American inventor Thomas Alva Edison at General Electric company in the United States. A bulb on a table. Edison and men watch a man working on a machine. He looks at workers making light bulbs. Several women seated at desks and working on machines. Edison arrives at a research laboratory in Schenectady, New York. He is greeted by Dr. W. R. Whitney who is the director of research. They shake hands. Officials seated at a desk. Whitney hands a pen to Edison. Edison writes in a book. Whitney and Edison in the laboratory. Edison examines a filament and listens to Whitney.
General Electric Company engineers work on designs for America's first jet aircraft engine. In the company's plant, at Lynn, Massachusetts, machinists make parts for the engine and others assemble it. Company executives conversing about the enterprise. On April 18, 1942, the first engine produced is rolled into a test cell for operational testing. Engineers pull down the door to the test cell displaying the words: "Fort Knox." Engineers at control panel of the test cell. View into the test cell. GE Project manager, Donald F. Warner, actuates toggle switch to "on" position, and the engine ignites. Flame seen in rear of the engine. Complete change of location. View of Bell Aircraft company buildings. Bell engineers working on design of an airplane designated, XP-59A (Airacomet) to be powered by the new General Electric jet engine (later designated J-31 by the military). Views of the Bell engineering and production activities at secret facilities in Buffalo, New York. Two Bell workers expressing reservations about airplanes without propellers. A main intersection street scene in Schenectady, New York. Pedestrians walking and shopping. An F.W. Woolworth store on the corner. Copy of the Schenectady Gazette Newspaper, with headline about 500 planes raiding Berlin. A man buying a copy of the paper. (World War II; World War 2; WWII; WW2)
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.
Parking area at American Locomotive Company manufacturing plant, in Schenectady New York, is filled with new M47 Patton tanks. Ground-level view of tank wheels and treads. A new tank being parked in the crowded lot of the plant. Several new M47 tanks being driven at high speed and rotating their gun turrets as they turn a 90 degree corner on the road. View from behind crewman in top hatch of tank underway. A demonstration of an M47 tank spinning about in place.
Aircraft landing during the National Air Tour in the United States. A biplane in flight from Schenectady, New York, during the National Air Tour. Another biplane in flight. The biplanes landing on the airfield at East Boston due to bad weather. A few men beside a biplane. Several aircraft on the airfield and the spectators watching the aircraft. Morris W. Titterington, inventor of Pioneer Earth Inductor compass, showing Pilot Geo Wies how to use compass in the instrument panel. Several people and aircraft on the airfield. An aircraft in flight over the airfield. The aircraft landing on the airfield. A man signals to the aircraft. The Ford trimotor taxiing on the airfield. Men getting out of the Ford trimotor. Edward P.Warner, Assistant Secretary for Aeronautics, with a few men. The group of men posing beside the Ford trimotor. Pilot Meyers with a monkey on his shoulder on the airfield. Several men and an aircraft behind the pilot. Pilot Eddie Stimson, who leads on points, posing with a little girl Rose Shlee, on the airfield. People looking at the aircraft lined up on the airfield.
A large number of United States M47 Patton tanks are parked at the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) manufacturing plant in Schenectady, New York. A convoy of the tanks moves at high speed over a highway. Close views of wheels and treads as the tanks are moving. Crew members are seen in various hatches. View of tank stopped with crew member waving from top hatch.