Around 1937 a combination bus and rail car with two types of wheels. Two types of wheels enables it to move on roads and on rails as well. Driver moving on street and then lowers rail wheels and drives the bus onto rail tracks. Views from the vehicle traveling on rails. Train and bus combination says "Arlington and Fairfax" on the side, and appears to be traveling on Glebe Road in Arlington Virginia.
J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) returns by airplane to Washington DC area after visiting Tacoma, Washington during the investigation into the kidnapping of 10 year old boy Charles Mattson from his house in Tacoma, Washington. Hoover's plane landing at the Washington Airport, also known as the Washington-Hoover airport, (and before that as Hoover Field) in Arlington, Virginia. The airport was located southwest of the intersection of the George Washington Parkway and the 14th Street Bridge in an area now under the water of the Boundary Channel, which was later dredged and enlarged to provide fill for Pentagon construction and to allow supply barge access during construction of the adjacent Pentagon. View of the airport terminal with sign "Washington Airport" visible on it. Hoover's plane flying over Military Road and arriving on the landing field. As it nears the airfield for landing, smoke is seen in the distance, likely burning at the garbage dump located near the river. Also seen are high tension electrical wires, industrial smokestacks, 600 foot radio towers, and other industrial buildings visible just past the narrow airfield. The plane taxis past the Eastern Air Transport hangar and other airport structures. Various billboard advertisements visible in the background on some of the buildings. Very brief 3-frame segment where J. Edgar Hoover is seen exiting the airplane operated by American Airlines. He steps into his car. He's seen shadowed in the car, talking to someone. The car drives away onto Military Road or Route 1.
Authorities investigating a case of kidnapping and cold blooded murder of little boy Charles Mattson, in Tacoma Washington. J. Edgar Hoover, Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), States Department of Justice flies to Washington DC. Plane of Hoover landing in Arlington Virginia at Washington Airport, also known as Washington-Hoover Airport, and before that Hoover Field. (It was southwest of the intersection of the George Washington Parkway and the 14th Street Bridge in an area now under the water of the Boundary Channel). J Edgar Hoover seen walking to the side of the main terminal of the Washington-Hoover Airport, and getting into his car after his chauffeur opens the door for him. Public notice showing $10000 reward on killer. Text relaying description of the killer.
A DC-3 lands at Washington-Hoover airport, precursor to Washington National Airport. Lee Mansion and the grounds of Arlington Cemetery are visible in the background. Shadow of blimp airship over landscape of Northern Virginia. Aerial view of the United States Capitol Building, D.C. downtown, Union Station and 14th Street Bridge as seen from a blimp. Point of view shots inside blimp cockpit, looking out and down on Washington DC landmarks. Aerial view from blimp of the Highway Bridge swing-span through-truss bridge, roughly in the 14th Street Bridge area (The "Highway Bridge" no longer exists). Aerial view from blimp of Arlington Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington Cemetery. View inside Arlington Memorial Amphitheater. A guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.
View of a statue of American General Ulysses S Grant. Scene changes to show the former estate home of General Robert E Lee (Arlington House, or the Custis-Lee Mansion, and later the Robert E. Lee Memorial) seen on a hill in Arlington National Cemetery, with grave markers nearby. A view of many graves on a sloping hillside of the cemetery. Flowers adorn an area inside the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater at the cemetery. A small group of visitors stands near the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier at Arlington. View of the Washington monument faintly in the distance, and the Potomac River in the distance. Flowers placed at the tomb.
The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial original statue during its unveiling ceremony at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia on November 10, 1951 (This is after the statue had been moved from its original Constitution Avenue location in Washington DC in 1947, and subsequently renovated under sculptor de Weldon's supervision while it was in Quantico.). A sign on the memorial reads "Uncommon valor was a common virtue, 1945." Next scenes show sculptor Felix de Weldon as he works to build the larger Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, which was dedicated in November 1954. Felix de Weldon measuring a model of the flag raising on Iwo Jima made by him. de Weldon and others on his team work to carve the large war memorial in plaster before it is cast in bronze. Views of the sculpted faces of the six Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima: Faces of John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block and Michael Strank. Brief glimpse of the original flag raising scene on Mount Suribachi in February 1945. Next scene, circa 1954 or 1955, shows the completed Marine Corps War Memorial in bronze, in Arlington Virginia, with Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial landmarks of Washington DC in the background. Close-up views of faces of a young boy, an elderly woman, and a middle aged man who removes his hat. American flag fluttering in the breeze atop the war memorial.