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.
Authorities and reporters in snow covered area near Seattle recover the body of boy kidnap victim Charles Mattson. The body of Mattson is loaded into vehicle. View of footprints of possible killer in the snow. Reporters examine a photograph area in which the body was found. Shots of the young man who found the body.
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.
Basketball match in Seattle,Washington. The large crowd of spectators gathered at an auditorium to watch the basketball match between the Seattle University Chiefs and the Buchan Bakers. The match begins. Spectators cheer their teams. Seattle University Chiefs wins the match against the Buchan Bakers by a score of 76-73.
The Seattle Cycle Club celebrates the coming of spring with a motorcycle dirt and mud race in Seattle, Washington. Members of the Seattle Cycle Club start the race on motorbikes. They go through water and a mired course. Tire stuck in mud. All participants ooze a thick coat of mud. Spectators watch the mud race.
U.S. Army Air Service Douglas World Cruisers (DWC) in Seattle, Washington after their first flight around the world. In Seattle, the point from which they started 176 days ago. The world cruisers in flight. A world cruiser coming in for a landing. Major Frederick F. Martin greets Lieutenant Lowell H. Smith, Lt. Leigh Wade and Lt. Erik H. Nelson. The pilots in uniforms pose. Animations of the North American continent pinpointing Alaska where Major Frederick F. Martin crashed into a mountain. The path over which the world cruisers flew pinpointing the place where the cruiser flown by Lt. Wade was forced down and wrecked. Then the course to Seattle is shown.