A memorial wreath is cast on the water where the Ward liner cruise ship Mohawk (Clyder liner) was rammed and sunk by the Norwegian freighter Talisman on January 24, 1935. Sailors aboard ship. United States flag on the vessel. Birds in flight. Life boat crews executing careful drills near the site of disaster. A child aboard.
President Woodrow Wilson at the National Guard training grounds in Sea Girt New Jersey, to visit with troops returning from duty in Texas during the Mexican Border Campaign (aka Pancho Villa Expedition) of 1916. Brief glimpse of The President stepping from his 1916 Pierce Arrow 38-C Series 4 Brougham Limousine, parked next to a row of army tents. The car displays a unique American Eagle radiator cap ornament (and an AAA emblem on the radiator). He is surrounded by officers, who greet him. The next scene show the President and the unit's commanding Brigadier General, seated in rocking chairs in a tent. Wilson, in dress clothes, including top hat, mounts an army horse, and rides along with officers, to review the Guard troops drawn up in formation. He sits astride the horse, next to the General, and removes his hat in salute as the troops march in review.
The kidnapping and murder case of the infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh, in Flemington New Jersey. Coverage of court ruling in 1935. A huge crowd outside the court during the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann for kidnapping and murder termed as 'the crime of the century'. Lindbergh and his wife confront Hauptmann from witness stand. The letters of ransom written by Hauptmann. Lindbergh testifies in the court of trial. Hauptmann cross examined by Attorney General Wilnetz. On February 13, 1935 Judge declares that Hauptmann will receive the death penalty, by electric chair. From a January 1960 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.
Cierva C30 Autogiro (G-ACIO) built by British A.V. Roe & Co. is seen parked at Air Park, London, England. Several views of the autogiro. Scene shifts to aerial view of the new Federal Post Office building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. A Kellett autogiro lands on the building roof, on May 25, 1935,as part of dedication ceremonies,for the new Post Office building. Officials stand on the rooftop watching the landing. The pilot delivers a mail pouch to James A. Farley, the U.S. Postmaster General, thus initiating airmail service between Camden New Jersey and Philadelphia. Aerial views of the Post Office building and surrounding downtown Philadelphia. The autogiro climbing steeply away.
Demonstration of the American Air Force against naval vessels of battleship class operate from temporary bases. American airmen prepare 1100 pound bombs. Men assemble tail section of a missile. Airmen check two 1100 pound bombs attached beneath an unidentified plane. Airmen attach a 2000 pound bomb to underside of an aircraft. General Mitchell and an airman crouched beneath the plane look at the 2000 pound bomb. Navy cutter type vessel, the San Mihiel, anchored in sea. Observers on the San Mihiel include General Pershing, Davis, Admiral Shoemaker Assistant Secretary of War and General Patrick Chief of Air Service. Four of them stand on the deck of the cutter vessel. Battleship USS New Jersey anchored. Bombs strike near ship. Bomber flying 175 miles from Langley Field score five direct hits with six 100 pound bombs from an altitude of 11,000 feet. Views of bomb strike on USS New Jersey. A smoke curtain is dropped by a bomber from an altitude of 1000 feet. An aircraft in flight in line with the New Jersey lays a smoke screen across the water. Smoke curtain obscures sight of the battleship. Bomb strikes near and upon the battleship USS Virginia. Direct hits scored by 1100 pound bombs on the deck of USS Virginia.
Trial of a German carpenter Bruno Richard Hauptmann for the abduction and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. son of pilot Charles Lindbergh in Flemington, New Jersey. A ship underway at sea. The relatives of Isidor Fisch, a German Jewish friend and business associate of Hauptmann aboard a ship. They walk up a gangplank to board a boat. A view of the city. A close up of the relatives of Isidor Fisch arrive from Germany to testify at Hauptmann trial. The relatives come out of a building and get in a bus. The bus leaves. Cars and bus drive on a road. A man works at his home as the woman had gone for the testimony. A man peals vegetables. He cooks food. The women seated for the hearing. The man sits on a table and eats food. He plays with his dog. The man washes plates.