Scenes showing various historical events that took place in April 1935. In Stresa, Italy, on the banks of Lake Maggiore, leaders of Britain, France and Italy confer on German rearmament, in violation and defiance of the Versailles Treaty. (There they sign the "Stresa Front"). Images show the French and British delegations arriving by boat and walking near the port at Stresa, including British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, French Prime Minister Pierre Etienne Flandin, and French Foreign Minister (President of the Council of Ministers) Pierre Laval. U.S. College students across the country join in anti-war, pacifist demonstrations. They are seen marching with banners and anti-war signs and cartoons. One banner reads, "It is the task of the 20th century to make this world a brotherhood." Also "War is Hell....Who want to go to hell?" and "War is Stupid". President Franklin Roosevelt returns from a two week cruise. He arrives in Jacksonville Florida. Local officials and crowds in Jacksonville greet him and cheer. Boy Scouts in a line greet the President. Views of Franklin Roosevelt in an open car and on ships and docks. Al Smith and Herbert Hoover share the speaker's stage in New York lending their support for the Salvation Army during the Depression. Scenes from the Easter Parade in New York City. Crowds gather, filling double-decker open air buses. Al Smith seen with his wife. Postmaster General James Farley and Irish tenor singer John McCormack are seen on Fifth Avenue in New York. Amelia Earhart completes a 1700-mile flight from Burbank, California to Mexico City. Scenes of her in Mexico City in a car laden down with celebrating Mexican officials. Aviatrix Bernadine King sets a new record for upside down endurance flying. She is seen getting into her plane, and her plane is seen upside down in the air.
An aviatrix (female flyer, woman pilot) gets a transport pilot's license in Burbank, California. An aircraft in flight. The aircraft taxis and lands at an airfield. A pilot in the aircraft. The Department of Commerce transport pilot license is issued to Laura Ingalls, an aviatrix. Laura Ingalls, the aviatrix who completed a several-mile solo flight around South America, with another person beside the aircraft. Laura Ingalls looks at the license in her hand.
Laura Ingalls in flight gear. A Lockheed plane takes off from Floyd Bennett airport in New York. It sets a new record of eighteen hour and twenty minute flight from east to west coast. A group of men walk on a side walk along a street. Laura Ingalls and others arrive as group of men and women wait to greet them in Burbank, California.
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.