Crew of the United States Navy flying boat Curtiss NC-3 during the first transatlantic flight in Ponta Delgada, Azores. Curtiss NC-3 floats in rough water. Curtiss NC-3 floats in a harbor. Men work on the aircraft. Crew members leave aircraft. Commander of the USS Langley (CV-1) John Henry Towers with the crew members being greeted by Admiral Jackson.
Crew of the United States Navy flying boat Curtiss NC-4 during the first transatlantic flight in Ponta Delgada, Azores. Curtiss NC-4 lands and taxis on water. Crowd in front of the headquarters building to welcome the crew of Curtiss NC-4. Curtiss NC-4 takes off to Lisbon. Battleships at sea. Sailors stand on ship. Crew members of the Curtiss NC-4 including Commander Albert Cushing Read.
Wright brothers' first flight together near Dayton Ohio in 1910. Wilber is in the pilot's seat with Orville as passenger to his right.(Until this flight, the Wrights had never flown together so that if one of them was killed, the other could continue their work.) Next, a view of Alberto Santos-Dumont, and the first European flight made by him on 13 September 1909. Following segment shows crowds gathered at Washington DC Polo field as truck arrives carrying mail to be loaded on the first U.S. Air mail flight, May 15, 1918. Army pilot, Lieutenant Webb, in his JN-4H airplane, on Southbound flight from New York, takes off from Philadelphia, where he stopped to pick up more mail. He flies over the Washington Polo Field upon arrival. We see his airplane being unloaded as he jumps down from cockpit and crowds watch. Views of first transatlantic flight begins with takeoff of three out of four existing United States Navy Curtiss flying boat aircraft from Newfoundland, on May 16, 1919. Curtiss flying boats NC-1, NC-3, NC-4 are seen at takeoff from Newfoundland on first leg of the transatlantic journey. Flying Boat NC-4 is also seen at one of its foreign ports, though which is unclear (Azores, Lisbon, or England).
United States Navy flying boat Curtiss NC during the first transatlantic flight offshore Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean. Curtiss NC planes taxi on water at Trepassey bay. Ships anchored in the background. Captain Toombs of the USS Aroostook (ID-1256) greets the aviators aboard the ship. Curtiss NC-1 floats next to the ship. Steam comes from engine. A balloon is released followed by a sextant. Curtiss NC aircraft takes off. A world map shows the location of Newfoundland,the Azores,Lisbon and Plymouth island. Animation depicts two aircraft making forced landings in water and Curtiss NC-4 lands on Azores. A wrecked aircraft near the island of Horta. Lieutenant Commander Bellinger and Commander of the USS Langley (CV-1) John Henry Towers. Curtiss NC-3 floats in water.
U.S. ships at Sao Miguel Island of the Azores Islands. Two small ships tied to a pier. A mobile crane on the pier loading equipment on a ship. Equipment coming aboard is Westinghouse ocean bottom scanning sonar. The equipment is lowered by the crane hook over the fantail of the ship. USS Preserver takes aboard the ocean bottom scanning equipment. USS Hoist is secured outboard of USS Preserver. Officers lean against gunwale aboard USS Compass Island. A steady line is attached to the cable directly above the crane hook. The ocean bottom scanning sonar is secured to a wooden platform setting on the deck. Some crewmen standing in the background on the deck of USS Compass Island. Insignia of Westinghouse painted on the side of the scanning sonar. Several crewmen move the scanning sonar platform into position for hoisting. Men spread out a cargo net.
U.S. ships at Sao Miguel Island in the Azores Islands. Crewmen in a boat underway. A crewman holds a walkie-talkie in hand. Two men in the background. The crewmen are wearing life-jackets and hard hats. USS Compass Island underway at sea in the background. USNS Mizar underway. A boat crew in a whale boat underway. USS Compass Island in the background. A small boat along the beam of USNS Mizar on the starboard side. A utility boat alongside the starboard side of USNS Mizar. A cargo net loaded with cargo is hoisted from the boat. Crewmen and a civilian using a dolly move equipment on the deck. An ocean bottom scanning sonar is situated on the deck of the ship.