Pilots receive 'avigation' training in Rockwell Field, California. Pilot students in an airplane, which departs for Rockwell Field. Pilot looks at a map. Aerial view of downtown San Diego and the Hotel del Coronado. View of the fields, mountains, and ship at sea. Student pilots disembark from plane. Two officers give instruction regarding instrument flying and navigation. A map on a board in the background. Various bullet points regarding ground and air instructions for instrument navigation appear on the screen.
Avigation training to students in Rockwell field, California. Instructor in rear cockpit of O-38. Student under blind flying hood in front cockpit of O-38. Instructor talks on the radio. Student pulls the blind flying hood over front cockpit. Plane takes off. Man works on the engine. Chart shows how radio compass operates in connection to radio range station. High altitude view of radio towers on the field. Chart shows entry and approach of the plane making landing by use of radio range stations. Chart shows line and angle of approach of planes landing by the use of radio.
Group of instructors and students stand in front of O-38 airplane in Rockwell field, California. Pilot and student board the plane. Cockpit of O-38 shows controls and instruments panel. O-38 instrument panel shows artificial horizon, altimeter and ball-bank indicator. Closeup of the Sperry artificial horizon instrument. A chart of Artificial Horizon shows how the instrument operates. A Directional Gyro in the hands of a pilot. This is marked as a 'Turn indicator A.C. type B-2' Chart shows how the directional Gyro operates. Sensitive Altimeter in hands of a pilot. A rate of climb indicator in the hands of a pilot.
U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Provisional Wing at an annual training exercise at Rockwell field in California, United States. U.S. Army Air Corps P-12Bs of the 1st Pursuit Group and 95th Pursuit Squadron parked at Rockwell field in San Diego, California. LB-6s of the 2nd and 7th Bombardment Group parked on the field. A-3s of the 3rd Attack group lined up on field. A sign on a building in the background reads ' 3rd attack' Aircraft taxi as they prepare to take off. Commanders of the various groups Major Hugh J. Kenrr, Major Davenport, Major Carl Spaatz, Major Ralph Royce stand together.
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.
On May 2, 1923, scenes of the first successful non stop flight across USA. Men open accordian doors to large hangar, revealing a specially modified Fokker T-2 airplane. Lieutenant Kelly and Lieutenant Macready, on the field, pose with Orville Wright. United States Army Air Service Fokker T-2 plane is pushed out of hangar by men. Painted on side of the plane is: 'Army Air Service Non Stop Coast to Coast'. Pilot gets ready as the airplane is fueled. Pilots and other Army officers on airfield. Animated map of the United States map illustrates course the flyers will take. Plane taxis on airfield. The Plane in flight and over Rockwell field, San Diego, California, and making a landing. Spectators on field greet the pilots as they climb down from the airplane.