Declassified Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings – 1st Quarter

In an effort to provide information on recently declassified motion pictures and sound recordings the Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch will publish a quarterly list of newly declassified records.

Operation MANTRAC (Manual Angle Tracking Capability) (Local Identifier 342-USAF-33788/ARC Identifier 68704), is an example of one declassified film. Using some really great animation and a dramatic soundtrack it shows the method of using two or more radar stations that are being jammed, and triangulation to obtain a track of the aircraft.



From October 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 the following records were declassified.

Motion Pictures:

Local Identifier           Title

342-AVR-131 Recovery of the Mayaguez
342-EC-5-65 Program 665-A Phase I Multiple Sensor Reconnaissance Strike Subsystem, March 1967
342-EC-11-68 Gunship II (Night Attack Capability In Sea)
342-ER-9 Project Alpha
342-FR-53A ARDC Activities, Calendar Year 1959-Research
342-FR-53C ARDC Activities, Calendar Year 1959-Advanced Systems Development
342-FR-202 AFSC Staff Film Report #86 – 1961
342-FR-281 AFSC Staff Film Report #96, June 62
342-FR-309 Forging Military Space Power 1962
342-FR-360 AFSC-Staff Film Report #105, Mar 1963
342-FR-435 AFSC Staff Film Report #121
342-FR-460 AFSC Staff Film Report #127, Jan 65
341-FR-483 USAF Missile & Space Film Report #11 May, Jun, Jul 64
342-FR-514B F-101/Mg-13 Voodoo Visual Scram Ramp
342-FR-524 USAF Missile And Space Film Report #2 Aug-Oct 1964
342-FR-587 AFSC Staff Film Report No. 144
342-FR-1133 A Report To The 91st Congress – First Session 1969
342-SFP-1705 Mission North
342-USAF-26918 Operation Eastward Ho Kadena AB, Okinawa 8-12 December 1958
342-USAF-33788 Operation MANTRAC
342-USAF-34202A Operation Blue Banner


Sound Recordings:

Local Identifier           Title

No sound recordings were declassified during this quarter.


Descriptive information for declassified records can be accessed by searching for the item number, ex. “341-IR-38-56”, in NARA’s Catalog (OPA). You may also search on the Declassification Project Number (NND), if you know one. For example, searching on the declassification number “NND 64803” returns entries that are part of Declassification Project 64803. A list of declassified textual records can be found on the National Declassification Center’s web page.

Check out the post “From Top Secret Vault to Open Stacks: Declassification of Moving Images” to learn more about the declassification process. Lists of other recently declassified moving images and sound recordings can be located by clicking on the Declassification Quarterly Reports category on the left side of the blog.