You'll see panoramic shots of Tsuiki Air Base -- tents, hangars, the flightline, and surrounding scenery -- and footage of ground crew installing wing tanks and loading bombs on F-80 Shooting Stars. There's footage of F-80s landing and taking off, and some great shots of crewmen going over "Dottie L" (FT-564) pre-flight, starting the engine, and the pilot taxiing out. Later on, you'll see footage of an F-80 (FT-872) which has been ditched in the ocean, close to shore. Men row out in a rubber raft to pick up the pilot.
The b&w footage includes more shots of Tsuiki AB -- a tall wooden building with a sign reading, "Sun Valley", the 51st Headquarters building, hangars and planes, plus footage of men working on the landing gear and installing a machinegun on a T-33 Shooting Star (trainer). There's footage filmed on Honshu Island -- a seaside town with fishing boats pulled up on shore and men repairing nets, city scenes, and footage shot from a train as it moves through the countryside.
You'll see airmen loading their gear onto a transport plane and in Yokahama you'll see shots of the port and men boarding a ship for home, scenes filmed on the ship, and eventually their arrival in San Francisco, passing under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Other footage includes:
~"Fighting 25th Operations" and "25th Ftr. Sq. Engineering" signs on buildings
~25th Armament area
~Fuel train car and bomb storage area
~Twin Mustang preparing to take off
~Two-seater T-33 trainer "We Two" (TR-977) taxiing out
~Sabrejet FS-427 taking off
~aerial shots flying over fields and farms
~revetments at a former WWII Japanese air base
...and much more!
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