Bombing of an old German battleship Ostfriesland in Virginia Capes in United States in July, 1921. Admiral RE Coontz along with other officers aboard United States ship Henderson. Battleship Pennsylvania and another ship Olympia underway at sea. German battleship Ostfriesland underway. A plane drops bomb on the battle ship and smoke rises. Aerial views of the smoke rising from the ship. A 2000 pound airplane bomb strikes the battleship and explosion occurs resulting in sinking of the ship. Ship sinks slowly and moves below the water.
President Roosevelt delivers a speech reflecting the failure of World War 1 to be the "war to end war." He addresses a crowd at the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater in Arlington, Virginia, gathered for Armistice Day, commemorating the 1918 armistice ending World War I. Roosevelt reflects upon the role of United States in the world (as seeds of World War 2 are being sown). He upholds the ideals of peace and importance of being a good neighbor. He declares that the aim must be to avoid war and to remove the causes of war.
Demonstration of the striking American Air Force against naval vessels of battleship class. Bomb strikes near and upon the battleship USS Virginia. View of the battleship's deck resulting from direct hit by 1100 pound bomb. The ship banks over on side about to sink. Camera plane flies above the deck of USS Virginia. Ship rolls completely over and floats for short time and then sinks. View of bomb damage to USS New Jersey. The battleship rolls over and floats short time bottoms up and then sinks.
Demonstration of the American Air Force against naval vessels of battleship class operate from temporary bases. American airmen prepare 1100 pound bombs. Men assemble tail section of a missile. Airmen check two 1100 pound bombs attached beneath an unidentified plane. Airmen attach a 2000 pound bomb to underside of an aircraft. General Mitchell and an airman crouched beneath the plane look at the 2000 pound bomb. Navy cutter type vessel, the San Mihiel, anchored in sea. Observers on the San Mihiel include General Pershing, Davis, Admiral Shoemaker Assistant Secretary of War and General Patrick Chief of Air Service. Four of them stand on the deck of the cutter vessel. Battleship USS New Jersey anchored. Bombs strike near ship. Bomber flying 175 miles from Langley Field score five direct hits with six 100 pound bombs from an altitude of 11,000 feet. Views of bomb strike on USS New Jersey. A smoke curtain is dropped by a bomber from an altitude of 1000 feet. An aircraft in flight in line with the New Jersey lays a smoke screen across the water. Smoke curtain obscures sight of the battleship. Bomb strikes near and upon the battleship USS Virginia. Direct hits scored by 1100 pound bombs on the deck of USS Virginia.
Experiments on the aerial bombing of water crafts off Virginia Capes in the United States. July 13, 1921: Destroyer G-102 under bombing attack. Explosions in water around the ship. Two 300lb bombs, a direct hit on the ship. Smoke from the explosions. The destroyer on fire. Sinking by the bow.
Experiments on the aerial bombing of water crafts off Virginia Capes in the United States. July 18, 1921: The ex-German cruiser Frankfort (Frankfurt) at sea. The ship under bombing attack. Explosions near the ship. Aerial view of the attack. Explosions on the cruiser. A mushroom cloud of black smoke. Fragments of the vessel. 600lb bomb loosens all her bow plates. The cruiser going down. Turbulence and debris cause bubbles on the water surface as she sinks completely.