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Scenes showing some of the earliest aircraft in the first decade of human heavier-than-air flight

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.

Date: 1909
Duration: 5 min 7 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Demonstrations of early aircraft by aviators in Europe.

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.

Date: 1909
Duration: 2 min 10 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. Generals and other officials discuss with soldiers on battlefields in the European Theater.

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.

Date: 1946
Duration: 1 min 52 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Former U.S. Army Lieutenants Lahm and Foulois recall their flights with Orville Wright in 1909

A film about the history of aviation in the United States. Retired Air Force Brigadier General, Frank Lahm talks about his first flight, as an Army Lieutenant, with Orville Wright on the Wright Flyer airplane, in July, 1909.Then, Retired Major GeneralBenjamin Foulois recalls how, as an Army Lieutenant, he flew the final cross-country and speed test flight from Fort Myer to Alexandria , Virginia, and back, again, with Orville Wright on 30th July, 1909. Film then shows that event, on July 30, 1909. Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois is seen climbing aboard the Wright Flyer airplane to accompany Orville Wright on the final cross-country and speed test required by the U.S. Army before it would purchase any aircraft. View of the Wright Flyer taking off with Wright and Foulois. Spectators watch in the background. View from another perspective of the aircraft taking off from Fort Myer, Virginia. View of the Wright Flyer being moved by several soldiers after landing back on the Fort Myer drill ground. (In his comments about this, Foulois notes that the flight set three world records: flying ten miles cross-country; attaining altitude of 600 feet, and speed of 42.5 miles per hour.)

Date: 1953
Duration: 1 min 56 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. AEF soldiers set up machine gun defenses North of Villers-Tournelle, during World War I

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)

Date: 1918, May
Duration: 2 min 14 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Wilbur Wright flies his airplane during an exhibition flight in Rome, Italy in 1909.

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.

Date: 1909
Duration: 1 min 8 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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