On November 2, 1940, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and party visit P-39 aircraft production line at the Bell Aircraft Company factory, 2050 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York, and P-40 production lines at the Curtiss Aeroplane factory, 2303 Kenmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Workers in the Bell plant pose around and inside fuselages taking shape along a production line for Bell P-39 Airacobra airplanes. In the Curtiss plant, view from rear, of Secret Service agent in coat and hat, standing on running board of an open Packard motor car carrying President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his party as they drive slowly along an aisle in the factory, showing P-40 aircraft in various stages of completion. The President is barely visible in the back seat. (This is a 1939 Packard twelve, model 1708, special parade car, built for the President's use.) View from ahead of the President's car, as it proceeds along the Curtiss P-40 production line. (The President, in coat and hat, sits in the right rear seat.) As they progress along the production line, the aircraft seen are increasingly more complete. At the Bell plant, the motorocade passes a fully assembled P-39 on display. The President holds a desk model of the plane. The American flag and Presidential flag are displayed on the front of the car. The president is now seen without his hat. The car moves into a section of one of the factories that fabricates wing assemblies and other smaller parts. Closeup front view of the President and party as the car begins to exit the Bell factory on Elmwood Avenue. The building has "Bell Aircraft Corp." written on it. Employees are lined up outside the plant and applaud the President. [Note: There is a possibility that some scenes may be from other Buffalo-area aircraft factories that started production in 1942, including the Bell Plant in Wheatfield, NY (Niagara Falls) and the Curtiss Plant #2 at the Buffalo Airport.]
General Electric Company engineers work on designs for America's first jet aircraft engine. In the company's plant, at Lynn, Massachusetts, machinists make parts for the engine and others assemble it. Company executives conversing about the enterprise. On April 18, 1942, the first engine produced is rolled into a test cell for operational testing. Engineers pull down the door to the test cell displaying the words: "Fort Knox." Engineers at control panel of the test cell. View into the test cell. GE Project manager, Donald F. Warner, actuates toggle switch to "on" position, and the engine ignites. Flame seen in rear of the engine. Complete change of location. View of Bell Aircraft company buildings. Bell engineers working on design of an airplane designated, XP-59A (Airacomet) to be powered by the new General Electric jet engine (later designated J-31 by the military). Views of the Bell engineering and production activities at secret facilities in Buffalo, New York. Two Bell workers expressing reservations about airplanes without propellers. A main intersection street scene in Schenectady, New York. Pedestrians walking and shopping. An F.W. Woolworth store on the corner. Copy of the Schenectady Gazette Newspaper, with headline about 500 planes raiding Berlin. A man buying a copy of the paper. (World War II; World War 2; WWII; WW2)
New United States Army Air Force Curtiss P-40 aircraft being placed on flight line at Curtiss Aircraft company facility in Buffalo, NY (the Buffalo Municipal Airport) during World War II. A new P-40 aircraft being rolled out of the Curtiss hangar. Employees push several new P-40s. The aircraft are seen parked on the ramp.
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson attend American Federation Labor conference in Buffalo, New York. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and Vice President Thomas Riley Marshall attend an American Federation of Labor conference in Buffalo, N.Y. (1917). President Samuel Gompers and Secretary Frank Morrison of the American Federation of Labor meet. The Labor Day parade in Buffalo. Troops and motorcars participate in the parade. Views of President Samuel Gompers and Secretary Frank Morrison. Hugh Frayne, General organizer of the American Federation of Labor, joins the group. They all take out their hats.
Two pilots stand in front of a P-40 airplane at the Curtiss Aircraft Company in Buffalo, NY. The pilots are H. Lloyd Child, Curtiss’ chief test pilot (at left) and apparently a USAAF major (at right). They are performing acceptance flight tests on new planes during World War II. Another pilot is in the cockpit of the plane behind them. A P-40 is seen taxiing rapidly on the ramp near the Curtiss hangars at the Buffalo Airport. A shiny P-40 being taxied. The first P-40 takes off and climbs out with landing gear extended. The shiny one does likewise. The first P-40 is seen circling high overhead, with landing gear still extended. Next, it is seen over the runway on final approach, about to land. Curtiss employees move aircraft parts in an open stake truck, next to a building, in the foreground.
Pilots test fly a P-40 airplane at a Curtiss Company facility at Buffalo, NY (the Buffalo municipal airport) during World War II. Curtiss company employees giving a final cleanup and polish to a shiny P-40 airplane. parked on the ramp. Two pilots are suited up to fly: H. Lloyd Child, Curtiss’ chief test pilot (at left), and a U.S. Army Air Force major (at right), are dressed in flight suits, helmets, goggles, and wearing seat-pack parachutes. They stand beside a well-worn P-40 airplane that has a pilot/technician in its cockpit, checking controls. H. Lloyd Child (at left), points to a clipboard on his leg with information on it and discusses it with another pilot (the USAAF major). Next, a pilot is seen taxiing the shiny P-40 at fairly high speed, with the canopy open. He taxis past parked aircraft in front of a hangar, including a Curtiss SBC Helldiver; a Stinson Gullwing; and a Spartan Executive airplane. The P-40 taxis out to the runway where the pilot makes a long takeoff roll before breaking ground. Then he pulls the P-40 into a fairly steep climb, leveling off at about traffic pattern altitude, without retracting his landing gear.