A female Air Force service member walks up to a IBM Card Sorter with a stack of punch cards. She loads the card sorting machine and presses the start button. Early computing punch cards fall into various slots. She transcribes information from these cards and hands forms to officer at a desk. Sergeant sitting at desk, talks to an Airman. View of U.S. Capitol building and Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Tourists look at Lincoln statue in LIncoln Memorial. View of National Mall and reflecting pool. Man takes picture of woman with Washington Monument in the background. View of the Jefferson Memorial, and then across the river in Arlington Virginia, a view of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Airman stands in front of church. Close up views of 1953 license plates on cars from various states including California, Wyoming, Iowa, Texas, Tennessee, and the Canal Zone. View of various embassy buildings in Washington DC. View of the White House. Large crowd of visitors walk down the North entrance drive in front of the White House. U.S. military servicemen riding in a bus. Bus stops at drop off area in front of Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, in Alexandria, Virginia. Sign board reads "Mount Vernon Home of George Washington." Service members touring on grounds of Mount Vernon, and exterior views of front of main house at Mount Vernon, with service members seated on chair on porch, and looking out at the scenic Potomac River from the porch. View of information center building at Bolling Air Force Base, and a woman inside giving information on sight-seeing to service members. Military service members standing outside the entrance at the base of the Washington Monument. Wide view of Supreme Court building. Another sign board reads "National Zoological Park" in front of the National Zoo. Tourists view a giraffe inside the Washington Zoo. 1950s car drives through shallow water cascading over road in Rock Creek Parkway area. Elevated view of a parade in Washington DC as military units pass in review.
International exchange of CAP ( Civil Air Patrol ) cadets in Virginia, United States. Several foreign cadets stroll across the Alexandria airfield. Two of them examine a low wing monoplane trainer with side-by-side dual controls. They open top cover of cockpit, climb aboard, and move the flight controls. An Air Force officer pulls prop through to start a Tailorcraft airplane. A pilot in cockpit of an airplane using cockpit control to prime engine. View of Italian CAP cadet uniform jacket with insignia.
International exchange of CAP ( Civil Air Patrol ) cadets in Washington D.C., United States. United States Taylorcraft aircraft taxi along and take off from an airfield. The aircraft are carrying CAP committee members. They are followed by a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane with "V" tail. A number of light aircraft taxi and take off. Men work under the wing of an aircraft. It taxis. Building and cars in the background.
As a contrast to the early pioneering airplanes, passengers are seen seated inside cabin of a "modern" airplane (Douglas DC-4E). View of the DC-4E in flight. A view of Orville Wright. Wilbur Wright gesturing as he talks with officials in France about an aerial course to be flown. Wilbur Wright placing wheels under a Wright Flyer before it is moved across a muddy field in France. A team of men pull a rope raising a catapult weight in a tower. The weight falls, catapulting the Wright Flyer airplane into the air. Soldiers remove a Wright Flyer airplane from a storage building onto the parade grounds at Ft. Meyer, Virginia. The airplane is seen in flight with Orville Wright alone, at the controls, On July 30, 1909, soldiers are seen moving a Wright Flyer from its shed for its final acceptance test. President William Howard Taft, U.S. Army Major George Owen Squier, U.S. Army Major Charles E. Saltzman and Wilbur Wright. are among those standing with the President, as the Wright Flyer is moved toward the parade ground. Views of the monorail and weight and catapult used for launching an airplane. Men turn the two propellers on a Wright Flyer, as Wilbur Wright stands at the rear of the aircraft engine and makes an adjustment. . On September 9, 1908. U.S. Army Lt. Frank P. Lanham, seen in uniform, seated on a Wright Flyer, is joined by Orville Wright. Wilbur. They take off and set a new airborne endurance record, and Lt. Lanham becomes the first Military officer to fly in an airplane. On July 30th, as part of the final acceptance test, Orville Wright takes Army Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois on a cross country flight to Alexandria, Virginia, and back again. They are seen aboard the Wright Flyer, and then high in the air on their way to Alexandria.
United States President Woodrow Wilson drives the first rivet in the first ship to be built in many years at shipyard in Alexandria in Virginia. U.S. flag in background. President Woodrow Wilson walks with a group of men. President Woodrow Wilson seated with other men for group photo. View of the country's champion riveter, Charles Knight, who drove 4875 rivets in 9 hours. Crew works in the shipyard building the ship
The history of aviation. U.S. Army Lieutenant Benjamin Delahauf Foulois and Orville Wright make the first cross country flight from Fort Myer to Alexandria in Virginia, United States. Wright, Lt Foulois and another worker stand near the control section of the aircraft. Foulois gets into the cockpit. Wright makes adjustment on the aircraft motor. The engine starts. Wright and Lt. Foulois sitting in the airplane.