Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. SURVIVAL TRAINING FOR U.S ASTRONAUTS


Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. SURVIVAL TRAINING FOR U.S ASTRONAUTS


Summary: Coverage of training in techniques of jungle survival for the sixteen US astronauts. Shows their arrival at Howard AFB by NASA Grumman G-159 Gulfstream, INT EXT classroom instruction, arrival by HH-19B at Jungle pad and entering jungle. Astronauts shown are: Comdr Alan B. Shepard (USN), Maj Virgil I. Grissom, Lt Comdr John H. Glenn, Jr., (USMC), Lt. Comdr Malcolm Scott Carpenter (USN), Comdr Walter M. Schirra (USN), Maj Leroy Gordon Cooper, Capt Donald K. Slayton, Neil Armstrong, Maj Frank Bormon, Lt Charles Conrad, Jr. (USN), Lt Comdr James A. Lovell, Jr. (USN), Capt James A McDivitt, Elliot M. See, Jr., Capt. Thomas P. Staford, Capt Edward H. White II and Lt Comdr John W. Young (USN). Reel 1 - MS sign over entrance: HOWARD AFB - BASE OPERATIONS - CARRIBBEAN AIR COMMAND. 32' LS of Astronauts leaving bus and entering Tropic Survival School building. 56' Scenes of Col Immaneul J. Klette, DCS/OPS Cairc, addressing the astronauts, astronauts listening and signing register. 176' MS's of signs: TROPIC SURVIVAL SCHOOL and TROPICAL SURVIVAL PLANT AND ANIMAL DEMONSTRATION AREA - ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. 224' MLS & MS of NASA Grumman G-159 Gulfstream taxiing into parking area as directed -- shows door opening and Col Klette greeting astronaust as they alight. 319' MCU of LT Comdr Glenn (USMC) and others boarding bus. 340' Shows bus arriving at school. 383' Scenes of astronauts looking at exhibits in classroom and at outside exhibit area where they are instructed how to make a bamboo pot -- shows termite nest, a collared peccary and American tapir in water. Includes CU of patch on instructor: TROPIC SURVIVAL SCHOOL. 683' Shows astronauts packing equipment for the jungle. 701' Total footage in reel. Reel 2 - Scenes & astronauts going to outside demonstration area, sampling different kinds of food found in the jungle and demonstration on how to fell a palm tree and use the heart for food. 378' Scenes of three HH-19B's landing at helicopter jungle pad, astronauts alighting, putting on back packs and walking into jungle. 645' Total footage in reel. Good (Basic: Orig color)

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