Aviatrix (Woman pilot) Nancy Hopkins, who was invited to fly in the 1930 Ford Reliability Tour, is seen in the cockpit of her Kitty Hawk B4 biplane, manufactured by the Viking Flying Boat Company. ("Kitty Hawk" is written on her plane's vertical stabilizer.) She has been assigned the number 22 for this event, which starts at the Ford Airport in Dearborn Michigan. Scene shifts to A Waco CSO J6-7 airplane, serial number NC634N, taking off. A large formation of U.S. Army Boeing P-12 biplanes flies overhead. Crowd of spectators is gathered on ramp behind the airport terminal. The Army airplanes fly back overhead again. In foreground, a Ford Trimotor passenger airplane sits with its 3 engines running. Bill Stout of Ford's Stout Metal Aircraft Company shakes hands with Texaco Company's pilot, Captain Frank M. Hawks, in the cockpit of his Travel Air Model R "Mystery Ship," named Texaco 13. Photographer takes their picture. (Hawks is a tour referee, and about to depart for Grand Forks to make advance preparations there.) Mrs. Henry Ford steps up and also shakes Hawks' hand. He waves goodbye and taxis out for takeoff.
Visitors walking about on the ramp of the Ford Airport, in Dearborn Michigan, during the 1930 Ford Commercial Reliability Tour. Many are lined up by a fence, looking at a squadron of U.S. Army Air Corps Curtiss P-1 Hawk pursuit airplanes parked in the grass. Scene shifts to closer to terminal building where visitors stroll amongst a variety of planes parked on the ramp. Buildings of the Greenfield Village are seen in the background, especially the Clock Tower. In near background, the squadron of P-1 airplanes have engines running. Camera moves and focuses on those aircraft. A light plane is seen inflight overhead. One of the P-1s taxis on the ramp. Next, woman aviator, Nancy Hopkins is seen in the cockpit of her Viking Kitty Hawk B4 biplane, NC30V. She is wearing helmet and goggles, and appears to have just parked her airplane. Two men greet her (one wearing a cowboy hat, of sorts). She turns and smiles for the camera. Then she removes helmet and goggles and climbs down from the cockpit, to pose next to her airplane, displaying the number “22” on its fuselage. On the plane’s tail, is written,”Kittyhawk” in large letters, followed by “ Kittyhawk Flying Boat Company, New Haven, Conn.” Camera shows formations of U.S. Army P-1s in flights of three, airborne overhead. A solo stunt airplane is seen next.
1930 Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. A Ford Trimotor aircraft in flight approaching the Ford Airport. Two men on the airfield. The Ford Trimotor taxiing on the airfield. A man on the airfield watching the trimotor. 'Ford' written on the side of the aircraft and number '5' written on the tail. Men getting out of the airplane and a few men standing at its door. Two women and two men pose and three men talk beside the trimotor. Woman aviator, Nancy Hopkins, steps from the cockpit of her Viking Kitty Hawk B4 biplane (NC30V), and poses beside it. (The number "22" is written on the aircraft fuselage and "Kitty Hawk" on the tail.) .Men and women behind the aircraft. Another aircraft in the background.
A variety of airplanes parked at the Ford Airport, Dearborn, Michigan,at the start of the 1930 Ford Commercial Airplane reliability tour, AKA The National Air Tour for the Edsel B. Ford Reliability Trophy. Red, White, and blue bunting decorates the airport building. In the distance, the Clock Tower, at Greenfield Village can be seen. Some pilots start their engines. At TC: 00:40 Nancy Hopkins, the only woman pilot in the event (and her own mechanic), is seen walking toward the camera, smiling and folding a paper. At TC:00:45, Aviator Jimmy Doolittle is seen standing by the leading edge of an airplane wing, with his hand on the pitot tube. Edsel Ford and an assistant control the start of airplanes, each at a specific time. They signal each pilot to start, using a white flag. The last plane seen taking off is number 22, a Viking Kitty Hawk B4 biplane, piloted by Nancy Hopkins.
Ford Model T cars being driven out the exit door of the Highland Park factory, Michigan,circa 1916. Numerous Model T cars driving on both sides of a divided highway. The Ford Highland Park Plant, circa 1920. Panoramic exterior views of the Ford River Rouge plant and factory buildings, circa 1930. A Ford Freighter ship, docked at the River Rouge plant. A view of the home of Henry and Clara Ford, at 66 Edison Road (now 140) Dearborn, Michigan, in 1914. Sketch of children coming home from school, singing song from McGuffey reader school book. View of schoolroom with McGuffey readers on desk. Street scene outside Ford Plant, during shift change, and street filled with workers. A car driving on empty road in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The historic Wayside Inn (immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Tales of the Wayside Inn") which Henry Ford purchased in 1923, to preserve for posterity. View of the original Pennsylvania Railroad Station in New York City, circa 1912. View of crowded sidewalks and street on 5th Avenue, and other street scenes in New York City, circa 1920. Model T Ford cars driving in U.S. National Parks. A visitor feeding a bear from his Ford car, as a Park Ranger stands nearby. People in Ford Model T, stopped by side of road to pick wild flowers. Two men remove a seat back from their Model T car to make a camper. Both men lying down in the car. Man carrying picnic basket from Ford Model T, parked beside a beach, where he joins the rest of his party on the sand. Children run along the beach, and stop to play with seaweed.
Aerial views of the sprawling Ford Motor Company plant at River Rouge in Dearborn,Michigan. Views of smoke rising from tall chimneys. Ships at the harbor.