. However most of these appear to be sight gags of one kind or another. One sight that is something to behold is Sally Rand, who performs her famous fan dance...
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An underappreciated sequel of sorts to the film "The Negro Soldier", “Teamwork” is a US War Department black-and-white training film directed at African Americans on the subject of team work. The film's production history is chronicled in the book "Making Movies Black" by Thomas Cripps, "Teamwork" was almost not made, as the Army by 1944 viewed such films as superfluous. Fortunately for filmmaker Carlton Moss, General Lyman Munson, Anatol Litvak and Frank Capra...
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This old travelogue profiles some of the world's most important harbors starting with Stockholm, Sweden and Goteborg. Puerto Barrios in Guatemala is seen at 1:00 , Rio De Janeiro Brazil at 1:50 , Alexandria Harbor in Egypt at 3:00 , Le Havre, France and Paris at 5:00 , Honolulu, Hawaii at 5:50 , and Yokohama, Japan at 7:00 . 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...
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This Rockwell International film shows some of the events of 1977 when, as part of approach and landing tests at Edwards Air Force Base, the Space Shuttle Enterprise made captive flights and then flew on its own for the first time. The title of the film A SPACESHIP LANDED ON EARTH became part of a larger advertising campaign for Rockwell affiliated with the test program. Free-flights that are shown in the represented the end of the flight testing program. These saw Enterprise mated to the...
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This short 1979 film, Space Shuttle: America’s Space Transportation System, is produced by Rockwell International’s Space Division and promotes the future of the U.S. space transportation system using space shuttles. The film primarily uses still images, but it opens with actual footage of the space shuttle orbiter Enterprise making its landing in October 1977 ( 00:10 ). The film discusses how the space shuttles are reusable cargo carriers, which launch from either the Kennedy Space Center...
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FLYING TO FREEDOM documents the 1977 defection by a pilot in China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force. On July 7, 1977, Cmdr. Fan Yuanyan of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force flew his MiG-19 from Jinjiang, Fujian, in the communist People’s Republic of China to Tainan, Taiwan. The timing of this defection, which also came as U.S. President Jimmy Carter was moving decisively toward normalization of relations with the PRC, made Fan an anti-communist star in Taiwan and the U.S.A. (It...
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