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Fort Myer Virginia USA 1917 stock footage and images

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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. Army personnel move the Wright airplane to the launching site for an official exhibition of its flight in Virginia, U.S.

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.

Date: 1909, September 27
Duration: 3 min 42 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
President Woodrow Wilson reviews Army units 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.

Date: 1917
Duration: 2 min 7 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Launch of Wright plane in North Carolina on 17 December 1903 and in Virginia on 09 September 1908, United States.

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.

Date: 1903, December 17
Duration: 2 min 49 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Aviation history. First hand accounts from persons who knew and worked with the Wright brothers.

Views of traffic on a city street around the turn of the 20th century. A mix of horse and buggies and motorcars and bicycles. People waiting for a trolley car. Reenactment of persons using an early telephone and of early filmmakers at work. The Wright brothers home at 7 Hawthorne Street, West Dayton, Ohio. The Wrights' former housekeeper, Carrie Grumbach, recalls December 17, 1903, a telegram arriving about the Wright brothers successful first powered flight. Glimpse of Wright brothers machine shop. Charlie Taylor, who had worked in their shop, speaks of being pleased at their accomplishment. View of the Wrights flying gliders at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Charlie Taylor describing how he machined and built the motor for the Wright brothers airplane. Glimpse of that motor or a facsimile. Men positioning the Wright brothers airplane for launching, and French citizens gathered to watch a demonstration of their airplane in France. French aviation pioneer, Henri Farman with two other men in his Voisin-Farman I airplane. They begin takeoff. Closeup of Brazilian aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos-Dumont. Other early aircraft in flight. A Wright Flyer passing over the Fort Myer drill ground in Virginia. An Army balloon in the background. Retired United States Air Force Brigadier General, Frank P. Lahm, walks across the tarmac on an airport and speaks for interviewer (unseen). He speaks about the difficulty the Wright brothers had in convincing the U.S. Army of the value of their airplane. He tells that in December, 1907, Wilber Wright was finally granted an inteview with the Board of Ordnance and Fortifications, which led to a contract, in 1908, with the Signal Corps. Moving images, from that year, of Orville Wright and assistants bringing a Wright Flyer to Fort Myer, Virginia, to conduct flight trials for the Army. Views of the airplane being flown all around the area, watched by spectators. After landing on the 9th of September, 1908, then, Lieutenant Lahm, accepts Orville Wright's offer to fly with him. Lahm climbs aboard the airplane, sits next to Orville Wright, and they are seen taking off and flying about for six minutes and forty seconds. (Lahm is the first. military officer to ever fly in an airplane.) The next scene shows the wreck of a Wright Flyer, in which Army Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge was killed and Orville Wright injured, on September 17, 1908.

Date: 1953
Duration: 4 min 48 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Numerous scenes showing evolution of mechanized warfare emphasizing World War I. but including footage as late as 1934

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.

Date: 1918
Duration: 3 min 16 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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