Aviator Charles Lindbergh returns from Cuba. His plane approaches and lands in Saint Louis, Missouri. A large crowd awaits to welcome him. People help the plane halt on the wet and muddy field. Officials greet Lindbergh as he climbs out of the cockpit. Lindbergh in flying gear, stands before his plane 'Spirit of Saint Louis'. Lindbergh in the cockpit
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.
Monkeys show balancing stunts at Saint Louis Zoological Park in St. Louis, Missouri. A monkey on a toy car. A monkey balances on a wheel. A monkey balances on a stand and a animal trainer places another monkey on the top. Spectators watch the stunts. A monkey kisses a young boy. A trainer holds hand of one of the monkeys and walks. Monkeys walk in tandem.
Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) company's coast-to-coast passengers proceed on their flight legs from Saint Louis, Missouri to Waynoka, Oklahoma. TAT employee closes door on Ford 5-AT-B tri-motor passenger airplane, at St. Louis airport. Ground crewman plugs in compressed air hose to assist start of engine number three. TAT logo seen on side of the airplane. Next, the airplane taxis and takes off on plowed runway of snow-covered field. Animated map shows airplane heading to Kansas City, Missouri. View of cockpit as co-pilot shows weather report to pilot. Shift to a TAT weather station where meteorologists launch a balloon to check winds aloft. Closeup of the pilot's weather report being prepared. TAT officer serving a lunch to passengers in the plane. View from airplane of Kansas City, and then aerial view as it descends to Wichita, Kansas. Pilots in cockpit. Copilot radios Wichita. View of TAT radio operator responding and saying they should lookout for Lindbergh who is flying the route today. Next, Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh is seen flying past the Ford Tri-motor in his Curtiss Falcon biplane. Passengers look out to see him. View from the passenger plane descending over the city of Wichita, Kansas. Animated map shows next stop as Waynoka, Oklahoma. View from the air of numerous oil derricks in Oklahoma. Passengers leaving the airplane and boarding a trailer-bus at Waynoka. Closeup of flowers and sign on restaurant table, reading, "TAT, Reserved for TAT travelers." Passengers dining.
A basketball match played between the Boston Celtics and the St. Louis Hawks during the NBA (National Basketball Association) championship in St. Louis, Missouri. The game in progress. Spectators cheer. Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks scores 21 points in the first half. By the end of the game, Bob Pettit scores a then-playoff record of 50 points. The St. Louis Hawks defeat the Boston Celtics with a score of 110-109.
Colonel Charles A Lindbergh flies the air mail from St Louis to Chicago. 200,000 letters loaded from a mail truck into the plane. Lindbergh takes his place in the cockpit. A crowd around parked planes.