Various shots of the P-80 Lockheed Shooting Star achieving the world air speed record for the USA.
Unused / unissued footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.
Muroc, California, United States of America / USA
LS The P-80 Lockheed Shooting Star, a US army plane about to break the world air speed record by averaging 624 miles per hour, is fuelled up on the runway of an aerodrome. CU Head and shoulders of the pilot, Colonel Albert Boyd, fitting on his crash helmet before the flight. MS The test pilot climbing up into the cockpit. MS A high speed camera, set up to furnish proof of the speed attained, one technician on the phone. (2 shots). LS The take off. LS The plane in flight. LS Plane flying low towards camera, over speed-camera position. LS Pan following plane flying low over the airfield in the Mojave desert. LS Plane flying low towards camera, over speed-camera position.
Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 26/6/47. Other information states: "The Shooting Star ... will fly four times over the mile and eight-tenth course at an altitude of only fifty feet.... It averages 624 miles per hour, surpassing the British Meteor's mark by nearly 8 miles. After 24 years, America recaptures the world's speed record."