Eight National Soaring Contest in Elmira, New York. More than fifty aircraft take part in the contest. People seated to watch gliders take off. The gliders on a field. A mechanical launching device being demonstrated as a glider takes off. A roller with strings rotates as the glider takes off. The glider in flight and lands.
People pushing a flight to the track as the 10th Annual Soaring Contest gets underway in Elmira, New York. The motorless flight takes off. Flights tied with wire. Two flights flying in the sky. United States flag waves and a flight passing by.
Fleet of motor-less gliders in flight at Elmira in New York. Frank Hawks starts the show. The glider pilots gathered around a glider on ground. Glider catapults from a mountain to begin its flight. Formation of five gliders. Various gliders catapult. Gliders land on ground. Jack O'Meara with his Baker McMillen Cadet II
Shows pilots take off on their gliders from a field in Elmira, New York. Several gliders in flight. Richard C. Dupont in his glider attains 6500 feet and breaks the American record for motor-less aircraft.
National Glider Meet at Elmira, New York. U.S. Air Chief Major General H.H. Arnold boarding glider and taking off and taking off. Men standing near winch which supplies take off. Gliders in air, soaring and landing.
'Retrospect' about the events that led to the present pattern of life in the United States. Host Douglas Edwards, an American television anchor speaks about the past events in America. Crowd of unemployed men gathering in bread lines after the 1929 crash and subsequent Great Depression. A man near a box of apples. The U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses a gathering. The kidnapping of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the son of the aviator Charles Lindbergh in 1932. Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German carpenter who abducted the child during the trial. The congressmen at the formation of the Lindbergh Law. Newspapers describe the apprehension or death of notorious gangster criminals, such as Dutch Schultz and Baby Face Nelson. Huey Pierce Long, Jr. a American politician addresses people. Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia appeals to the League of Nations, after his country is attacked by Italy under Mussolini. Adolf Hitler stands. Troops of the German army parade. Scenes from the Spanish Civil War in 1936-1937 as Spanish national forces battle against fascist rebel forces. Spanish Troops fire 75mm field artillery pieces. Bombs being dropped on the buildings. Spanish soldiers marching during the civil war. The Hindenburg disaster takes place on May 6th 1937: The German airship LZ 129 Hindenburg catches fire over the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester, New Jersey. Amelia Earhart the first woman aviator to fly solo holds flowers and is surrounded by people. She went missing in 1937. Cowboy philosopher Will Rogers, alone and with U.S. Vice President John Nance Garner and with aviator Wiley Post (who had patch over one eye). King Edward VIII of Great Britain, abdicating the throne for "the woman I love." People at the German-American Bund Nazi sympathizing gathering including the subduing of objectors on stage, in Madison Square Garden, New York. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, returning from meeting with Adolf Hitler in Munich in 1938. View of Adolf Hitler. German tanks on parade in World War II. an array of artillery guns on display. Railway guns being fired in WW2.