Commercial passengers fly Stout Airlines from Detroit Michigan to Cleveland.Ohio
Opening slate refers to developing scope of commercial air operations in late 1920s. A bus parks at the Detroit office of Stout Airlines at Ford Airport, Detroit, Michigan. Passengers leave the bus and enter the office to obtain tickets for a flight to Cleveland. They are nicely dressed in the fashion of the day, men in suites and ties and women in Cloche hats.. Many spectators stand behind a fence at the airport to watch the activities. Passengers leave the office and head toward a parked Ford Tri-motor passenger plane parked on the ramp. One woman is accompanied by three small boys. Next, a man is seen passing the passengers' luggage through the plane's entrance door to a male steward inside. Scene shifts to the uniformed steward loading the baggage into large overhead bins in the roof of the passenger compartment. He closes and secures the storage bins and then heads outside the plane where he assists passengers in boarding. He climbs aboard. The aircraft is then seen taxiing toward the runway for takeoff. As it passes the camera, a sign painted on its side is visible reading: "Stout Airlines, Detroit-Cleveland" (and Chicago added below). (Note: they did not operate to Chicago until 1929) The aircraft takes off heading close to the camera, near its lift off point, and heads off into the sky.Scene shifts to inside the passenger cabin where the passengers (unrestricted by seat belts) chat with one another as the cabin steward watches over them from the front of the cabin. View of ground from passenger cabin window. View of the Ford Trimotor from another aircraft flying nearby. More views inside the passenger cabin with people looking out the windows. View of what may be a suspension bridge under construction across the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. More views of passengers enjoying the views through their cabin windows. Aerial view of trimotor descending toward destination over cityscape. The aircraft taxis into the Cleveland Hopkins airport ramp and parks. Passengers are seen departing, from inside their cabin and then stepping onto the airport ramp. Location: Detroit Michigan USA. Date: 1927.