Visnews filmed America's latest I.C.B.M. making its first successful flight, Feb 6, Cape Canaveral. It?
GV. Missile launching equipment being lowered.
GV. Entrance to missile launching base, guard checking car's and lorries' paper.
GV. Launching platform at 45???? being lowered.
CU. Part of missile construction.
SCU. Camera covered with protective sheeting.
GV. Launching platform lowered for firing.
GV.PAN. Missile firing and take off.
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Background: Visnews filmed America's latest I.C.B.M. making its first successful flight, Feb 6, Cape Canaveral. It was the Titan, a bullet-shaped 90-feet long rocket, built by the Martin Company of Denver, Colorado.
The take-off was a happy climax to one and a half months frustration and two failures. The first firings was Dec 20 and Feb 3.
The Titan is reputed to be much more powerful than the Atlas, the bulwark of America's missile arsenal.
Major objective of this latest firing was to raise the 110-ton missile off the ground. Its flight was limited, the second stage being loaded with water as ballast instead of fuel. The first-stage engine, with a thrust of about 300,000 lbs, did all the work.