President Herbert Hoover meets political and business leaders from Texas on White House lawn (in the days following the September 7, 1929 launch of the ship USS Houston at Newport News Virginia). President Hoover shakes hand and poses with delegates. Among those seen are R.B. Creager, Judge Higgins, the President, Houston Mayor Walter Monteith, Senator Garrett and Senator Connolly. Colonel R.C. Kuldell invites President Hoover to visit Houston Texas.
Texas officials at launching of USS Houston (CA-30) (originally designated CL-30) at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company. Elizabeth Holcombe, daughter of Houston's former Mayor, Oscar Holcombe, with bouquet of flowers. She is seen again on a platform, holding the flowers and a bottle of champagne, standing next to Governor Byrd of Virginia, who actually swings the bottle to christen the ship. A formation of U.S. Navy Vought O2U-1 corsair floatplanes is seen flying over U.S. flag in foreground. Large crowd gathered for the ceremony. USS Houston slides down the ways. USS Houston underway in the water.
Aerial view of helicopters at Fort Eustis, Virginia, with snow on the ground. Crowd gathered inside a large hangar. The widow of Alfred C. Felker, wearing a corsage, stands with his father,as Army officers salute in tribute at the dedication of the Felker heliport. Felker's young son removes the covering from the dedication plaque, which reads:"U.S. Army Fort Eustis Virginia, Felker Heliport in Memory of WOJG Alfred C. Felker 1929-1953." A Piasecki Helicopter takes off at the heliport. Mrs. Felker is a passenger on one of two smaller helicopters that circle aroung one another and then land.
Launching of Destroyer, USS Dallas (DD199) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company,.Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A. Shipyard workers and guests cheer and wave American flags as the USS Dallas goes down the ways into the water.
The launch of aircraft carrier Hornet at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia. Aircraft carrier Hornet under construction at a shipyard. The bow of Hornet with the American flag. Scaffolding for construction. The christening of the aircraft carrier Hornet by Mrs. Frank Knox, wife of the Secretary of the Navy. The new aircraft carrier slides down the ways into the water. A crowd in the foreground. Several people holding umbrellas. Shipyard scaffolding in the background. The carrier anchored in the James River. Two tugs near the carrier.
An announcer on podium in front of battery of microphones during christening of USS Enterprise in Newport News, Virginia. Secretary of Navy William B Franke, Admiral Burke and others stand during playing of national anthem. Navy band plays national anthem. Scene of huge crowd. Scene of military salute. People take seats after playing of anthem. Mr. Blewett, President, Newport News Ship Building Company, gives opening address from podium. Crowd listens to speech. Secretary of the Navy puts on his glasses, begins his speech. Admiral Burke shakes hands with Mr. Franke on speaker's stand. Admiral begins his address. Admiral addressing crowd. Scene of spectators. Battery of photographers on a platform. Scene of Navy band. Invocation given by USN chaplain. Officers and VIPs bow heads during invocation and then take seats. Mrs. Franke at podium with Mr. Blewett. Mrs. Franke steps up on platform. Sponsor steps back after breaking champagne bottle across bow of Enterprise. Mr. Blewett walks down from launching platform. Mrs. Franke congratulated by unidentified women. Sponsor leaves platform. Mrs. Franke is congratulated by her husband and Admiral Burke. Secretary of Navy, Mrs. Franke, Admiral Burke and others pose for the photographers.