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.
U.S. Army Air Force Curtiss P-36 Hawk airplanes of the Headquarters Squadron 8th Pursuit Group perform demonstration flights on Army Day, April 6, 1939, at Langley Airfield near Hampton Virginia. A long line of P-36 aircraft in a flight line, with engines running. The first airplane, numbered PH-1, taxis, followed by the next, numbered PH-2, and so on. Several buildings of Langley Airfield can be seen in distance. Planes take off and fly in large formations. Aerial view from above of P-36s in formation over the field. Aerial views from below the formations.
U.S. Army bombers in demonstration flights out of Langley Field on Army Day, April 6, 1939, in the United States. A USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress bomber takes off from Langley Field near Hampton Virginia, right toward and then over the camera. A flight of six B-17s headed toward the camera. Aerial views of several B-17 formations in flight. Foreign officers walking around a U.S. Air Force B-29 parked on the airfield.
Views of extreme destruction from an earthquake in Chile, on January 24, 1939, that killed 25 thousand and injured 40 thousand persons. Homeless people stand out side wreckage. Relief supplies that the U.S. Army Air Corps flew from Panama are seen. Since all Red Cross medical planes were already being used, U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered additional medical supplies to be transported on the U.S. Army Air Corps XB-15 bomber, a single prototype, operated by the 2nd Bombardment Group at Langley Field, Virginia. Views of pilot, Major Caleb V. Haynes, supervising the loading of supplies. With Major Haynes,at the controls, the XB-15 is seen taking off on its earthquake relief mission in February 1939. Later, it is seen landing back at Langley Field, Virginia, after completing its mission. (Note: For this exceptional flight, Major Haynes and his crew were awarded the MacKay Trophy, in 1939.)
Airplanes in a line. Brazilian Army Chief inspecting planes and United States military personnel explain about the plane in Langley Field, Viginia. A plane takes off and army chief sees it fly. Planes fly by as army officials watch.
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.