Newsreel clip on Minnesota welcoming major league baseball to the state in April 1961. Exterior views of Metropolitan Stadium, the home of the new Minnesota Twins. Banner reads "The Minnesota Twins Welcome You." Announcer notes team is playing in Bloomington, seven miles from each of the state's two major cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. View of 25,000 spectators, most bundled up for a chilly day, inside stadium for the home opener against the Washington Senators. Those on hand include baseball commissioner Ford Frick, American League president Joe Cronin, and Minnesota Governor Elmer Andersen. Announcer notes the previous Washington team moved to Minnesota and was replaced with a new Senators team in Washington. Dignitaries walk on field trailed by Minnesota manager Cookie Lavagetto and Washington manager Mickey Vernon. Dignitaries raise the American flag. Governor Andersen kisses a baseball and throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Announcer notes Twins lost this game, but says "Who cares?" because Minnesota is in the big leagues.
Delegates of Pan American Congress of Journalists visit iron mining sites in Minnesota. Cranes digging mines and iron ore is loaded on the trains. Train passes through mountains. At the harbor a ship named GENERAL ORLANDO is being loaded with iron ore via elevated chutes. The delegates observe operations at steel industries in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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.
Winter activities of the United States Army 3rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Taylor Avenue. Snow covered road and enlisted men's quarters. Smoke rises from a chimney of one the house. A man walks towards quarters. 3rd infantry troops ski. U.S. Colonel William E. Walsh reviews troops in a parade. Machine guns on toboggans(animal driven transportation). Soldiers with supply sleds and horse drawn wagons pass the stand.
Winter activities of the United States 3rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Rifle Company soldiers during a cross country hike on skis. Soldiers ski while some of them fall. Soldiers return to the barracks. They hold their skis on shoulders and walk in line. Recruits drill on skis. Men stand on skis.