Brothers John and Kenneth Hunter fly over the Sky Harbor airport,Northbrook, Illinois, in their Stinson SM-1 airplane,"The City of Chicago," preparing to land after a record-setting endurance flight lasting from June 11 through July 4, 1930. They are forced to discontinue their flight due to oil filter and leak problems. Huge crowds are gathered arount the Sky Harbor Club House as they fly overhead. Aerial view of the their Stinson SM-1, with "The City of Chicago" painted on its fuselage. The crowds rush across the grassy field and past other airplanes at the airport, as the Hunters plane touches down.But the brothers continue taxiing until they reach a hangar. The brothers are seen with local airport officials near the hangar where they parked. John, covered in oil, that spewed in the cockpit from a broken oil pressure gauge, poses next to two women.The brothers pose together.They set a new endurance record of 553 hours and 41minutes, supported by inflight refueling from their brothers, Albert and Walter, from another Stinson SM-1 airplane (not shown).
The 1932 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his daughter Anna Roosevelt and granddaughter Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Dall (sometimes known as Sistie) outside a building circa 1930. Roosevelt holds a cane while leaning against a column and plays with his grandson using the cane. People gather in the convention hall for the 1932 Democratic National Convention. Roosevelt addresses them, speaking of the need to "break foolish traditions" and "to win in this crusade to restore America to its own people." The people applaud.
The airborne "City of Chicago" airplane circling the Sky Harbor Airport, at Northbrook, Illinois, setting a new flight endurance record. A large number of people gathered at the airport looking skywards. Stinson SM-1 aircraft, known as "Big Ben," flown by their brothers Albert and Walter, refuels City of Chicago in mid air. After refueling is complete, the hose is seen to drop free from the "City of Chicago." One of the Hunter brothers on the nose of "City of Chicago" as he inspects an engine. Civilians look at the sky.
U.S. President Franklin D Roosevelt warns of an increasing danger of armed conflict. Roosevelt's motorcade on the streets of Chicago. A large crowd gathered to get a glimpse of the President. Confetti rained on the motorcade. Soldiers salute as the motorcade passes by. Policemen on motorbikes lead the motorcade. People gathered at the venue to hear the President's speech. A board advertises candy bars 'Baby Ruth, Butterfinger" in the background. President Roosevelt with officials on stage. He addresses the crowd. Excerpts from his speech are interspersed with scenes of war and conflict elsewhere in the world during the late 1930's. Roosevelt talks about peace, unjustified interference into affairs of other nations, aerial bombings, naval attacks, and war. Scenes of war carnage during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935-1936: Ethiopian soldiers on horseback cross a bridge, Italian forces fire artillery from a hill, aerial view as aircraft drop bombs. Italian soldiers pass a burning, smoldering building and overtake an Ethiopian position, with many Ethiopian soldiers lying dead. Ethiopian citizens in area of a war torn village. Bomb damage and war casualties on the street. Italian soldiers collect dead bodies and load them onto a truck. A ship quickly sinking after attack by a submarine. Scenes from battle during the Spanish Civil War in 1936 or 1937. Spanish nationalist and rebel soldiers engage in a battle in a village. Spanish prisoners are marched. Nationalist soldier fires machine gun from a balcony emplacement. Dead body on a road. Soldiers behind a barricade fire at opposition and carry wounded on stretchers. President Roosevelt concludes his speech with, "America hates war. America hopes for peace. Therefore, America actively engages in the search for peace." People applaud.
The National Air Races at Curtis-Reynolds Airport in Chicago, Illinois. People crowd at the airport for the inaugural ceremony. U.S. aviator Colonel Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh arrive at the airport. An aircraft parked in the background. Commander of Air Corps activities Major Willis H. Hale looks into a paper and instructs ground crew. Chief Engineering Officer Lieutenant Walter E. Richard smokes a cigar. Army pilots are introduced to the crowd. Bombing airplanes parked at a field are warmed up. A close up of Commander of Pursuit Group Captain Victor H. Strahm. Aircraft parked in the background. Pursuit airplanes parked at the field. A close up of Commander of Bombing Squadron Captain Henry Pascale. Army Pursuit airplanes fly in formation and perform tactical maneuvers. The airplanes perform Fleur-de-Lis.
The National Air Races at Curtis-Reynolds Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Navy airplanes fly in formation and perform tactical maneuvers. U.S. aviator James Harold ' Jimmy' Doolittle perform stunts in an army airplane.