The longest over water flight to date, accomplished by the U.S. Army Air Service in 1927. Chief of Army Air Service, Major General Patrick, standing between Pilot, Lt. Lester J. Maitland, and Navigator, Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger in front of their Fokker C-2-3 trimotor airplane, named the Bird of Paradise. General Patrick is wishing them farewell as they are about to depart on their transoceanic flight from Oakland California to Honolulu, Hawaii. Animation of aircraft leaving Oakland Airport. Fokker C-2-3 in flight. Animation of the longest over water flight ever attempted, 2400 miles, Oakland to Honolulu.
A huge crowd of people (including a number of U.S. Army personnel in uniform) converges on the airfield at Honolulu, Hawaii, to witness the arrival of the Travel Air 5000 airplane, named "woolarc," winner of the Dole Derby trans-Pacific air race. The aircraft taxis across a wide swath of grass, assisted by men at each wing. A small airplane taxis behind it. An Army officer walks past the camera. Pilot Arthur C. Goebel and navigator, William V. Davis Jr. are seen next with Hawaiian Leis around their necks as they are surrounded by congratulatory well-wishers. They are closely escorted by an Army officer into a tent, where some children, including one boy with a bandage and patch over his left eye. Outdoors, Pilot Arthur Goebel receives more flower leis and poses for closeups. Next, the Breese-Wilde 5 Monoplane, NX914, "Aloha" is seen taxiing after arriving second in the race. an Army officer waves some spectators away from the taxiing aircraft. Navigator Paul Schluter waves from the rear cockpit. He and pilot, Martin Jensen, are next seen with leis around their necks. In the final sequence, winners Goebel and Davis are seen with second place aviators, Jensen and Schluter, flanking James D. Dole, who has just presented each pair their award checks.
Chief of U.S. Army Air Service, Major General Patrick, stands between Navigator, Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger and Pilot, Lt. Lester J. Maitland as they are about to depart on their record-setting transpacific flight from California to Hawaii. Animation illustrates their route of flight from Oakland Airport to Honolulu,Hawaii, the longest flight ever attempted (2400 miles). Several views of their Fokker C-2 Trimotor aircraft called "Bird of Paradise,"in flight.
A trip to Honolulu, Hawaii from San Francisco, California. Animated map depicts the location of Hawaii. A cruiser leaves San Francisco for Honolulu. A Hawaiian shore. A Honolulu harbor showing buildings and a crowd on a dock. Palm trees in Honolulu. Japanese people walk along a sidewalk. A Japanese tea store. A Japanese vegetable peddler walks.
A fictional film dramatizes the relay of intelligence through Japanese consul in Honolulu, Hawaii prior to Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War 2. A German intelligence officer enters the office of a Japanese official in the Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu. The German intelligence officer gives a Nazi salute and speaks to the Japanese officer. American soldiers and girls at a poolside restaurant. American girls speak to each other. The German intelligence officer speaks to the Japanese officer in the Japanese consul. Japanese girls speak to American girls. The German intelligence officer tells the Japanese officer that American military and intelligence officers are being sent to Hawaii from Washington DC. The Japanese officer says that he has information about an American officer of Hawaiian department who has cautioned American soldiers and officers not to do anything that might offend the Japanese people in Hawaii. Two men, one acting as Uncle Same and other one as an American citizen. They talk to each other about how the U.S. Army is aware of Japanese spy activities in Hawaii.
Fliers in the Dole Derby air race take off for Hawaii. The "City of Oakland," a Travel Air 5000 aircraft is seen being readied for flight. Pilot Ernie Smith and navigator Emory Bronte pose at the front of the aircraft, inspecting the engine and propeller. Closeup of the two. Next, a mechanic hand-cranks the engine to start it. Pilot, Smith climbs into the cockpit and closes its door. On July 14th, the aircraft is seen on takeoff roll toward and past the camera, which continues to track it through the takeoff. (The aircraft ran out of fuel and crash landed on the island of Molokai, in Hawaii on July 15th. Smith and Bronte were flown by Army aircraft to Wheeler field, the same day, where they were feted as the first civilians to fly across the Pacific.)