Procedures for rotating U.S. airmen from England to the United States for rest and relaxation (R&R) during World War 2. A finance officer (Captain) is seen at 127th Replacement Battalion site in Washington Hall, Chorley, Lancashire, England, He is converting currencies for U.S. airmen returning to the United States. Numbers on the helmets of some enlisted men designate their location of stay in the U.S.A. during the leave period. Fliers carry their belongings as they walk to the local train station at Balshaw Lane & Euxton railroad station close to Washington Hall. U.S. Commanding Officer, Colonel William A. Gail stands nearby to see them off. They wave and cheer as they stand on the train platform. a steam locomotive arrives pulling passenger cars. The fliers board and the train pulls away. Some of the men wave from the train windows, and several civilian women wave from the opposite platform. Colonel Gail waves goodbye to them. View of the locomotive drive wheels. View of train speeding along the tracks. Title reads: "Next Stop U.S.A." Aerial view of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.
Chronicles recovery in America after the Great Depression in the United States, from roughly 1933-1967, but with emphasis on the earlier years of that period. Pre-war work programs such as the Works Progress Administration (WPA) help with employment. Farmers work in their fields with tractors. Officials in an office discuss and prepare graphs. Workers drill and work at a construction site. The 1933 Homeowners Loan Corporation sparks new home building. View of new homes being built and new suburban neighborhoods. Brief scene of bombing at Pearl Harbor. American warships launching from shipyards during World War II. Women war production workers work in factories in the United States. Post-war Marshall Plan aid being sent to European countries. Crates of supplies marked for European countries. Industrial output booming again, and scenes of industrial factories and plants with smoke pouring from chimneys and pollution from stacks. Reforms for housing projects, Civil Rights and measures taken to stabilize unemployment, with scenes of successive Presidents signing reform bills, including Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. A ship departs from a harbor with goods. A convoy of vehicles on a road. Various Federal buildings in Washington DC. Large room filled with female typists and clerical workers busy at work. Close up views of women operating typewriters. The White House building. An aerial view of an American town and of a factory with pollution smoke emitting from stacks. Letters being delivered to elderly women. People enter a medical clinic and wait in the clinic waiting room. A white and a black man share a sandwich and views of white and black people together in integrated classrooms and factories as segregation begins to wane. Elementary school children in a classroom drawing pictures.
The inaugural ceremony for President-elect Franklin Roosevelt in Washington DC. The Air Express of the Universal Newspaper Newsreel prepares to take off from Washington DC for New York with sound pictures of the great event of the inaugural ceremony of the new President-elect Franklin Roosevelt. A man on the wings of the aircraft. A pilot gets into the aircraft. The aircraft takes off. The aircraft in flight over Washington DC. It lands in New York and the pilot waves from the cockpit. A motor carriage with a police escort arrives beside the aircraft to collect the sound pictures. Outgoing U.S. President Herbert Hoover and his wife come out from the White House and receive President-elect Franklin Roosevelt. Franklin Roosevelt with officials. Troops march along a road. President Hoover and the President-elect Franklin Roosevelt in a motor carriage move along the Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol. U.S. flag on the front of the motor carriage. The Capitol building in Washington DC. The U.S. flag in view. A large crowd gathered around the Capitol. The dome of the Capitol. A flag on the dome. Franklin Roosevelt, President Hoover and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of U.S. and other officials prepare for the inaugural ceremony in a decorated area in the Capitol building. The officials behind the dignitaries look on. Franklin Roosevelt behind the podium. The Chief Justice administers the oath of office to Franklin Roosevelt making him the 32nd President of the United States. Franklin Roosevelt recites the oath of office.
The American Interplanetary Society's first liquid fuel rocket is launched from Staten Island in New York, United States in 1933. George Edward Pendray of the AIS, and his associate preparing for the launch. The 7 1/2 foot rocket is placed on a stand. Other men look on. The rocket, fueled with gasoline and liquid oxygen, takes off. Its fuel tank overheats and explodes moments after takeoff and the rocket crashes to the beach below. (From a November 10, 1958 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier. The world's first successful liquid fuel rocket was launched by Robert Goddard in Auburn, Massachusetts, on 16 March 1926. This film records the first such attempt under auspices of the American Interplanetary Society, in 1933. )
American aviator Wiley Post returns to Floyd Bennett Field in New York after completing his solo flight around the world in a just under 8 days. People gather in a large number to welcome him. They gather around his aircraft. Scene shifts to streets of New York City where Wiley Post is honored with a ticker tape parade for his Around The World achievement. The aviator seated aboard a jeep passing by. People celebrate and greet him. He is bestowed with the Medal of Valor by New York City Mayor John P. O'Brien. Next segment shows plane of American aviator Roscoe Turner landing, after his record-setting flight from New York to Los Angeles in 10 hours and 5 minutes flying his Wedell-Williams Model 44 (WW-44) aircraft. This won him the 1933 Bendix Trophy. Close view of Roscoe Turner smiling from the cockpit of his aircraft. From a November 10, 1958 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.
Great Depression scenes and recovery efforts in the United States. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated as President on March 4, 1933. Scenes of Roosevelt and outgoing President Herbert Hoover leaving the White House together in a top-down convertible limousine before the ceremony. Roosevelt at the U.S. Capitol building during the inauguration ceremony as President of the United States. Roosevelt delivering the famous line in his speech, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Americans wait in unemployment lines to get work or jobs. Men in a bread line. Unemployed man with a large sign "Will take any job." Scenes of families migrating in the US, with vehicles filled with belongings. Families and children suffering poverty and in makeshift camps. Troops and bands march with American flags on Constitution Avenue during the Roosevelt Inauguration parade. Government officials at a long table working on emergency banking laws in March of 1933. Scene of people flooding into a bank and making a run on the bank to retrieve deposits. President Roosevelt signs Emergency Banking Act in his office on March 9, 1933. View of White House lawn and White House. The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) is created to put unemployed young men to work on various conservation projects. CCC boys and men working on planting projects with pick axes and mattocks. Men and women in line to sign up for Emergency Work Relief programs. Officials write down the information for each worker.were put to work in a variety of projects. A sign "USA Work Program WPA" advertising a bridge work project in Los Angeles. People build roads, bridges and post offices. Cable fed out of a large spool as construction of a suspension bridge is shown. People work in factories. Train locomotives moving on tracks near factories. Various factory scenes including smokestacks and workers. A coal mining operation. Two coal miners take a break and eat. A steel factory and hot molten steel pouring from a ladle.