Launch of Wright plane in North Carolina on 17 December 1903 and in Virginia on 09 September 1908, United States. Wibur Wright places wheels beneath wing on Kill devil hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, United States. Wright plane takes its first flight after launch. Flight of plane in France. Two men pull props through on the Wright aircraft. Frenchmen stand and watch Wilbur Wright who makes adjustment on aircraft engine. Launching tower at right. Wright plane launches by catapult in France. Civilians and officers attend the air show. Wright plane passes overhead. Flight of Wright plane in United States. Orville Wright and Lieutenant Lahm sits on control section of the plane. Wright plane launches by catapult launch track at Fort Myers in Virginia on 09 September 1908. Plane in flight at Fort Myers. Spectators watch the plane. Army personnel move the Wright plane across open terrain they remove hangar doors from storage building. Army personnel grouped around the Wright aircraft. President Taft stand along the spectators. President Taft walk through spectators.
Aviation history of the U.S. Army Air Corps in the United States. A young boy seated in a chair reads a book. Aircraft in formation flight. Orville Wright demonstrates an airplane at Fort Myer, Virginia in 1908 during its first public exhibition. Trees and mountains in the background. Orville sets a new world record. He is in the cockpit of a Wright aircraft. The aircraft takes off and is in flight. People at the field watch him.
History of aviation. A balloon in flight. Glider such as interested U.S. War Department as early as 1898. In 1903, a crew of men moving a Wright Flyer into position. Two men turn over propellers on a Wright Flyer, and the engine starts. View of the Wright-designed water-cooled engine. View of Orville Wright. The famous first powered flight, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with Orville Wright at controls. Animation shows that 120 foot flight juxtaposed against a B-36 wing. Wilbur Wright in Europe, in 1908, gesturing as he converses with interested parties. A gallery of spectators including the President of France and royalty from England, Spain, and Italy. Wilbur Wright places a wheel under the right wing of a Wright Flyer and lashes it to the strut. A team of horses pulls the plane across the field. Men maneuver the plane onto a monorail on the ground. Men pull on a heavy rope to raise a weight in a tower, for a catapult. Two men spin the propellers and the Wright Brothers airplane motor starts. Wilbur Wright and his passenger, a French journalist, board the plane. The catapult weight drops, launching the aircraft which flies low over the field. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, on a podium. War department issues specifications for a heavier-than-air craft. Reenactment of a Wright brother signing a bid contract. A Wright Flyer airborne at Fort Myer, Virginia, as the Wrights meet the Army specifications and sell, U.S. Army airplane number 1, to the War Department, in 1908. Gold Aviator wings being pinned on the uniform of a U.S. Army pilot. Photograph of Army Air Forces Chief, General Henry (Hap) Arnold, wearing his original aviator wings on his service uniform. A Glenn Curtis training airplane starting up and taking off. View of a DH-4 airplane and a Wright Flyer taking off together.
A film about the history of aviation in the United States. Automobile and pedestrian traffic in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. A man and a woman talk over a telephone. A man clicks pictures. Wright home in Dayton, Ohio. Housekeeper who was with the rights in 1903 speaks. A bicycle shop worker tells how he made the Wright's first engine. A machine shop and bicycles in a workshop. A glider in flight in Kitty Hawk. A motor in a workshop. Men assemble parts of an airplane. Early Martin and Curtis airplanes, French pilots in their early airplanes the Wrights taking off from Fort Myer in 1908. The Wright brothers demonstrate an airplane over Fort Myer, Virginia. Lieutenant Law talks about how he helped interest army officials in the airplane and how he first flew. He prepares for his first flight. The first flight of Lieutenant Law. The airplane crashes killing Lieutenant Law and injuring Orville Wright.
The German racing yacht "Germania" docked in the United States, where it is being refurbished following its purchase by Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gordon Woodbury. Views of the masts. Men working on deck. The ship's wheel with "Germania" painted on it. Yacht's linen with original initials of Bohlen and Halbach embroidered thereon. Views of interior, with leather easy chair. Dishes bearing seal of the Krupp-Germania shipyard in Kiel, where the yacht was built in 1908.