Governor's Day celebrations in Alexandria, Louisiana. Twenty two hundred National Guardsmen parade at Governor's Day celebrations in Alexandria, Louisiana. Guardsmen march in a field as they carry an American flag. Governor Richard Webster Leche of Louisiana watches them march. Military trucks pass in review. Men, women and children gather to witness the festivities. Governor Leche decorates the Guardsmen. Governor Leche and Hugh L. White of Mississippi shakes hands with Guardsmen. Guardsmen seated in stands.
As a contrast to the early pioneering airplanes, passengers are seen seated inside cabin of a "modern" airplane (Douglas DC-4E). View of the DC-4E in flight. A view of Orville Wright. Wilbur Wright gesturing as he talks with officials in France about an aerial course to be flown. Wilbur Wright placing wheels under a Wright Flyer before it is moved across a muddy field in France. A team of men pull a rope raising a catapult weight in a tower. The weight falls, catapulting the Wright Flyer airplane into the air. Soldiers remove a Wright Flyer airplane from a storage building onto the parade grounds at Ft. Meyer, Virginia. The airplane is seen in flight with Orville Wright alone, at the controls, On July 30, 1909, soldiers are seen moving a Wright Flyer from its shed for its final acceptance test. President William Howard Taft, U.S. Army Major George Owen Squier, U.S. Army Major Charles E. Saltzman and Wilbur Wright. are among those standing with the President, as the Wright Flyer is moved toward the parade ground. Views of the monorail and weight and catapult used for launching an airplane. Men turn the two propellers on a Wright Flyer, as Wilbur Wright stands at the rear of the aircraft engine and makes an adjustment. . On September 9, 1908. U.S. Army Lt. Frank P. Lanham, seen in uniform, seated on a Wright Flyer, is joined by Orville Wright. Wilbur. They take off and set a new airborne endurance record, and Lt. Lanham becomes the first Military officer to fly in an airplane. On July 30th, as part of the final acceptance test, Orville Wright takes Army Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois on a cross country flight to Alexandria, Virginia, and back again. They are seen aboard the Wright Flyer, and then high in the air on their way to Alexandria.
Reenactment shows American folk blues musician Huddie William Ledbetter (Lead Belly) singing in a prison in United States. Lead Belly and other two Negro men wearing striped prison uniform in a cell. Lead Belly sings and plays a guitar. Muisicologist John Lomax appreciates folk song sung by Lead Belly and says that he has recorded the songs on recorder. lead Belly refers to sending the recording to Governor Allen (Oscar K. Allen) of Louisiana, in hopes of influencing him to commute his sentence.
Reenactment shows American folk blues musician Lead Belly in a prison cell in the United States. Lead Belly (Huddie William Ledbetter) wearing striped uniform in a cell. Other Negro prisoners seated. Lead Belly plays his guitar and sings verses from his song,"Good Night Irene." John Lomax praises Lead Belly and his song and says that he has recorded it on a machine. Lead Belly says he hopes they can send it to Louisiana Governor Allen.
Doctor James Smith, President of Louisiana State University arrives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Doctor James Smith brought from Canada to New Orleans where he is to serve jail time for embezzlement charges. Aircraft lands on the runway and Doctor James Smith and other people come out of it. Crowd gather around the airplane. View of various LSU buildings, a tower and scenes from the college campus of Louisiana State University in 1939.
U.S. President John Calvin Coolidge reviews a parade in Alexandria, Virginia. The President with military officers and dignitaries. A flag flutters atop a flag pole behind them. Soldiers march holding flags. The President shakes hands with military officials.