A group of men roll the Bellanca high wing monoplane, "Columbia,"from a hangar at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, Canada. Pilot,Captain Erroll Boyd, and navigator,Harry Connor, stand in front of the airplane, discussing their aeronautical chart. Camera focuses on the airplane's rudder, displaying: "NR 237" A picture of of a woman dressed in the U.S. flag, and the word: "Columbia." vertical stabilizer displays a stylized diamond forming letters: "CAL." With engine running, a well wisher shakes hands with Erroll Boyd through the plane window and then steps back as the "Columbia" taxis ahead. The aircraft begins takeoff on a rough, rocky field. (It didn't succeed and they had to try again with manual help to keep the airplane's tail from digging into the ground.) Scene shifts to the aircraft airborne overhead. (Note: fuel problems forced them to make an emergency landing at Tresco, the Scilly Islands, off Cornwall, England, before finally arriving at Croydon.)
Canadian and Newfoundland dignitaries in a meeting regarding confederation of Newfoundland with Canada. Former Prime Minister Mackenzie King is seen. Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent signs the confederation agreement document and gives a brief speech supporting the new relationship. Seated at the head of the Newfoundland delegation is Sir Albert Walsh, later named Lieutenant Governor. Other delegation members include Crosbie, Gruchy, Bradley, Smallwood, Winter. Sound of applause by the audience.
United States Navy flying boat Curtiss NC during the first transatlantic flight offshore Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean. Curtiss NC planes taxi on water at Trepassey bay. Ships anchored in the background. Captain Toombs of the USS Aroostook (ID-1256) greets the aviators aboard the ship. Curtiss NC-1 floats next to the ship. Steam comes from engine. A balloon is released followed by a sextant. Curtiss NC aircraft takes off. A world map shows the location of Newfoundland,the Azores,Lisbon and Plymouth island. Animation depicts two aircraft making forced landings in water and Curtiss NC-4 lands on Azores. A wrecked aircraft near the island of Horta. Lieutenant Commander Bellinger and Commander of the USS Langley (CV-1) John Henry Towers. Curtiss NC-3 floats in water.
Canadian and Newfoundland dignitaries in a meeting with a map of Canada in the background. Old man and woman seated on bench with a dog. Poster on wall reads 'Newfoundlanders vote for Confederation'. Views of other pro-confederation campaign posters. Anti-confederation activist Peter Cashin. People enter a building to vote on the measure.
Wright brothers' first flight together near Dayton Ohio in 1910. Wilber is in the pilot's seat with Orville as passenger to his right.(Until this flight, the Wrights had never flown together so that if one of them was killed, the other could continue their work.) Next, a view of Alberto Santos-Dumont, and the first European flight made by him on 13 September 1909. Following segment shows crowds gathered at Washington DC Polo field as truck arrives carrying mail to be loaded on the first U.S. Air mail flight, May 15, 1918. Army pilot, Lieutenant Webb, in his JN-4H airplane, on Southbound flight from New York, takes off from Philadelphia, where he stopped to pick up more mail. He flies over the Washington Polo Field upon arrival. We see his airplane being unloaded as he jumps down from cockpit and crowds watch. Views of first transatlantic flight begins with takeoff of three out of four existing United States Navy Curtiss flying boat aircraft from Newfoundland, on May 16, 1919. Curtiss flying boats NC-1, NC-3, NC-4 are seen at takeoff from Newfoundland on first leg of the transatlantic journey. Flying Boat NC-4 is also seen at one of its foreign ports, though which is unclear (Azores, Lisbon, or England).
The history of famous airplanes. Aviators Edward F Schlee and William S. "Billy" Brock at Curtiss Field in New York, United States. An aircraft parked on the airfield. Brock and Schlee stand beside the aircraft. Pilot Brock's head protrudes from the pilot's compartment of the airplane. 'Miss Wayco' painted on the nose section of the airplane. The pilot waves towards the spectators. Stinson monoplane model, 'Pride of Detroit' aircraft flown by the two men. The aircraft takes off. The two men stand beside their airplane at Harbor Grace in Newfoundland. Men work on their aircraft. A tarpaulin lying over the top of engine for protection. Men pour fuel in the wing tanks from five gallon containers. A man works on the engine. Spectators gather around the airplane. The aircraft takes off from Newfoundland. Spectators perched upon a hill nearby.