Slate lists planned flight legs of U.S. Army Air Corps aircraft as: Washington DC to Edmonton, Alberta; Fairbanks Alaska to Seattle Washington; and Washington DC to San Diego California. Another slate explains that under command of Lieutenant Colonel H.H. Arnold,ten B-12 bombers demonstrate their capabilities in an 18,000 mile flight. Lt. Col Henry H. Arnold, U.S. Army Air Corps, stands in front of a large map on which planned flights are charted. Sign behind him identifies "Engineering Office," at Patterson Field. Arnold uses pointer to show the routings to another officer who has joined him. The next sequence shows Arnold describing the flight plans to more participants, using more charts. Camera pans across ten assembled Army personnel. Lt. Col. Arnold poses with 15 aviators in front of a YB-12 bomber (displaying air intake on port side of engine). Camera pans over eighteen mechanics and ground crewmen posed in front of the bomber. Symbol of eagle superimposed over map of alaska, is painted on side of forward fuselage. Arnold discussing the mission with Army officers and civilian officials, as they walk past a YB-10 (with air intakes atop the cowlings). Camera pans across Patterson field ramp, where officials, automobiles, YB-10 aircraft, and local civilian workers, including several women, are seen. Crew chief seen refueling a YB-10 with long hose from an underground fuel tank installed at edge of the ramp.
Promotional documentary titled 'By The Way of Panama - California The Golden'. Describes views of California to be seen on a cruise from New York, via Panama. The sea shores of California with rocks and sand. A passenger ship sailing in the harbor of San Diego. Views of the San Diego Harbor. The ship, called the "Pennsylvania" reaches harbor of Los Angeles. The buildings and streets of the city of Los Angeles. A Hollywood film studio with shooting underway. Luxury homes of LA. The ship moves on to San Francisco. The harbor of San Francisco including Alcatraz Island in background. Views of the surroundings from a high ridge in San Francisco.
Officers and men of two U.S. patrol squadrons go through final tests in preparation for their expedition to Alaska in San Diego, California. PN-1 type patrol planes take from water to make Alaskan trip to gather valuable aeronautical data.
Inventor of strange-looking automobile ("Leaping Lena") claims it will prevent injury to passengers, even in severe collisions. Driver of the car gets in and looks through narrow window of the car door, while holding a cigarette in his hand. Next, the vehicle is seen driving rapidly over desert terrain. It makes a tight skidding left turn, raising dust. As it races toward the camera. Its small narrow windows and rounded metal roof are quite noticeable. It then starts driving across sections of terrain with ridges and furrows, causing the car to leap and bounce. At one point it tips up so high on its front wheels that the driver's door pops open, causing him to stop and get out to examine things.
Testing of American seaplane fighter aircraft F2Y Sea Dart in San Diego Bay in San Diego, California. The F2Y Sea Dart taxis in San Diego Bay during a test flight. Buildings on the shore in the background. Several vessels sailing on the bay waters. The F2Y Sea Dart takes off from the bay.
Testing of American seaplane fighter aircraft F2Y Sea Dart in San Diego Bay in San Diego, California. The F2Y Sea Dart takes off from San Diego Bay during a test flight. View of the seaplane in flight. Aerial view of buildings. The seaplane lands and taxis on the bay waters.