American aviator Charles A. Lindbergh arrives aboard USS Memphis (CL-13) at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C. upon his return from Europe to the United States following his pioneering trans-Atlantic solo flight. He comes down the gangplank and is greeted by a phalanx of officials. They drive Lindbergh away in an open car. Two days later, June 13, 1927, the scene shifts to New York harbor, where there is a virtual traffic jam of ships and boats of all sizes and shapes, assembled to greet Lindbergh. Fireboats salute with streams of water as Lindberg arrives (as backseat passenger) in a seaplane from Mitchel Field on Long Island. The seaplane is seen flying over the harbor,and descending to land. The seaplane is seen in the water amongst the flotilla of vessels, as. Lindbergh is picked up by a police launch that takes him to the ship Macom, where he is helped aboard by passengers. (He almost falls into the water while stepping from the launch to the ship.) Lindbergh waves from the deck of the Macom, as they proceed in a parade of vessels toward a Manhattan pier. Upon arriving, Lindbergh is hustled into an open car and driven away surrounded by New york City policemen,including mounted police, who escort the car through mobs of spectators. Police form lines to hold back enthusiastic admirers. The car proceeds along a city street where cheering spectators jam the sidewalks and office workers create a virtual storm of ticker tape and confetti from their windows high above the street.
Opens with scenes of aviators unsuccessful attempts to cross the Atlantic in pursuit of the Orteig Prize. Failed attempt by Fonck in his Sikorsky aircraft as he headed for Paris on September 21, 1926. French aviator René Paul Fonck standing beside his aircraft before takeoff. Fonck's plane taxiing for takeoff. View of the plane crashed and consumed in fire and smoke. Crash of Byrd's Fokker plane on April 16, 1927, injuring Byrd and crewmen Noville and Bennett. View of Byrd in uniform before the crash. View of the crash as Byrd's plane is seen tumbling nose over on landing. Failure of Chamberlin's Bellanca aircraft carrying Chamberlin and two little girl passengers. The plane stalls at landing but passengers are safe. Next scene of crash of plane carrying Davis and Wooster on April 26, 1927 near Langley Field, Virginia, killing both men. The crashed plane beside a swamp. View of France's Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli before their attempt in L'Oiseau Blanc (The White Bird). Plane with Nungesser and Coli taking off; it disappeared after taking off from Paris, with the last sighting of it over Ireland. View of Charles Lindbergh and then also of Lindbergh and his mother, and of the Spirit of Saint Louis on May 20, 1927 before his successful Atlantic Crossing to Le Bourget at Paris on May 21, 1927. The aircraft being backed out of a hangar and being fueled. Captain Charles Augustus Lindbergh enters the cockpit. The Spirit of Saint Louis Wright Whirlwind powered monoplane taxiing and taking off slowly from Roosevelt Field in New York, heavily burdened by fuel. Aerial view of the Spirit of St Louis in flight, taken from another airplane. Charles Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic in the plane 'Spirit of St. Louis'. Charles Lindbergh is greeted by huge crowd in Paris. Views of crowds, dignitaries and celebrations as he is welcomed by people in Paris, Brussels and London. Also views of his receptions in Washington DC and New York City in the United States in June 1927.
The Spirit of St Louis with engine running, at Le Bourget aerodrome in Paris as American aviator Charles Lindbergh prepares to fly to Brussels. Aircraft takes off as people look on. Lindbergh lands at Evere Field in Brussels and is greeted by 25,000 people. He drives away in a car with a huge bunch of flowers. Lindbergh at a reception ceremony after the first nonstop trans Atlantic flight. A large number of people gathered outside the building.
American aviator Charles Lindbergh places a wreath at a memorial in Belgium at a ceremony. The Spirit of St Louis parked at Evere field, in Belgium, with a large number of people gathered around it. Charles Lindbergh, in leather flying coat and boots, walks by tail of aircraft, bids farewell to offiicials, and climbs aboard the Spirit of St. Louis. He starts the engine and taxis away rapidly. Nearly,100,000 gather in Croydon to welcome Lindbergh. Ambassador Houghton also present to greet Lindbergh after his successful non stop trans Atlantic flight. Lindbergh lands at Croydon, as another airplane follows him and passes overhead. He climbs a ladder up to a fenced porch, where he joins several men who greet him. One holds a large megaphone. . A smiling Lindbergh addresses the large gathering as he speaks into a megaphone.
Aviator Charles Lindbergh being welcomed after his successful non stop trans Atlantic flight. American aviator Charles Lindbergh at an outdoor luncheon in Paris Park ( Bois de Boulogne) given by the International League of aviators. Lindbergh arrives by car at the port of Cherbourg, where crowds greet him. American flag flies from building,along with French flags. Crowds cheer him from the wharf as a launch carries Lindbergh out to the U.S. Navy Cruiser, Memphis, where he comes aboard in his leather coat and boots. Later, Lindbergh, in business suit, poses with the officers of the Memphis on the deck. He is given a tour of the ship. One officer shows him the breech of a heavy naval gun.Lindbergh operates the controls of an antiaircraft gun .Lindbergh and an official, in the cockpit of an aircraft carried aboard the ship.
Aviator Charles Lindbergh acclaimed in Brussels, Belgium, after flying from Paris, following his reception there after completing his solo transatlantic flight. Lindbergh motorcade arriving in center of Brussels. 'Spirit of St. Louis' plane in flight, from Paris to Brussels. Brief view of Evere airfield, Brussels, Belgium. View of crowd packed into Market Square in Brussels. Charles Lindbergh, standing on balcony of Brussels Town Hall waves his hat to the cheering crowd.