American Military Might: Above the Best – 1950s Educational Film

American Military Might: Above the Best – 1950s Educational Film

This chapter of THE BIG PICTURE spotlights the growth and military importance of aviation in the Army. In a half hour TV documentary filmed on location at Fort Rucker, Alabama, home of the Army Aviation School, viewers will see the story of air mobility in today’s Army. The flexible, modern Army bears a family resemblance to the Army of 1918 and 1942, but that is where the similarity ends. Today, we must have a highly mobile, self-sufficient battle force. To control his widely dispersed elements, the ground commander must be constantly aware of the battle situation. He must know where the enemy is, and what he is doing. And, he must be able to transport his own forces to battle at top speed, at the point where they are most needed. It is here, that Army aviation is needed. In this program viewers will see how Army aviation moves men at 100 miles an hour, how the helicopter may replace the truck in moving supplies, and how the Army’s new light aircraft give the ground commander “eyes in the skies.” The motto of the Army Aviation School, on whose training fields this program originates, expresses well this new concept of Army Aircraft in the Sky over Army Troops on the Ground… “Above the Best.”


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