History of aviation. A balloon in flight. Glider such as interested U.S. War Department as early as 1898. In 1903, a crew of men moving a Wright Flyer into position. Two men turn over propellers on a Wright Flyer, and the engine starts. View of the Wright-designed water-cooled engine. View of Orville Wright. The famous first powered flight, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with Orville Wright at controls. Animation shows that 120 foot flight juxtaposed against a B-36 wing. Wilbur Wright in Europe, in 1908, gesturing as he converses with interested parties. A gallery of spectators including the President of France and royalty from England, Spain, and Italy. Wilbur Wright places a wheel under the right wing of a Wright Flyer and lashes it to the strut. A team of horses pulls the plane across the field. Men maneuver the plane onto a monorail on the ground. Men pull on a heavy rope to raise a weight in a tower, for a catapult. Two men spin the propellers and the Wright Brothers airplane motor starts. Wilbur Wright and his passenger, a French journalist, board the plane. The catapult weight drops, launching the aircraft which flies low over the field. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, on a podium. War department issues specifications for a heavier-than-air craft. Reenactment of a Wright brother signing a bid contract. A Wright Flyer airborne at Fort Myer, Virginia, as the Wrights meet the Army specifications and sell, U.S. Army airplane number 1, to the War Department, in 1908. Gold Aviator wings being pinned on the uniform of a U.S. Army pilot. Photograph of Army Air Forces Chief, General Henry (Hap) Arnold, wearing his original aviator wings on his service uniform. A Glenn Curtis training airplane starting up and taking off. View of a DH-4 airplane and a Wright Flyer taking off together.
German slates refer to the dream of "Northern" people to fly, fulfilled by airplane development. . Scenes from Paris airshow in 1908, when it was a feature of the automobile show that year. Hangars bear names of aircraft companies: Bleriot; Vetze and others, with their respective airplanes parked on the grass in front of each. A man plays with a dog in the grass. Spectators are seated in stands set up in the background. Scene shifts to 1935, where a long row of German aircraft are shown parked with engines running. Then it shifts to 1943, with a long line of German Messerschmitt aircraft parked with engines running. An animated map shows air lines of communication emanating from center of Germany and extending throughout Europe. Huge formations of German warplanes are seen in flight.
View of picture of 1908 McLauglin-Buick and 1915 sedan auto. Map of Europe with German Iron Cross superimposed. Newspapers running off presses. Headline on paper reading, 'Arch Duke Assassinated.' Headline reading, 'Germany Declares War; All Europe is in Arms.' Headline reading, 'Germany Invades France', superimposed over German troops marching in background. Headline, 'French Resist at Marne.' Headline, 'Lusitania Sunk' with picture of the ship. Newspaper presses running. Printer reading paper with headlines 'U.S. Declares War.' Paper reading, 'U.S. At War.' Headline, 'U.S. Troops Land in France.' Billboard sign, 'Beat Back the Hun With Liberty Bonds' superimposed over picture of troops marching in background. Ships under construction. Destroyer underway.
The history of aviation. A glider being launched from a hillside in Germany. The glider is parked. Several men stand nearby. The glider in flight overhead. The first flight of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina on December 17, 1903. A still photograph of Wright Brothers' aircraft in flight. The pilot in a prone position while piloting the aircraft. Launching of Wright Brothers' aircraft in France on August 8, 1908. A launching tower, weight dropping and the take off of the aircraft are shown. Spectators in stands watch the air show. Headlines of a New York newspaper proclaim Wright's flight in France.
Launch of Wright plane in North Carolina on 17 December 1903 and in Virginia on 09 September 1908, United States. Wibur Wright places wheels beneath wing on Kill devil hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, United States. Wright plane takes its first flight after launch. Flight of plane in France. Two men pull props through on the Wright aircraft. Frenchmen stand and watch Wilbur Wright who makes adjustment on aircraft engine. Launching tower at right. Wright plane launches by catapult in France. Civilians and officers attend the air show. Wright plane passes overhead. Flight of Wright plane in United States. Orville Wright and Lieutenant Lahm sits on control section of the plane. Wright plane launches by catapult launch track at Fort Myers in Virginia on 09 September 1908. Plane in flight at Fort Myers. Spectators watch the plane. Army personnel move the Wright plane across open terrain they remove hangar doors from storage building. Army personnel grouped around the Wright aircraft. President Taft stand along the spectators. President Taft walk through spectators.
Chronicling history of early flight. A German motorless glider early aircraft is launched from atop a hill and flies over bystanders on a field. Short history of the Wright Brothers flights at Kitty Hawk is given, showing planes, hangar, and living quarters for the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina during 1903 to 1908 period. Footage of successful flightby Wilbur Wright in Le Mans France on August 8, 1908. People watch from grandstand as plane flies. Newspaper headlines detail success in Le Mans. Front page of "The North American" is shown with headline "Wright Glides in Air as a Hawk; flies 2.17 Miles in 106 Seconds!"