The United States Coast guard Ice breaker Mackinaw clears path on frozen Lake Michigan. A view of the frozen lake. Mackinaw grinds solid ice. Ships underway on the clear path to Chicago. Buildings in the background. U.S. infantry landing craft underway from Normandy and Sicily amidst high waves. U.S. aircraft carrier underway. Men tie down aircraft on flight deck during typhoon.
The United States Coast Guard demonstrates a new technique for sea rescue. U.S. Helicopters over Lake Michigan. Aviator rescued from the sea by a helicopter. The helicopter does not land. The aviator hung from the helicopter. Three helicopters in flight. The aviator is taken to Chicago. He is lowered on the ground.
A travelogue of Mid West regions of the United States in the mid 1980s. Map highlights Mid West regions. Montage of small images followed by full screen footage. Close up of corn plant stalk and corn field with bright sun behind. Elevated sweeping pan of a farm with corn and wheat fields, barns, and a river behind. Point of view shot in a wheat field at tops of wheat stalks looking far across the field and then focusing on individual wheat stalks. Combine harvester moving in field and harvesting wheat. Next scene shows group of two canoes on a river. A fly fisherman casting with his fly fishing rod and reel into fast moving rapids of a river. A man and a woman hiking; the man helps the woman step over a shallow stream. Two young men playing on a moving water wheel. They stand atop it and try to balance as it spins, and one falls in the water. Flock of white birds ascending from a lake, with a farm and barns in the background. Aerial view of a recreational vehicle camper on a road surrounded by trees with colored leaves in autumn. Aerial view of many lakes surrounded by trees in autumn. Next scene shows airport worker guiding a large TWA jumbo passenger plane as it taxis into a gate at an airport. Scenes inside an airport. Customers at ticket desks and information desks talking to airline agents and workers. A woman speaks in Spanish and provides guidance to a Spanish-speaking family as they look at a map inside the airport. Point of view shot from moving car at night on a highway of the midwest. Street lights illuminating the roadway. Pedestrians and cars in a town or city at night. Cooks wearing white chef hats prepare food in a casual restaurant. A full glass of beer slides across a bar to a patron, from a bartender. Batter Chet Lemon, number 34, hits a ball at a Detroit Tigers baseball game. A young boy in the stands wearing a Detroit Tigers baseball hat. Aerial view of Detoit Tigers baseball stadium lit up at night. View on field a Detroit Lions quarterback dropping back to deliver a pass in a football game. Kent Benson making a shot at a Detroit Pistons basketball game. Brief scene from a professional hockey game. Scenes from a high speed motor boat race as fans watch the race. Track level view of a pit stop underway during a Formula One car race. Scene of a Formula One car losing control during the race an swinging around backward with smoke coming up from tires. Front view of a red sports car (possibly a Pontiac Fiero) in front of a garage turning on its lights. Automatic pop up lights open and shine at the camera position. View of assembly line operations at an automobile factory in the midwest. Work being done by both automated welding machines and men working on the assembly line. Sunrise or sunset view of city of Detroit skyline with skyscrapers, as seen from a boat on the Detroit River. A large cargo vessel then is seen in the foreground as the camera position continues moving . Sunrise or sunset view of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis Missouri. Aerial wide view of downtown Chicago skyline as seen from a low flying aircraft over Lake Michigan. Young people in swimsuits jumping into a large swimming pool in Chicago Illinois, with view of skyline and skyscrapers of Chicago in the background. Two small motor boats underway in a lake cove. A local civic band playing in a small town as the director conducts them. Children march in a small town parade in a midwest American town. More children riding on a float covered with bunting and American flags, likely in an Independence Day parade. View of a tractor driving on a rural midwest road beside farm fields, as seen from a low-flying aircraft. The farmer on the tractor waves. Low flying aerial view of a Greyhound bus driving on a roadway with farm fields on either side.
The Pan American Highway Commission visits Chicago United States. Busy city streets of Chicago with high rise buildings, cars and pedestrians. Passenger ferry boat on Lake Michigan. The Commission delegates observe the Municipal Pier recreation center, jutting a mile into Lake Michigan. Lighthouse on the end of the Municipal Pier.
Film opens with hazy aerial views of Chicago Illinois. Scene shifts to views from vehicle driving on Chicago highway. A road sign reads"Des Plaines River Rd exits 1/2 mile ahead." A Boeing 727 commercial airliner is seen overhead with wheels down as it descends to land. Some 1960s cars drive past. View back, of the airliner descending above the highway, and of truck and cars passing the camera vehicle. Overhead road sign reads "Chicago Downtown 15 Miles." View of the Chicago skyline of buildings on Lake Michigan waterfront. View from slow moving aircraft of the Wrigley Building; the Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago River; and the Tribune Tower. Camera continues to pan to East and then at building with "United Insurance" written near its top. Camera then swirls downward to river and bridges directly below and then back up from street and down again, ending on avenue near building displaying two American flags.
United States Women's Open Golf Championship at Forest Lake Country Club, Michigan. Golf players hit ball with golf club on a golf course. Players include Jackie Punk and Louise Suggs.
Spectators watch the game. Mickey Wright, an American professional golfer, hits ball. Mickey Wright wins the United States Women's Open Golf Championship. She smiles.