Activities of U.S. 96th Aero Squadron at the First Air Depot in Colombey-les-Belles, France during World War I. Hangars of the First Aero Depot and mechanics working on French Spad XIII biplane fighters, Spad XVI, and Sopwith 1-1/2-Strutter biplane reconnaissance aircraft parked on a ramp at a French air base. Large canvas-covered maintenance hangars in the background. Two Spad XIIIs, a Spad VII and four British Sopwith 1-1/2-Strutter biplanes parked in front of the canvas-covered hangars. Sopwith 1-1/2-Strutter in a flight line at the air base. Mechanics push a Spad VII. A group of officers get in cockpits and looks over a group of Spad XIIIs at the air base.
Activities at the U.S.First Air Depot in Colombey-les-Belles, France during World War 1. A Spad XIII biplane fighter is parked in front of a canvas hangar, containing two French airplanes (painted with blue-white-red tail fin flashing). Mechanics pull the prop through on the Spad but have trouble starting it. Two of them take turns and finally get the engine started. A group of mechanics and soldiers push a Spad XIII up to and into a tattered Bessoneau hangar with an officer supervising. Row of Salmson 2A2s in background.
The U.S. 96th Aero Squadron at the First Air Depot in Colombey-les-Belles, France during World War 1. Chief of Air Service, American Expeditionary Forbce, Brigadier General Benjamin D. Foulois and other officers look over De Havilland DH-4 biplane bombers parked at the air base. Their tails are painted in the French scheme, with blue-white-red vertical stripes. Brigadier General Foulois gets into the cockpit of one of the aircraft. He poses for the camera, beside an airplane, smoking his pipe. He and his staff stroll across the grassy field past parked airplanes.
Activities of U.S. 96th Aero Squadron at the First Air Depot in Colombey-les-Belles, France during World War I. U.S. soldiers check out and fire a double Lewis machine gun on a test bench before mounting it into an aircraft.
U.S. 96th Aero Squadron at First Air Depot in Colombey-les-Belles, France during World War I. A De Havilland DH-4 bomber taxis on the airfield. A DH-4 seen in flight overhead, maneuvering to land. Next, it is seen parked on the grassy field. The pilot and gunner are both standing in their respective cockpits, facing each other and conversing, while the engine still runs intermittently as it shuts down. Scene shifts to Air Service personnel heading across the grass toward a completely inverted Salmson 2A2 reconnaissance airplane in the distance. Closeup of an American Sergeant, under the inverted airplane, examining the gunner's cockpit and area around it. The airframe seems to be relatively undamaged. It appears as it the aircraft nosed-over on landing. Another view shows a large group of curious American airmen standing around the aircraft. French roundels can be seen painted on the bottom of its lower wing. A motorcycle stands in the foreground.
Activities at the First Air Depot in Colombey-les-Belles, France during World War I. An early morning scene shows a large number of new De Havilland DH-4 bombers, painted in French colors, parked on the airfield. Pilots and mechanics begin to move amongst the aircraft and work on them. Extended panorama of hangars and buildings with clouds in the sky. New DH-4 and Spad XIII aircraft near canvas hangars. Some aircraft stripped for parts or repair. Mechanics and pilots near the aircraft. Men smooth parts of the airfield using horse-drawn wooden platforms. Pilots and mechanics near new and repaired parked aircraft.