U.S. Army Air Corps men perform air stunts over Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. Lieutenant Hamilton, Sergeants Kamemsky and Shoemaker, and pilots Carter and Weddington get ready. Army Air Corps personnel inspect the service men's parachutes. The men board a small biplane. Biplane takes off with two parachutists on top of the aircraft. One jumper is on each wing of the biplane. The third jumper is at the back of the cockpit waiting for signal. Aerial view of the plane in flight. Parachutists jump from aircraft and descend in air. Army Air Corps personnel meet parachutists as they land. Officers greet paratroopers.
Firemen work to extinguish a fire at the Woolworth 5 & 10 store located at 19-21 Broadway Street in Aurora Illinois. Views of fire fighters spraying water through large hoses and working to bring the blaze under control. Body of a fireman killed in the blaze is covered. The firemen among the debris beside the wrecked building. The front wall of the blazing building collapsed killing three firemen.
Various endurance flights and their comparison. A map of the United States as it depicts the comparison of various endurance flights from 1909 to 1921. Map compares various flights like the 1910 flight by Glenn Curtis, trans continental flight in 1919 by O.C. Read, non stop trans Atlantic flight by Captain John Olcock. 1st transcontinental flight by R.C. Towler in 1912.
Players of baseball's New York Giants pose for team photo at their home stadium, the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York City. The Giants defeated the New York Yankees to win the 1921 World Series. Close-up view of the Giants' manager and Hall of Famer John McGraw.
Brigadier General Billy Mitchell taxis in a Boeing Model 15 ( or a Curtis P-1Hawk) airplane, after landing at an airfield. . Battle ships underway at sea. Mitchell organizes 1st provisional Air Brigade for bombing demonstration against battleship target.. Crews and airplanes train and prepare at Langley Field, Virginia. Soldiers load bombs under plane wings. Planes take off to bomb the obsolete U.S. battleship USS Alabama. View from airplane in flight as it drops phosphorus bomb on the Alabama. View from water as bomb strikes with huge explosion. Armorers prepare heavier bombs for the next demonstration. Planes take off and bomb the USS Alabama again. General Mitchell crouched down beside a bomb loaded on an airplane for new tests in 1923. General Pershing, Admiral Shoemaker, Assistant Secretary of War, Davis, and General Patrick on deck of the Ship, USS St. Mihiel (AP-32) to observe the tests. Views of planes dropping bombs on Battleship USS Virginia and the ship rolling over and sinking. Large formations of 1920s era Air Service aircraft in flight.
Scenes from the labor dispute and uprising known as the Battle of Blair Mountain. Opening scene shows Sheriff's Deputies firing down upon miners from a hillside in Logan County, West Virginia. One of them is armed with a Model 1917 Browning machine gun. Scene shifts to group of Union miners, cleaning and adjusting their rifles and shotguns. One wears a metal Army helmet. Several more pose for the camera, holding their guns. One of them also wears an Army steel helmet. They check the actions of their weapons. Closeup of one in a steel helmet. Next scene shows miner families leaving the area in horse-drawn wagons. Change of scene shows a group of men boarding a railroad train car. An armed U.S. Army soldier in uniform stands nearby. The final scene shows Sheriff Don Chafin of Logan County, posing with U.S. Army Brigadier General Henry H. Bandholtz.