The airborne "City of Chicago" airplane circling the Sky Harbor Airport, at Northbrook, Illinois, setting a new flight endurance record. A large number of people gathered at the airport looking skywards. Stinson SM-1 aircraft, known as "Big Ben," flown by their brothers Albert and Walter, refuels City of Chicago in mid air. After refueling is complete, the hose is seen to drop free from the "City of Chicago." One of the Hunter brothers on the nose of "City of Chicago" as he inspects an engine. Civilians look at the sky.
Brothers John and Kenneth Hunter fly over the Sky Harbor airport,Northbrook, Illinois, in their Stinson SM-1 airplane,"The City of Chicago," preparing to land after a record-setting endurance flight lasting from June 11 through July 4, 1930. They are forced to discontinue their flight due to oil filter and leak problems. Huge crowds are gathered arount the Sky Harbor Club House as they fly overhead. Aerial view of the their Stinson SM-1, with "The City of Chicago" painted on its fuselage. The crowds rush across the grassy field and past other airplanes at the airport, as the Hunters plane touches down.But the brothers continue taxiing until they reach a hangar. The brothers are seen with local airport officials near the hangar where they parked. John, covered in oil, that spewed in the cockpit from a broken oil pressure gauge, poses next to two women.The brothers pose together.They set a new endurance record of 553 hours and 41minutes, supported by inflight refueling from their brothers, Albert and Walter, from another Stinson SM-1 airplane (not shown).
Trinity Church and empty streets of Manhattan. Instrumental audio begins, accompanying scenes of busy roadways and traffic jams in the United States. Many 1930s automobiles seen from Ford, Chevrolet, Packard, Chrysler, and others. Passenger cars as well as delivery and freight trucks. Scenes of cars driving steadily on the highways and roads in the United States. Number of cars drive steadily on a six lane road. Scenes of cars stuck in long lines of traffic. Exasperated drivers. Drivers get out of their cars in the jam to talk to each other. A mechanic replaces flattened tire of a car on the road side. Many outdoor advertising signs featuring local businesses and services. A boy helps a girl peer over a high stone wall where she sees a "no trespassing" sign. The kids join their parents in a picnic on the roadside. A police officer on a motorcycle shakes his head in disbelief at the traffic. Signs warn drivers about traffic safety. A wooden mannequin of a policeman with arms waving to slow down traffic. A man works on the engine of a car. A crashed car and a crane. View from a valley as a car soars over the edge of the road embankment above and crashes down a mountainside, with pieces flying everywhere.
Construction of Hoover Dam in the United States, concluding in 1935. A sign reads 'the Babcock'. Giant steel pipes. Steel plates hoisted by a crane. Steel pipes are assembled in the steel fabrication plant erected on the dam site. Men working on constructing and assembling pipes. Train passes through a 30-foot diameter section. Trailers carry giant steel pipes. The pipes transferred via cable ways. Trailers carry giant steel pipes inside diversion tunnel. Steel pipes are joined at location with cables. Construction equipment work on construction site. Railroad tracks seen. A tram car carrying construction material, passes through the tunnel. Last concrete poured on May 28, 1935 and construction of the Hoover Dam completed two years ahead of schedule. View of completed Hoover dam in mid to late 1930's with 1930s automobiles passing by and parked on top of the dam. From a 1962 production about the dam.
Famous boxer James Braddock, wearing boxing gloves, appears talking to a group of young boys. He teaches young boys boxing techniques. Boys practice boxing in front of him. He kneels on one knee and teaches a boy boxing punches. A crowd surrounds them.
Parachutist jump and set a new record at Chanute Field in Illinois, United States. Ten parachutists board a transport aircraft. A close up of heads and faces of the men framed in the circular doorway of the aircraft. The C-3 transport aircraft in flight. The parachutists jump one after the other. They descend towards the earth. Eight parachutes descend. The airmen who made to jump.