The history of famous airplanes. Italian aeronautical engineer and Arctic explorer General Umberto Nobile in dirigible 'Italia' in Italy. He prepares to repeat the 1926 flight of dirigible Norge. Animated world map shows dirigible Norge's course from Spitsbergen, Svalbard to Point Barrow in Alaska. General Nobile stands in the doorway of the gondola of the dirigible. Dirigible 'Italia' in flight.
Italian influence on American life, reflected in foods and history. Crowd eats Italian food at Italian Festival San Gennaro at Mulberry Street, in Little Italy, on lower East side of Manhattan, New York City. Italian chefs cook pizza and other food items at a restaurant kitchen. Views of Ferris Wheel; . decorative lights; a brass band. Customers eating pizza in restaurant. They put napkin on dog and feed him pizza. A Casino. View of George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River. Heroic sculpture of Italian explorer and navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano (c. 1485-1528) by Ettore Ximenes (1855–1926) in Battery Park, New York City. Home of Giuseppe Garibaldi, on Staten Island, New York. Visitors enter the home, which displays sign reading: (in Italian)" He lived in exile, 1851 to 1853. Giuseppe Garibaldi, Hero of two worlds." View of statue at Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain, Columbus Circle. in front of the Union Station, Washington, DC. Italian Carabinieri march in Columbus Day parade on 5th Avenue, in New York City.
Italian and American flags displayed on building. St. Patrick's Cathedral is seen. Italian journalists at work in Washington, DC and New York City.
A film on monuments and buildings in Italy. The main route from the oil fields of Italy to Hungary lies through Venice. A man rowing a boat in the Grand Canal. The palace of Ca' d' Oro. The entrance to Piazza San Marco. The St Mark's Campanile and the Doge's Palace. Exterior of the Church of San Marco. People walking towards the church. The Bridge of Sighs connecting the Ducal Palace and a prison. People rowing boats in the waterway.
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.