Firemen fight pier blaze for nine hours and save the steamers at Alameda in California. Smoke rises up from the flames. Vessels in the water. The firemen turn the water from the hoses on the flames.
United States flying boat China Clipper (a Martin M-130 Flying Boat of Pan American Airways) at the beach in Alameda, California. Ceremonies precede the China Clipper's take off from Alameda to Honolulu. The huge craft leaves for the first mail and passenger flight. Captain Musick and his crew. Mail to be loaded in packets. The U.S. flag on the flying boat. Huge crowd at the beach. Plane taxis in water. Aerial view of the land. Pilot seated at the controls in the cockpit. Interior and exterior view of the China Clipper while in flight.
The U.S. Navy flying boat Caroline Mars carry 218 passengers from San Diego to Alameda and sets a new record. The U.S. Navy officers and sailors stand at a dock. They wear life jackets and walk towards the flying boat. The sailors and passengers aboard a U.S. Navy flying boat Caroline Mars. Insignia of the United States on the Caroline Mars. A signal officer gives a signal. The flying boat taxis in water and takes off. Caroline Mars in flight from San Diego to Alameda.
Mid air refueling experiments in January, 1929. A U.S. Army Air Service Douglas C-1 tanker plane, with hose trailing below it, flies above a modified Atlantic-Fokker C-2A named "Question Mark." The hose is let down to the Question Mark, where a crew member seizes it and makes a connection for fuel transfer. After transfer of fuel is complete, the crew member throws the fuel line off and it is retrieved by the tanker plane. The Question Mark lands at Metropolitan Airport, Van Nuys, California on January 7, 1929, and taxiis in to park. The crew members, including Major Carl A. Spaatz, Captain Ira C. Eaker, Lieutenant Harry A. Halverson, Lieutenant Elwood R.(Pete) Quesada, and Staff Sergeant Roy W. Hooe, all exit the airplane and gather under the wing with well wishers. The five crew members pose for photographs beside their airplane, the "Question Mark." Ground crew tows the aircraft with a tractor.
USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) leaves the Naval Air Station Alameda in San Francisco bay. Mobile crane picks up after brow for removal. Some dependents seen on pier. USS Procyon (AF-61) tied up. Officers and men on weather deck of the Coral Sea look down on the pier. Looking down over the pier at Naval Air Station Alameda. Crowd of dependents spread out at the pier. The USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) out away from the pier. Dependents around the edge of the pier. Personnel on the flight deck area. The skyline of San Francisco framed by two crewmen manning the rail on the flight deck. Gear on deck next to the island. Some officials on the flight deck. USS Coral Sea underway. The officials on the flight deck as the ship passes underneath the Golden Gate bridge. The city of San Francisco. A part of the flight deck seen. some officers are seen on flight deck edge. A United States Navy UH-2C Seasprite helicopter comes in for a landing on the flight deck. The helicopter lands. Pleasure boat cruises past the ship. View of the San Francisco Bay. A part of the Golden Gate Bridge is seen framed by a sailor.
United States aircraft being transported to Indochine during the First Indochina War. USS Windham Bay (CVE-92) at Alameda, California. Sailors load U.S. Navy F8F Bearcat fighters. Crew members work on the aircraft aboard the carrier.