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This 1954 silent color footage depicts prototype flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base for the Lockheed XF-104 Starfighter, a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (TRT 27:45). Includes footage of the prototype 53-37786. Most likely the pilot on most of these flights was Lockheed's Tony LeVier. Joshua Trees dot the horizon of Kern County, in Edwards, California. An airstrip runs through the desert with numbered runway markers on either side...
Topics: 1954, Lockheed, F-104 Starfighter, Prototype, Flight Test, EDwards AFB, California, Stock Footage
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This film segment from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, otherwise known as NASA, covers the manned space flight of 1966. At 0:20, metal machinery whirs along while the narrator begins a history of the primary objective of the US to develop capabilities for manned operations in space since 1961 (0:27-1:00). The Apollo manned lunar mission is described as a key element of this objective. Manned Gemini and Apollo missions are on the horizon, according to the film. The John F....
Topics: NASA, Manned Space Flight, Apollo, 1966
Dating to 1974 when the International Military Sport Council's parachute competition was held at Ft. Bragg, Kentucky, this U.S. Army shows contestants from 15 nations, including Vietnam. Members of the famed 82nd Airborne Division hosted the event. At 3:46 U.S. Army Huey helicopters are used to make jumps. At 6:51 individual awards are given to the top three participants. The team from the USA won the overall first place team trophy that year (7:50).  Parachuting, or skydiving, is the action...
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This film, THE POWER OF SUGGESTION (1971) presents the U.S. Army's Suggestion Program. The Suggestion Program was a Vietnam War era program intended to save vital Pentagon dollars, and it still exists today in some form. While some of this film is a bit laughable — showing what appears to be ridiculous levels of government waste — the message remains current. The opening scenes depict a re-enactment of a film director struggling to record a scene in which a child is supposed to mimic an...
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This black & white educational film is about the exercises and activities the cadets at the West Point Military Academy in West Point, NY do. Copyright 1937.  Opening titles: Columbia Pictures presents Cadet Champions (:06). West Point Military Academy in West Point, NY (:27). Cadets march (:33). Lacrosse team marches (:58). Cadets perform calisthenics in the gymnasium (1:07). Cadets continue to exercise in the gymnasium (2:03). Cadets do exercises on gym horses (2:50). Parallel bars...
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This historic, silent footage from December 10, 1954 shows a medical exam on Col. John Paul Stapp, conducted after a ride on the Sonic Wind rocket sled test at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. The exam shows some of his injuries which included broken blood vessels in his eyes (also known as a red out ), and bruising and skin abrasions on his shoulder and torso. These tests were intended to examine the human body's ability to withstand rapid deceleration and G forces.  It was on December...
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This WWII issue of the Army-Navy Screen magazine tells the story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an infantry regiment of the United States Army, that was composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who fought in World War II. Most of the families of mainland Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps in the United States interior. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in Europe during World War II, in particular Italy, southern France, and...
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This film from Johnson and Johnson shows the company's new surgical absorbable hemostat, known as Surgicel. Surgicel is a hemostatic agent (blood-clot-inducing material) made of an oxidized cellulose polymer (the unit is polyanhydroglucuronic acid), manufactured by the Ethicon subsidiary of Johnson And Johnson. It was introduced into clinical practice in 1947. It is used to control post-surgical bleeding. It is also used by some boxing cutmen to control bleeding. Surgicel is used extensively in...
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“Peto Plucks Some Chickens” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —   a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.   "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from...
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“Dude Ranch Sports” is a 1953 episode from The World Of Sports series, directed by Harry Foster and narrated by Bill Stern, that takes viewers on a quick tour of a working dude ranch resort in Arizona. The episode opens with a shot of a TWA Constellation arriving at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport. A TWA plane taxis on the runway, and then its passengers climb off the plane. A handful of the passengers climb into a stage coach outside the airport (01:14), which takes them to the resort dude...
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NASA and the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Public Roads created this color training fiIm in the early 1960s to warn motorists of the dangers of driving too fast on icy or wet pavements. “A skidding car is dangerous,” says the narrator at mark  01:00  following a series of vehicles fishtailing on a variety of slick surfaces. Texture of the pavement, the depth of the surface water, and the inflation of the tires and their treads are just some of the factors that can lead to a spin...
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Shows the rescue of the submarine USS Squalus, SS-192, after an accident caused it to sink off the coast of New England.  Featuring the use of salvage and support vessel USS Falcon, whose highly-trained crew saved precious lives using a rescue diving bell. 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:...
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Directed by William Wyler and John Sturges in 1944, "Thunderbolt" shows the air battles that raged over Italy during World War II. It focuses on the life and death struggle of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter-bomber squadron in the 12th Air Force. In addition to showing how the pilots' activities seriously crippled the German military's fighting ability, hastening the sweep of Allied forces into Rome, the film also shows the suffering of non-combatants on the ground. The narrators are Lloyd...
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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, CAMERAMEN AT WAR was produced by the Realist Film Unit with support of various newsreel companies, the armed services film units and the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Compiled by Len Lye, This film tells the story of British newsreel and combat cameramen under battle conditions compiled by Len Lye. The film begins with rare footage from World War I of tanks in action, and includes a few scenes from the 1914-1918 war including famed...
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Created in 1947 by the Association of American Railroads, "A Whistle in the Night" takes a look at post-war American railroads during their conversion to peace. During the war, frantic efforts to move freight resulted in a huge maintenance backlog, and railroads at the close of the conflict found themselves operating under the handicap of little to no new equipment. The film looks past this era at the plans for the future, with swifter, safer and more comfortable traveling for the...
Topics: 1947, Railroads, American Railroad, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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Part II features a drastic cut in army air service; keen interest of mitchell, brereton and arnold in air power; first air mail flight by ex-army pilots; skill of hawkes' dare devils; study of aerial photography; improvements in parachutes; training of aviation cadets; and famous bomb run of general mitchell. 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...
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Traveling Through Time is a documentary film produced and directed by Donal Rawlings , and sponsored by Rolex and Pan American Airlines. The film starts with a brief cartoon of the history of life on Earth, explaining that time is a standard measure devised by man. The film then goes on to further study what time is, and the different schools of thought concerning it. Later on in the film, one scene takes place on a Pan American flight. Pan Am sponsored this educational film. This film is part...
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In the U.S. military’s Combat Bulletin No. 40 from 1945, viewers see footage from the Allied forces attack on Manila Harbor, the first landing on Luzon, action along the Western Front and Alsace, the damage from a bombing campaign targeting the oil refinery at Merkwiller, a British carrier fleet attacking Sumatra, and Allied airstrikes on Celebes. The newsreel starts with carrier planes of the 3rd Fleet firing on the Japanese naval base in Manila Harbor. A plane fires at an above-ground oil...
Topics: WWII, Combat Bulletin, Manila, Invasion, 1945, Stock Footage
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This color educational/training film is about the new AD-1 Skyraider, an American single-seat attack aircraft. Copyright 1947. Opening titles: U.S. Navy Training Film - Aircraft Recognition AD-1 Skyraider (:08-:42). POV cockpit footage of shooting from the plane at a target on land and at sea. Shooting at targets. AD-1 Skyraider plane flies above the clouds. Tail of the AD-1 Skyraider. Torpedo and Scout Bomber planes fly. AD-1 Skyraider flies and has a new feature - fuselage brakes (:43-2:20)....
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This military public announcement color film is about the dangers to military aircraft by the Albatross / Goonie bird population on the Hawaiian Midway Atoll. It dates to the late 1950s, as 1957 numbers are given. The film was part of a campaign by the U.S. military to be allowed to curb bird populations so that Midway would remain a viable landing area for aircraft. However eventually the island was abandoned by the military and reverted to an island strictly for the birds -- and today it is a...
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This film examines the duties of an FBI employee: record keeping, fingerprint operations, lab operations, and training for field agents. 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 to 1945, CONQUEST OF THE NIGHT shows the uses of one of the Allies' great weapons developments -- radar.  Here the technology is used at sea to locate and destroy a Japanese ship.  The combat information center aboard the American ship relays facts derived by radar on the range, speed, direction, etc., of the target, in total darkness. The U.S. ship fires its torpedoes. As the torpedoes hit, the ship fires a salvo. Radar shows the salvo to be too long; the range is corrected and the...
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This WWII training film takes a look at the procedure for a proper take off in accordance with the US Army Air Force. It follows a narrative of a bushy eyed pilot in training as he takes his first flight with his instructor as well as his first solo take off. It is an Official Training Film of the War Department (:11) and was produced by the 1st Motion Picture Unit (:22). It opens with the fresh pilot, Mr. Blake as he distractedly bumps into peers while watching another plane take off and fly...
Topics: 1944, US Army, AF Pilot, Training, Take Off, Part, Stock Footage
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U.S. Coast Guard Motion Picture Digest May 1945 is a silent newsreel-style film of the events of World War II in April and May 1945 that involved the U.S. Coast Guard. The first clip is of the damage done by “fire and exploding ammunition stowed on [the] tank deck aboard LST 884.” The ship was hit by a Japanese kamikaze plane near Okinawa on 1 April 1945. Viewers see the damage caused by the hit, as well as a soldier washing a small dog in a washbasin. In the next clip, SPARs (Coast Guard...
Topics: May, 1945, US Coast Guard, USCG, WWII, World War II, Newsreel, Stock Footage
This black & white home silent movie film shows soldiers in 1936. They are seen at their bae camp, setting up in another area, and on the move.  Opening: Military planes in the sky (:09). A flag waves at base camp, it reads 125 HZ (:46). Servicemen fool around for the camera; they smile, laugh, and goof around (:51). A soldier smoking a cigarette walks towards the camera (1:46). Smoke surrounds men near raised tents (1:59). Men on the field; two men play fight (2:30). Soldiers rest on the...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from 1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Florida is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced by Arthur Lodge...
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This 1937 black and white film about radio shows of that time was presented by Adolph Zukor and produced and directed by Herbert Moulton and Leslie Rousch. Actor Ted Husing plays The Star Reporter. The film opens with Ted dressed in a double-breasted 1930s suit and standing in front of a 1930s microphone on a stand. He introduces The Sons of the Pioneers, who play guitars and sing “Way Out There” around a campfire (:54-2:31). Singer Lanny Ross doddles on a piece of paper (2:33-2:45)....
Topics: Star Reporter, Hollywood, 1930, Radio, recording, Stock Footage
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This is a promotional video for the YC-15, S.T.A.R. OF THE FUTURE, looks at the strategic aircraft produced by McDonnell Douglas Corporation, designed for tactical transport.   The video dates from the mid 1970’s, most likely 1976.   Series of short shots of the YC-15; landing, a tank reverses into the cargo bay, two shots of a take-off, a refuelling, and of agile handling.   Slow zoom in on the U.S Air Force logo (:06-:59).   Title plate (1:00-1:09).   Several engineers look over...
Topics: 1976, McDonnell, Douglas Corp, YC-15, Tactical Transport, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the fresh vegetables grown in the west and shipped to the rest of the country by Union Pacific Railroad. This is circa 1958 or 1959. Opening credits: Union Pacific Railroad presents FRESH FROM THE WEST (:11-1:03). Cars drive on the 101 Freeway. High rise buildings -- known as Park LaBrea in Los Angeles. People walk in downtown Los Angeles at Hill Street. A Ralph's supermarket is shown outside and inside. People push their shopping carts and look at fruits...
Topics: 1958, Union Pacific, Railroad, Fruits, Vegetables, Farming, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1948, this silent film "The Seals of the Sahara" is an early effort by Jacques Cousteau. It was shot in North Africa. Unlike many of the films Cousteau made in this era, this one does not rely primarily on underwater cameras or SCUBA gear. The plot of the film is fairly simple -- a Monk seal is taken from a sandy beach in Morocco, and then transported by ship to France where it becomes part of the exhibit at the Paris Zoo. We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
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Filing Procedures In Business (Second Edition) is a short film produced by Coronet Instructional Films in 1965, with assistance from David G. Goodman, Chairman of Wisconsin State University’s Department of Business Education, that covers the basics of filing procedures in business. Whether using a state-of-the-art electronic data processing system ( 00:35 ) or a traditional record keeping system, the procedures for filing records are the same. The three main elements of record keeping are...
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This short 1952 travelogue, presented by Standard Oil Company and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., follows a road trip though the American Midwest by a Chicago reporter back from assignment in Europe. The film opens with a shot of a street and buildings in Chicago, IL, followed by the door to the Editorial Office of a newspaper. The reporter, Dale Bennett, returns from vacation an meets with his editor to discuss his vacation. Bennett drives his station wagon down a highway...
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This is a 1970’s era, color movie that opens with race cars going around a racetrack. The movie is called Formula Vee racing and it is about the Formula Vee class racecar. It was directed by Kenneth Baldwin and sponsored by Volkswagen of America. Formula Vee began in 1963 and was formed in an effort to emphasize driver ability over technological development of the car. The concept was to provide an inexpensive, reliable, and competitive race car for everyone to be able to race.   In 1963,...
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie produced by Calvin. It is a movie about natural and man-made disasters of all sorts. It opens with men waiting online to go to work in a mining shaft. Men mining, 1:00. Men carry canaries, 1:15. Simulated cave-in of a mine, 1:45. Town is alarmed as whistle blows indicating tragedy in the mine, 2:32. Bodies being taken out of the mines, 3:09. John L Lewis, President of United Mine Workers Union, 3:18. Bodies of 111 miners are taken out of a mine in...
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Originally created by National Educational Television in the early 1960s or late 1950s, this episode of "The American Business System" takes a look at the flow of cash in the business system and financial management. At the same time the film provides fascinating insights into the history of the NCR Corporation and shows some of its factory in Dayton, Ohio in the late 1950s. The film is hosted by Jack Winn and shot in Dayton, Ohio, home to the National Cash Register company at that...
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Lighthouses and Lightships (MN-202aa) is a short 1944 U.S. Navy training film that is part of the Aids To Navigation series. The purpose of the series “is to acquaint those who are beginners in study of the science of navigation with the basic principles underlying the markings of our coastal and inland waterways.” This film discusses how to identify lighthouses and lightships, using a combination of actual footage and artistic renderings (in some cases overlaying the two). The film opens...
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This U.S. Navy film was made to educate pilots about the flight characteristics of the Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II, and to prepare them for landing the aircraft on a carrier, as well as takeoff. The A-7 was developed during the early 1960s as replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Its design was derived from the Vought F-8 Crusader. Copyright 1970, and filmed aboard USS Oriskany (CV/CVA-34). The tail markings of the aircraft indicate they are from CVG-12, Carrier Air Group 12 or RCVG-12,...
Topics: A-7 Corsiar II, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, Flight Deck Landing, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in 1940, this U.S. Coast Guard film shows the Cadet Cruise made by the USCG's class of 1940.   The USCG cutter Bibb was deployed to South America with the cadets on board, and visits made to a variety of Central and South American ports.   A transit of the Panama Canal is made, and Lima and Santiago visited along with Cartagena.   Bibb is quite a storied sip.   Built in 1936, the USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) was a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury Class") Coast...
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F4J BIS Guided Missile Trials is a short technical film report from the Naval Air Systems Command in Point Mugu, CA on the March 1967 BIS trials of the AWG-10 Missile Control System and related components on a McDonnell Douglas F4J Phantom II. The BIS (Board of Inspection and Survey) trials were divided into five categories: ground tests, captive flights, launch flights, serviceability, and human factors tests. The film opens with an F4J being towed on a runway; the aircraft carries four AIM-7D...
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Traces the building and launch of the Tank Landing Ship Coconino County (LST-603) during World War II.   During WWII, LST-603 was assigned to the European Theater of Operations. She participated in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France, in August and September.   Also shown are LST 521 SS Cape May County,   an LST-491-class tank landing ship, and LST-470.   Landing Ship, Tank (LST) was the military designation for naval vessels created during World War II to support amphibious...
Topics: United States, Coast Guard, Guard landing Ship Tanks, USCG, LST Story, Stock Footage
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A 1965 black and white episode (#643) of the U.S. ARMY  TV series “The Big Picture.” This, the tenth installment of the “Army in Action” series, covers events of the Korean War from 1950-1953 (TRT: 28:32). A soldier looks through the sight of a machine gun. Loading a cannon. United States Army training exercises (0:07). Handling guns. Armed soldiers standing in silhouette against water, trees, sky (0:30). Soviet T-34 tanks on parade and smiling Communist Party officials (0:41). Opening...
Topics: 1965, US Army TV, The Big Picture, US Army, The Cobra Strikes, Korean War, Stock Footage
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A 1960s United States Air Force film, “Helicopter Rescue Operations” takes it viewer along on various air rescue missions. Designed specifically for helicopter pilots, it’s purpose is to present examples of rescue procedures that will allow to use their training to successfully implement a rescue. Mark 01:05 shows a pilot, co-pilot, and paramedic headed for their helicopter for a standard aircraft and equipment check. “Although the best maintenance in the Air Force has pronounced it...
Topics: US Air Force, Helicopter, Rescue, Operations, 1960s, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This rare aircraft ground crew training film shows some of the care and maintenance issues affiliated with aircraft tires, including the B-24. Some of the dangerous aspects of removing and replacing a tube tire are also shown, as well as some of the careless things that can damage the tire during installation. 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...
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This compilation of aircraft related home movies spans thirty to forty years in aircraft development and includes materials from home movies, professional films, and other sources. It begins with footage of a  Boeing 247 at an airfield in Illinois, home to the 33rd Division Aviation branch (:10). At :45 seconds you will see an extremely odd, tiny home-built aircraft take off and crash catastrophically (looks like it could be fatal). As far as we know this is the first time this material has...
Topics: Airplane, Aircraft, 1920, 1960, Aircraft, Stock Footage
This black & white television show "The March of Medicine" dates to 1955. This episode is about the effects of radiation on those who survived the Hiroshima bomb.  Opening: A bomb survivor from Hiroshima, Japan talks about her experience while holding a baby on her back. Opening titles: Smith, Kline & French Laboratories And the American Medical Association present THE MARCH OF MEDICINE, TEN YEARS AFTER HIROSHIMA (:06-1:03). The Host Ben Grauer speaks from the Family/Doctor...
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This 1960 color film about Pepsi Cola is a Gene Searchinger Production. It is a spoof on detective movies. A frosted glass door reads “Mike Hammerlock, Private Oparative” misspelled. His beautiful secretary talks on a candlestick telephone; the shot begins with her long legs. Mike, wearing a suit and hat, answers his candlestick telephone. He lights a cigarette. The ash tray is full of cigarette butts. He puts on his trench coat (:08- 2:18 ). The Pepsi-Cola building sign is shown. Pepsi...
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This fascinating 1932 16mm home movie shows the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, beginning with track and field events in the Coliseum. At the 1:36 mark, Japanese athletes are seen. At the 5:30 mark running is seen, possibly the 500 meter. An obstacle course is seen at the 5:41 mark. At the 9:00 mark, boat racing is seen including what appears to be crew races. Equestrian events are seen at the 10:00 mark. At the 11:20 mark, swimming is seen at the swim stadium with its elaborate pools and...
Topics: Los Angeles, Olympics, 1932, Home Movie, Memorial Coliseum, Stock Footage
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This short film touts the superiority of the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air over Ford and Plymouth. The reasons given include high engine torque twisting power at the transmission (:14); matched rear axles (:23), better weight distribution provides traction to the rear wheels (:28), and better power-to-weight ratio (:39). These points are visualized as a Chevy is shown pulling 16 different full-size makes from other car companies (:48). A dynamometer ( 1:19 ) measures engine power. A special torque...
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Dating to 1947, this film "Skifully Yours" was produced by the Ford Motor Co. and directed by Jerry Webb and produced by Otto Lang. (Lang was a pioneering ski instructor who became one of the most famous skiers of his era. He taught Schneider's Arlberg Method and worked with many Hollywood stars at Sun Valley, Idaho.)  The film is narrated by Dan McNamara (:25). The film was part of a series of Ford films that promoted driving destinations in the USA. The film opens with a list of...
Topics: Skillfully Yours, 1947, Ski Resort, Promo Film, Sun Valley, Idaho, Otto Land, Hollywood Stars,...
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Made by Bell Telephone in the wake of the failure of the Teton Dam, DISASTER AT TETON shows recovery efforts. It has particular attention paid to communications and the phone system. The Teton Dam was an earthen dam on the Teton River in Idaho, United States. It was built by the Bureau of Reclamation, one of eight federal agencies authorized to construct dams. Located in the eastern part of the state, between Fremont and Madison counties, it suffered a catastrophic failure on June 5, 1976, as...
Topics: Teton, Dam, Failure, Disaster at Teton, Idaho, Stock Footage
This 1941 training film, Principles of Operation: What is a Brake? (TF 1-162), is part of the Airplane Hydraulic Brakes training films and covers the basic principles of braking, looks at the two braking systems on planes (independent system for lighter aircraft and integral system for heavier planes), and reviews the mechanical operations of the hydraulic brake. The film opens with a person flipping through a book. Basic animation shows a large plane (possibly a rendering of a Curtiss-Wright...
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Chevrolet’s “Modern Engineering Series” is a series of films produced by Jam Handy in the mid-1950s that promote the innovative features of Chevrolet vehicles. “Modern Engineering Series Vol. 3: Torque Talk” looks at the torque of the new Chevrolets, and tests a Chevrolet against comparable Ford and Plymouth models. At the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan ( 00:53 ), Chevrolets are tested for torque. What appears to be a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is tested by pulling 16...
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One of the films made by the Jam Handy Organization for General Motors, "O'Mara's Chain Miracle" is a pay-it-forward branding film. It takes place in a small town where a short tempered traffic cop (played by Victor McLaglen) named O'Mara manages to hold his temper and not explode at the service station guy that stops in the crosswalk (in his brand new convertible Chevy). As a result, the service station guy is nice to a customer (in a Chevy), who then treats his customers nicely......
Topics: Chevrolet, 1950s, Sales, OMaras, Chain, Miracle, Stock Footage
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These 1950s newsreels show the U.S. Navy's JATO-launched Regulus cruise missile. The early part of the film shows the missile being launched from the carrier USS Princeton. The missile is then guided to a landing -- it has a tricycle style landing gear allowing it to be recovered and used again. At :48, the missile is shown launched from an aircraft catapult. At 1:02 , the missile is once again launched by JATO from the cruiser USS Helena. REGULUS: THE FIRST NUCLEAR MISSILE SUBMARINES...
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This film is presented by the United States Navy (:10). The Naval Gun Factory is spread out over 125 acres in Washington DC by the Anacostia River (:52) and is composed of about 260 buildings.   It is the largest Naval armament in the world ( 1:25 ). Old cannons are poised out front of the factory as it has been an arsenal, school for midshipmen and a naval base is it’s past ( 1:32 ). An example is depicted of a work order which will be studied by various staff departments ( 2:06 ). A...
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Designed as a training film circa 1988, “Air Force Now: Flying Safety” opens with a jet fighter losing control and the pilot ejecting moments before the aircraft crashes into a fiery ball of flame. That scene is followed by several other examples of aircraft catastrophes as helicopters and airplanes are shown diving to the ground. Amidst images of the wreckage, the narrator explains at mark  01:47  how military aircraft fatalities were first recorded in 1908 and continue to the modern...
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This silent newsreel shows the Battle of Cantigny, "America's first great battle" of the Great War, starting on May 28, 1918. At :36, French artillery manned by Americans fires fusillades at the German positions. At 1:02 , ammunition is passed to the gun crews. At 1:19 , views of No Man's Land are seen with artillery firing across trenches. At 1:47 , the artillery is seen landing in No Man's Land and throwing up huge chunks of earth. At 2:20 , Marines make an assault supported by...
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Take-Offs and Landings Part 2: The Landing (TF 1-3319) is a 1944 War Department training film that reviews landing procedures using a Vultee BT-13 Valiant. The film covers such topics as traffic patterns, key landing factors such as wind and drift, cross-wind landings, power landings, and reviews common errors made during landing. The film opens with an aerial shot of an airfield (00:43). Trainees share their definition of “landing” with their training officer (01:28). The officer explains...
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“Skyline New York” is a circa 1955 TWA travel film encouraging vacationers to visit the Big Apple. Produced by Dudley Pictures Corporation, the color picture offers a tour of New York City in late 1954 as two teenage girls travel to NYC on vacation aboard a TWA Lockheed Constellation. “You can fly coast to coast in only eight hours!” one of the girls tells her parents at mark  01:56 . They fly over the Grand Canyon (mark  03:25 ) and enjoy a massive lunch before flying over Manhattan...
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This beautiful home film from the 1930’s shows a visit aboard the USS Saratoga. It was shot by an unknown member of the "Amateur Cinema League" -- a national club of amateur filmmakers who supported one another's efforts and shared tips concerning 8mm and 16mm movie making. The ACL was founded in New York City in 1926. The film likely dates to 1932, as it shows aircraft that were deployed on the carrier in that time period, plus Captain George S. Steele is shown in command. Steele,...
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This film traces the introduction of the automobile to America and the subsequent transformation of national life. Dramatizes the early uses and development of the automobile. 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 1970s color film is a long advertisement for the Boeing United Airlines 747. “Those United Men and Their Flying Machine” is a play on words of the 1965 film Those Magnificent Men in the Flying Machines, whose theme song by the same name is played throughout this film. It opens with a stuffed Peanuts Snoopy dog sitting on a doghouse in a field, which begins flying after the Red Baron in a biplane (:25-2:33). A United Airlines Boeing 747 flies into view and then back to Snoopy flying on...
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"The Long Right Arm" profiles the Douglas C-133A aircraft and the Military Air Transport Service or MATS. The film addresses the issues of supply, and makes an argument (presumably to members of Congress who would have watched the film) that spending on MATS and a new generation of cargo aircraft makes a lot of sense. The flight of George-76 shown in the film, is a supply mission to France from Dover. The C-133 Cargomaster aircraft shown has the capability to fly all over the world....
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Advantages of AC Welding, presented by Westinghouse and produced by B.K. Blake Productions, is a short film from 1951 promoting the advantages of AC output welding. The film opens with a shot of welding equipment ( 00:22 ) and men welding ( 01:14 ) as the narrator reviews the ability to weld all kinds of steel with AC welding. AC welding allows for high quality work whether it is vertical welding ( 01:45 ), overhead welding, horizontal welding, or flat welding. AC welding accommodates light and...
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Mao Tse-tung: Life and Legacy is a short film on the political life of the Chinese leader, primarily focusing on post-World War II developments. The film opens with Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong) lying in state and Chinese mourners filing past his body as they pay their respects. The film shows some famous sites in China, including shrines and the Great Wall of China (00:51). A young Mao stands with other men at a mountain sanctuary (01:07). A member of the communist group teaches Mao’s troops...
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Norway. This was made during WWII but contains footage from the 1930s. Opening titles: NORWAY (:06-:13). Mountains and fjords of the country of Norway -- as it looked before the outbreak of WWII. People walk around. Fishing village of Bergen. Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It's surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Sign for a bakery (1:01) and cobblestone...
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This U.S. Navy recognition film profiles the Tupolev Tu-16, or as NATO called it, the Badger. This was a twin-engined jet strategic bomber used by the Soviet Union, comparable to the American B-47 bomber. It has flown for more than 40 years, and the Chinese licence-built Xian H-6 remains in service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force. The film was intended to train American pilots and spotters to identify the Soviet aircraft. In the late 1940s, the Soviet Union was strongly committed to...
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1960’s NET EDUCATIONAL FILM “VERDUN” This film is about the Battle of Verdun fought from February to December of 1916. It was the longest battle of WW1. German’s attacked Verdun in hopes that the French would drain their men and resources to recapture it. It is presented by National Education Television and this is one of eight films which were to present some of the forces that have influenced the development of western civilization (:58). The film opens with pedestrians looking down...
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This wonderful home movie shows social activities of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. We have reason to believe this was the Berkeley, California (U.C. Berkeley) chapter. The film is in several sections, including a formal dance social at the start, and then at about the 3 minute mark, a games night. Some fun drinking games are seen and things escalate when a bunch of sorority sisters join the house at about 6:30. The beer flows quite freely!  Aside from a lot of rowdy drunks, it's mostly...
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Created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1968, this color film, “The Flight of Apollo 7,”  touts the preparation and ultimate success of Apollo 7 — which on October 11, 1968, became the first mission in the United States' Apollo program to carry a crew into space. The Apollo 7 crew was commanded by Walter M. Schirra aka Wally Schirra, with senior pilot/navigator Donn F. Eisele and pilot/systems engineer R. Walter Cunningham. Apollo 7 was the first...
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One of the "Greatest Drama" TV series syndicated in1953, "The Wild Blue Yonder" focuses on General James Doolittle, better known as Jimmy Doolittle. James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American aviation pioneer. A Reserve officer in the United States Army Air Corps, Doolittle was recalled to active duty during World War II and awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid, a...
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Rain on the Plains, released in 1938 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a short film that promotes the importance of soil conservation through rain conservation to avoid the effects caused by erosion, such as dust storms. The film opens with a shot of a cattle herd grazing out on the plains. A man operates a horse-drawn plow (01:07); after farming and grazing the land without proper rain conservation, the plains are dry and dusty. The film shows footage from the 12 May 1934 dust bowl: a...
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This 1952 black and white tribute film to the Flying Enterprise and Captain (Henrik) Kurt Carlsen, Man Against the Sea, is part of the “The Greatest Drama” series, narrated by radio actor Raymond Edward Johnson. SS Flying Enterprise was a 6,711 ton Type C1-B ship which sank in 1952. She was built in 1944 as SS Cape Kumukaki for the United States Maritime Commission for use in World War II. The ship was sold in 1947 and then operated in scheduled service under the name Flying Enterprise. The...
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Shot by an unknown American in the spring of 1949, this film (one of a three parter) is a silent home movie shot on 16mm film. This reel shows a visit to Switzerland, including a trip on the Rhine River. There is also a train ride through the alps shown at about ( 6:30 ). A bus marked Grindelwald is seen at ( 14:21 ) and Kleine Scheidegg at ( 15:01 ).  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something...
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One of the Moody Institute of Science's educational films, SIGNPOSTS ALOFT examines the phenomenon where a pilot's senses deceive him, sometimes with fatal results. The film includes a lengthy segment about the famed WWII "ghost bomber" Lady Be Good (see below). The Moody Institute of Science was a production company spun off from the fundamentalist Moody Bible Institute, and its films (including this one) always examine God's role in man's affairs with the underlying message that God...
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This film, "Assault at Huelva" profiles Operation Steel Pike, the largest peacetime amphibious landing exercise in history, conducted by the United States Navy and Marine Corps and taking place on the coast of Spain in October to November 1964. The operation involved 84 naval ships and 28,000 Marines of the 2nd Marine Division, and was commanded by Vice Admiral John S. McCain, Jr.. In the opening hour of the landing, two helicopters collided in mid-air, resulting in the deaths of nine...
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This film from Lockheed shows developments in the company's VTOL aircraft research program with a particular focus on nap of the Earth maneuverability, controllability, mission effectiveness and human factors. Nap-of-the-earth (abbreviated NOE) is a type of very low-altitude flight course used by military aircraft to avoid enemy detection and attack in a high-threat environment. During NOE flight, geographical features are used as cover, exploiting valleys and folds in the terrain by flying in,...
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This promotional film for Allis Chalmers' new M100 Motor Grader likely dates to the early 1960s. The 167hp engine and high clearances offered by this machine were touted by AC in the film, which was called the "most productive motor grader in its class". The company hoped that the M100 and its rollaway blade design would represent a new standard in the construction industry. Its design also offered high visibility and ground-hugging stability. Surprisingly, this version of the M-100...
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Dating to 1966, this U.S. Navy training film highlights the Mark VI semi-closed circuit apparatus and shows how it works, how it is used, and how it should be maintained. The Mark VI  is a chest-mounted, two- bag, semiclosed-circuit Mk VI unit that was used from the 1960s to the 1980s by Navy divers and U.S. Navy SEALs. It used a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen and was known as semi-enclosed because some gas had to be exhausted to the sea as the diver did not metabolize the nitrogen. The Mark...
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This silent, raw footage shows the December 10th, 1954 human factors experiment involving Col. John Paul Stapp, who 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 Stapp being strapped into the sled and telemetry belts being affixed to his helmet and person. At 4:00, the Northrop Aircraft crew in the blockhouse...
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Dating to the 1960s, this filmic record of the U.S. Navy's Point Mugu base, entitled WEAPONS THAT WORK, features Commander Glenn Ford as host. Pt. Mugu served in this era as one of the primary test ranges for guided missiles, sea launched weapons, and other important missiles and weapon systems of the Cold War.It is now part of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC).  The film begins with images of the Sparrow III missile being used against a target drone, as well as many of the other missions of...
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This fascinating 1945 newsreel shows the battle for the Philippines, as U.S. forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur launch an assault on the island of Leyte.   The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control of all strategically and economically important locations of Luzon by March 1945, although pockets of Japanese resistance held out in the mountains until the unconditional surrender of Japan. While not the highest in US casualties, it is the...
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Released by the British Information Service in the aftermath of the Market Garden failure, this short black-and-white newsreel, part of the “Act and Fact" series and titled "Gateway to Germany,” begins with cheering crowds in September 1944, as the British 2nd Army roars through Belgium. Men, women, and children are shown reaching out to shake the hands of the soldiers at their convoys make their way through city streets at mark 00:20. The British 11th Armored Division are shown...
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EB Films presents Hawaiian Native Life. Produced by encyclopedia Britannica films, Inc. in collaboration with Margaret Mead, PhD. Assistant Curator in Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, New York City. This black and white film produced in 1940 is about native life on the islands of Hawaii. This black and white, 1930’s era film is about local life in the Hawaiian Islands. The film is narrated. Our The movie opens with an aerial view of a fake globe - as it spins the camera zooms...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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Made for the home market in the late 1920s and released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope film library, this collection of silent newsreels show the end of Charles Lindbergh's 1927 trans-Atlantic flight and his "goodwill tours" of Belgium, England and Mexico. The first segment "Lindbergh's Triumphant Arrival in Paris", released by William J. Ganz Co., (:15) starts with a view of Le Bourget Airport outside Paris, France. At :44, searchlights illuminate the sky as Paris...
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Released in 1943 by Castle Films, one of the premiere makers of commercial "home movie" type 16mm films and newsreels, this exciting film opens with footage from the Battle of the Atlantic. At 1:30 , the fatal end of the French Navy is seen, as the armada is scuttled at Toulon. At 2:00 , the liner Normandie is shown burning at its moorings, and the hull being raised. At 2:26 , forces under MacArthur are shown pressing the offensive in the Solomon Islands, and Mac is seen at 2:50 . At...
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This travelogue film shows Finland the 1930’s. It was presented by Joseph Harris and Martin Ross.  Finland is in northern Europe bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. The capitol city of Helsinki as well as the Arctic Ocean Highway running to the port of Liinakhamari which once touched the Arctic Ocean will be shown. It refers to Helsinki as Helsingfors which is the former Swedish name of the capitol. The Arctic Ocean Highway was rerouted after WW2.  Finland had long been a battle ground due...
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This rare film shows Lockheed California Co.'s tests of the NASARR radar system, in preparation for installation in the new F-104 Starfighter. The family of radars termed NASARR (North American Search And Ranging Radar) were built by Autonetics,   a division of North American Aviation that produced various avionics. The F-104S received a NASARR R21-G with a moving target indication and a continuous-wave radar illuminator for semi-active radar homing missiles, including the AIM-7 Sparrow and...
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The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons takes the viewer into “The Management of Gunshot Wounds of the Abdomen.” Made under the supervision of Dr. Robert J. Freeark, a surgeon who established the nation’s first trauma unit, the film includes graphic scenes of a gunshot victim’s wounds and of abdominal surgery. It opens at mark 00:54 with the arrival of the victim at an emergency room. Such an event, we are told, sets into motion a standardized management plan, which...
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When President John F. Kennedy visited the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise (CVN-65) on April 14, 1962,, he used the occasion to promote a strengthened U.S. Navy, one whose indomitable force would help preserve the peace. He then watched naval wargames that included some of the most cutting-edge weaponry of the day, including missiles, rockets, and supersonic aircraft. Sadly, Kennedy would be assassinated just a short time after this film record of the exercise was released, and it was...
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Written by historian Richard Hough and presented by the U.S. Navy, the late-1960s film The American Dreadnought gives viewers a brief history of the American battleship USS New Jersey and a solid background of this class of ship. The film opens by taking viewers to the spring of 1921 where planes sink battleships as part of the agreement to cease battleship production following World War I. The film then cuts to 1966 and shows viewers retired battleships sitting idle at a remote pier in the...
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The True Glory: From D-Day to V-E Day (1945) is a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, documenting the victory on the Western Front, from Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich. Although many individuals, including screenwriter and director Garson Kanin, contributed to the film, British director Carol Reed is normally credited as the director. The film was promoted with the tagline, "The story of your victory...told by the guys who...
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Created by United Aircraft Corporation to celebrate 50 years of powered flight, WE SAW IT HAPPEN features interviews with pioneers from the first half-century of American aviation: designers, engineers, industrial entrepreneurs, and pilots. Appearing in it are: Wellwood Beall, Larry Bell, William Boeing, William Bridgeman, Frank Caldwell, Clarence Chamberlin, Virginius Clark, Glenn Curtiss, James Doolittle, Donald Douglas, Ira Eaker, Oliver Echols, Earl Findley, Benjamin Foulois, Robert Gross,...
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4th Engineering Squadron, flying over the Alps, Montreaux, Geneva, Russians in Berlin newspaper headlines held up, airplane with "Leading Lady" nose art 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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Produced in the 1950s, this historic film shows the use of helicopters in the Korean War for rescue, troop and weapons deployment, and combat.  It features footage of the First Marine Air Wing in action as well as the Quantico, Virginia based Helicopter Development Squadron HMX-1, which was tasked with developing the helicopter for rescue and combat use.  The film demonstrates some of the principles that would be refined in the Vietnam War, with helicopters used to rapidly strike enemy...
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This U.S. Navy training film (MN 10121a) showcases the Mark 4 Gun Pod (Mk 4) and features footage of the gun pods on a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and an A-7 Corsair II. The film opens with a Skyhawk firing the 20mm ammo used in the Mark 4 Gun Pod. The jet flies through the air and strafes the ground. The Skyhawk taxis to a stop on a runway carrying the gun pods (01:14). The plane’s crew remove a gun pod from the plane. An illustration is used to show the structural layout of the Mk 4 (02:08). The...
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Cinegraph short of trip to Hawaii in the 1920s. 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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Created by Gus Arriola, the famous cartoonist behind "Gordo", "ELEMENTARY AND PYLON EIGHTS" was a WWII Cartoon that was intended to be shown to pilots as part of basic flight training. The film features "Wilbur Right" and "Wilbur Wrong" demonstrating how to do basic maneuvers correctly and incorrectly. Gustavo "Gus" Arriola (July 17, 1917 – February 2, 2008) was a Mexican-American comic strip cartoonist and animator, primarily known for the...
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