Will Rogers and Wiley Post pose for pictures taken just before boarding Post's self-modified float plane that crashed en route to Point Barrow, Alaska, killing both Rogers and Post. The floatplane takes off from water. Map shows route: Juneau to Dawson, Fairbanks, Alaska; to Anchorage, Alaska and then back to Fairbanks. The words, "Point Barrow" animate on map - line running to Point Barrow, where the plane crashed after an engine failure, while taking off from a lagoon just outside of Point Barrow. Aerial views of the Arctic areas.
Fairbanks Alaska as photographed by cameraman with the U.S. Army 1934 Alaska Flight.
Views of private float planes parked in the water along the banks of the Tanana river, in Fairbanks, Alaska. A small covered barge loaded with 55 gallon drums has "Damfino" written on its bow. It is being pushed by a tugboat. Glimpse of a bridge over the river. Scene shifts to commercial signs in downtown Fairbanks. One reads: "Palace Bath House Open Day and Night." Signs identify the Model Cafe, Cann Studio, and John F. Lonz Furnishings. Cars are parked along the street. A drug store is seen further along the street at the approach to a steel bridge. Closeup of sign on side of a truck,reading: "Natural Milk, Bentleys Dairy." Man riding in a horse-drawn wagon, labeled "Fairbanks Garden."
The U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) Alaska Flight of 1934 departing Fairbanks Alaska on flight back to Washington, DC. Their YB-10 aircraft are seen in a line on the airfield. Spectators are at the edge of the field to see them off. Next, the aircraft are seen taxiing out for takeoff, with their Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Arnold, piloting the lead aircraft, the "City of Fairbanks." Other aircraft follow in succession. Colonel Arnold's airplane takes off and proceeds in a shallow climb. Slate tells first leg is 640 miles to Juneau in 3 hours and 55 minutes. Map shows North America with outbound course to Alaska from Washington, DC, traversing the Great Lakes, Edmonton, Prince George, and White Horse, to Fairbanks. But a moving arrow shows return route via Juneau. Snow-covered mountains seen from a YB-10 on this return leg. Aerial shots of several YB-10s in formation. Slate announces next leg as 940 miles and 5 hours and 40 minutes to Seattle, Washington State. Aircraft and crews of the returning Alaska Flight, seen on a grass field in Seattle. Lieutenant Colonel Henry Arnold, expedition commander, leads his fliers across the field. Slate states remaining distance to Washington, DC, as 2700 miles and 14 hours. More shots of YB-10s in formation aloft. Shot of a YB-10 with farmland below. Ten YB-10s seen in formation, and the animated map completes the journey to Washington, DC. Aerial view from above of several YB-10s below, flying over the Potomac River, in Washington, DC, with the Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington Memorial bridge visible below. The formation of 10 planes barely visible above the Capitol building. The YB-10 named Juneau, taxiing across Bolling Field, after landing. (This segment of film is reversed, so the name and Alaska Flight logo are mirror-reversed.) The last of the 10 aircraft pulls into position on the flightline. Lieutenant Colonel Henry (Hap) Arnold stands in front of his fliers who hold a large totem pole souvenir. Secretary of War, George H. Dern, greets the returning aviators and poses next to Colonel Arnold.
Views of Fairbanks, Alaska, taken by cameraman with the USAAC 1934 Alaska Flight. View of an antique steam locomotive of the Alaska Railroad displayed in front of the Fairbanks railroad station. Glimpse of an Alaskan Railroad passenger car. View from a high point above some rooftops, of waterfront. Camera pans along river, showing riverfront buildings, a steel bridge, and areas of the Fairbanks downtown.
The U.S. Army Air Corps Alaska expedition flight of 1934. YB-10 aircraft of the Alaska Flight are parked at an airport in Fairbanks, Alaska. Hangars are seen in background. One of the aircraft is starting its right engine. Camera pans the grass field where YB-10 are parked (and a dog stands in the center of the field). The Pan American Airways logo is painted on front of a hangar and "Pacific Alaska Airways" below it. A wind sock is atop the hangar. Scene shifts to Lieutenant Colonel Henry "Hap" Arnold, standing with his aviators in front of a YB-10 airplane. He is receiving a large symbolic "Key to the City," from Fairbanks Mayor, Ernest B. Collins. They shake hands, and Mayor Collins takes his hat off to Colonel Arnold and his fliers. Arnold and Collins pose for a closeup. Camera pans across the Alaska Flight airplanes parked on the field
Members, of the 1934 U.S. Army Air corps Alaska Flight, patronizing local hotel and shops in Fairbanks, Alaska. A sign identifies the Nordale Hotel (Slate notes the extreme high cost of things in Fairbanks, Alaska, such as: 25 cents for a cup of coffee and one dollar for a haircut, much higher than in the lower 48 in 1934.) Some of the fliers eat at the lunch counter of a local tavern. One leaves the tavern and poses for the camera, in front of a barber shop. He holds up a silver dollar, and walks into the shop.