A reversible propeller tested at Burbank, California. Demonstration of airplane screw with varying pitch, permits plane to back up, climb at greater angles and come to short stops after landing. Man gives a flag signal. View of the aircraft taking off and landing.
A low flying machine of radical design makes its first successful flight at the airport in Burbank, California. Pilot of the plane pushes the plane. Pilot boards the plane. Plane taxis and takes off. Plane flies low over airport.
Trees and gardens on the property of Luther Burbank, the famed horticulturalist in Santa Rosa California. In his experimental gardens are seen roses in bloom. Also a walnut tree, and a garden with a greenhouse connecting to the back of Burbank's home. A gardener with a watering can walks beside a raised garden bed. A Monkey Puzzle pine tree is seen with Luther Burbank inspecting it and walking beside it.
A newsreel titled 'Lunches in Chi. Hops to L.A. For his dinner.' Howard Hughes, famed industrialist and aviator, is seen dressed in a suit and tie, seated in a Chicago restaurant having lunch. He finishes and leaves. The next scene shows nose of a Northrop Gamma 2G airplane with engine running. A brief glimpse of Hughes,still in suit and tie, wearing leather flying helmet with goggles pushed up on his forehead. With Hughes piloting, the airplane taxis and takes off from Chicago. It is seen in a gentle left bank as it departs. Later, Hughes is seen landing at Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California. Hughes is seen in opened cockpit as he taxis in to the parking ramp. He taxis past a Stinson hangar, parks, and climbs down from the aircraft. He is accompanied by a number of men as he walks across the parking ramp. (Note: Howard Hughes is flying a modified Gamma 2G airplane, number NC13761,that he leased from famous woman aviator, Jacqueline Cochran, who ordered it powered by a liquid-cooled 700-hp Curtiss Conqueror engine,driving a two-blade propeller. Hughes modified it with a 1000-hp Wright SR-1820-G2 radial engine, driving a three-blade constant speed propeller, and used it to set a new transcontinental nonstop record, flying from Burbank, California to Newark, New Jersey in 9 hours 26 minutes 10 seconds with an average speed of 259 mph, on 13-14 January 1936. The flight shown here set a speed record of 8 hours and 10 minutes from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California.)
Exterior view of terminal and tower of airport called Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California. View of Northrop Gamma 2G (NR13761) aircraft, piloted by aviator Howard Hughes, as it lands in Burbank, having set a speed record for flight from Chicago to Los Angeles. View of the Northrop Gamma 2G aircraft as it taxis and stops near airport terminal buildings. Howard Hughes is greeted by crew and supporters. He removes flight goggles, stands, and exits the aircraft. Hughes in his Northrop Gamma 2G had flown from Chicago to Los Angeles in 8 hours and 10 minutes, traveling at 215 miles per hour.
Luther Burbank's experimental farm and conservatory in Santa Rosa, California. American horticulturist Luther Burbank puts on his hat as he poses. Exteriors of his house. Children play in a street. View of the gardens.