Cold War: SAC Information Film – 250113-20

[1972 – Color, Cold War: SAC Information Film] Grain fields in breeze, Nebraska prairie; river valley & tilt up to sky. 00:00:43 09:15:18 B/W Air to air, bombers in formation, beneath & inside w/ bombardier at bombsight; bombs released &…

Cold War:  SAC Information Film - 250113-20

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[1972 – Color, Cold War: SAC Information Film]
Grain fields in breeze, Nebraska prairie; river valley & tilt up to sky.
00:00:43 09:15:18 B/W Air to air, bombers in formation, beneath & inside w/ bombardier at bombsight; bombs released & dropping seen from within plane & outside; hitting factory w/ explosion. Explosions of bomb run seen from ground.
00:01:11 09:15:46 Heavy black smoke roiling up & fire fighters running to it (Ploesti?); fighting oil storage tank fire & rail yard. Destruction.
00:01:29 09:16:04 B-29 past Mt. Rainier (?); view from nose of plane. Nuclear bomb falling (?). Color test footage & effect on buildings etc. at Nevada Test Site w/ mushroom cloud rising.
00:01:56 09:16:31 Pan across sky to Air Force USAF Strategic Air Command Headquarters sign on Headquarters.
00:02:20 09:16:55 Title.
00:02:26 09:17:01 Moving camera, guard at rigid attention, points camera to information desk; identification checked against computer printout by Black officer & i.d. returned. POV through hallways; past other check points.
00:03:42 09:18:17 High angle of long console w/ men seated; wall of screens in front of them. Computer wall screen seen w/ text, changing; officer watching. Tilt down to Senior Controller, a colonel, w/ ribbons & awards.
00:04:36 09:19:11 Line of colored telephones hanging on hooks next to buttons. Gold phone seen beyond Controller; Red Phone & Grey Phone next to buttons; CU Red phone, tilt down to buttons labeled Alert, Klaxon, etc.
00:05:17 09:19:52 Controller picks up grey line. Air to air MCU B-52, Controller inter cut w/ CUs of pilot, co-pilot etc. wearing oxygen masks.
00:05:52 09:20:27 Aerial over arctic radar antennas & man walking past MEWS Ballistic Missile Early Warning System; antenna; computer screen; Controller. Ext. geodesic dome, int. radar turning inside. Assistants to the Controller at console, talking on telephones, w/ log books.
00:07:15 09:21:50 Aerials of camouflaged fighter jets refueling in flight above clouds. GOOD.
00:07:43 09:22:18 Men loading weapons onto planes on airstrip. Men on telephone; telephone operators – women & men – at console plugging connections together. Men at console passing paper; talking in MS.
00:08:57 09:23:32 SOF “Major Burton, will you give us a maintenance test of the primary alerting system?” Move in on red phone, CU taken off the hook; man talks into it.
00:09:23 09:23:58 Aerial over five B-52s parked. Crew sitting reading, playing guitar, laugh. Missile silo lid lifting seen from outside & inside. Men talk. Console w/ men at work. Pushing buttons.
00:10:34 09:25:09 35mm film in machine; CU buttons on wall changing from red to green & back. Stacks of stretchers.
00:11:15 09:25:50 Plane taxiis; Operation Looking Glass w/ EC-135C taking off over camera. Men on board air-borne command post operating as ground post. Aerial shots. CUs of HQ desks, phones; pan over console, men working. Computer print out. Men run to vans, to planes, taking off. Controllers working. Missile launched.The End.

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