A French airfield, in World War 1. Escadrille of French Officers, pilots, and American observers (some from the A.E.F. 42nd Infantry, Rainbow Division) pose in front of a Spad biplane on May 25, 1918, in Viefvillers, France. An American flag has been affixed to one of the wing struts of the plane. Front View of a large French Letord twin engine biplane used for armed reconnaissance and photography, parked on a grass field in France. A soldier turns one of its curved propellers.Fliers occupy pilot and gunner positions. Tents seen in background.
Aviation activities in France during World War I. A French Spad 11 aircraft parked at an airfield near Viefvillers in Oise, France. A group of American and French officers of the First Division standing and sitting beside the aircraft. A second Spad 11 parked in the background. A group of American officers of the 42nd Division, observers and photographers with the 1st Division stand beside the aircraft. These include Lieutenant R. T. Maddock, 17th Field Artillery; Lt. S. B. Nash, 151st Field Artillery; Lt. T. E. Hibbon, Captain H. B. Parker, Capt. W. B. Wynn of the 149th Field Artillery, and Lt. J. P. Harmon of the 149th Field Artillery.
A French Salmson reconnaissance biplane parked at a French airfield,in World War 1. Pilot is in the cockpit. One crewman begins to pull the propeller through to clear hydraulic lock before starting. Another airman stands at the airplane's left wing tip. A French flier shows twin Lewis machine guns installed in the rear cockpit of a Salmson airplane. He demonstrates their flexiblity and horizontal and vertical range of movement.
Officer of the 28th Escadrille and the 79th Division of the U.S. Army Infantry (functioning as observers) during World War I. They are seated at a small table smoking, talking, and reviewing notes. Large group of French and American military personnel inspect a crashed biplane. French crew repairing a SPAD aircraft.
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) 94th Fighter Squadron in France during World War 1. Lt Eddie Rickenbacker seated in the cockpit of a 94th Squadron Nieuport 28c.1fighter #12, as a ground crewman turns a propeller and the engine starts. The squadron's "Hat in Ring" logo is painted on the fuselage. Jump to October 1918 - Captain J. A. Meissner seated in the cockpit of a SPAD S.XIIIc.1 fighter. April 1918: Lieutenant Edwin Green seated in the cockpit of a Nieuport 28c.1 which starts to taxi. Another Nieuport takes off and climbs. Forward to October 1918 - Captain J. A. Meissner seated in the cockpit turns around and points towards the ground. A mock dogfight between two WW I bi-winged aircraft. American Army aviator Captain Eddie Rickenbacker seated in the cockpit of a USAAS Dayton-Wright DH-4 bomber looks back and waves. Aircraft is in flight. Aerial views of the ground showing a coastline below. The aircraft climbing over the clouds. Captain J.A. Meissner seated in the cockpit of an airborne aircraft. Captain Rickenbacker in his SPAD S.XIII fighter #1 in flight over the clouds. (Note: This is a segment of a longer film described in Eddie Rickenbacker's 1919 book, "Fighting the Flying Circus." It was filmed by Capt.Cooper of the U.S. Army Signal Corps from October 18th - 21st, 1918, and contained reenactments of air combat, some of it with a captured German Hanover C.III observation plane.) (WWI,WW1, World War One, First World War)
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) 94th Aero Squadron in Toul, France during World War I. April 1918 - Commanding Officer 94th Aero Pursuit Squadron Major John W.F.M. Huffer and French-American pilot Major Raoul Lufbery talk with AEF weekly newspaper "Stars and Stripes" editor Major S. P Adams. Captain David M. Peterson stands beside a Nieuport 28c.1 fighter aircraft,with its "Hat in Ring" insignia on the side. 1Lt. Alan F. Winslow stands beside Lt Rickenbacker's Nieuport #12 and starts walking. Jump to November, 1918 - the remaining officers of the 94th Aero Squadron reunite, including Captain James A. Meissner (C.O.147th Aero), 1st Lt Joseph Eastman, Captains Eddie Rickenbacker (now C.O. 94th Aero) and Reed Chambers, and 1st Lt Thorne Taylor (all 94th) standing beside Rickenbacker's SPAD S.XIII #1 parked in front of a hangar at Foucaucourt Aerodrome, France, November 1918. (WWI,WW1, World War One, First World War)