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.
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.
Opening scene shows the White House in Washington, DC. Scene shifts to President Roosevelt seated, ready to address the Nation by radio. View of the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. FDR with his entire family posing, in front of the family home "Springwood" at Hyde Park, New York. Roosevelt, when Governor of New York, seen in a sail boat, in 1929. FDR in his car at his Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Georgia. He is speaking with a man associated with the Institute, who then greets several polio victims in wheel chairs there. Crowds celebrating Roosevelt's election, in Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, in 1932. Roosevelt, at the Democratic Headquarters at the Biltmore Hotel on November 8, 1932. He is standing, supported by his son James, as he remarks: "It looks my friends like a real landslide this time." Aerial view of the U.S. Capitol. FDR taking the oath of office on March 4, 1933. A man looking at stock market ticker tape. A group of people raising a National Recovery Administration member flag. Glimpse of "Springwood" and then view of President Roosevelt sitting next to his mother, Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt. Next, as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt sit in the garden, their grandchildren, Anna Eleanor Dall ("Sistie") and Curtis Roosevelt Dall ("Buzzie") come past riding horses, with granddaughter Sara, behind them on a pony. FDR pets the pony and talks with Sara. FDR being nominated for a second term as President, in the 1936 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. President Roosevelt, riding in an inaugural motorcade as he begins an unprecedented 4th term as President in 1941. Glimpse of President and Mrs. Roosevelt in an open car. West point cadets marching in the inaugural parade. Military trucks towing artillery pieces in the parade. President Roosevelt speaking at the dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association at the Willard hotel in Washington, DC, March 15, 1941. He extols the virtues of Winston Churchill and the British people. And he promises that America will supply them with the war materiel they need (This is known as the Lend Lease Speech.)
Department of Labor women clerical employees seen typing letters and forms. Men in the department meet at a table. Women working inside a textile factory in the United States. Close up of man's face as he works at a factory job. Scene of early trading activity at the New York Stock Exchange. A biplane airplane at an air show event crashes through a wall (seemingly intentionally) while landing, as onlookers watch. The plane is heavily damaged but lands on two wheels. Bread lines and soup lines for the hungry and unemployed men during the Great Depression. Lines at the bank during bank panic or run on a bank during the Great Depression. Vacant lot, stopped idle factory, and stopped railway switch yard during the Great Depression. Busy city street with street market vendors selling to pedestrians, possibly in New York. A horse cart is also seen on the street. More scenes of soup kitchens and bread lines for needy. Children jump rope, gathered on a wooden porch. Two men arriving at factory job carrying lunch boxes. Children playing jump rope. Exterior of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. as Franklin Delano Roosevelt takes his first oath for the President of the United States on March 4, 1933, and excerpt from his inaugural address focusing on jobs and putting people back to work.
Wiley Post on arrival at Floyd Bennett field in New York, after flying around the world in 8 days. People take dinner at dining table to celebrate the setting of a new record in aviation. Crowd stands around the aircraft after arrival. Motorcade of Wiley Post in New York City. People welcome him with ticker tape parade in New York. Mayor of New York city, John Patrick O'Brien presents him with Medal of Valor. Next segment covers pilot Colonel Roscoe Turner who sets a new record of 10 hours and 5 minutes flying coast to coast from New York to Los Angeles. His Wedell-Williams Model 44 (WW-44) aircraft is seen landing and Roscoe Turner smiles broadly for the camera. He won the Bendix Trophy. From a November 10, 1958 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.
Italian liner Rex in New York City harbor, New York. A vessel in the Atlantic. Italian liner Rex in the Atlantic Ocean. Smoke emanating from the smoke shaft of the liner. Water gushing at the bow of the liner Rex. The liner reaches the harbor in New York City after crossing the Atlantic in record time. Buildings in the New York City visible on the shore. The liner approaching the harbor. Several flags on strings on the mast of the liner.