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.
King Faisal II and Prince Abdul-Ilah, of Iraq visiting the USS Oriskany (CV-34) in the United States. The King and Vice Admiral Harold M. Martin, Commander Air Forces, Pacific Fleet, look at U.S. Navy carrier-based F9F Panther, jet fighter aircraft, on the deck of the Oriskany. (Prince Abdul-Ilah is briefly seen, as well.) The King talks to a pilot. F9F aircraft of VF-103, and sailors in the background. Pilot climbs into cockpit of an F9F. The King looks at the pilot in the cockpit. The pilot wearing a helmet looks out of the cockpit. Iraqi National Flag displayed on the ship's island. Sailors and three pilots on the deck. Prince Abdul-Ilah conversing with Admiral Martin in background. King Faisal II and Prince Abdul-Ilah on the bridge of the Oriskany. The King looks through a telescope, while, below, on the flight deck, an F9F Panther of Fighter Squadron VF-781, taxis past. Several U.S. Marines in dress uniform stand on deck as a helicopter lands. A sailor with a motion picture camera joins them. King Faisal II walks, with Admiral Martin and another Admiral, across the deck. He carries a small motion picture camera, and wears a white covering on his head. King Faisal II and Prince Abdul-Ilah, on the bridge, officers crowd around, obscuring the King, as they observe a demonstration. Explosion and bullet splashes are seen in water behind the ship.
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.
Signing of the Treaty of San Francisco by the Allied Powers and Japan, September 8, 1951 in San Francisco, California. Secretary of State, Dean Rusk is seen shaking hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Okazaki Katsuo, in 1952. American troops remaining in Japan engage in training for Defense. They practice assaults from small boats, charge overland, simulate fighting in empty industrial sites. Flag of Japan being raised while Japanese Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida and officials stand at attention and American officers
salute. American troops in formation salute. Japanese troops march in parade.
Homecoming of the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) in San Diego, California. Wives of the sailors wave as USS prepares to tie up at quay wall. Mayor of San Diego Joshua H. Bean speaks. Consul of Sweden, Waldo Homburg speaks. Consul of Norway speaks. Flags of both those nations and State flag of California are seen. Vice Admiral Sprague speaks. Miss California stand with flowers and waves. Spectators in the background. A band plays. (Presence of the Scandinavian representatives may be related to the cooperation of USS Valley Forge and other U.S. Naval vessels, during production of the motion picture "Windjammer" about the voyage of the Norwegian training vessel, Christian Radich.) Note: Korean war demands required the USS Valley Forge to resupply and sail again on December 6, 1950.