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Charles Lindbergh arrives in New York to claim the Orteig Prize as the first Allied aviator to fly non-stop beteen New York City and Paris

View from the ground at Mitchel Field, on Long Island Spirit as the Spirit of St. Louis is seen circling to land. A small group of people stand near a hangar. Lindbergh's plane lands on the grass field and taxis toward three army soldiers there to help him park. Lindbergh, in flying gear, steps from his airplane. Closeups of him standing near it. Scene shifts to Brooklyn New York, where Lindbergh, now dressed in business suit, and surrounded by a crowd, descends wooden steps to enter an open car. He sits prominently in the back of the car, accompanied by Raymond Orteig and officials. Mounted police escort the car. View from rear as motorcade drives along a festooned Brooklyn street with a "Welcome Lindy" banner stretched across the road. Motorcycle police escort the cars. Spectators crowd the sidewalks. The motorcade continues through leafy boulevards and open highways. Everywhere enthusiastic crowds line the way. American flags decorate the lead car. A group of Boy Scouts with massed American flags lines one side of the highway. Crowds, waving American flags, teeter on the edge of the sidewalks along a commercial section of town. View from a high location overlooking Prospect Park in Brooklyn, where people throng the sidewalks and park paths. Camera pans across the park. A motorcade (now grown to include numerous cars) circles to enter at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to the park. A slate reads: At Knights of Columbus Building for a luncheon in his honor." Then the motorcade stops at a building festooned with patriotic bunting and a banner reading: "U.S. Council 126 K of C." Later, Lindbergh enters the open car again with Raymond Orteig and they leave. Next, at the Brevoort Hotel (owned by Mr. Orgteig) an elaborate check for twenty five thousand dollars is shown. It is dated June 17, 1927 and signed by Raymond Orteig. Lindbergh and Orteig shake hands and chat amicably while attempting to pose for a photograph. Glimpse of U.S. Capitol building overlaid by a "Welcome Lindy" sign. Closeup of Lindbergh superimposed on top of that along with a waving American flag.

Date: 1927, June 17
Duration: 4 min 24 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field for his famous solo flight from New York to Paris.

People gathered early on a misty morning at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, to watch as Charles Lindbergh attempts to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in his airplane, The Spirit of St. Louis. The plane starts its takeoff role between groups of spectators, raising dust. The spectators move to get a better view as the plane continues, out of sight in the fog and mist. It is not clear where the plane is, although engine sound has changed. Spectators strain to see it through the mist. Then, some cheers are raised when the crowd realizes that Lindbergh has successfully taken off in his heavily laden airplane. The opening caption refers to Curtiss Field, where the Spirit of St. Louis was test flown and reportedly maintained in Hanger 16. there, from May 12th through the 20th. However, for the Paris flight, the plane was towed a mile to Roosevelt Field where, heavily loaded with fuel, it could take advantage of the longer runway for takeoff. (Note: Both fields were originally part of the old Hempstead Plains Field renamed Hazlehurst Field when taken over by the U.S. Army in 1917. U.S. Geological survey maps of 1918 show three areas named, respectively, Hazelhurst Aviation Field No. 1; Aviation Field No. 2; and Camp Albert L. Mills, abutting it. Field No. 2 was renamed Mitchel Field on July 16, 1918. The eastern part of Field No. 1 was dedicated as Roosevelt Field, on September 24, 1918. After the war, the western part of Field No. 1 became known as Curtiss Field, associated, as it was, with the Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Company located there.)

Date: 1927, May 20
Duration: 2 min 4 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Charles Lindbergh feted in Washington, DC and New York City, upon return to U.S. after his historic transatlantic flight

American aviator Charles A. Lindbergh arrives aboard USS Memphis (CL-13) at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C. upon his return from Europe to the United States following his pioneering trans-Atlantic solo flight. He comes down the gangplank and is greeted by a phalanx of officials. They drive Lindbergh away in an open car. Two days later, June 13, 1927, the scene shifts to New York harbor, where there is a virtual traffic jam of ships and boats of all sizes and shapes, assembled to greet Lindbergh. Fireboats salute with streams of water as Lindberg arrives (as backseat passenger) in a seaplane from Mitchel Field on Long Island. The seaplane is seen flying over the harbor,and descending to land. The seaplane is seen in the water amongst the flotilla of vessels, as. Lindbergh is picked up by a police launch that takes him to the ship Macom, where he is helped aboard by passengers. (He almost falls into the water while stepping from the launch to the ship.) Lindbergh waves from the deck of the Macom, as they proceed in a parade of vessels toward a Manhattan pier. Upon arriving, Lindbergh is hustled into an open car and driven away surrounded by New york City policemen,including mounted police, who escort the car through mobs of spectators. Police form lines to hold back enthusiastic admirers. The car proceeds along a city street where cheering spectators jam the sidewalks and office workers create a virtual storm of ticker tape and confetti from their windows high above the street.

Date: 1927, June 11
Duration: 3 min 51 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Various "firsts" in U.S. aviation history from 1918 through 1924; early history of flight and vintage flight scenes

Shows several aviation "firsts" accomplished by U.S. Army Air Service aviators in the period from 1918 through 1924. A close formation of biplanes in flight. President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson chat with Major Fleet, Officer in charge, on the occasion of the first air mail flight, inaugurated on May 15,1918 between Washington DC and New York.The mail is loaded into the Curtis JN-4 aircraft. Pilot in the cockpit. The aircraft takes off and in flight. Air Service. Mention of aviators helping spot forest fires. Smoke rising from forest fires and mountain ranges. In 1920, U.S. Army Captain St. Clair Streett is seen with some of his Squadron who flew four De Havilland DH-4 aircraft 9,000 miles, from New York City to Nome, Alaska. Two of the men play with pet dogs. Their itinerary is painted on the side of one of the aircraft, along with the names of pilot and mechanic (C.E. Crumline and J.E. Long). In 1923 the first non stop coast-to-coast flight was made in the Fokker T-2 aircraft. . A sign on the aircraft reads 'Army Air Service non stop coast to coast'.First Lieutenants Oakley O.Kelly and John A. Macready board the aircraft, at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, on May 2, 1923. Their Fokker T-2 in flight. Their arrival at Rockwell Field, on Coronado Island (San Diego) California. In 1924, Lt. Russell Maughan is seen boarding his P-1 Hawk airplane at Mitchel Field, on Long Island, New York, and taking off , bound for Crissy Field at the Presidio, San Francisco, California. His goal is the first dawn-to-dusk, coast-to-coast flight. Views of his P-1 Hawk airplane flying over Manhattan, New York City.

Date: 1920
Duration: 2 min 18 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Colonel Lindbergh officially completes three month tour in his airplane 'Spirit of Saint Louis', at Mitchel Field, New York.

Officials and crowd assembled at Long Island's Mitchel Field to welcome Colonel Charles Augustus Lindbergh. Colonel Lindbergh's airplane 'Spirit of St Louis' pushed by men at airfield. Charles Lindbergh poses with an officer. Cameramen take pictures while Colonel Lindbergh gets into car.

Date: 1927, October 23
Duration: 45 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Curtiss P-40 aircraft of the USAAC 8th Pursuit Group on the flight line at Mitchel Field, and airborne over shore of Long Island, New York.

View from the front, of Curtiss P-40 aircraft, from the U.S. Army Air Corps 8th Pursuit Group parked side-by-side with engines running on the flight line of Mitchel Field, Long Island, New York. View from their rear. Next, three flights of three aircraft each are flying at low altitude, over the shore and waters of Long Island.

Date: 1940
Duration: 43 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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