Evolution of United States Air Force uniforms in the United States. A pilot in a 1927 U.S. Army Air Corps uniform in the front cockpit of a trainer. Another pilot in a 1927 U.S. Army Air Corps uniform in the cockpit. A pilot in a 1927 U.S. Army Air Corps uniform takes off his officers' hat and puts on a helmet. He climbs into the cockpit of the aircraft. A French Nieuport fighter aircraft takes off. A German Fokker D VII fighter aircraft takes off. The Nieuport aircraft and the Fokker D VII aircraft make low passes over a runway.
'The Epic American Trans Atlantic Flight' depicts crashes involving various pilots in the United States. Captain Charles A. Lindbergh. On September 21, 1926, Rena Fonck stands in front of his Sikorsky airplane, ready to try a solo flight across the Atlantic to Paris. He takes off and crashes in flames.
Navy Commander Richard E. Byrd poses. On April 16, 1927, his Fokker C-2 trimotor airplane ("America"), piloted by Anthony Fokker, with Byrd, Floyd Bennett, and George O. Norville,on board, flips over on takeoff at Hasborough, New Jersey. In September, 1927. Clarence Chamberlin in a Bellanca plane taxis and takes off. The tail and right main wheel dig into the soft field on landing and the airplane is severely damaged. The wreck of the "American Legion" Keystone Pathfinder airplane that carried Commander Noel Davis and Lieutenant Stanton Wooster to their deaths, in a crash landing, in the Back river, near Langley Field, Virginia, In Paris, on April 26, 1927,Frenchmen, Captain Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli pose before taking off on their ill fated flight, in a Levasseur PL8 aircraft, named " White Bird." Charles Lindbergh standing next to his mother,Evangeline Land Lindbergh. The "Spirit of St. Louis" is towed out and refueled at Mineola, New York. Charles Lindbergh climbs into the plane and makes a bumpy takeoff. Bystanders watch. People gather to greet him upon arrival in Paris. Lindbergh poses with U.S. Ambassador to France Myron Herrick. Lindbergh honored by the French President Gaston Doumergue.
Henry Ford near Ford Model- A engine block. Sign over the engine reads 'No 1 completed October 20, 1927'. Ford and guest stamp '1' into the engine block of this, the first Ford Model A built. Ford poses and converses with officials.
Role of United States Coast Guard in natural disaster response. Clip focuses on response in 1927 Mississippi River flood. Opens with scenes of a destructive hurricane hitting Florida coast in United States and strong winds blowing. Coast Guard provides relief to the victims. Wreckage from hurricane. Brief scene from San Francisco earthquake. Then scenes from the flood of the Mississippi River in 1927. Swollen Mississippi River flowing at great speed. Coast Guard uses boats to rescue people from the flooded area. People gathered atop the levees awaiting help. Coast Guard lifting citizens from atop levees, into boats. A house floating in the flood waters. A boat filled with livestock as Coast Guard rescues them. A man being rescued from top of a floating house. Film produced in 1935.
Mix of scenes covering Henry Ford and his Model T cars, Model Ts travel through a stream and along rutted roads and through snow. Ford Model Ts equipped with special wheels travel on the rails along a railroad trestle. One drives slowly along a large pipeline. Views inside Ford auto factory of assembly line operations. Car hoods being pressed into shape. Car bodies on assembly line. Engine blocks moving on conveyer. Car bodies being placed on chassis. Henry Ford walking along garden path at his home, Fairlane, in Dearborn Michigan. Glimpse of Henry Ford joking with Scottish comedian, Harry Lauder, in 1914. Henry ford tinkering with an old steam engine, and later, driving one of his tractors. Ford in his office conferring with employees. Family gathering as Edsel Ford is about to embark on a transcontinental trip with Model T Ford cars, on May 5, 1924. The Fords doing country dances together. Henry Ford camping with Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs (later seen driving a 1918 Ford Model T). Views of the men (who called themselves the "Four Vagabonds," as they dine under a tent and use a large Lazy Susan table. Ford speaking directly into Edison's right ear (he was hard of hearing) while Firestone looks on, amused. Edsel Ford with his father outdoors, and in the Ford factory. Father and son sitting by the Quadricycle with
a 1936 white Ford sedan behind them. Portrait of Henry Ford. Luxury limousine at a mansion. It has no right side door for the chauffeur, and a right hand steering wheel (British built?) Woman enters and luxurious interior is described. Chauffeur enters at left door and slides across seat to right-side steering wheel. Lincoln chauffeured limousine passes and parks in front of a Model T. May 1927, men assemble the body onto the 15 millionth Model T car, and it drives away with Henry Ford as passenger. Old Ford cars brought into plant where they are seen being crushed and scrapped, and their steel recycled into new cars.
Opens with scenes of aviators unsuccessful attempts to cross the Atlantic in pursuit of the Orteig Prize. Failed attempt by Fonck in his Sikorsky aircraft as he headed for Paris on September 21, 1926. French aviator René Paul Fonck standing beside his aircraft before takeoff. Fonck's plane taxiing for takeoff. View of the plane crashed and consumed in fire and smoke. Crash of Byrd's Fokker plane on April 16, 1927, injuring Byrd and crewmen Noville and Bennett. View of Byrd in uniform before the crash. View of the crash as Byrd's plane is seen tumbling nose over on landing. Failure of Chamberlin's Bellanca aircraft carrying Chamberlin and two little girl passengers. The plane stalls at landing but passengers are safe. Next scene of crash of plane carrying Davis and Wooster on April 26, 1927 near Langley Field, Virginia, killing both men. The crashed plane beside a swamp. View of France's Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli before their attempt in L'Oiseau Blanc (The White Bird). Plane with Nungesser and Coli taking off; it disappeared after taking off from Paris, with the last sighting of it over Ireland. View of Charles Lindbergh and then also of Lindbergh and his mother, and of the Spirit of Saint Louis on May 20, 1927 before his successful Atlantic Crossing to Le Bourget at Paris on May 21, 1927. The aircraft being backed out of a hangar and being fueled. Captain Charles Augustus Lindbergh enters the cockpit. The Spirit of Saint Louis Wright Whirlwind powered monoplane taxiing and taking off slowly from Roosevelt Field in New York, heavily burdened by fuel. Aerial view of the Spirit of St Louis in flight, taken from another airplane. Charles Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic in the plane 'Spirit of St. Louis'. Charles Lindbergh is greeted by huge crowd in Paris. Views of crowds, dignitaries and celebrations as he is welcomed by people in Paris, Brussels and London. Also views of his receptions in Washington DC and New York City in the United States in June 1927.