Glider champion Don Stevens flies his glider in San Fernando, California. Men stand with other people near a glider. Stevens boards the glider. The glider is hitched with a car. The car moves on a street. The glider in flight. Mountains and trees in the background.
John Cobb, a butcher, rides an ornithopter bicycle with wings in San Fernando Valley, California. John has a collar to flap wings when he raises his torso. The bicycle has a rocket to assist takeoff. William Modes helps him as he starts riding. Ralph Spergis lights the rocket. The heat of the rocket sets tail on fire. Tail sets John's pants on fire. He purposely falls down, yelling for water. John is caught in the collar wires and can't get away. The rocket breaks loose, which it was do after takeoff, and sets wings on fire. A man throws water from a bucket to extinguish John's pants. (William Modes later became a director at Northrup Aircraft Company. Ralph Spergis later became longtime manager at Agua Dulce Airpark. Ralph and William, at the time this was taken, were roommates in Santa Monica, both working as aircraft mechanics at Douglas Aircraft Company.)
Aerial views of Los Angeles in California. The San Fernando Valley, Motion Picture Studio and farms. Landmarks and trademarks: Electrical transmission towers, View of Hoover Dam and of hydroelectric power transmission facilities from Hoover Dam. Towers, factories, large scale industry, Oil Derricks, towers of gasoline and petroleum refining. An automobile assembly line engaged in production of 1950's four-door sedan cars. A worker at a tire manufacturing factory. Steel mill operations. Large steam locomotive wheels at factory. Aerial view of many oil wells and derricks near Los Angeles California. The U.S. flag near tower electrical tower. Douglas DC-6 transport Aircraft at production factory, including planes for Philippine Airlines and KLM. North American F-86 jet fighter aircraft at factory field. Workers exiting aircraft factory.
A 1970 television program hosted by Lee Marvin regarding construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco beginning in 1933 and completing in 1937. View of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York, and the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado. View of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco built by Joseph Strauss. Newspaper headlines during debate about whether to construct the bridge, such as 'Jobs Loom' and 'Span for Vote', and "The Golden Gate is One of Nature's Perfect Pictures -- Let's Not Disfigure It". View of the north and south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. Boat passes under the bridge during its construction. Stages of Golden Gate Bridge under construction and discussion on the difficulties of setting the towers in the bed of the bay. A blimp passes over the bridge. Engineers work under bad weather conditions. Two men walk on cables connecting the bridge towers. Walter Cathey, construction supervisor, talks about the difficulties during construction and an incident where two bridge builders died during construction. Seagulls on shore. Painting of the bridge using the color known as International Orange. Boat in San Francisco Bay passes under the bridge. Opening ceremonies for the Golden Gate Bridge in May 1937 and traffic crossing the bridge for the first time.
Russian airmen Gromov, Yumashev, and Danilin set a nonstop flight endurance record in 1937 of 62 hours 17 minutes. The airmen fly a Tupolev ANT-25 over the North pole from Moscow to a dairy pasture outside San Jacinto, California (near Los Angeles). High altitude aerial view of the dairy pasture area and the safely landed Tupolev ANT-25. Cars and other vehicles parked at the field and people gathered at the airplane including local farming families. Views of the the three Soviet airmen ( Gromov, Yumashev, and Danilin) after setting the record, while greeting officials and posing for cameras. From an August 1962 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.
Hotel staff goes on a strike in San Francisco, California. Hotel staff pickets in streets of San Francisco, California. An abandoned restaurant and bar in a hotel. Manager pushes a heavy trunk around the hotel. A guest makes his own bed as another one does the laundry himself.