Mankind's earliest attempts at achieving heavier-than-air flight, and footage of early and historic flight and aircraft. Animated film clip showing imaginary rocket in flight. View from an airplane taking off with other aircraft and terminal buildings seen outside. A caption reading "We can fly." Views from airplane windows of scenes below, including a town, bodies of water, Alpine lodges, and snow-covered mountains. (Views are from a Ju52 passenger plane, the corrugated wings, of which are seen.) Some views are out of the small round port window of the airplane. Sequence shifts to film reenactment of Otto Lilienthal setting up one of his gliders, and running downhill to launch it (circa 1895). A still photo of Lilienthal aloft in one of his gliders. View of German Karl Jatho's airplane, circa 1903. The American Wright brothers airplane being started and taking off. The Wright Flyer airplane in flight. The Voisin-Farman I airplane in flight. it was built by Frenchman Gabriel Voisin and flown by aviator Henri Farman in 1907. Danish inventor-engineer,Jacob Christian Hansen-Ellehammer, in his airplane, 1906. Louis Bleriot inspects his airplane, circa 1909. A pilot (not Bleriot) sits cockpit of a Bleriot airplane with engine running. He taxis and takes off.A biplane built by Gabriel Voisin in flight, circa 1909. A light monoplane built by German aviator,Hans Grade,takes off, flies a while, and lands again,at an air show in 1909. The pilot crawls out of the airplane.Photograph of The Etrich Taube (AKA Rumpler Taube) monoplane,in flight. It was designed in 1909 by Igo Etrich of Austria-Hungary, and first flown in 1910.
A film on the development of air power of the United States. Wilbur Wright demonstrated his invention before the King of Italy and Italian government officials in 1909. Soldiers push the Wright aircraft out of a hangar. The King of Italy and Italian officials watch the take off of the Wright aircraft from a launching rail. Flight of five early model aircraft over water. French aviator Louis Bleriot seated in his Bleriot VI Tandem monoplane. A man turns the propeller and starts the aircraft. A man working on a Farman Voisin bi-plane. American aviator Glenn H Curtiss seated in his Gold Bug bi-plane. He starts the motor and the aircraft taxis away.
The history of West Point Military Academy. Battle memorials in Europe are shown. U.S. Army General John J. Pershing talks to soldiers. A soldier reads books in an army library. 'The 1909 Howitzer' written on a book. Books on shelves in the background. He reads about various soldiers and their achievements. The soldiers fire artillery. U.S. Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower talks to the soldiers. U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur discusses with other officials. The soldiers march on a field.
Two U.S. soldiers in a foxhole, set up a French Hotchkiss Model 1914 heavy machine gun, North of Villers-Tournelle, during World War I. Several American soldiers crawl across a field and set up another Hotchkiss machine gun on a tripod. One of the supporting soldiers runs forward to give the gunners two ammunition cannisters. Scene shifts to another team setting up a Hotchkiss Model 1909 light machine gun, on a tripod. Soldiers with ammunition are seen in background. Several American machine gunners step through their own barbed wire defenses to set up another Hotchkiss Model 1909 light machine gun. A machine gun crew firing a Hotchkiss Model 1914, pointed skyward. One feeds strips of 8mm lebel ammunition into the gun. (World War 1. WWI. WW1)
Glenn Hammond Curtiss at the controls his Pusher airplane, the "Rheims Rider", which he flew to win the Gordon Bennett trophy, on August 28, 1909, in the Grande Semaine d'Aviation, at Rheims, France. Ground crew turns propeller and engine starts. Glenn Curtiss taxis out for takeoff.
The Wright Brothers promote their airplane through an exhibition flight in Rome, Italy in 1909. Italian soldiers assist with the removal of the Wright aircraft from a storage building. The Wright aircraft takes off from a launching rail. An Italian officer accompanies Wilbur Wright on the flight. Italian King Victor Emmanuel III and members of cabinet stand on an airfield and watch the show. Several of the spectators take pictures of the aircraft in flight. The aircraft goes down the rail, takes off, flies over a flat terrain and continues its flight.