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.
Closeup of women in the New York City Police reserve, during World War 1. They stand outside the 23rd Police Precinct ("Tenderloin") Station House on West 30th Street, Manhattan, New York City. Their uniforms include round-brimmed hats and overcoats, and they have round badges topped with eagles, pinned to their coats. Next, about 15 are seen, walking two abreast. All wear white gloves and badges, but otherwise, their uniforms are not identical. One supervisor woman walks beside the group, wearing a slightly different badge. Walking casually, a short distance behind the group is a woman (probably Mary Noonan) in the uniform of a captain (with "railroad tracks" insignia on her collar). Scene shifts to a street filled with a traffic mix of horse-drawn and motor vehicles, all staying fairly clear of trolley tracks visible in the center of the road. A police reserve woman stands in the center of the street, directing traffic. Next, a large group of school children is seen standing on a street corner, accompanied by a woman police officer. They begin to cross the street under the watchful eye of another woman reserve police officer, directing traffic in the street. Some adults cross behind the children. (Note: On May 9, 1918, the New York City Police Department announced formation of a new Police Reserve, that would include a women's contingent. This was the idea of Special Deputy Commissioner Rodman Wanamaker, who reasoned, since New York women had received the vote, on November 6th 1917, they should have a role in enforcing the laws. Over 3,000 women were recruited. Their Captain was Mary Noonan. Their duties did not involve direct dealings with criminals. According to the New York Times of May 10, 1918, "If need arose for use of the nightstick or other instrument for curbing crime,the work would be referred to the men members of the force.")
The French line ship, SS Lorraine, in camouflage paint, seen backing into port at Bordeaux, France, on June 24, 1918. Belgian troops of the ACM Corps (Autos-Canons-Mitrailleuses, Belgian armored unit) disembark. (Note: Soldiers of This Belgian armored unit fought with the White Russians during World War I. They left Vladivostok for the USA on the SS Sheridan, and docked at San Francisco on May 12, 1918. They were warmly greeted as they proceeded across the U.S. to New York city, where they participated in the Memorial Day Parade. After leaving New York City, aboard the SS La Lorraine, they reached Bordeaux on June 24 1918.)
The U.S. Battleship USS New York (BB-34) anchored in the Hudson River, circa 1918. The Hospital ship USS Solace (AH-2) is seen in the background. A seaplane flies low over the river, past the ships. Also seen are the battleships USS Pennsylvania (BB-38 ) and USS Utah (BB-31). (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
U.S. battleships pass in review in East River, on Christmas Day, 1918, Boat carrying sightseers and a tugboat, pass by a battleship, underway. Observers on deck of the anchored Presidential yacht, Mayflower, from which the Secretary of the Navy is reviewing the passing ships. Several battleships seen. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Armistice ends hostilities of World War I. German troops surrender and large groups of Germans marching. American flag hoisted to symbolize Allied victory. American troops leave the war zone. People all over the world celebrate the end of war. People gather in New York to celebrate the end of World War I, smiling and waving happily.