An autogyro rotorcraft hops off the ground at Willow Grove in Pennsylvania. Pitcairn test pilots demonstrate the autogyro that hops off the ground for 30 feet before starting its normal takeoff.
From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.
Bomber aircraft production by the Ford Motor Company in the United States at the Willow Run plant between Ypsilanti and Belleville Michigan. Henry Ford and Edsel Ford sitting on a wall, conversing. A building under construction in the background. A sign on the building reads: 'United States National Defense Willow Run Airplane Plant, Dedicated June 16, 1941. Designed and erected for Bomber Production by Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford Founder-Edsel Ford President'. A United States Army Air Force B-24 Liberator bomber flying over a field. A group of workers posing outside the plant with a new bomber. The group includes Henry Ford II and Army Officers. Henry Ford II signing his name on the side of the last bomber built at Willow Run Several other people signing. Women workers signing. A crowd around the bomber. Aerial views of the plant.
Presidential train parked in a train station at a city in Pennsylvania,during President Roosevelt's reelection campaign in 1940. It is surrounded by a phalanx of officials and police. View from rear of the train reveals a huge crowd jamming the train station, outside. A banner reads: "Lavery for Congress,"and another announces AFL support 500,000 strong for Franklin D. Roosevelt. The President speaks from the train's rear platform, and waves as the train pulls out of the station.
World War II scenes of German Stuka dive bombers in operation. U.S. B-25 bomber in flight, and views of firestorms from Allied incendiary bombing of Axis targets. Scenes of the "Operation Firestop" project in 1954-55, in California. U.S. Forest Service and other agencies cooperate in a one-year project headquartered at Camp Pendleton, California. Aerial views of Camp Pendleton area, in Southern California. A modified Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bomber in flight discharges water from its torpedo bays. Men installing fabric water container into the bomb bay of the TBM. The aircraft seen in low level pass, dropping water contents onto field. Cropduster pilot Floyd Nolta, seen flying his Stearman biplane over California landscape, and then taxiing in to park, after landing. On the ground, we see how he modified his airplane to release water from a hopper in its bottom. On August 13, Vance Nolta flies the Stearman on multiple sorties, dropping water on a fire in the Mendecino Forest. Nolta filling his water tank from a hose at Willow Airport, and dropping water from the air, above the fire. View at Willow Airport, of 7 Stearman and N3N airplanes modified for aerial firefighting. Views of these aircraft dropping chemically treated water from the air. TBM aircraft equipped with 400 gallon tanks drop water from the air. PBY flying boat seen in flight. A B-26 bomber passing low and dropping chemically treated water. A Navy Mars flying boat passing overhead as it drops water from a 7000 gallon tank.
Appeal for women war workers in World War II. View of Willow Run Plant, buildings, cranes, ships. View inside plant, bombers, men work on engines. Men assemble liberator bombers. Women's Army Corps (WAC) members at desks, type. WACs in ranks with mask, performs military drill. Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVEs) look out a window. Woman gas station attendant fills car with gas. Woman window shops. Woman on golf course. Woman in bathing suit on rocks beside stream. Woman hangs clothes on line in yard. B-52 bombers fly overhead. Woman looks at bombers. Women park cars and enter Willow Run Plant. Woman punches time clock. Bomber plant. Man at machine. Woman works on same machine. Women work at various jobs in plant. Woman on street looks at poster that reads 'Women In The War. We Can't Win Without Them'.