Robert Kronfeld Austria's glider pilot crosses the English Channel in round trip glide. He is congratulated at by the people at St. Inglevert airfield near Calais, France, after winning the Annual Glider Meet. He handled a motor less aircraft from France to England and back again the same day. A French aircraft crashes while landing during the competition. 20 June 1931.
Flight of Cierva C.8L autogiro (G-EBYY) from Croydon, United Kingdom to France, the first cross-channel flight by a rotating wing aircraft, on 18 Sep 1928. The pilot Juan de la Cierva and the editor of 'L Illustration' M Bouche stand near the 180 hp Lynx-powered autogiro. The men get into the autogiro. The pilot talks to spectators and photographers gathered around the autogiro. The autogiro takes off and is seen air-to-air over the channel. After the flight to St Inglevert, the autogiro later lands at Le Bourget airport, Paris (where it is now preserved at the Musee de l'Air). Men approach autogiro. The pilot sits on edge of cockpit of the autogiro.
Japanese army officers examining foreign military equipment. A Japanese worker employing electric drill developed in a Western country. The Japanese freighter, Tatsuno Maru, loading scrap iron at a port in the United States. Other Japanese freighters loading coal and oil for shipment back to Japan. View of the Washington Naval Conference in Memorial Continental Hall, Washington, DC, held in 1921-22 and again in 1927 and 1930, to deal with several lingering issues. Glimpse of Japanese people holding flags while gathered near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Glimpse of Japanese army troops on parade. Japanese Navy warships at sea. A fleet of Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers and Nakajima Ki-27 pursuit planes, parked on an airfield. A loose formation of Ki-27s airborne. Animated map illustrates Japanese fortification of Mariana, Caroline, and Marshall islands in the Pacific. Animated map illustrating China's greater size and population vis-a-vis Japan. Animated map illustrating Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1931. New York Times newspaper with headline "Japs Seize Manchuria" hovers over fires burning in Manchuria. Other newspaper headlines reporting on Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia; the Spanish civil war; surrender of Czechoslovakia; invasion of Poland; Nazi assaults on France, Belgium, and the Netherlands; the London Blitz; and Nazi advances against Russia on the Eastern Front. Fnally, a Boston Hearald extra edition headline reports: "Pearl Harbor Bombed." A still photograph of Japanese Baron Tanaka Giichi (on left) with two other dignitaries, circa 1929. Japanese infantry streaming into Manchuria and then celebrating as they walk into local town. A busy street in a Chinese city. Japanese soldiers in Manchuria escorting local prisoners along a street. Animated map illustrating Japananese warships surrounding harbor of Shanghai, China. View from a Japanese ship bombarding Shanghai. Smoke rising from shell striking on Shanghai waterfront. View from land of severely damaged buildings on a street, and a shell exploding in background, as Chinese defenders move to successfully repel the Japanese forces. New map illustrates subsequent Japanese move, annexing Jehol, from occupied Manchukuo, and Korea. Japanese troops entering a town in Jehol. Sun newspaper headline: "League Censures Japan." Chinese diplomat protesting at League of Nations. Japanese troops exiting railroad trains in Jehol. Aisin Gioro Puyi aka Henry Pu Yi, Kangde Emperor (Kang-te Emperor) of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, is seen saluting Japanese troops on parade. Closeup of Puyi wearing shaded glasses, looking directly into the camera. chiang Kai-shek, with other Chinese officers. Reenactment of barbarian forces riding against China and thwarted by the Great Wall. Many Chinese walking in a long line along the Great Wall. Map tracing the Great Wall across China. Aerial view of the Great Wall from overflying airplane. Japanese troops marching through a city gate; infantry climbing a sheer cliff; and helmeted Japanese soldiers marching past civilians in a city. Map illustrated progress of Chinese unification by year 1937. Japanese officers conferring during occupation. Japanese troops leave a barracks, riding in open trucks. A line of the troop trucks moving along the dirt street of a town. The troops climb from their trucks in the town.
Dover, United Kingdom: The town of Dover in Kent. Men, women and children move to underground shelters. Women play cards and knit. German artillery fired. British soldiers amid ruins. Calais, France: Calais under the Canadians. Man cleans a room. Destroyed bridges. Canadians evacuated across the Calais Canal. Men, women, children, and wounded civilians helped across the canal by soldiers. Wounded lifted into military ambulances. A woman holds her wounded child. Allied airplanes drop bombs over enemy territory. Explosion and smoke due to bombardment. Soldiers examine German artillery and coastal guns. A white flag put up at a surrendered German post.
This film shows numerous types and models of World War One aircraft in operation. It opens showing Allied airplanes preparing for a maximum air campaign in the battle of Saint Mihiel. View from inside a hanger as its flap opens and men push a Sopwith Camel airplane out onto airfield. Map of St Mihiel. American planes warm up on flight line in predawn, with flares burning at wingtips. Huge numbers of allied airplanes are marshaled on airfields throughout the theater of operations and begin taking off. Among them is a French Morane-Saulnier low wing monoplane. German fliers are seen loading small hand held bombs into the cockpit of their Albatross aircraft. Soldiers in combat on ground in "no man's land" during the battle of St. Mihiel. They take refuge in large shell and bomb craters and try to advance running between them.. Germans fliers dropping bombs, by hand, from airplane. Numerous Allied and German airplanes in aerial dogfights. American planes over clouds. American Observation balloon attacked in sky. Balloon in flames, and trailing black smoke as it falls to the ground. French flag flies at an airfield, where a nosed-over airplane sits, by a hangar, as airplanes fly overhead. Aircraft taxiing about in close quarters at airfield. Large formations of American airplanes flying overhead in a grand formation, following the Armistice, November 11, 1918 Then the film shifts dramatically from World War One to the post-WWII year of 1947. It illustrates the dramatic advances in warplanes since WWI by showing U.S. B-36 bombers and straight-wing F-84 Thunderjet fighters is formation.
Charles A. Lindbergh posing in front of his airplane, "The Spirit of St. Louis." The Spirit of St. Louis landing at an airfield in the United States. People gathered around the Spirit of St. Louis, with its engine running.Lindbergh climbing aboard his airplane at Roosevelt Field on May 20, 1927, and taking off on his historic solo transatlantic flight to Paris. View of Lindbergh climbing steeply in the Spirit of St. Louis during his flight from Paris to Brussels, in 1927, Nightime scenes of crowds running to see Lindbergh upon his arrival at Le Bourget airfield in Paris on May 21, 1927. French President Gaston Doumergue stands with Lindbergh on a balcony, where they wave the French tricolor. They converse, framed by American flags (one of which, almost falls from the balcony). Lindbergh holds and waves both the American flag and the French tricolor. The French President presents the Honor Legion Medal to Charles Lindbergh. Tug boats and fire boats fill New York Harbor to welcome Charles A. Lindbergh upon his arrival in that city. New York fetes Lindbergh with tickertape parade.