Shows several aviation "firsts" accomplished by U.S. Army Air Service aviators in the period from 1918 through 1924. A close formation of biplanes in flight. President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson chat with Major Fleet, Officer in charge, on the occasion of the first air mail flight, inaugurated on May 15,1918 between Washington DC and New York.The mail is loaded into the Curtis JN-4 aircraft. Pilot in the cockpit. The aircraft takes off and in flight. Air Service. Mention of aviators helping spot forest fires. Smoke rising from forest fires and mountain ranges. In 1920, U.S. Army Captain St. Clair Streett is seen with some of his Squadron who flew four De Havilland DH-4 aircraft 9,000 miles, from New York City to Nome, Alaska. Two of the men play with pet dogs. Their itinerary is painted on the side of one of the aircraft, along with the names of pilot and mechanic (C.E. Crumline and J.E. Long). In 1923 the first non stop coast-to-coast flight was made in the Fokker T-2 aircraft. . A sign on the aircraft reads 'Army Air Service non stop coast to coast'.First Lieutenants Oakley O.Kelly and John A. Macready board the aircraft, at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, on May 2, 1923. Their Fokker T-2 in flight. Their arrival at Rockwell Field, on Coronado Island (San Diego) California. In 1924, Lt. Russell Maughan is seen boarding his P-1 Hawk airplane at Mitchel Field, on Long Island, New York, and taking off , bound for Crissy Field at the Presidio, San Francisco, California. His goal is the first dawn-to-dusk, coast-to-coast flight. Views of his P-1 Hawk airplane flying over Manhattan, New York City.
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.
U.S. Army trucks of the 1919 motor transport convoy drive past a moving trolley car on a street in Oakland, California. Spectators gather along side of street at ferry slip to watch as convoy trucks board a ferry boat for trip to San Francisco. Several men watch from upper deck of the ferry. A boy with a bicycle watches from beside a fence. View from upper deck of the ferry boat, of trucks driving aboard. A line of civilian cars sits to the side as the army vehicles drive aboard. View from the ferry boat underway in San Francisco harbor. Next, the convoy is seen driving along street in San Francisco, on September 7, 1919. The Mayor of San Francisco, James Rolph Jr., conversing with officers of the convoy, as they stand on a flag wrapped stand during a formal greeting ceremony. More views of convoy trucks in the city and lined up on hill overlooking San Francisco Bay.
The French line ship, SS Lorraine, in camouflage paint, seen backing into port at Bordeaux, France, on June 24, 1918. Belgian troops of the ACM Corps (Autos-Canons-Mitrailleuses, Belgian armored unit) disembark. (Note: Soldiers of This Belgian armored unit fought with the White Russians during World War I. They left Vladivostok for the USA on the SS Sheridan, and docked at San Francisco on May 12, 1918. They were warmly greeted as they proceeded across the U.S. to New York city, where they participated in the Memorial Day Parade. After leaving New York City, aboard the SS La Lorraine, they reached Bordeaux on June 24 1918.)
Brief shots of Grand Canyon, speed boats, Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center, Sea World killer whale, rodeo cowboy, woman skiing, snow capped mountains, and Disney castle. Map of North America highlights California and Nevada. Postcard pictures of people and places in California and Nevada. Los Angeles skyline. Neon sign "Coors California." Car hop drive in diner with classic muscle cars and motorcycles. Shot looking upward from moving vehicle of palm trees lining street. The famous Hollywood sign. Several stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Universal Studios park shows tourists with Jaws mechanical shark and moving shooting demonstrations. Rolls Royce on Rodeo Drive and shopping with storefronts of Cartier, Elizabeth Arden, Gucci. Aerial view of Santa Monica pier. Man surfing in waves and woman in bikini playing volleyball. Controls of boom box and young man breakdancing. Roller skaters performing stunts and dancing on roller skates. Hotdog vendor. Tall swings with two performers. Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies homes, TransAmerica Building in San Francisco. Street Car or Cable car operating shows conductor and controls at work. San Francisco street scenes with pedestrians and automobiles. San Francisco pier. Slicing sour dough bread and steaming dungeness crabs. Yosemite National Park with people boarding shuttle bus and watching waterfall. Hoover Dam and Lake Meade. Boats on Lake Meade. Las Vegas sites including Flamingo, Stardust, and Dunes casinos. People gambling at the Las Vegas Club. Neon lights of casinos. Slot machines and table games like craps and blackjack. A Las Vegas nightclub show with dancers. Woman relaxing on a raft in a pool at a hotel.
POV aerial view of San Francisco harbor through airplane window. Fishing boats anchored in harbor. POV view of San Francisco from ship. Chinatown in San Francisco. Cable car moved on turntable in front of The Owl Drug Co. POV going down hill in San Francisco in cable car. POV looking out front of passenger bus going over the Golden Gate Bridge. Greyhound bus emerging from tunnel. Greyhound bus driving on U.S. 101 on the 'Redwood Highway' Couple stares upwards at giant redwoods. The 'World Famous Tree House' in Piercy, California.