Army DH-4 biwing bombers in bombing demonstration against an outline of battleship on ground at Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia. The airplanes dive at target and release their bombs, which explode on the ground.
The U.S. Secretary of War, John W Weeks, General Pershing and other officers at the Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. Hangars in the background. General Mitchell explains the working of the bomber to Secretary of War, Weeks, and General Pershing. Inspecting party and General Mitchell stand near a bomber aircraft. General Mitchell talks to General Pershing, standing near wing of bomber. Inspecting party gets into an opened touring sedan and leave.
Flight of DH-4 biwing bombers aloft in loose formation. Group of observers behind battery of antiaircraft artillery firing at sleeve target towed by aircraft. shells bursting behind the sleeve target. Batteries of machine guns being fired at "toy" balloons. Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, with another officer, smiles as he points at the single bullet hole sustained by sleeve target after having been fired at by batteries of antiaircraft artillery and machine guns.
Depicts life near the southern Appalachian region of Marion, Virginia in Smyth County, and specifically the path of Kenneth G. Killinger from being a mill operator to becoming a mountain missionary of the Lutheran Synod of Viriginia. Man carries sack of corn to a water powered mill. Sign "Corn Ground." Young man actor portraying Kenneth G. Killinger weighs the corn with a simple scale and then pours it into the stone grinder. He gives the ground corn to the customer, along with a booklet that reads, "The Augsburg Sunday School Teacher, 1910." Close view of the contents page of the booklet. The young man standing at the edge of the mill, water wheel turning beside him. Scenes portraying two memories from his youth: A woman taking a paddle to a boy. Boys gathered together drinking whiskey. Scene of men digging a grave in a graveyard beside a rural church. Killinger reenters the mill. Scene of young Killinger sitting on the porch of a rural home, reading to young children. Killinger counseling a bed-ridden elderly woman. On screen text reads, "Kenneith G. Killinger. 'The Mountain Missionary' of The Lutheran Synod of Virginia. Marion, Virginia. July 24, 1921." View of Killinger in 1921, preaching to congregation sitting under a tree. The congregation entering a small makeshift church building. The congregation entering an abandoned rail car turned into their church. The congregation later in a larger church building. Killinger preaching. Rural children singing from hymnals. Churchgoers exiting the church.
Brigadier General Billy Mitchell taxis in a Boeing Model 15 ( or a Curtis P-1Hawk) airplane, after landing at an airfield. . Battle ships underway at sea. Mitchell organizes 1st provisional Air Brigade for bombing demonstration against battleship target.. Crews and airplanes train and prepare at Langley Field, Virginia. Soldiers load bombs under plane wings. Planes take off to bomb the obsolete U.S. battleship USS Alabama. View from airplane in flight as it drops phosphorus bomb on the Alabama. View from water as bomb strikes with huge explosion. Armorers prepare heavier bombs for the next demonstration. Planes take off and bomb the USS Alabama again. General Mitchell crouched down beside a bomb loaded on an airplane for new tests in 1923. General Pershing, Admiral Shoemaker, Assistant Secretary of War, Davis, and General Patrick on deck of the Ship, USS St. Mihiel (AP-32) to observe the tests. Views of planes dropping bombs on Battleship USS Virginia and the ship rolling over and sinking. Large formations of 1920s era Air Service aircraft in flight.
Scenes from the labor dispute and uprising known as the Battle of Blair Mountain. Opening scene shows Sheriff's Deputies firing down upon miners from a hillside in Logan County, West Virginia. One of them is armed with a Model 1917 Browning machine gun. Scene shifts to group of Union miners, cleaning and adjusting their rifles and shotguns. One wears a metal Army helmet. Several more pose for the camera, holding their guns. One of them also wears an Army steel helmet. They check the actions of their weapons. Closeup of one in a steel helmet. Next scene shows miner families leaving the area in horse-drawn wagons. Change of scene shows a group of men boarding a railroad train car. An armed U.S. Army soldier in uniform stands nearby. The final scene shows Sheriff Don Chafin of Logan County, posing with U.S. Army Brigadier General Henry H. Bandholtz.