Aviation history of the U.S. Army Air Corps in the United States. A young boy seated in a chair reads a book. Aircraft in formation flight. Orville Wright demonstrates an airplane at Fort Myer, Virginia in 1908 during its first public exhibition. Trees and mountains in the background. Orville sets a new world record. He is in the cockpit of a Wright aircraft. The aircraft takes off and is in flight. People at the field watch him.
A film about the history of aviation in the United States. Automobile and pedestrian traffic in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. A man and a woman talk over a telephone. A man clicks pictures. Wright home in Dayton, Ohio. Housekeeper who was with the rights in 1903 speaks. A bicycle shop worker tells how he made the Wright's first engine. A machine shop and bicycles in a workshop. A glider in flight in Kitty Hawk. A motor in a workshop. Men assemble parts of an airplane. Early Martin and Curtis airplanes, French pilots in their early airplanes the Wrights taking off from Fort Myer in 1908. The Wright brothers demonstrate an airplane over Fort Myer, Virginia. Lieutenant Law talks about how he helped interest army officials in the airplane and how he first flew. He prepares for his first flight. The first flight of Lieutenant Law. The airplane crashes killing Lieutenant Law and injuring Orville Wright.
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.
The history of aviation. Soldiers move the Wright aircraft out of the hangar building at Fort Meyer in Virginia, United States. American aviator Lieutenant Frank Purdy Lahm sitting at controls of the aircraft. Orville Wright making final preparation prior to take off. Orville Wright get into control section of the airplane. Wright flier takes off from Fort Myer,Virginia. Headquarters building in the background.
Official trial of the Wright airplane at Fort Myer in Virginia, United States demonstrating compliance with specifications in the presence of the Aeronautical Board, U.S. Signal Corps. The storage building for Wright airplane at Fort Myer. U.S. President William Taft looks through doors which are surrounded by U.S. Naval and Army officers and civilians. President Taft in the crowd. Army personnel removing the doors from the building. Men remove the airplane from the hangar. They move the airplane across to the launching site near the headquarters building at Fort Myer.
A film titled 'Lieutenant Foulois and Orville Wright make the first cross country flight. Fort Myer to Alexandria, Virginia and return'. Orville Wright along with Lieutenant Benjamin Foulois prepares to make first cross country flight. They climb into the seat of the plane. Men aboard plane.