Wright brothers' first flight together near Dayton Ohio in 1910. Wilber is in the pilot's seat with Orville as passenger to his right.(Until this flight, the Wrights had never flown together so that if one of them was killed, the other could continue their work.) Next, a view of Alberto Santos-Dumont, and the first European flight made by him on 13 September 1909. Following segment shows crowds gathered at Washington DC Polo field as truck arrives carrying mail to be loaded on the first U.S. Air mail flight, May 15, 1918. Army pilot, Lieutenant Webb, in his JN-4H airplane, on Southbound flight from New York, takes off from Philadelphia, where he stopped to pick up more mail. He flies over the Washington Polo Field upon arrival. We see his airplane being unloaded as he jumps down from cockpit and crowds watch. Views of first transatlantic flight begins with takeoff of three out of four existing United States Navy Curtiss flying boat aircraft from Newfoundland, on May 16, 1919. Curtiss flying boats NC-1, NC-3, NC-4 are seen at takeoff from Newfoundland on first leg of the transatlantic journey. Flying Boat NC-4 is also seen at one of its foreign ports, though which is unclear (Azores, Lisbon, or England).
American troops waving their hats, hands and a flag in celebration of the Armistice ending hostilities. American troops escort smiling prisoners.Crowds celebrate in a public square. American soldiers celebrate while riding on an army truck through crowds. Soldiers kiss some girls. Crowds celebrate in New York City. A coffin for War is inscribed with statements saying: "Died November 11, 1918" and "Remember the Lustania" and "Gimbel Brothers". Celebrating people ride on the roofs of cars. One carries a chained effigy of German Kaiser that men hit with clubs. General Pershing, accompanied by officials, salutes the crowd and enters an open car that proceeds in a motorcade during "ticker tape" parade in New York City. General Pershing, on horseback, leads troops in victory parade. President Woodrow Wilson is seen aboard the ship SS George Washington during his December 1919 voyage to France to participate in the Paris Peace Conference leading to the Treaty of Versailles. "Vive Wilson" is spelled out in light bulbs on sign above Paris street during parade in Paris honoring Woodrow Wilson. Parisians celebrate with parade through the Arc de Triomphe on 16 December, 1918.
German submarines taken as war prizes by Britain after World War I. A British official is taken by boat to inspect the submarines. Accompanied by British Naval offiers, he steps walks along the deck of the German submarine, U-9, pointing to its identifying letters. He poses with the officers. Visible behind them is the British submarine, L-15. (Note: The German U-boat, U-9, was surrendered on November 26, 1918 and broken up at Morecambe, England, in 1919.)
A film looking at some of the tragic human costs of World War 1 ("The Great War"). Opening slates read, (in French) "What the war has left behind it." "9 million dead." Then, a vast battlefield cemetery is shown,filled with rough wooden crosses. Camera pans over parts of it. Another, better tended cemetery is seen with finer crosses. Then another battlefield graveyard, with freshly dug graves and rough markers is shown. Slate reads, "The sea, a vast tomb." Another slate reads, millions of crippled," followed by scenes of Allied soldiers and medics, carrying their gear, across a barren battlefield. One rough cross is seen.In next scene it is clear they are scouring the battlefield for wounded and dead. Stretcher bearers make their way cautiously across ditches and makeshift bridges as they retrieve the wounded. Two assist a walking wounded soldier with bandaged eyes. Wounded seen being brought into a sandbagged brick building serving as a hospital. A field ambulance also takes patients from the hospital. A convoy of field ambulances carry wounded from the battlefields. A two-stacker British hospital ship steaming at high speed away from a French port, headed for England. Wounded British war veterans being moved in wicker wheel chairs outside a substantial building. Uniformed attendant picks one up bodily and places him into another wicker wheel chair that allows his legs to be outstretched. The attendant covers him with a blanket. Next, that veteran is seen, conversing with a men, in an outdoor area, where other wheel-chair bound veterans are enjoying small flower gardens and socializing in the sunshine. A white-coated caregiver assists a stooped veteran who takes many small steps to walk. Next is seen the famous 1919 painting by John Singer Sargeant, of blinded soldiers on the battlefield, titled, "Gassed." (It is now in the British Imperial War Museum.) Slate reads "They'll never see again," and several blind veterans are seen in dark glasses walking outdoors in the company of others. Blind veterans are seen making baskets by hand.
Russian and British Trade unionists stand at the steps of Hamilton House in England. Colonel John Ward, Member of Parliament and Mr WA Appleton Secretary of Federation of trade unionists receive Russian Trade Unionists. They stand in front of the building shake hands, talk and pose.
Discharged soldiers demonstrate at Trafalgar Square in London, England. Man speaks from the platform. Men in the crowd raise hands. A man speaks from a platform while another sits and stands near the Trafalgar lion. Soldiers stand near the crowd. Another man speaks.