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Talk About Full Service…


A NATO E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft from NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, West Germany, refuels from a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft during a training mission. The plane is one of eighteen such aircraft providing surveillance for member nations as directed by NATO’s Airborne Early Warning Force commander, 02/19/1988

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From the National Archives:

Talk About Full Service…

A NATO E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft from NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, West Germany, refuels from a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft during a training mission. The plane is one of eighteen such aircraft providing surveillance for member nations as directed by NATO’s Airborne Early Warning Force commander, 02/19/1988

Image description: The Beatles visited the United States 50 years ago, landing in New York on Feb. 8, 1964.

From the National Archives:

Still excited about the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ Visit to America?

Be sure to check the rest of our series from their historic 1964 visit:

  1. Screaming fans at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport
  2. John Lennon & George Harrison wave to the crowd as they exit the plane
  3. Paul McCartney approves of fans’ signs
  4. Hamming it up at an airport press conference
  5. Mugging for photographers in Central Park

All excerpted from Universal Newsreel Volume 37, Issue 12, 02/10/1964, via Media Matters » This Week in Universal News: The Beatles Come to America

What’s your earliest Beatles memory?

There were 2.4 million black veterans in the U.S. in 2012. Find more numbers, in honor of Black History Month.

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"ODD NUMBERS TODAY"

"On January 31, 1974, an odd-numbered day, motorists with odd-numbered license plates could obtain gasoline at this station. The limit was 15 gallons. 01/1974"
David Falconer, photographer. From the series: DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977 

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From the National Archives:

"ODD NUMBERS TODAY"

"On January 31, 1974, an odd-numbered day, motorists with odd-numbered license plates could obtain gasoline at this station. The limit was 15 gallons. 01/1974"

David Falconer, photographer. From the series: DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977 

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This Week in Universal News: Apollo 1 Disaster

via Media Matters » This Week in Universal News: Apollo 1 Disaster:

On January 27, 1967, the first Apollo mission ended in disaster. Fire broke out during a launch rehearsal, killing pilots Gus GrissomEd White, and Roger Chaffee.

From the release sheet:

ASTRONAUT DISASTER Apollo astronauts Roger Chaffee, Edward White, and Gus Grissom are all killed in a flash-fire aboard their grounded space capsule. Investigators theorize perhaps a short circuit or electrical overload sparked the blaze. The first Apollo flight was scheduled for February.

Universal News Volume 40, Release 10, January 31, 1967

Watch the entire newsreel, featuring cryogenics in Arizona, a Chicago blizzard, and other stories here.

About the Universal Newsreel Collection at NARA:

The Universal Newsreel Collection is one of the most used motion picture collections at the National Archives and Records Administration. Universal Newsreels were shown in movie theaters twice a week, from 1929 until 1967, and covered a wide range of American life and history during that time period. Each release usually contained five to seven stories averaging two minutes in length.

In 1974, Universal deeded its edited newsreel and outtake collection to the United States through the National Archives (NARA), and did not place any copyright restrictions on its use (some stories may contain other underlying intellectual property or proprietary use rights).

While Universal disposed of many of the soundtracks, leaving the newsreels incomplete, supplementary material like scripts, shot lists, and event programs can be found in the production files, available for research at Archives II in College Park, Maryland.

Learn more about the Universal Newsreel Collection in this post and in this Prologue article. Watch other Universal Newsreels in our research room, in OPA, and on this playlist.