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.
'The Epic American Trans Atlantic Flight' depicts crashes involving various pilots in the United States. Captain Charles A. Lindbergh. On September 21, 1926, Rena Fonck stands in front of his Sikorsky airplane, ready to try a solo flight across the Atlantic to Paris. He takes off and crashes in flames.
Navy Commander Richard E. Byrd poses. On April 16, 1927, his Fokker C-2 trimotor airplane ("America"), piloted by Anthony Fokker, with Byrd, Floyd Bennett, and George O. Norville,on board, flips over on takeoff at Hasborough, New Jersey. In September, 1927. Clarence Chamberlin in a Bellanca plane taxis and takes off. The tail and right main wheel dig into the soft field on landing and the airplane is severely damaged. The wreck of the "American Legion" Keystone Pathfinder airplane that carried Commander Noel Davis and Lieutenant Stanton Wooster to their deaths, in a crash landing, in the Back river, near Langley Field, Virginia, In Paris, on April 26, 1927,Frenchmen, Captain Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli pose before taking off on their ill fated flight, in a Levasseur PL8 aircraft, named " White Bird." Charles Lindbergh standing next to his mother,Evangeline Land Lindbergh. The "Spirit of St. Louis" is towed out and refueled at Mineola, New York. Charles Lindbergh climbs into the plane and makes a bumpy takeoff. Bystanders watch. People gather to greet him upon arrival in Paris. Lindbergh poses with U.S. Ambassador to France Myron Herrick. Lindbergh honored by the French President Gaston Doumergue.
Charles A. Lindbergh posing in front of his airplane, "The Spirit of St. Louis." The Spirit of St. Louis landing at an airfield in the United States. People gathered around the Spirit of St. Louis, with its engine running.Lindbergh climbing aboard his airplane at Roosevelt Field on May 20, 1927, and taking off on his historic solo transatlantic flight to Paris. View of Lindbergh climbing steeply in the Spirit of St. Louis during his flight from Paris to Brussels, in 1927, Nightime scenes of crowds running to see Lindbergh upon his arrival at Le Bourget airfield in Paris on May 21, 1927. French President Gaston Doumergue stands with Lindbergh on a balcony, where they wave the French tricolor. They converse, framed by American flags (one of which, almost falls from the balcony). Lindbergh holds and waves both the American flag and the French tricolor. The French President presents the Honor Legion Medal to Charles Lindbergh. Tug boats and fire boats fill New York Harbor to welcome Charles A. Lindbergh upon his arrival in that city. New York fetes Lindbergh with tickertape parade.
Notables in Paris, France, at ceremonies before the Panthéon De La Guerre is packaged and shipped to the United States, where it would be shown in various places, beginning with Madison Square Garden, New York City, May 19, 1927. Raymond Poincaré, President of the French Council of Ministers, speaks in the building housing the Panthéon De La Guerre. The American flag in a holder to his left. Principal participants including Mrs. W.K Vanderbilt (Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt, aka "Birdie") are seen in front row chairs. Closeup of several French officials, including Marshal Philippe Pétain and Aristide Briand, French Foreign Minister. Mrs. Vanderbilt cuts a cord to release the huge cyclorama painting, the world's largest, featuring 5,000 full-length portraits of prominent figures from World War I. Views of the painting.
A steamship carrying tourists arrives at port in France. Tourists board a steam locomotive passenger train from the port to Paris. Locomotive engineer's view of the track ahead as the train speeds toward Paris. A man and woman relaxing in their passenger compartment on the train. Paris street scenes. Street vendors. Luggage handlers. Luggage being loaded into taxicab. Paris policeman directing traffic on the streets. A nun in habit wearing a large white hat. Pedestrians on sidewalks. Dog in a car. Traffic around the Arch of triumph. Guests arriving at a hotel.
Tourist attractions in the city of Paris, France. Many monuments and buildings. The Eiffel tower located near the Seine River. The city of Paris. The streets and buildings of Paris. The Obelisk of Luxor in front of the place De La Concorde. A building called 62 Latreille.