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.
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.
A film titled 'Rush gigantic job on housing project for 2000, Olympic athletes' shows workers erecting houses in Rolling Valley for Olympics participants from 50 nations in Los Angeles in California. An official along with few sports persons visit the newly constructed houses.
Homecoming of the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) in San Diego, California. Wives of the sailors wave as USS prepares to tie up at quay wall. Mayor of San Diego Joshua H. Bean speaks. Consul of Sweden, Waldo Homburg speaks. Consul of Norway speaks. Flags of both those nations and State flag of California are seen. Vice Admiral Sprague speaks. Miss California stand with flowers and waves. Spectators in the background. A band plays. (Presence of the Scandinavian representatives may be related to the cooperation of USS Valley Forge and other U.S. Naval vessels, during production of the motion picture "Windjammer" about the voyage of the Norwegian training vessel, Christian Radich.) Note: Korean war demands required the USS Valley Forge to resupply and sail again on December 6, 1950.