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.
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.
A film titled 'In 1909 Wilbur Wright demonstrated his invention before the King of Italy and Italian Government officials'. Wilbur Wright and his assistant in plane. Plane moves down a rail. Plane takes off. The plane flies past the group. Italian Officers watch as Wilbur Wright demonstrates his plane. Plane leaves rail and is airborne over flat field. View of air to ground, as first motion pictures are taken from an airplane.
Group of Military personnel and civilians walking away from the hangar building in Rome, Italy. Military leaders precede the King, his family and members of the cabinet. The removal of original Wright aircraft from Hangar building in Italy. Italian soldier assists in operation. The King, Military and civilian leaders inspecting the aircraft. Italian soldiers moving plane about to the starting point, men pull props on the same. Wilbur Wright makes adjustments on the aircraft engine. Wilbur Wright and Italian Army officers sitting at controls of the Wright aircraft. Launching of the aircraft from launching rail. Plane encircling over a small hill in area and coming in low across the open field, directly over camera. Spectators watching the aircraft. Members of party taking pictures of the same.
Wright aircraft stationary, Wilbur Wright standing besides the aircraft engine. Military and civilian spectators standing near the aircraft. Wilbur Wright posing for a picture. Aircraft to be launched. Wilbur Wright and Italian Army officer sitting in the control section. First motion picture from an airplane. Starting from the moment of launching from the launching rail. Flight over the open field and farm land. Flight towards a large walled-in-ruins.
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.