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.
Race for Presidential election in 1924. Franklin D. Roosevelt, on crutches,as a result of polio, poses with Democratic party leaders John W. Davis and Alfred E. Smith. Democratic Party convention in New York, United States. Delegates from various states at the convention. People carry banners of various states. Alfred Smith and William McAdoo are the front runners for the Presidential nomination.
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.
Franklin D. Roosevelt seen standing in courtyard of White House, with other officials. The old Executive Office Building is in the background. Democratic National Convention of July, 1920. Roosevelt is nominated as Vice Presidential candidate on ticket with James M. Cox. The two of them campaigning in San Francisco. Supporters parading. Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt with their four children and dog, at Hyde Park in New York. Crowds gather to hear Roosevelt campaign speeches. Franklin D. Roosevelt returns to Hyde Park and is greeted by his mother. He speaks there and greets supporters. Roosevelt on chrutches (due to polio) standing with John W. Davis and Alfred Smith. Scenes of the Democratic National Convention of 1924, in New York.
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.
Douglas cruiser aircraft in flight during the first flight around the world in 1924. People gathered in large number in Boston, steamers and boats underway at sea. Aircraft land on the water and a boat brings the crew to the dock. Flight crew meets dignitaries at the dock. Mayor James Michael Curely presents watches to the flight crew. Aircrafts lined up, take off and in flight. People gathered in large numbers to welcome the round the world fliers at Mitchel field in New York. Planes land on the field and people gather around the aircraft. Flight crew along with Prince of Wales Edward VIII.