The U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) Alaska Flight of 1934 departing Fairbanks Alaska on flight back to Washington, DC. Their YB-10 aircraft are seen in a line on the airfield. Spectators are at the edge of the field to see them off. Next, the aircraft are seen taxiing out for takeoff, with their Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Arnold, piloting the lead aircraft, the "City of Fairbanks." Other aircraft follow in succession. Colonel Arnold's airplane takes off and proceeds in a shallow climb. Slate tells first leg is 640 miles to Juneau in 3 hours and 55 minutes. Map shows North America with outbound course to Alaska from Washington, DC, traversing the Great Lakes, Edmonton, Prince George, and White Horse, to Fairbanks. But a moving arrow shows return route via Juneau. Snow-covered mountains seen from a YB-10 on this return leg. Aerial shots of several YB-10s in formation. Slate announces next leg as 940 miles and 5 hours and 40 minutes to Seattle, Washington State. Aircraft and crews of the returning Alaska Flight, seen on a grass field in Seattle. Lieutenant Colonel Henry Arnold, expedition commander, leads his fliers across the field. Slate states remaining distance to Washington, DC, as 2700 miles and 14 hours. More shots of YB-10s in formation aloft. Shot of a YB-10 with farmland below. Ten YB-10s seen in formation, and the animated map completes the journey to Washington, DC. Aerial view from above of several YB-10s below, flying over the Potomac River, in Washington, DC, with the Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington Memorial bridge visible below. The formation of 10 planes barely visible above the Capitol building. The YB-10 named Juneau, taxiing across Bolling Field, after landing. (This segment of film is reversed, so the name and Alaska Flight logo are mirror-reversed.) The last of the 10 aircraft pulls into position on the flightline. Lieutenant Colonel Henry (Hap) Arnold stands in front of his fliers who hold a large totem pole souvenir. Secretary of War, George H. Dern, greets the returning aviators and poses next to Colonel Arnold.
A view of the waterfront in Juneau, Alaska. Buildings along the coast with mountains in the background. A ship anchored at the harbor.
View from Douglas Island looking across Gastineau Channel at the city of Juneau nestled at the foot of Mount Juneau (left) and Mount Roberts (right). At the time (1954) Juneau was the Capital of the Territory of Alaska. (Note: Gastineau Channel is a part of the "Inside Passage" of SE Alaska, a naturally protected waterway of the North Pacific Ocean.)
View from SS Aleutian ocean liner, of the Alaskan Steamship Line, as it approaches dock at Juneau, Alaska. Sheer mountain face overlooks the docks. Large buildings of the largest Quartz Gold mine in Alaska, are stepped down the steep slope. The ship passes a building labeled "Juneau Cold Storage."After docking, the camera pans across many people on the wharf and a building labeled The Alaska Line. Various sorts of buildings line the waterfront area.
View of the Capital City of Juneau, Alaska, filmed from Douglas island across the Gastineau Channel. Mount Juneau is on the left and Mount Roberts on the right.
Will Rogers and Wiley Post pose for pictures taken just before boarding Post's self-modified float plane that crashed en route to Point Barrow, Alaska, killing both Rogers and Post. The floatplane takes off from water. Map shows route: Juneau to Dawson, Fairbanks, Alaska; to Anchorage, Alaska and then back to Fairbanks. The words, "Point Barrow" animate on map - line running to Point Barrow, where the plane crashed after an engine failure, while taking off from a lagoon just outside of Point Barrow. Aerial views of the Arctic areas.