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.
Sign board on an entrance building reads 'Bolling Air Force Base' in Washington DC. B-26 Marauder aircraft, B-25 Bombers and other aircraft parked at Bolling field. Maintenance crew works on engine of aircraft. Aircraft C-24 taxiing up toward alert crew member waving. Administrative personnel work at their desks. An early business machine automatically printing a piece of paper, with print unit moving up and down in front of paper. Airman boards a boat that serves as a ferry between Bolling Air Force base harbor and the Pentagon. Dental check up of an airman in dental clinic. Sign board reads 'Bolling Air Force Directory'. View of Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument as seen from a moving boat on the Potomac River, near the Memorial Bridge. The Jefferson Memorial. Federal buildings in Washington DC.
Group of military officers from U.S., Britain, and France, pose for photographs during First World War. President Woodrow Wilson inspects a British Handley Page 0/400 twin engine bomber at Bolling Field. A Thomas Morse S4C airplane parked in front is dwarfed by the larger Handley Page machine. The President with General March and Mrs. Wilson inspect the British bomber. The British military pilot of the plane poses and smiles. The plane takes off and is seen in flight over the Washington Monument.
U.S. Army Air Corps YB-10 bomber,tail number 121, of the Alaska Flight Project, takes off from Patterson Field, Ohio, heading for Washington, DC, the official starting point for the operation. A few YB-10s taxiing at Bolling Field, Washington, DC. Several YB-10s parked in a line, with ground crews attending them. Chief of the U.S. Air Corps, General Benjamin Delahauf Foulois; U.S. Assistant Secretary of War Harry Woodring and Commander of the Alaska Flight, Colonel Henry H Arnold, stand along with the Alaska Flight pilots, in front of a project airplane, number 143, painted with the project logo: an eagle perched over a map of Alaska. Secretary Woodring meets and shakes hands with the pilots.
U.S. Army Air Service Douglas World Cruisers (DWC) in the United States during their first flight around the world. In Washington DC U.S. President John Calvin Coolidge, Mrs. Coolidge and cabinet members visit Bolling Field to greet airmen as they triumphantly cross the continent. President Coolidge's car. The President alights from the car. Views of the cabinet members. A crowd at Bolling Field, awaits arrival of the fliers, who were delayed in their flight from Mitchel Field, Long Island, by bad weather. The world cruisers land in formation, in rainy conditions. Two world cruisers parked wingtip to wingtip. The fliers are congratulated by President Coolidge and U.S. Secretary of War John W. Weeks. President Coolidge, wearing a rain coat, and other personnel examine the veteran airplanes.
Two Douglas World Cruiser airplanes land at Bolling Field, Washington, DC, to be welcomed by U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, in recognition of their round-the-world flight completed on September 28, 1924, at Seattle, Washington. Major General Mason M. Patrick, Chief of the Army Air Service, signals with his arm to guide them to a parking place, as they taxi in after landing. The two aircraft park next to one another. Next, a welcoming committee is seen standing, with the President (dressed in a rain slicker). Secretary of War, John W. Weeks stands to the President's left. To Coolidge's right, are 1st Lieutenant Leigh P. Wade (pilot);1st Lieutenant Leslie P. Arnold (co-pilot); 1st Lieutenant Lowell H. Smith (pilot, and flight commander); and SSgt. Henry H. Ogden (flight mechanic). Closeup of President Coolidge with Lieutenant Smith in front of one of the aircraft. Scene shifts back again to the larger group, with Lieutenant Wade and Coolidge shaking hands with the four flyers, starting with Lieutenant Wade. Secretary Weeks shakes hands with General Patrick, who has donned a flying coverall. Then Weeks shakes the hands of the flyers and they proceed away from the gathering. Change of scene shows Lieutenant Smith perched on the wing of his aircraft, the "Chicago,"conversing with the President and Secretary Weeks. He gets down and continues his conversation with Coolidge, who touches a propeller blade at one point. Final scene shows a two seater DH-4 airplane taking off from Bolling field.