Shows several aviation "firsts" accomplished by U.S. Army Air Service aviators in the period from 1918 through 1924. A close formation of biplanes in flight. President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson chat with Major Fleet, Officer in charge, on the occasion of the first air mail flight, inaugurated on May 15,1918 between Washington DC and New York.The mail is loaded into the Curtis JN-4 aircraft. Pilot in the cockpit. The aircraft takes off and in flight. Air Service. Mention of aviators helping spot forest fires. Smoke rising from forest fires and mountain ranges. In 1920, U.S. Army Captain St. Clair Streett is seen with some of his Squadron who flew four De Havilland DH-4 aircraft 9,000 miles, from New York City to Nome, Alaska. Two of the men play with pet dogs. Their itinerary is painted on the side of one of the aircraft, along with the names of pilot and mechanic (C.E. Crumline and J.E. Long). In 1923 the first non stop coast-to-coast flight was made in the Fokker T-2 aircraft. . A sign on the aircraft reads 'Army Air Service non stop coast to coast'.First Lieutenants Oakley O.Kelly and John A. Macready board the aircraft, at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, on May 2, 1923. Their Fokker T-2 in flight. Their arrival at Rockwell Field, on Coronado Island (San Diego) California. In 1924, Lt. Russell Maughan is seen boarding his P-1 Hawk airplane at Mitchel Field, on Long Island, New York, and taking off , bound for Crissy Field at the Presidio, San Francisco, California. His goal is the first dawn-to-dusk, coast-to-coast flight. Views of his P-1 Hawk airplane flying over Manhattan, New York City.
Views of Democratic National Convention of 1924 in Madison Square Garden, New York City. Signs of State delegations and huge crowd of delegates. Delegates parade for their candidates. West Virginia delegation displays huge photograph of their favorite son candidate, John William Davis, democratic nominee for President poses, alone, and then with his wife, Ellen G. (Bassel) Davis. Democratic candidate for Vice President, Governor of Nebraska, Charles W. Bryan,is seen at his desk writing on a document. Then he is seen with his brother, William Jennings Bryan. Presidential candidate, John W. Davis and his running mate, Charles W. Bryan, pose for photographers.
Scenes from Army Day on April 6, 1934. Secretary of War George Henry Dern, in broadcast to the nation about importance of the Army, in peacetime. Brief glimpses of the Yellowstone River lower falls and Old Faithful and Beehive geysers erupting in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming. View amongst log buildings in Reproduction of Army Fort Dearborn, at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. A pioneer wagon; Native American Indians in ceremonial regalia; antique locomotives and trains at the Exposition. Army General Leonard Wood being sworn in as the Governor General of the Philippines. Closeup of General of the Armies, John J. Pershing, America's highest ranking Military officer. Headquarters of Walter Reed Army hospital, in Washington, DC, named for U.S. Army Major Walter Reed, who confirmed that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquito. Acting on this, the U.S. was able to complete the Panama Canal. View of French dredging equipment sitting idle in the water after Yellow Fever prevented them from completing the canal. Closeup of U.S. Army General William C. Gorgas, who, in 1904, headed the Sanitary Department that controlled mosquitoes and eradicated Yellow Fever, so the canal could be finished. View of a cayman in swamp near the canal. Photograph of George Washington Goethals, Chief Engineer credited with making the canal happen. Explosives employed in canal construction. Earth and rocks being loaded into open rail cars. A steamship transiting the Panama Canal. The Washington Monument; U.S. Library of Congress; and the Lincoln Memorial, cited as examples of accomplishments by U.S. Army engineers. The Wilson Dam, under construction by Army engineers, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and system of levees being built to control the Mississippi River. The raging Mississippi River during 1927 flood. Flood victims being assisted by U.S. Army soldiers, at a tent camp, receiving food and clothing. An Army airplane flying over a forest fire. Army personnel supervising men in the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC. Mail being loaded aboard an Army airplane, as airmail service is being opened between Washington DC and New York City. President Woodrow Wilson talking with Army pilot Major Reuben H. Fleet. Mail being loaded into the nose of an airplane. U.S. Army Douglas World Cruiser airplanes in flight, returning from their trip around the world in 1924. A pilot sitting in front seat of a Douglas O-38 airplane, pulls a fabric hood over his cockpit to practice "blind flying". View of the aircraft in flight, with instructor pilot in the open rear cockpit. Army aviators taking a camera and a rifle aboard their airplane as they prepare to leave on an aerial mapping flight. Aerial view of skyscrapers of Manhattan Island, New York City. Army Signal Corps personnel working on communications devices. A cable laying ship operating at sea, in support of the U.S. Army's Alaskan cable and telegraph system. Men loading chemicals into hoppers on Army crop dusting airplane. Several views of Army airplanes crop dusting. Glimpse of boll weevil, the target of their efforts. Closeup of Karl Connell, who as a major in the AEF, in World War I, invented a superior gas mask known as the “Connell” or “Victory” mask. A group of miners wearing gas masks enter a smoky mine entrance. The Army invented tear gas, which is shown being used to thwart a bank robbery, in a staged demonstration. Brigadier General Hugh Johnson, appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt, as head of the Great Depression era National Recovery Administration, or NRA, is seen about to give a speech. Narrator cites him as an example of U.S. Army officers who also serve the country in civilian life. Scene shifts to cadets on parade at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
New York City harbor waterfront at lower Manhattan as seen from the water, in New York, United States. View of Manhattan skyline, skyscrapers, and buildings from the water front. Barges and boats pass beneath the Brooklyn Bridge with smoke and steam emitting from stacks. Slow pan of Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn across to Manhattan. Views of traffic on the bridge including a streetcar and other cars and trucks. Scene changes to view of Williamsburg Bridge seen from atop the bridge itself. Cars and trucks are seen moving on the outer lanes of the Williamsburg Bridge, as a barge passes underneath. Side view of the Williamsburg Bridge connecting Williamsburg, Brooklyn with the lower east side of Manhattan. During this time and until 1924, this was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
Jeannette Rankin, of Montana, the first woman elected to U.S. House of Representatives (served April 1917 through December 1918). A pacifist, co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, and champion of humanitarian causes, she is seen addressing a group from a speakers pavilion in Union Square, Manhattan, New York City, in September, 1924. She accepts a glass of water from an associate (unseen). Closeups of Rankin leaning over the railing above an American flag, as she speaks to assembled group of men and women. From further away, several men and women associates can be seen at work behind her in the pavilion. Views from behind and to her right, with listeners below and cars parked in the square. Street scene in background. As before, Ms Rankin leans forward to be better heard. (There is no evidence of microphone in use.)
U.S. Army Air Service test pilot 1st Lieutenant Russell L. Maughan's dawn to dusk flight across the United States on June 23rd, 1924. Lt. Maughan in the cockpit of a Curtiiss P-1 Hawk airplane. He takes off from Mitchel Field in New York at dawn. The airplane in flight over Manhattan, New York City showing the East River with Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridges. The Curtiiss P-1 Hawk in flight over the Wall Street district, the Battery Park and the Hudson River. The aircraft arrives at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio. Lt Maughan in the aircraft. A ground-gasoline truck and a fire truck near the airplane as it is refueled with the engine running. He climbs out of the cockpit briefly to allow a boy to look inside. Maughan takes off from McCook field. He is seen by his Curtiss P-1 Hawk, after arriving at Crissy Field in the Presidio, San Francisco, California.