Nine huge airplanes of the 11th Bomb Squadron under command of Lieutenant Charles H Howard take off from March Field, fly over Sierras in Death Valley, California.
Late 20th century clip shows montage of still images from late 19th century dealing with borax. A view of Death Valley desert in United States. Deposits of borax found in the valley. Picture of San Francisco business man William T. Coleman. William Coleman invested in the borax. Mules seen carrying the cargo of borax. Twenty mule teams used to carry borax out of Death Valley, in operations by William Coleman's Company. Pictures showing the mule teams are seen.
The U.S. Navy Zeppelin, USS Akron (ZRS-4)in flight over Camp Kearny, San Diego, California. she drops mooring cable to crew of about 100 sailors on the ground. Part of the cable breaks, and three sailors are left dangling on the remaining cable. They are pulled up as the Akron rises and two of the sailors fall to their deaths. One sailor (Navy Apprentice Seaman, C.M. Cowart) remains secure on the cable and is reeled into the airship. Captain of the airship, Lieutenant Commander, Charles Emery Rosendahl, gives a public statement following the accident.
Original footage and supplemental reenactment of event that took place about a week earlier when the U.S. Navy Zeppelin, USS Akron (ZRS-4) attempted to dock for refueling at Camp Kearny, San Diego, California. In clips from that actual event, spectators watch as a hundred Navy ground crew sailors attempt to hold down the dirigible. But one of the Akron cable rings breaks and the sailors are unable to hold her. All let go of the lines except for three sailors, two of whom fell to their deaths. Scenes are shown of the remaining sailor, Bud Cowart of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, as he hangs on for more than an hour until the USS Akron crew pulls him through a port hole to safety aboard the air ship. Views shot about a week later show officers inside the Akron and Sailor Cowart aboard the airship.
U.S. Navy airship, USS Akron (ZRS-4) over Camp Kearny, San Diego, California, attempting to dock for refueling. A hundred sailors hold on to spider lines from rings on cables lowered by the USS Akron. After one ring breaks, all sailors let go except three who are pulled aloft as the airship lurches up from an updraft. One, Robert H. Edsall, falls to his death, followed by Nigel M. Henton, who also suffers the same fate. The third, Charles Cowart, manages to tie himself to the cable and is eventually pulled into the airship, safely.
The USS Akron (ZRS-4) over Camp Kearny, near San Diego, California,docking to refuel. A large group of sailors hold on to cables lowered from the USS Akron. They are being dragged by the dirigible as they try to arrest it, unsuccessfully. All the sailors let go of the cables, except three, who are pulled into the air. One of the dangling sailore, Robert H. Edsall, falls to his death. Moments later, Sailor, Nigel M. Henton, also loses his grip and falls. The third sailor, Charles Cowart, ties himself to the cable and is seen being pulled close to the USS Akron.