The U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) Alaska Flight of 1934 departing Fairbanks Alaska on flight back to Washington, DC. Their YB-10 aircraft are seen in a line on the airfield. Spectators are at the edge of the field to see them off. Next, the aircraft are seen taxiing out for takeoff, with their Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Arnold, piloting the lead aircraft, the "City of Fairbanks." Other aircraft follow in succession. Colonel Arnold's airplane takes off and proceeds in a shallow climb. Slate tells first leg is 640 miles to Juneau in 3 hours and 55 minutes. Map shows North America with outbound course to Alaska from Washington, DC, traversing the Great Lakes, Edmonton, Prince George, and White Horse, to Fairbanks. But a moving arrow shows return route via Juneau. Snow-covered mountains seen from a YB-10 on this return leg. Aerial shots of several YB-10s in formation. Slate announces next leg as 940 miles and 5 hours and 40 minutes to Seattle, Washington State. Aircraft and crews of the returning Alaska Flight, seen on a grass field in Seattle. Lieutenant Colonel Henry Arnold, expedition commander, leads his fliers across the field. Slate states remaining distance to Washington, DC, as 2700 miles and 14 hours. More shots of YB-10s in formation aloft. Shot of a YB-10 with farmland below. Ten YB-10s seen in formation, and the animated map completes the journey to Washington, DC. Aerial view from above of several YB-10s below, flying over the Potomac River, in Washington, DC, with the Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington Memorial bridge visible below. The formation of 10 planes barely visible above the Capitol building. The YB-10 named Juneau, taxiing across Bolling Field, after landing. (This segment of film is reversed, so the name and Alaska Flight logo are mirror-reversed.) The last of the 10 aircraft pulls into position on the flightline. Lieutenant Colonel Henry (Hap) Arnold stands in front of his fliers who hold a large totem pole souvenir. Secretary of War, George H. Dern, greets the returning aviators and poses next to Colonel Arnold.
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.
View of U.S. Army transport ship, "El Aquario," at dockside in San Francisco, California, preparing to get underway in support of the Army Air Corp Alaska Flight Project, in 1934. Views from aboard the El Aquario, as it makes its way out of San Francisco. View from amidship, forward to the pilot house.
Views of surrounding scenery as the ship makes way in protected inland waters from Seattle Washington through Vancouver, British Columbia, and Southern Alaska. View on deck as the ship rolls while underway.. View in ship's dining hall during meal as she rolls slightly (not enough to upset the dishes). An isolated waterfront house seen along the way.
Documentary about the U.S. Army's flight around the world in 1924, employing four Douglas World Cruiser aircraft. A flag of United States. Crowds gather around around. the four Douglas World Cruisers, named Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and Seattle, as they prepare to depart from Seattle, Washington, on their expedition. One of the aircraft taking off. All the aircraft in flight over Seattle Washington. Major Frederick F. Martin Commander of the flight. An animated map shows the aerial expedition's route and locations of various accidents and incidents that beset them along the way. View of one Douglas World Cruiser in flight, equipped with floats. The expedition was completed by the Cruiser,Chicago, crewed by pilot, Lt. Lowell Smith and Lt. Leslie Arnold; and by the
New Orleans, crewed by pilot, Lt. Erik Nelson and Lt. Jack Harding, who are seen being congratulated by expedition Commander, Major Frederick F. Martin upon their completion of the mission in Seattle, on September 28, 1924.
Foxes on the farm of Robert Chambers in Seattle, Washington. Black foxes run around on a grassy field on the farm. Robert Chambers plays with and lifts a fox.
A storm in Seattle, Washington. Submerged houses in flooded waters. Men struggle to clear the wreckage. Damaged ships at a dockyard. 'North Haven Juneau' at a harbor. Debris and wreckage due to the floods. Damaged houses. Uprooted trees and broken vehicles in front of the houses. A pig scavenges from the dump.