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 Epic American Trans Atlantic Flight' depicts crashes involving various pilots in the United States. Captain Charles A. Lindbergh. On September 21, 1926, Rena Fonck stands in front of his Sikorsky airplane, ready to try a solo flight across the Atlantic to Paris. He takes off and crashes in flames.
Navy Commander Richard E. Byrd poses. On April 16, 1927, his Fokker C-2 trimotor airplane ("America"), piloted by Anthony Fokker, with Byrd, Floyd Bennett, and George O. Norville,on board, flips over on takeoff at Hasborough, New Jersey. In September, 1927. Clarence Chamberlin in a Bellanca plane taxis and takes off. The tail and right main wheel dig into the soft field on landing and the airplane is severely damaged. The wreck of the "American Legion" Keystone Pathfinder airplane that carried Commander Noel Davis and Lieutenant Stanton Wooster to their deaths, in a crash landing, in the Back river, near Langley Field, Virginia, In Paris, on April 26, 1927,Frenchmen, Captain Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli pose before taking off on their ill fated flight, in a Levasseur PL8 aircraft, named " White Bird." Charles Lindbergh standing next to his mother,Evangeline Land Lindbergh. The "Spirit of St. Louis" is towed out and refueled at Mineola, New York. Charles Lindbergh climbs into the plane and makes a bumpy takeoff. Bystanders watch. People gather to greet him upon arrival in Paris. Lindbergh poses with U.S. Ambassador to France Myron Herrick. Lindbergh honored by the French President Gaston Doumergue.
Subject is the 1926 Ford "National Air Tour for the Edsel B. Ford Reliability Trophy," which started at Ford Field, Dearborn, Michigan, on August 7, 1926. Film opens showing a parked biplane with tandem open cockpits. It has an unusual exhaust gathering container atop its engine and an exhaust pipe extending straight down below the fuselage. Camera shows the same aircraft from the rear, with hangar and terminal building in background. Another parked biplane displays the number "19." It is equipped with small interconnected wing flaps on its upper and lower wings. Next is seen a Woodson Model 2-A Biplane with number 14 on its fuselage and another biplane marked Number 11. Closeup of Henry Ford leaning out of a car, talking with a cinematographer, holding a camera, and reporters. A large group of persons involved in the events pose for a photograph. The camera pans across them as they pose in front of a hangar. Scene shifts to spectators crowding around a Ford-Stout 2-AT aircraft as it begins its takeoff roll. Camera follows the airplane as it continues and becomes airborne.
Glimpses of airplanes and crews that made the Pan American Goodwill flight that covered 22,000 miles to 21 Central and South American nations, in 1926. Aerial view of hangars and runway at kelly Air Base, Texas, as one of the five Loening OA-1 Amphibious aircraft takes off from the runway on Dec. 21, 1926.The five aircraft seen in flight over a city, are: The New York, with crew: Maj. Herbert Dargue and Lt. Ennis Whitehead; The San Antonio with crew: Capt. Arthur McDaniel and Lt. Charles Robinson; The San Francisco with crew: Capt. Ira Eaker and Lt. Muir Fairchild; The Detroit, with crew: Capt. Clinton Woolsey and Lt. John Benton; and The St. Louis, with crew: Lt. Bernard Thompson and Lt. Leonard Weddington. President Coolidge presenting the pilots with with citations for the Distinguished Flying Cross at Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., on May 2, 1927, at the opening of the Pan American Air Commission Conference.
Byrd arctic expedition to fly an airplane over the North Pole, in 1926. Animated map illustrates the planned Northward course of Lieutenant Commander Richard Byrd and pilot Floyd Bennett, headed to the North Pole, in their Fokker tri-motor airplane. The starting point is Kings Bay, Spitsbergen, Norway, where they took off on May 9, 1926. A slate states that, "Byrd circles the Pole, checking observations and photographing." Scene shifts to images being recorded by Byrd from inside their Fokker F-VII Tri-motor airplane, the "Josephine Ford." One shows the big "F" in the name "Fokker" on underside of the right wing. From there, the camera pans back over the frozen wasteland below, with parts of the aircraft also seen. Another shot shows the aircraft tail (empennage) with mountains in background amidst snow-filled valleys while the airplane is in a gentle right-hand turn. Underside of engine is seen with arctic scenery, passing below.
Brief scenes from the U.S. Army Air Service Pan American good will flight that covered 22,000 miles on a goodwill mission to 21 Central and South American nations, during 1926-1927. A view of the hangar area and flight line of Kelly Air Field in Texas, as one of the five Loening OA-1 Amphibious aircraft, on the mission, takes off from the runway on Dec. 21, 1926. Five of the aircraft in formation over a large city. U.S.President Calvin Coolidge presents the aircrews with citations for the Distinguished Flying Cross, at Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., on May 2, 1927.