Horse carriages at Mackinac Island, Michigan. Men board a carriage and move away. No Auto edict prohibits driving of autos in the Island. A spinning optical film effect shows heavy traffic on streets of a city. Shot of a policeman holding up his hand in traffic as the camera zooms in. A horse carriage moves past a number of carriages lined up on the street on Mackinac Island.
Views of various projects depicting man's creative engineering skills across the United States, including: The Indian Serpent Mounts, Ohio; Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Headquarters, Connecticut; Mackinac Bridge, Michigan; Green Bank Radio Astronomy Antenna, West Virginia; Tanker "Manhattan" in the Northwest Passage; Chicago's Marina Towers, Illinois; NASA launch complex 39, Florida with a rocket in place; Watts tower, California; John Hancock Building, Illinois; Washington Monument; Dworshak Dam while under construction, Idaho; Newport Bridge, Rhode Island; U.S. Steel building, Pennsylvania; Mt. Glory Arch Bridge under construction in Wyoming; Johnson Wax Headquarters building, Wisconsin; Boeing 747 Factory Building Complex, Seattle Washington; A model of the proposed New Orleans Super Dome in Louisiana; Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel; Dulles International Airport, Virginia; Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minnesota; Westinghouse Headquarters building, Pennsylvania; Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, New Mexico; Gulf Life Tower, Florida; Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wisconsin; a paddle style River boat on the Ohio River; an artist depiction of the under construction Mobile River Highway Tunnel, Alabama; the Westinghouse Desalinization Plant, Florida; Model of master plan for the city of Gary, Indiana; Gulf Oil's "Big Brutus" crane at work on a dig site (The 160-foot tall coal shovel known as the 1850-B was designed and built by Bucyrus-Erie in Hallowell Kansas, for the Pittsburg & Midway, or P&M Coal Mining Company. It is the only one of its kind ever built. The mining company was purchased by Gulf Oil in 1963, and subsequently went under The Chevron Mining umbrella); Knights of Columbus headquarters building, Connecticut.
The start of the 1931 Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan, on Sunday July 4th 1931. Opening footage at forefront right shows the Gee Bee model E Sportster flown by Lowell Bayles to a fourth place finish. Forefront center-left is the Great Lakes biplane flown by Joeseph Meehan. A number of various aircraft are parked on the airfield, including an autogyro. Visitors on the airport ramp look at airplanes on display. The museum clock tower and other buildings at Greenfield Village are visible in the background. View looking outward from inside a hanger. A squadron of U.S. Army Air Corps Boeing P-12 pursuit airplanes parked in rows, with propellers all set horizontally. A light high wing monoplane takes off followed, successively, by two Ford trimotor passenger aircraft equipped with wheel pants. View of a biplane landing. A crowd standing in front of a hangar and several officials standing in the grass. People posing on the ramp with airport building in background.
Animated opening sequence with view of Ford Automobile factory in Dearborn, Michigan. A 1931 Ford Model A races toward foreground of screen with its Ford Emblem completing the on-screen phrase, "The twenty millionth Ford". An announcer bows and steps behind a microphone (that hides his face) and speaks. Scene shifts to the original Ford workshop at the back of his home, 58 Bagley Avenue,Detroit, Michigan. His first automobile, a two cylinder machine (Quadricycle) made in 1896 is seen near the small brick building. It is viewed from several angles and shown with its engine running. Snow is on the ground.
Henry Ford in the River Rouge plant steps into the fifteen millionth Ford Model T car just before it rolls off of the production line on May 26, 1927. Ford's son, Edsel Ford, is driving the car. Next scene shows Ford auto workers during car production on assembly line in factory. Wheels and tires moving on overhead line. View of the twenty millionth Ford automobile, a Model A, as it is completed and rolls off the line, driven by Edsel Ford, on April 14, 1931. It is a 1931 slant windshield Town Sedan 160B.
Crash of Gee Bee Z Super Sportster airplane at the Wayne County airport in Detroit, Michigan, on Dec. 5th 1931, during attempt to break the world landplane speed record. Ground crew and one of the Granville brothers, who built the airplane, roll the Gee Bee out of a hangar. The aircraft displays tail number NR 77Y and has large numeral 4 painted on fuselage. City of Springfield is painted on front of the airplane. Pilot, Lowell Bayles, climbs into the cockpit and starts the engine. Crew chief places canopy over the pilot's cockpit. The aircraft takes off with modest rate of climb and makes slow banking turn to the left. Camera next shows the Gee Bee descending rapidly as Bayles dives the race plane at high speed into the officially timed sea level course. Camera captures view of wing breaking off and aircraft rolling and crashing in flames. Witnesses rush to the crash site and emergency equipment responds. Views of smoldering wreckage. (According to some sources, the accident began when the gas cap loosened in the slipstream and blew through the pilots canopy hitting pilot Bayles in the face, either stunning or killing him.) His reaction on the controls pitches the plane up sharply causing a catastrophic structural failure of the right wing. The plane then snap rolled into the ground and explodes into a blaze alongside railroad tracks bordering the airport. Bayles' body was thrown 300 ft. as the huge radial engine broke loose and was hurled hundreds more feet. (Recent experiments with a reproduction of the aircraft also indicate that wing flutter would develop at speeds above 240 mph on the Gee Bee Z Super Sportster.)
Part of the building shown at 1:52 still exists today in the far northeast corner of the airport near all the rental car companies. The railroad tracks still exist as well. The plane appears to start to break apart over what is now the intersection of Middlebelt & Wick Roads (1/4 mile south of I-94) in Romulus, MI.