Crowd gathered to watch air show celebrating 20th anniversary of Langley Field, Virginia. Seven Y1B-17s from the 2nd Bombardment Group, at Langley Field, fly very low in an echelon-right formation. The crowd gazes at the sky. Several Consolidated PB-2As, from the 8th Pursuit Group, in flight. R3-2As dive and fly by in front of the crowd. A lone Y1B-17 flies low over the ground. One of several low-flying PB-2As, 35–50, of Headquarters Squadron, 8th Pursuit Group, suddenly dives into the ground and crashes, bursting into flames. People watch the burning wreckage. A crash truck responds and is seen besides the wreckage. Spectators rush towards the crashed plane. (Army Air Corps Major Alfred J. Waller was killed in the crash and Observer, Sergeant John Johnston was injured.)
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.
Six B-17 aircraft parked in a row in grassy field at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. A B-17 aircraft taxis and takes off. Five B-17s in flight over land and water. Airplanes in different flight formations.