Subject is the 1926 Ford "National Air Tour for the Edsel B. Ford Reliability Trophy," which started at Ford Field, Dearborn, Michigan, on August 7, 1926. Film opens showing a parked biplane with tandem open cockpits. It has an unusual exhaust gathering container atop its engine and an exhaust pipe extending straight down below the fuselage. Camera shows the same aircraft from the rear, with hangar and terminal building in background. Another parked biplane displays the number "19." It is equipped with small interconnected wing flaps on its upper and lower wings. Next is seen a Woodson Model 2-A Biplane with number 14 on its fuselage and another biplane marked Number 11. Closeup of Henry Ford leaning out of a car, talking with a cinematographer, holding a camera, and reporters. A large group of persons involved in the events pose for a photograph. The camera pans across them as they pose in front of a hangar. Scene shifts to spectators crowding around a Ford-Stout 2-AT aircraft as it begins its takeoff roll. Camera follows the airplane as it continues and becomes airborne.
Large group of spectators gathers at Ford airport, Dearborn, Michigan. A Ford-Stout 2-AT passenger and mail transport aircraft ,one of several having the name, "Maiden Dearborn" , which is written on its tail along with: "Ford Airport of Michigan." The Ford logo is painted on its fuselage, as is "U.S. Mail." The field is snow covered. Aircraft taxis out with"assistance" from well-meaning spectators who push on the empennage as the plane moves. The airplane taxis to end of field and takes off.
Demonstration of folding and unfolding mechanism of wings on an aircraft at Ford Airport in Dearbor, Michigan Several people on the airfield at Ford Airport in Michigan. The wings of an aircraft, in the interiors of a hangar. The front part of an aircraft with the motor and other parts. Few other parts of the aircraft in view. The side of an aircraft with the cockpit and the underside of one of the wings in view. Number '12' written on the aircraft. A folding mechanism on the aircraft. An aircraft is rolled out of the hangar with its wings folded. The aircraft outside the hangar. 'Fairchild' written on the side of the aircraft. Both the wings of the aircraft unfolded. 'Fair' written on the underside of one of the wings and 'Child' written on the underside of the other wing. Two men beside the aircraft. Both the wings are folded back again. The men stand beside the aircraft. A building and a few men in the background.
Making of a modern magazine Dearborn Independent. View of French railroad station in Europe. Palm trees and foliage in Africa. Men, women, and children in Chinese street. Japanese family eats. River bank with huts. A city street with horse-drawn carriages in South America. View of editorial page. View of 'Mr Ford's Page'.
Commercial airplane reliability tour for the Edsel B. Trophy at Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. Cars parked at the airport. People stand under the wings of an aircraft due to rain. An aircraft flies overhead and lands on a muddy field. A searchlight being used to help pilots find the the airport. Henry Ford in rain coat, conversing with William B. Stout, head of the Stout Metal Airplane Division of the Ford Motor Company. Ford steps away and Stout discusses something with another man, who refers to a paper, perhaps a flying schedule. Ford walks past in background.
Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour in Dearborn, Michigan. Edsel Ford, President of the Ford Motor Company with few other men on the airfield during the Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour. Edsel Ford holding the white flag. The man standing next to Edsel Ford holding a pen and few documents. Few men stand behind them and watch. Edsel Ford wit the men on the field. The men talking. Edsel Ford waves the flag on the field. A trimotor aircraft on the airfield. 'Fokker' written on the aircraft. The aircraft taxis and takes off. Edsel Ford talking to a man. Edsel Ford with the white flag beside a biplane. Edsel Ford talking with the men in the airfield. Edsel Ford shakes hands with a man. The men talking. Edsel Ford talking with two men. The airport building in the background. People in view beside the building. The men group close together in a circle and talk on the airfield.