U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt checks on growing air fleet of the United States at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia during World War II. Official cars parked in front of airplanes on the air base. President Roosevelt looks at formation of aircraft.
U.S. Army Air Corps aerial demonstrations at Langley Field in Hampton, Virginia. USAAC Curtiss P-40 fighters parked at the Field. Ground Crew men prepare the aircraft. The pilots gets into the cockpits and the aircraft take off. The aircraft in flight. They demonstrate aerial gunnery and strafing target. The P-40s mass dive on a water target. They aircraft machine guns fired, bullets hit the target in the water. U.S. officers and South American military experts inspect USAAC B-17C Flying Fortresses. An officer examines the aircraft bomb load. The -17s in flight. They perform bombing and strafing demonstration.
A documentary titled 'Boomtown DC', a part of 'This is America' series, compares Washington DC to an industrial boomtown where the big business is government. 1930's and 1940's cars parked along a tree-lined street in a Washington DC neighborhood with homes visible. A cat jumps down from a wall behind a neighborhood home, with the U.S. Capitol seen in the background. Scene changes to U.S. Capitol building exterior close up. Close up views of souvenir stand trinkets in Washington DC, including banners, snow globes, and postcards of buildings and monuments of the city. View on the National Mall in Washington DC toward the Lincoln Memorial, interrupted by temporary wartime elevated walkways erected between buildings of the rapidly expanding Navy Department on either side of the National Mall. Smoke stacks from the chimneys of a factory superimposed over various images of buildings in the city. A woman exiting a voting booth, followed by a man entering the same voting booth and closing the curtain. A US Army guard standing outside the White House. Exterior of the newly built Pentagon War Department building in Arlington Virginia. Sign "War Department" on the War Department building at 21st and Virginia Avenues. Exterior view of a Navy Department building, then exterior view of the Treasury Department building. Close up view of hands holding and flipping through a stack of IRS individual tax return documents, then of hands sorting through a stack of U.S. government bonds. View of the Justice Department, and then view of sign on the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Scientists in a laboratory operate various equipment and run tests. A scientist near some beakers and test tubes in the lab. Scientists look through microscopes. View of underground rifle range in the FBI building as personnel practice marksmanship. View toward shooters on the range during firing, and toward targets. US Army guard in front of the State Department building. Exterior view of the Department of Labor building and sign. View of the U.S. Office of War Information building (OWI) with sign "US Information" inscribed in large letters on the top of the building (possibly the "Temporary V Building" of the OWI?) Exterior view of the Supreme Court Building. View of Declaration of Independence document on display. Exerior view of U.S. Capitol, then view of House of Representatives in session. U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt seated at a desk signs a document. Citizens and workers walking on streets of Washington DC. Sopme people enter the Department of Agriculture building. Men and women enter the Office of War Information. Civilian and military hats being hung on a hat rack. Hand reaches for a 1940's era telephone. Women filing papers, views of filing cabinets. Close-up of 1940s era typewriters in use.
U.S. destroyers of Squadron 14, depart Norfolk, Virginia for the Mediterranean, in October, 1922.
Map showing the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding countries, from the Straits of Gibralter, and East to Black Sea and Red Sea. Various sea navigation routes are depicted through the water areas. U.S. Navy Clemson class destroyer, taking on supplies in Norfolk, Virginia. Sailors carrying sacks of supplies over their shoulders from a dock onto the ship. Women seen waving at the USS Barry (DD-248) in October 1922, as she departs Hampton Roads, Virginia, for the Mediterranean, to serve with the U. S. Naval Detachment in Turkish Waters. View of USS Kane (DD-235) with sailors lined up on her foredeck. View from stern of a Squadron 14 destroyer, of the USS Hatfield (DD-231) followed by the USS Barry (DD-248). View from bridge of a destroyer, as officer looks through binoculars at five other destroyers of Squadron 14, underway in a line. Sailors on deck of destroyer practice handling of small arms and on of the ship's 5-inch guns. Sailors spin propellors on tail of a torpedo and load it into one of a battery of three launching tubes. Sailors exercise by throwing a medicine ball.View from destroyer of 5 destroyers in line, astern, the first being USS Overton (DD-239). View from a destroyer as the Squadron enters harbor at Gibralter. Sailors climbing upon concrete pier from a long boat. Buildings on steep hills of Gibralter. The USS Hatfield and the USS Gilmer (DD-233) on either side of a supply ship. Views of Destroyer Squadron 14 ships anchored, along with other warships off Constantinople (Istanbul)in the Bosphorus straits. View from a high point in Constantinople. Camera pans over city and warships in the Bosphorus.
Negro colleges in the United States during World War II. College curricula adjusts to war needs as they prepare students for various military and civilian occupations including war factory production and war manufacturing. A sign reads ' Hampton Institute visitors welcome' in Virginia. Exteriors of buildings on the campus. An educator welcomes students from other countries for taking up a course at the institute. Students in a class take lessons in radio operation and construction. Students in a chemistry laboratory learn to develop new war material. Science students train to become laboratory technicians. A Negro student conducts a test on bacteria in food caused by handling. Hampton Institute provides laboratory facilities for training of nurses. Students in a ground school class. The students work on machines as they weld metal pieces. A farm management course for girls by the Agriculture Department of the Institute. Girls operate a tractor a they plant corn in a field. Dairy farming lessons being conducted as girls watch a man as he milks a cow. Students conduct research on food and the importance of soybean over meat. Students broadcast programs related to research results, improved diet and raising better crop. They take up lessons in surveying and topography. Cadets of institute regiment march. A sign reads ' U.S. motor transport shops'. The students learn to work on motor parts. U.S. Army trucks being repaired at the shop. Engineering Department of the institute trains men for the U.S. Navy. The cadets march. A clock tower in the background.
Notable African American persons in the United States. Educator Mordecai W. Johnson sits along with his two children and reads a book at home in Washington D.C. Mordecai W. Johnson, his wife, Anna Ethelyn Gardner, and two of his children along with some other children reading and singing together. Hampton university coach of athletics, Professor Charles H. Williams at an interview in Hampton, Virginia. Publisher Isaac Fisher at his desk.