German slates refer to the dream of "Northern" people to fly, fulfilled by airplane development. . Scenes from Paris airshow in 1908, when it was a feature of the automobile show that year. Hangars bear names of aircraft companies: Bleriot; Vetze and others, with their respective airplanes parked on the grass in front of each. A man plays with a dog in the grass. Spectators are seated in stands set up in the background. Scene shifts to 1935, where a long row of German aircraft are shown parked with engines running. Then it shifts to 1943, with a long line of German Messerschmitt aircraft parked with engines running. An animated map shows air lines of communication emanating from center of Germany and extending throughout Europe. Huge formations of German warplanes are seen in flight.
View of picture of 1908 McLauglin-Buick and 1915 sedan auto. Map of Europe with German Iron Cross superimposed. Newspapers running off presses. Headline on paper reading, 'Arch Duke Assassinated.' Headline reading, 'Germany Declares War; All Europe is in Arms.' Headline reading, 'Germany Invades France', superimposed over German troops marching in background. Headline, 'French Resist at Marne.' Headline, 'Lusitania Sunk' with picture of the ship. Newspaper presses running. Printer reading paper with headlines 'U.S. Declares War.' Paper reading, 'U.S. At War.' Headline, 'U.S. Troops Land in France.' Billboard sign, 'Beat Back the Hun With Liberty Bonds' superimposed over picture of troops marching in background. Ships under construction. Destroyer underway.
The history of aviation. A glider being launched from a hillside in Germany. The glider is parked. Several men stand nearby. The glider in flight overhead. The first flight of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina on December 17, 1903. A still photograph of Wright Brothers' aircraft in flight. The pilot in a prone position while piloting the aircraft. Launching of Wright Brothers' aircraft in France on August 8, 1908. A launching tower, weight dropping and the take off of the aircraft are shown. Spectators in stands watch the air show. Headlines of a New York newspaper proclaim Wright's flight in France.
Picture of Johann Heinrich Graf Von Bernstorff and his wife. He was the German ambassador to the United Nations and Mexico from 1908 -1917. Huge crowd gathered on the road. Two officers talking amongst themselves. United States soldiers stand holding a banner that states 'The stars and the Stripes forever'.
Directors of the zeppelin Airship Building Company (Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmBH) in Germany. Commander Hugo Eckener seated in a chair and holds a cigar in his mouth while reading a paper. Dr. Ing Arenstein, engineer of zeppelin, works at a workshop. Dr. Ludwig Durr writes at desk and drink beverage.
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.