Various shots of American 'Thor' missile preparing for take off and shots of take off.
Unused / unissued material -
United States of America (USA).
Various shots of 'Thor' missile preparing for take off and shots of take off.
CUs of fire button on control panel. Close up shots of finger pressing engine start button. MS of tanker of Liquid Oxygen. VS of the massive USAF Thor Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. Clouds of liquid oxygen rise off it. VS day shots of the launch of the United States Air Force ICBM from its pad.
Poor focus night shots of rocket on pad. Better shots follow. VS of cameraman's clapper board. Early morning LS of missile on pad. Good LS of take off and flight of rocket. Slightly closer shot of lift off. Very Long shots of missile high in the atmosphere. We see either an explosion or the separation of the first stage. .
(F.G.) Old record suggests material dates from around 19/08/1958.
The Thor missile was also used by NASA as a lunar probe in the preparation for the Moon launch.