Igor Sikorsky seated inside Vought-Sikorsky VS-300, an experimental helicopter at a field behind the Vought-Sikorsky plant off Sniffens lane, Stratford, Connecticut. Sikorsky takes off in his VS-300 helicopter attempting to set a new world's endurance record for sustained flight. At one point during the flight, Robert Mackellar III, an employee, in white lab coat, holds up a sign reading "Worlds Record BROKEN, 1 hour 20 mts, as the helicopter continues to hover, breaking the record of 1 hour, 20 minutes and 40 seconds, set in 1937 by Heinrich Focke in Germany. Judges check their watches to confirm the airborne time of the helicopter. The Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 helicopter sets a new record of 1 hour and 32 minutes sustained flight.
Designer of U.S. fighter aircraft Igor Sikorsky sets a new record for hovering in air for 1:32 in Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 helicopter in Stratford, Connecticut. People stand around the VS-300. A three-blade rotor rotates. VS-300 raises up from the group. The VS-300 hovering in the air. The VS-300 lowers down on the ground. People cheer and wave to Sikorsky for setting a record. People stand around Igor Sikorsky. A man approaches Sikorsky to congratulate him.
Shows Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 helicopter taking off vertically and in flight. Shows early helicopters, the Ornithopters, and Igor Sikorsky piloting VS-300 on May 6, 1941, setting a new record of one hour and thirty two minutes for suspension flight.
The VS-300A helicopter, built by the Vought-Sikorsky Division of United Aircraft Corporation,Stratford, Connecticut. Demonstration free flight without cables attached to ground. A slight improvement on the VS-300, the sign on side of helicopter reads, 'VOUGHT-SIKORSKY VS-300A' This is an early 300A with two tail rotors. Inventor and Engineering manager of the company, Igor Sikorsky, is at the controls. The helicopter ascends and then descends and lands.
Film opens showing Saint Michael's Archangel Church at 310 Pulaski Street, in the Polish section of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Snow is seen on some church stairs. But the main entrance is cleared and some parishioners are entering there. Many others are emerging from other exits. (The Marchlinski brothers, Joseph and Anthony, have been identified walking towards the left at TC: 00:24 through 00:27.) Various views of parishioners leaving the church. All are in winter clothes. Closeups of some as they pass the camera. View of church cornerstone displaying the date: September 2, 1907 and St. Michael Church (in Polish). Closeup of men conversing on sidewalk near the church. Most wear fedora hats. But one, who seems somewhat senior, wears a bowler. Ladies and gentlemen are seen wearing hats.
Landmarks in Philadelphia. Passenger train arrives at Broad Street Station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Exteriors of the station shows pedestrians and automobiles on road. Traffic moves on road. Belleview Stratford and the Pennsylvania Column. The Column shows Equestrian Statue, Revolutionary War hero. Philadelphia fire shows explosion throwing billows of smoke.