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  • Short Summary

    Testing of the ionosphere rockets in New Mexico, USA.

  • Description

    New Mexico, United States of America (USA).

    Intertitle reads 'The firing tests were made at the White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico, during the period September 26 to October 25, 1945.'

    Various air shots of the labs where the ionosphere rockets were made and tested in the Mexican Desert.

    Intertitle reads 'Four booster-alone rounds were fired to check the launcher and to check radar tracking equipment. The boosters reached an altitude of approximately 14,000 ft.'

    Various shots of the men placing large rocket on a launching platform. Various shots of the rocket being launched and in flight.

    Intertitle reads 'Two dummy WAC CORPORAL rounds were fired to check launching technique and booster-missile separation after launching. The dummy rounds reached an altitude of approximately 7,500 ft.'

    Various shots of the men wheeling rockets towards launching base and placing them on.

    Intertitle reads 'Two partial propellant charge WAC CORPORAL rounds were fired to proof test the rocket propulsion system. These rounds reached an altitude of approximately 25,000 ft.'

    Several shots of the men counting, the rockets being launched and in flight.

    Intertitle reads 'Motion pictures of missile flight taken by automatic camera from base of launcher.'

    Various shots of the missiles in flight and separating so one part continues to go up and the other falls down. Various shots of, what looks like, several unsuccessful launches, rockets go up, then down, leaving white trail behind.

    Date found in the old record - 16/04/1946.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    2301.15
    Media URN:
    65742
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:42:00 / 01:50:52:00
    Canister:
    UN 1381 B

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