Opens with scenes of aviators unsuccessful attempts to cross the Atlantic in pursuit of the Orteig Prize. Failed attempt by Fonck in his Sikorsky aircraft as he headed for Paris on September 21, 1926. French aviator René Paul Fonck standing beside his aircraft before takeoff. Fonck's plane taxiing for takeoff. View of the plane crashed and consumed in fire and smoke. Crash of Byrd's Fokker plane on April 16, 1927, injuring Byrd and crewmen Noville and Bennett. View of Byrd in uniform before the crash. View of the crash as Byrd's plane is seen tumbling nose over on landing. Failure of Chamberlin's Bellanca aircraft carrying Chamberlin and two little girl passengers. The plane stalls at landing but passengers are safe. Next scene of crash of plane carrying Davis and Wooster on April 26, 1927 near Langley Field, Virginia, killing both men. The crashed plane beside a swamp. View of France's Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli before their attempt in L'Oiseau Blanc (The White Bird). Plane with Nungesser and Coli taking off; it disappeared after taking off from Paris, with the last sighting of it over Ireland. View of Charles Lindbergh and then also of Lindbergh and his mother, and of the Spirit of Saint Louis on May 20, 1927 before his successful Atlantic Crossing to Le Bourget at Paris on May 21, 1927. The aircraft being backed out of a hangar and being fueled. Captain Charles Augustus Lindbergh enters the cockpit. The Spirit of Saint Louis Wright Whirlwind powered monoplane taxiing and taking off slowly from Roosevelt Field in New York, heavily burdened by fuel. Aerial view of the Spirit of St Louis in flight, taken from another airplane. Charles Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic in the plane 'Spirit of St. Louis'. Charles Lindbergh is greeted by huge crowd in Paris. Views of crowds, dignitaries and celebrations as he is welcomed by people in Paris, Brussels and London. Also views of his receptions in Washington DC and New York City in the United States in June 1927.
A U.S. Coast Guard Ice Patrol ship in the Atlantic Ocean to reduce the dangers caused by icebergs. Men on the deck of the ice patrol ship. A large iceberg in the ocean water. Coast Guard personnel prepare a deck gun and fire at the iceberg. The iceberg is reduced in size. A small boat with men beside another large iceberg. The U.S. flag hoisted on the bow of the ice patrol ship.
A U.S. Coast Guard Cutter underway in the Atlantic Ocean. USCG personnel lined up with rifles on the deck of the vessel as a senior officer inspects them. Several men on the deck of the cutter. Personnel remove cover from a piece of equipment on the deck. Men prepare and rotate a deck gun.
A rescue operation by U.S. Coast Guard men using lifeboats and breeches buoys in the Atlantic Ocean. A boat approaches a Coast Guard cutter with men. A cargo ship in distress. A shot line to be fired to the doomed vessel. Coast guard men row lifeboats. Men from the freighter are brought in the life boats to a shore. Few men from the freighter are rescued with breeches buoys from the steamer. They are brought to the shore by the Coast Guard men.
A freighter in distress and the inspection of a boat by U.S. Coast Guard men in the Atlantic Ocean. A freighter drifts away from the shore. The freighter in turbulent waters. An officer watches from a Coast Guard Cutter. Another ship underway with steam emitting from it. Coast Guard men on the deck of the cutter. The men fire at a distant boat. Two men in a boat beside the Coast Guard cutter. One Coast Guard personnel gets down into the boat and inspects it for aliens, drugs and illegal importations. Coast Guard personnel fire a deck gun. Other personnel look on.
U.S. Coast Guard activities at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and at sea. Three senior officers, two of them in uniform outside the United States Coast Guard Academy. Coast guard officers seated behind. Cadets march. The academy building in the background. A vessel in rough waters. A breeches buoy equipment on a coast guard cutter.