Glimpses of airplanes and crews that made the Pan American Goodwill flight that covered 22,000 miles to 21 Central and South American nations, in 1926. Aerial view of hangars and runway at kelly Air Base, Texas, as one of the five Loening OA-1 Amphibious aircraft takes off from the runway on Dec. 21, 1926.The five aircraft seen in flight over a city, are: The New York, with crew: Maj. Herbert Dargue and Lt. Ennis Whitehead; The San Antonio with crew: Capt. Arthur McDaniel and Lt. Charles Robinson; The San Francisco with crew: Capt. Ira Eaker and Lt. Muir Fairchild; The Detroit, with crew: Capt. Clinton Woolsey and Lt. John Benton; and The St. Louis, with crew: Lt. Bernard Thompson and Lt. Leonard Weddington. President Coolidge presenting the pilots with with citations for the Distinguished Flying Cross at Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., on May 2, 1927, at the opening of the Pan American Air Commission Conference.
United States Navy Lieutenant Commander, Richard Evelyn Byrd's arctic expedition to fly an airplane over the North Pole. U.S. Freighter Chantier docked in New York harbor. A Tug boat pushes the SS Chantier away from her pier in New York Harbor. Lt.Cmdr. Byrd, pilot Floyd Bennett, and two other members of the expedition, consult charts to plan their flight, during the cruise from New York to Norway. View from the ship's deck as they traverse sea covered with floating ice floes. closeups of the ice floes. View from the deck, as the SS Chantier approaches land, in King's Bay, Spitsbergen, Norway. A Norwegian gunboat is docked at the only pier. Snow and ice-covered mountains rise in the background. Several buildings, including a hangar, for the airship, Norge, are seen at the Norwegian camp. The Harbor master comes out to the Chantier, with three other men, in a dingy. They struggle through the ice floes, using long poles to help them maneuver.
'The Epic American Trans Atlantic Flight' depicts crashes involving various pilots in the United States. Captain Charles A. Lindbergh. On September 21, 1926, Rena Fonck stands in front of his Sikorsky airplane, ready to try a solo flight across the Atlantic to Paris. He takes off and crashes in flames.
Navy Commander Richard E. Byrd poses. On April 16, 1927, his Fokker C-2 trimotor airplane ("America"), piloted by Anthony Fokker, with Byrd, Floyd Bennett, and George O. Norville,on board, flips over on takeoff at Hasborough, New Jersey. In September, 1927. Clarence Chamberlin in a Bellanca plane taxis and takes off. The tail and right main wheel dig into the soft field on landing and the airplane is severely damaged. The wreck of the "American Legion" Keystone Pathfinder airplane that carried Commander Noel Davis and Lieutenant Stanton Wooster to their deaths, in a crash landing, in the Back river, near Langley Field, Virginia, In Paris, on April 26, 1927,Frenchmen, Captain Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli pose before taking off on their ill fated flight, in a Levasseur PL8 aircraft, named " White Bird." Charles Lindbergh standing next to his mother,Evangeline Land Lindbergh. The "Spirit of St. Louis" is towed out and refueled at Mineola, New York. Charles Lindbergh climbs into the plane and makes a bumpy takeoff. Bystanders watch. People gather to greet him upon arrival in Paris. Lindbergh poses with U.S. Ambassador to France Myron Herrick. Lindbergh honored by the French President Gaston Doumergue.
The American Interplanetary Society's first liquid fuel rocket is launched from Staten Island in New York, United States in 1933. George Edward Pendray of the AIS, and his associate preparing for the launch. The 7 1/2 foot rocket is placed on a stand. Other men look on. The rocket, fueled with gasoline and liquid oxygen, takes off. Its fuel tank overheats and explodes moments after takeoff and the rocket crashes to the beach below. (From a November 10, 1958 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier. The world's first successful liquid fuel rocket was launched by Robert Goddard in Auburn, Massachusetts, on 16 March 1926. This film records the first such attempt under auspices of the American Interplanetary Society, in 1933. )
Telephone buildings in the past and the present in the United States. Pictures showing the Bell System telephone buildings in the past. A large number of present day buildings in which beauty and efficiency are maintained. View of telephone buildings in Cleveland, St.Louis, San Francisco and New York in 1926.
Gertrude Ederle in New York. On the steps of New York City Hall Gertrude Ederle poses for photographers. She holds a bouquet and a frame. A man standing next to her raises her medal for the photographers. Gertrude Ederle relives her historic New York City reception of 1926 after becoming the first woman to swim across the English Channel.