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.
'The Epic American Trans Atlantic Flight' depicts crashes involving various pilots in the United States. Captain Charles A. Lindbergh. On September 21, 1926, Rena Fonck stands in front of his Sikorsky airplane, ready to try a solo flight across the Atlantic to Paris. He takes off and crashes in flames.
Navy Commander Richard E. Byrd poses. On April 16, 1927, his Fokker C-2 trimotor airplane ("America"), piloted by Anthony Fokker, with Byrd, Floyd Bennett, and George O. Norville,on board, flips over on takeoff at Hasborough, New Jersey. In September, 1927. Clarence Chamberlin in a Bellanca plane taxis and takes off. The tail and right main wheel dig into the soft field on landing and the airplane is severely damaged. The wreck of the "American Legion" Keystone Pathfinder airplane that carried Commander Noel Davis and Lieutenant Stanton Wooster to their deaths, in a crash landing, in the Back river, near Langley Field, Virginia, In Paris, on April 26, 1927,Frenchmen, Captain Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli pose before taking off on their ill fated flight, in a Levasseur PL8 aircraft, named " White Bird." Charles Lindbergh standing next to his mother,Evangeline Land Lindbergh. The "Spirit of St. Louis" is towed out and refueled at Mineola, New York. Charles Lindbergh climbs into the plane and makes a bumpy takeoff. Bystanders watch. People gather to greet him upon arrival in Paris. Lindbergh poses with U.S. Ambassador to France Myron Herrick. Lindbergh honored by the French President Gaston Doumergue.
View from aircraft overhead, of a line of U.S. battleships in the Atlantic Ocean.They leave a wake trail as they move forward through calm waters. Several other warships are seen..Line of battleships all firing heavy guns to port. Warships in formation lines. Small craft maneuvering around the warships. The control panel of an aircraft in view. A fleet replenishment vessel seen from almost directly overhead. An excursion ferry filled with passengers.
A tall-masted sailing vessel with no sails showing. Interior (cockpit) of the aircraft
Newspapers print millions of copies to spread the news of Charles Lindbergh's attempt to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Newspapers being printed, bundled, and distributed to delivery services and sellers.
Charles Lindbergh's poses next to his airplane, the "Spirit of St. Louis." Ground crew push the airplane, tail first, out of a hangar on Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York. Its engine and nose are covered in canvas. Lindbergh shakes hands with an official. Ground crew top off the aircraft's fuel, by pouring several gallons into its tank from atop the wing. A man helps Lindbergh don his heavy flying coverall. The aircraft engine starts. Crowd surrounds the aircraft. Lindbergh climbs aboard and the "Spirit of St. Louis" starts its takeoff roll surrounded by group of people. Lindbergh makes a long takeoff roll, bouncing several times (once, quite hard) before breaking ground in a shallow climb.
Several scenes of the Spirit of St. Louis airplane in flight. People in various places and pursuits looking up as if watching Lindbergh flying overhead. Scenes of news being transmitted about Lindbergh via radio, short wave, and teletype. Aerial views of clouds, ice on the water, and other things that one might imagine he encounters in the flight. People relaxing at home listen to radio and others in public places and streets seeking news about Lindbergh. View of Paris, the City of Light with fountains and the Arch of Triumph.Frenchmen in a bar listening for news on the radio. Finally, Lindbergh arrives and lands at the Le Bourget Airport in France, as crowds greet him. Newspapers report his arrival with headlines, including: "Oh What a Welcome for that boy Lindy."