U.S. Army Air Force Curtiss P-36 Hawk airplanes of the Headquarters Squadron 8th Pursuit Group perform demonstration flights on Army Day, April 6, 1939, at Langley Airfield near Hampton Virginia. A long line of P-36 aircraft in a flight line, with engines running. The first airplane, numbered PH-1, taxis, followed by the next, numbered PH-2, and so on. Several buildings of Langley Airfield can be seen in distance. Planes take off and fly in large formations. Aerial view from above of P-36s in formation over the field. Aerial views from below the formations.
Army Day demonstrations at Langley Field outside Hampton Virginia: A long line of U.S. Army Air Corps P-36 aircraft of the 8th Pursuit Group with engines running. Those closest to the camera display the logo of the 36th Pursuit Squadron "Flying Fiends." View of Langley Airfield tower and terminal buildings in background. The P-36s taxi out, one-by-one, for takeoff. Tail number of the first one is: PH-80. Flight of three perform a formation takeoff. Brief instant view of foreign officers in white uniforms standing with American airmen at Langley Field main terminal. View of radial engine running on a Boeing 247 aircraft. Men in truck loading cargo and baggage through open nose hatch of Boeing 247 aircraft. Airman closes and secures the nose hatch. View inside control tower. Operator gives pilot of Boeing 247 clearance to takeoff when ready. Scene changes to new setting and terrain. A Boeing 247 on takeoff roll with snow on the ground. Formations of Boeing P-26 airplanes in flight. Explosions below them in desert as they fly overhead. Two P-26s dive and drop bombs, respectively. Smoke rises from bomb explosions.
Views of extreme destruction from an earthquake in Chile, on January 24, 1939, that killed 25 thousand and injured 40 thousand persons. Homeless people stand out side wreckage. Relief supplies that the U.S. Army Air Corps flew from Panama are seen. Since all Red Cross medical planes were already being used, U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered additional medical supplies to be transported on the U.S. Army Air Corps XB-15 bomber, a single prototype, operated by the 2nd Bombardment Group at Langley Field, Virginia. Views of pilot, Major Caleb V. Haynes, supervising the loading of supplies. With Major Haynes,at the controls, the XB-15 is seen taking off on its earthquake relief mission in February 1939. Later, it is seen landing back at Langley Field, Virginia, after completing its mission. (Note: For this exceptional flight, Major Haynes and his crew were awarded the MacKay Trophy, in 1939.)
U.S. Army bombers in demonstration flights out of Langley Field on Army Day, April 6, 1939, in the United States. A USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress bomber takes off from Langley Field near Hampton Virginia, right toward and then over the camera. A flight of six B-17s headed toward the camera. Aerial views of several B-17 formations in flight. Foreign officers walking around a U.S. Air Force B-29 parked on the airfield.
Activities of people in Richmond, Virginia. Examples of "Jim Crow" laws (racial segregation). View of the Virginia State Capitol Building. The sign reads 'White House of confederacy entrance on Clay St'. Buses parked in front of the "colored waiting room". White pedestrians at crossing on Broad Street. Highway sign reads "Colored tourists stop at Hotel McGuire, Route 1, Fredericksburg, Virginia." View of the Virginia State Capitol big modern building in the background.
From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.