Opens with scenes of aviators unsuccessful attempts to cross the Atlantic in pursuit of the Orteig Prize. Failed attempt by Fonck in his Sikorsky aircraft as he headed for Paris on September 21, 1926. French aviator René Paul Fonck standing beside his aircraft before takeoff. Fonck's plane taxiing for takeoff. View of the plane crashed and consumed in fire and smoke. Crash of Byrd's Fokker plane on April 16, 1927, injuring Byrd and crewmen Noville and Bennett. View of Byrd in uniform before the crash. View of the crash as Byrd's plane is seen tumbling nose over on landing. Failure of Chamberlin's Bellanca aircraft carrying Chamberlin and two little girl passengers. The plane stalls at landing but passengers are safe. Next scene of crash of plane carrying Davis and Wooster on April 26, 1927 near Langley Field, Virginia, killing both men. The crashed plane beside a swamp. View of France's Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli before their attempt in L'Oiseau Blanc (The White Bird). Plane with Nungesser and Coli taking off; it disappeared after taking off from Paris, with the last sighting of it over Ireland. View of Charles Lindbergh and then also of Lindbergh and his mother, and of the Spirit of Saint Louis on May 20, 1927 before his successful Atlantic Crossing to Le Bourget at Paris on May 21, 1927. The aircraft being backed out of a hangar and being fueled. Captain Charles Augustus Lindbergh enters the cockpit. The Spirit of Saint Louis Wright Whirlwind powered monoplane taxiing and taking off slowly from Roosevelt Field in New York, heavily burdened by fuel. Aerial view of the Spirit of St Louis in flight, taken from another airplane. Charles Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic in the plane 'Spirit of St. Louis'. Charles Lindbergh is greeted by huge crowd in Paris. Views of crowds, dignitaries and celebrations as he is welcomed by people in Paris, Brussels and London. Also views of his receptions in Washington DC and New York City in the United States in June 1927.
Charles Lindbergh flies from New York to Paris. A map shows Lindbergh's route from New York to Paris across The Atlantic Ocean. Depicts his time of departure from New York and time of arrival in Paris.
German sailors attack a British tanker underway in North Atlantic Ocean during World War II. German submarine surfaces while underway in the North Atlantic. A German sailor on the submarine deck and looks through a binocular. The submarine underway and the sailor stands on the surface. The sailor speaks to another sailor. The submarine underway in the North Atlantic. German sailors are initiated in a crossing of the Rubicon ceremony. The sailors on the deck and few in a basket tied with a rope. The sailors take pictures. Boats underway in the Atlantic. A British tanker underway. The surface of the submarine. A sailor looks through the binoculars. The sailors fire guns. The survivors are taken aboard the submarine. The British tanker is destroyed due to fire from a submarine's deck guns. The British tanker burns and smoke rises due to fire. The survivors on the submarine enjoy.
Naval exercises of Striking Fleet Atlantic (NATO Command) in the Atlantic Ocean. All Maritime Nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization participate in the exercises. USS Northampton at sea. Smoke rises up from the smokestack of the ship. A signalman on signal bridge sends and receives messages by flashing light. Hoisting flag on signal bridge. A destroyer ship in background. Men aboard the ships. Aircraft on the flight deck of the ship. A sign reads 'US Atlantic Fleet'. Vice Admiral Harold T. Deuterman holds a conference with staff and ship officers.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Striking Fleet Atlantic participate in naval exercises in the Atlantic Ocean. A view of a rotating radar antenna. NATO ships underway. Flight deck operations aboard USS Shangri La (CV-38). A man seated at the controls. A Canadian aircraft takes off. The aircraft in flight. Pilots in the cockpit. Planes in formation. Demonstration of fire power. Smoke rises up due to explosions. Splashes in water.
German zeppelin Hindenburg lands at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey on the morning of 9 May 1936, after the airship's maiden voyage across the North Atlantic Ocean. People gather to watch the zeppelin after a successful transatlantic flight in 60 hours. The zeppelin enters a waiting hangar as a huge crowd gathers to watch. A Nazi swastika on the airship. Dr. Hugo Eckener thanks American government for their cooperation and talks about the successful flight across the North Atlantic. (This is the only portion of the clip that includes audio). People look at the zeppelin in the hangar.