Fourteen small racing automobiles on a track in Maywood . The cars bump and skid their way around the track in a speed test. Spectators watch the speed test. Several machines crash into the posts bordering the course.
Howard Hughes takes lunch at a restaurant in Chicago on May 14, 1936. Other people sitting and standing behind him. View of propeller on his Northrop Gamma 2G airplane being started. Hughes has his goggles on his head and takes off toward California. View of Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California. Hughes steps out of plane in Los Angeles after 8 hours flight. In next scene, aviator Amy Johnson, CBE, wife of Jim Mollison, emerges from her Percival Gull Sixplane. G-ADZO, in Capetown, South Africa on May 7, 1936 after a record-setting four day and sixteen hours flight from London. A large crowd waits to see her. People greet her with flowers. Johnson is seen among the large crowd and smiling and waving to the crowd. Scenes in clip are from a 1961 newsreel recounting events roughly 25 years prior.
Burlesque dancer Sally Rand (Hattie Helen Gould Beck) and her dance troupe perform the Bubble Dance at the San Diego Expo (the California Pacific International Exposition) in Balboa Park in 1935. Ms. Rand and her dancers perform at a fountain of the Plaza del Pacifico, with the California State Building in the background (which became the San Diego Automotive Museum in 1988)
A newsreel titled 'Lunches in Chi. Hops to L.A. For his dinner.' Howard Hughes, famed industrialist and aviator, is seen dressed in a suit and tie, seated in a Chicago restaurant having lunch. He finishes and leaves. The next scene shows nose of a Northrop Gamma 2G airplane with engine running. A brief glimpse of Hughes,still in suit and tie, wearing leather flying helmet with goggles pushed up on his forehead. With Hughes piloting, the airplane taxis and takes off from Chicago. It is seen in a gentle left bank as it departs. Later, Hughes is seen landing at Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California. Hughes is seen in opened cockpit as he taxis in to the parking ramp. He taxis past a Stinson hangar, parks, and climbs down from the aircraft. He is accompanied by a number of men as he walks across the parking ramp. (Note: Howard Hughes is flying a modified Gamma 2G airplane, number NC13761,that he leased from famous woman aviator, Jacqueline Cochran, who ordered it powered by a liquid-cooled 700-hp Curtiss Conqueror engine,driving a two-blade propeller. Hughes modified it with a 1000-hp Wright SR-1820-G2 radial engine, driving a three-blade constant speed propeller, and used it to set a new transcontinental nonstop record, flying from Burbank, California to Newark, New Jersey in 9 hours 26 minutes 10 seconds with an average speed of 259 mph, on 13-14 January 1936. The flight shown here set a speed record of 8 hours and 10 minutes from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California.)
View of The San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge over San Francisco Bay at the Pacific Ocean. Ceremonies where the bridge was opened to general traffic after completion of construction in 1936.California Governor, Frank Finley Merriam, uses a blowtorch to cut a chain, officially opening the bridge to vehicle traffic. Cars are seen massed, ready to commence the crossing. Cars pass through lane dividers and drive on the bridge. View of the towers and suspension cables from a car passing underneath.
Buildings seen from the bridge. Traffic on the bridge. (From a 1961 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.)
Liberty Ships that carry war materiel like guns,tanks and planes, in the Marine Shipyard in Sausalito, California, across bay from Richmond California shipyards. View of Vice Admiral Emory Scott Land (retired), speaking about the need for ships, and more ships, for the war effort. Among Liberty ships shown are Billy Mitchell, George Chamberlain, Waslater, Cermak and Charles Summer. Ships with bow numbers 434, 432, and others lined up under construction. View of Senate bill 3500, Merchant Marine Act of 1936 authorizing merchant ship building to support commerce and National Defense. Marine architects and engineers work with blueprints and models to optimize design for fleet of merchantmen that would eventually be called "Liberty Ships." National Posters seen. One shows burly shipyard worker with sledge hammer and reads: "Swing it Brother." Another shows convoy of ships at sea and reads: "You Build ''em. We'll sail 'em." Construction begins. Timbers, plates, anchors , engines, steel blades, and other of the hundred thousand items needed build a ship. Crowds of Shipyard workers leaving after a work shift. A sign on building reads,'It can and will be done', and another, under which workers walk advertises war bonds . Shaping metal with gas torches. Fabricating ribs of steel. Spray painting. A woman welder named Mary Smith, welding with torch. Cutting steel using patterns and torches. Fabricating bulkheads. Riveting. Derricks lift heavy assemblies.