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Ephemeral Films

Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.



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PeriscopeFilm
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This film discusses the purpose and goals of the X-15 hypersonic aircraft research program. It profiles a typical X-15 mission, with particular emphasis on the recording and analysis of computerized flight data. Presented by IBM, International Business Machines Corporation, with the cooperation of North American Aviation Company, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the United States Air Force. IBM, sponsor of this film, showcases their early punch card computer systems including...
Topic: Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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This official NASA film covers the X-15 rocket research aircraft program of the 1960s. Though undated, references in the narrative suggest this film was made circa 1964 era. Photography of the X-15 flights at the edge of space and landings on dry lake beds are included. The film opens with scenes of the X-15 being launched from a United States Air Force jet (mark  01:10 ) as the narrator discusses “manned flight in a near-space environment” including structural design. Prior to the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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This silent stock footage reel contains footage of the X-15 being chased by photo aircraft during flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base.  The film also contains footage of a spectacular crash of a fighter aircraft on landing, as well as shots of the B-52 mother ship from the X-15 program. 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...
Topics: Perisocpe Film, Stock footage, North American X-15
A/V Geeks
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Examines the prominent features of the rocket-powered X-15 research airplane. Briefly discusses how the X-15 was the forerunner to the Space Shuttle. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topics: NASA, X-15, aeronautics
“Engineering X-Ray Inspection” is a circa 1940 United States Office of Education training film was produced by U.S. Office of Education and the Federal Security Agency. The film opens with a disconcerting hum and the camera peers at a massive x-ray machine (mark  00:30 ) in the “radiographic room” of an industrial x-ray inspection laboratory. We watch as a technician x-rays a steel gear to determine whether the casting is free of defects as the narrator explains the process. At mark ...
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Created by North American Aviation, this historic film shows the flight test program for the XB-70 Valkyrie at Edwards AFB in California including the first flight at supersonic speeds, and the various tests made prior to undertaking a flight at Mach 3.0 -- three times the speed of sound or 2200 miles an hour.   The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie was the prototype of the B-70 nuclear-armed, deep-penetration strategic bomber for the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command. North American...
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Topics: Cold War, North American Aviation, flight test, Edwards AFB, NASA, Air Force, supersonic aircraft,...
PeriscopeFilm
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Made prior to the disastrous accident that destroyed one of two prototypes, The XB-70 Story describes the development and flight testing of the Valkyrie supersonic bomber. The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie was the prototype of the B-70 nuclear-armed, deep-penetration strategic bomber for the Strategic Air Command of the U.S. Air Force. In the 1950s, the North American Aviation company designed the Valkyrie bomber as a large, six-engine aircraft capable of reaching Mach 3+ while flying...
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Educational Films
by Li, Sue Yung; Sun, Shirley; University of California, Berkeley
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Produced by Sue Yung Li and Shirley Sun
Topic: Travel
Orgone Archive
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We digitized and uploaded this film from the Orgone Cinema 16mm Archive Email us at footage@avgeeks.com if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project
Topic: orgone archive