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.
President Woodrow Wilson reviews Army units at Fort Myer. Officers on horses. Troops ready for inspection. The President and other officials arrive for the ceremony. The President along with Secretary of War Newton Diehl Baker on stage. They inspect the troops. Soldiers approach the stage, greet the President and salute. A photographer takes pictures. People watch the event.
United States Army 3rd Infantry Regiment also known as 'Old Guard' during the funeral of General Jacob Devers at Fort Myer in Virginia, United States. Members of the 3rd Infantry Regiment on horseback. A riderless horse with a riding boot placed in a backwards position in the stirrup. Officials lined up outside the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel as soldier pallbearers carry a flag draped casket out of the chapel. Pallbearers place the casket on the caisson carriage. Honor guard lined up. Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Regiment march in the military funeral procession. Deavers was commander of the 6th Army Group in Europe during World War II. Following D-Day, Devers was the first U.S. military officer to reach the Rhine River.
Montage of scenes illustrating development of mechanized warfare beginning with American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) engaged in World War I. Infantry moving out of trenches and advancing on battlefield. U.S. troops firing Browning M1917 machine gun,1903 Springfield rifles, and Stokes mortar. AEF vehicles ostensibly an improvement over horses, but having difficulty in mud. A truck pulling a large artillery gun. A German 80cm K (E) rail gun (developed in 1934) shown at the Rugenwalde Test Range in Germany. It moves along curving rails and is elevated to its maximum elevation (65 degrees). Two World War 1 rail guns firing. An American World War I Naval 14-inch rail gun firing. Allied heavy howitzers firing in World War 1 (one with gun crew in gas masks). American gunners with a French 75 field piece and caisson. French soldier advancing in no-mans-land. The Wright brothers brought warfare into the air with their Wright Flyer airplane, seen being maneuvered on the ground by U.S. Army personnel at Fort Myer, Virginia, circa 1909. A De Havilland DH-4 airplane taking off in World War I. A German Fokker D.VIII in flight.Three U.S. Army Air Service Curtiss P-1B Hawk pursuit aircraft in flight, circa 1926. Aerial dog fight scene including view from behind a pilot in open cockpit biplane (from feature film, circa 1927). Brief view of Renault FT tank maneuvering in World War I. Narrative and clips shift to historical perspective of warfare, showing use of horse and chariot,starting in ancient Assyria and use of elephants in later years by Hannibal.Pictures of mounted soldiers, in the middle ages, waging war in armor, and being transported in a wagon. Shift to World War I showing British Mark IV tanks maneuvering in a field.
United States Army 3rd Infantry Regiment also known as 'Old Guard' during the military funeral of General Jacob Devers at Fort Myer in Virginia, United States. Horse drawn caisson carriage enters the gates of the Arlington National cemetery. The Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer visible behind. U.S. 3rd Infantry Regiment pallbearers fold the American flag over the casket. An officer presents the flag to the widow of General Jacob Devers. A sign on a gravestone reads 'Devers'.
Orville Wright and U.S. Army aviator Frank Purdy Lahm, the first army passenger, test the "Wright Flyer" at Fort Myer, Virginia. Preparations for the take off of the aircraft. Frank Purdy Lahm sits at the controls with Wright standing in the front and releasing the ropes. Lahm and Orville Wright take seats in the aircraft. Men standing beside a catapult in front of buildings. Good views of Fort Myer buildings of the era. They adjust the position of the catapult. The catapult as seen from the front of the aircraft. View of catapult from behind the aircraft. The Wright Flyer takes off. The aircraft in flight. It circles over a field and buildings. Headquarters building in the background. The aircraft in flight over the field.