Charles A Lindbergh (Lindy) and wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, in Nome, Alaska on their survey flight over the Great Circle route from New York to Tokyo, for use by commercial airlines. The Lindberghs pose in front of their Lockheed Sirius airplane, parked in the water behind them. (It is equipped with pontoons as a float plane.) Citizens of Nome are turned out to greet them. The Lindberghs cleaning up their aircraft. The couple is seen mingling amongst a large group of Eskimo men, Women, and children, who turned out to see the famous aviator. Next, Lindbergh stands behind his wife, as she sits in the seat of a sled hitched to a team of dogs. The Lindberghs ride with the Eskimo sled driver as the team of dogs pulls the sled over the tundra grass. Later, they pose with three women dressed in furs. They also pose with several Eskimo women.
Aftermath of a September 17, 1934 fire in Nome, Alaska. Debris spread across a large area after a massive fire swept the city of Nome in Alaska. Soldiers near a damaged car. A view of the area with debris all around. The 1934 Nome Fire began at Steadman Avenue between First and Third Avenues.
U.S.Army Air Service flying expedition to Alaska and back. DH-4B aircraft of the Black Wolf Squadron preparing to depart Mitchel Field, Long Island, New York, on their record-breaking flight to Nome, Alaska, and return. Change of scene to Alaska. Captain St. Clair Streett and other members of the expedition posing next to the DH-4B flown by 2nd Lieutenant C.H. Crumrine. An itinerary of their flight on the fuselage of the airplane. Two aircrew hold pet dogs.
Cruise of the whaler Herman to the Arctic. A dog mobile railroad at Nome in Alaska. Dogs pull the rail car with people seated in it. The 50 miles long railroad. Herman in the docks. Crew waves to the natives as they depart. Herman arrives at Port Clarence. A fishing camp on the beach. Natives near tents at the camp. A native woman seated.
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.
The start of the 1931 Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan, on Sunday July 4th 1931. Opening footage at forefront right shows the Gee Bee model E Sportster flown by Lowell Bayles to a fourth place finish. Forefront center-left is the Great Lakes biplane flown by Joeseph Meehan. A number of various aircraft are parked on the airfield, including an autogyro. Visitors on the airport ramp look at airplanes on display. The museum clock tower and other buildings at Greenfield Village are visible in the background. View looking outward from inside a hanger. A squadron of U.S. Army Air Corps Boeing P-12 pursuit airplanes parked in rows, with propellers all set horizontally. A light high wing monoplane takes off followed, successively, by two Ford trimotor passenger aircraft equipped with wheel pants. View of a biplane landing. A crowd standing in front of a hangar and several officials standing in the grass. People posing on the ramp with airport building in background.