Aftermath of an accident on July 20, 1944, when two U.S. Army Air Forces P-51C Mustang fighter planes,flying low in close formation, struck a palm tree and collided over the 2800 and 2900 blocks of Post Street, in between Willow Branch and Cherry Streets. The crash caused a three-alarm fire involving twelve houses, three apartments, and three garage apartments. Both pilots, one a Lee High School Graduate, died in the crash. The only other fatality was a person killed by an airplane engine that crashed into his residence. (Reportedly, the aircraft were buzzing the home where parents of one of the pilots lived, in the 2700 block of Post Street.) Firefighters extinguishing the fire. Smoking houses. Debris lying in the area. People gathered around the houses. A damaged house. A wrecked car.
View of a Greyhond tourist bus marked Jacksonville. Next, a different tourist bus with destination sign of Miami. Tourists in Florida travel south through Florida on the bus. View of the City Gate of St. Augustine, Florida, and a horse carriage passes through the stone gate. Flags flying on the oldest house in the city, known as the Gonzalez-Alvarez House (later the Oldest House Museum) on St. Francis street. The flags flying include the American flag, the Confederate flag, and others.Tourist bus travels on a bridge. View of tourists inside the vintage 1940s bus. Silhouette of the bus driver, driving the bus, and view through the windshield of the road ahead as the bus drives along Route 1 and over the Overseas Highway toward Key West. View of the bridges and ocean beneath. Scenes in Miami Beach area. View of the beach in Miami Beach.
Scenes showing various historical events that took place in April 1935. In Stresa, Italy, on the banks of Lake Maggiore, leaders of Britain, France and Italy confer on German rearmament, in violation and defiance of the Versailles Treaty. (There they sign the "Stresa Front"). Images show the French and British delegations arriving by boat and walking near the port at Stresa, including British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, French Prime Minister Pierre Etienne Flandin, and French Foreign Minister (President of the Council of Ministers) Pierre Laval. U.S. College students across the country join in anti-war, pacifist demonstrations. They are seen marching with banners and anti-war signs and cartoons. One banner reads, "It is the task of the 20th century to make this world a brotherhood." Also "War is Hell....Who want to go to hell?" and "War is Stupid". President Franklin Roosevelt returns from a two week cruise. He arrives in Jacksonville Florida. Local officials and crowds in Jacksonville greet him and cheer. Boy Scouts in a line greet the President. Views of Franklin Roosevelt in an open car and on ships and docks. Al Smith and Herbert Hoover share the speaker's stage in New York lending their support for the Salvation Army during the Depression. Scenes from the Easter Parade in New York City. Crowds gather, filling double-decker open air buses. Al Smith seen with his wife. Postmaster General James Farley and Irish tenor singer John McCormack are seen on Fifth Avenue in New York. Amelia Earhart completes a 1700-mile flight from Burbank, California to Mexico City. Scenes of her in Mexico City in a car laden down with celebrating Mexican officials. Aviatrix Bernadine King sets a new record for upside down endurance flying. She is seen getting into her plane, and her plane is seen upside down in the air.
A football match between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators in Jacksonville, Florida. Spectators seated in a stadium watch the match. The match in progress. The Georgia Bulldogs win the match by 4 scores. Some spectators come on the ground as the match ends and the Bulldog wins.
U.S. Naval officers walk across the lawn at the the Aviation Building, also known as the Fritz Hotel in Miami, Florida. Among tenants in the building is the Weather Bureau office and joint National Hurricane Center. Their WSR-57 radar antenna can be seen atop the building. Scene shifts to inside the Joint Hurricane center where theree Naval officers and a sailor are reviewing weather data. An animated map shows how the Caribbean regions are accessed by Hurricane Hunter aircraft from Jacksonville, Florida, and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, respectively.
United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt sails on Astor's Yacht, Nourmahal for 10 days vacation at sea in Jacksonville, Florida. President Roosevelt with his son and other officials aboard the yacht. He waves his hat to the crowd. Ascot Yacht sails away from the harbor for a trip to the Bahamas.