French soldiers training in Artois, France, shortly before World War I. French artillerymen wearing gas masks, are seen inside a bunker. One loads a powder charge into a Canon de 75 modèle 1897 field gun (So-called French 75). Slate states (in Swedish): Calculating the distance to an airship or airplane is often a very tricky task. View of French soldier, in a field, looking through a telescope, and another, nearby, looking through binoculars. The latter raises a large horn (or megaphone) and sounds it. Camera pans to two soldiers using a range finder. Closeup of aiming adjustments on a French 75 field gun. Next, gun crewmen remove shells from a protected storage caisson, buried in the side of a deep trench and other gunners load a nearby gun. Slate states that Automobile canons constitute a very practical and effective weapon in the battle against airships. An artillery piece is shown mounted on a vehicle chassis, being maneuvered by gunners. A brief glimpse of mirror specially designed to signal to aviators.
Major Phillipe who flew from Villacoubay to Eastchurch, England in three stops. De Moulinet who flew 1450 kilometers. Pegoud, pilot for the Bleriot firm, shown making flight tests with arresting gear. Scenes of first live parachute jump over France made by Adolphe Pegoud. Aerial maneuvers piloted by Pegoud in 1913. Views of jubilant crowd who watched the flight and race to meet Pegoud after landing, then carry him on shoulders and celebrate.
Pilot Roland Garros first man to cross the Mediterranean 1913. Pegoud taking off--first man to make successful loop in a bi-plane, shown making loops. Landing of bi-plane. View of flyer Clement Ader.
Scenes of famous flyers superimposed atop take offs, landings, and aerials to show the progress from 1890 to 1920. View of Alberto Santos-Dumont. View of Bleriot. Views of aircraft flown in WW I. French aces Capt. Georges Guynemer, Lt. Charles Nungesser, Capt. Rene' Fonck. Views of practice bombing. Views of formation flying and two flights super-imposed over each other.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson is named President of the United States in 1913. The inaugural address of the President at the Capitol in Washington DC. Dignitaries and officials arrive in cloaks and hats for the ceremony. Guests include outgoing President William Howard Taft, British ambassador Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, German ambassador to the U.S. Count Von Bernstorff, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Joseph Gurney Cannon, Chief Justice of the U.S. Charles Evans Hughes, U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, and Ted Wilson. The President and other attendees take their place on the podium. A large crowd gathered to witness the ceremony. The Chief Justice along with the President. President Wilson addresses the crowd. The band and troops march on the streets.
Shows President Woodrow Wilson addressing crowd at his inauguration speech on March 4,1913 in Washington DC, at the United States Capitol building. Next scene shows Woodrow Wilson dressed in all white, speaking from a podium at Independence Hall, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1914. Several other officials are seated in the background during his speech. Final scene shows President Wilson's youngest daughter, Eleanor Wilson McAdoo.
Obussis on his flight from Brig (Brigue), Switzerland to Domodossola, Italy in 1913. Same route as the 1910 flight made by Jorge Chavez in which he was killed. Views of the flight from the ground in mountainous terrain. Onlookers watch the flight and seen walking with the pilot after the flight.