People gather to watch air show commemorating 20th anniversary of Langley field, Virginia. Long line of P-12s parked with engines running on the air base ready for flight. Crew members rush towards the planes. Y1B-17 bombers, from 2nd Bombardment Group, move slowly along taxi strip toward the runway. One of the B-17B takes off. Nine B-17Bs in flight in echelon formation. PT-6 lays a smoke screen. P3-2As and PB-2As, of the 8th Pursuit Group, fly low over the field. Suddenly, one PB-2A dives and crashes into the ground, and burns. Smoke arises from the crashed plane. (Major Alfred J. Waller is killed in the crash and his observer, Sergeant John Johnston is injured.)
People gather for an air show celebrating the 20th anniversary of Langley field, Virginia. B-18s parked on runway. Spectators stand in front of Administration building. Several Consolidated PB-2A airplanes of the 8th Pursuit Group are seen in the air. A flight of Y1B-17 bombers, from the 2nd Bombardment Group, flying low over the crowd. Several PB-2As are also flying low, when one of them suddenly dives towards the ground and crashes in front of the spectators. The pilot, Major Alfred J. Waller, is killed and the observer Sergeant John Johnston is injured. The Crashed aircraft aflame and smoke rising. Crash truck responds. People rush towards the plane.
Views of USAF (United States Air Force) airplanes parked at the airstrip of Langley Air Force Base. Lt. Col. Robert Olds standing in front of a B-17 airplane. A ground crew man gets into a rubber lifeboat and moves oars back and forth. Ground crewman pushing landing gear wheel of a B-17. B-17 taxiing and taking off from Langley airstrip. Aerial view of Langley field, nearby buildings and waterway as aircraft ascend. View inside B-17 of pilot and co-pilot in cockpit of the B-17. Airplanes in flight, aerial views of formation of B-17 aircraft in flight.
View of YB-17 bomber piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Olds, Commander of the U.S. Army Air Corps 2nd Bomb Group, seen aloft, during an historic non-stop flight from March Field, California, to Langley Field, Virginia. The YB-17 lands at Langley Field. Next, Lieutenant Colonel Olds is seen discussing the flight, while surrounded by U.S. Army officers all wearing campaign hats. Glimpse of YB-17s of the 2nd Bomb Group parked on the ramp at Langley Field.
About 300 aviation industry executives, engineers, and government officials, pose for a photograph, May 22, 1935, on stands set up in front of a full scale wind tunnel at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, at Langley field, Virginia. They are gathered for the 10th Annual Aircraft Engineering Research Conference, sponsored by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Among the notable members and officers of that Committee, seen in the gathering, is Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh. Scene shifts to the flightline at Langley Field, where three women walk in front of several parked executives' aircraft, including a Lockheed Vega airplane. Scene shifts back to the Aeronautical laboratory, where a Department of Commerce light airplane is seen mounted for aerodynamic tests at the wind tunnel. Conference attendees line a steel walkway to observe the full-scale wind tunnel in operation. Airflows can be seen in the process. Attendees gather behind a protective screen to observe propeller testing, in the Propeller research tunnel. Attendees (including Lindbergh) are seen walking about, and conversing, outside the Lab. Next, Colonel Lindbergh is seen climbing into a Lockheed Vega airplane and then in closeup through window of cockpit. He taxis out for takeoff.
Army Day demonstrations at Langley Field outside Hampton Virginia: A long line of U.S. Army Air Corps P-36 aircraft of the 8th Pursuit Group with engines running. Those closest to the camera display the logo of the 36th Pursuit Squadron "Flying Fiends." View of Langley Airfield tower and terminal buildings in background. The P-36s taxi out, one-by-one, for takeoff. Tail number of the first one is: PH-80. Flight of three perform a formation takeoff. Brief instant view of foreign officers in white uniforms standing with American airmen at Langley Field main terminal. View of radial engine running on a Boeing 247 aircraft. Men in truck loading cargo and baggage through open nose hatch of Boeing 247 aircraft. Airman closes and secures the nose hatch. View inside control tower. Operator gives pilot of Boeing 247 clearance to takeoff when ready. Scene changes to new setting and terrain. A Boeing 247 on takeoff roll with snow on the ground. Formations of Boeing P-26 airplanes in flight. Explosions below them in desert as they fly overhead. Two P-26s dive and drop bombs, respectively. Smoke rises from bomb explosions.