The start of the 1931 Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan, on Sunday July 4th 1931. Opening footage at forefront right shows the Gee Bee model E Sportster flown by Lowell Bayles to a fourth place finish. Forefront center-left is the Great Lakes biplane flown by Joeseph Meehan. A number of various aircraft are parked on the airfield, including an autogyro. Visitors on the airport ramp look at airplanes on display. The museum clock tower and other buildings at Greenfield Village are visible in the background. View looking outward from inside a hanger. A squadron of U.S. Army Air Corps Boeing P-12 pursuit airplanes parked in rows, with propellers all set horizontally. A light high wing monoplane takes off followed, successively, by two Ford trimotor passenger aircraft equipped with wheel pants. View of a biplane landing. A crowd standing in front of a hangar and several officials standing in the grass. People posing on the ramp with airport building in background.
Animated opening sequence with view of Ford Automobile factory in Dearborn, Michigan. A 1931 Ford Model A races toward foreground of screen with its Ford Emblem completing the on-screen phrase, "The twenty millionth Ford". An announcer bows and steps behind a microphone (that hides his face) and speaks. Scene shifts to the original Ford workshop at the back of his home, 58 Bagley Avenue,Detroit, Michigan. His first automobile, a two cylinder machine (Quadricycle) made in 1896 is seen near the small brick building. It is viewed from several angles and shown with its engine running. Snow is on the ground.
Henry Ford in the River Rouge plant steps into the fifteen millionth Ford Model T car just before it rolls off of the production line on May 26, 1927. Ford's son, Edsel Ford, is driving the car. Next scene shows Ford auto workers during car production on assembly line in factory. Wheels and tires moving on overhead line. View of the twenty millionth Ford automobile, a Model A, as it is completed and rolls off the line, driven by Edsel Ford, on April 14, 1931. It is a 1931 slant windshield Town Sedan 160B.
Japanese dignitaries visiting the Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan in the United States. A group of Japanese dignitaries inside the Ford plant in Dearborn. Workmen beside the vehicle in the assembly line. The men standing in an area marked off from the assembly line by a barrier. The men watching the assembly line. The vehicles being driven out of the building one after the other. The dignitaries come out of the building. A vehicle at the entrance of the building. Vehicles in front of a building. A vehicle driven up a ramp into the building. A line of vehicles being driven out of the building down the ramp. A vehicle moves carrying the dignitaries. The vehicles moving in a line inside the plant building.
The River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Aerial views of the River Rouge Plant. A pile of new rubber tires. Brazilian workers assemble cars. Wheels with rubber tires move on conveyor belts. A display of several small automobile rubber parts and sheets. A map of Brazil shows Boa Vista and Belem. Goods being loaded on a freighter at a dockyard. Boxes being lowered into the hold of the freighter.
The Ford auto factory resumes full operation in Dearborn, Michigan. Workers going to the plant. Interiors of the plant. Men work on machines and assemble parts. Cars assembled on a assembly line. Night shift workers going to work.