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.
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.
A police officer walks back and forth in front of a modest frame bungalow on a quiet street in Seattle Washington. A hotel building. Exteriors of large buildings in downtown Seattle.View of the window in Congressman Zioncheck's office on the 5th floor of the Arctic Club Building at 3rd Avenue and Cherry Street in downtown Seattle. Man on sidewalk looks up at the building and down where Congressman Zioncheck's body struck the sidewalk. Three men stand outside the First National Bank building, looking up at the Arctic Club Building. One points to the window from which the Congressman jumped. Congressman Zioncheck's suicide note.
Army troops are welcomed in Seattle, Washington as they return from the Korean War. GIs return to Seattle after rugged services on the Korean Front. GIs and troops aboard USS General LeRoy Eltinge at sea. The army transport USS General LeRoy Eltinge (AP-154) arrives at a harbor and gets a harbor welcome. An officer waves at civilians. Women standing with bouquets wave at the GIs. The GIs disembark from the ship and are greeted by their families and wives. A convoy of trucks loaded with GIs pass through the streets of the city. The citizens of Seattle standing on both the sides of the road welcome the GIs. People welcome them by giving them flowers.