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Former U.S. Army Lieutenants Lahm and Foulois recall their flights with Orville Wright in 1909

A film about the history of aviation in the United States. Retired Air Force Brigadier General, Frank Lahm talks about his first flight, as an Army Lieutenant, with Orville Wright on the Wright Flyer airplane, in July, 1909.Then, Retired Major GeneralBenjamin Foulois recalls how, as an Army Lieutenant, he flew the final cross-country and speed test flight from Fort Myer to Alexandria , Virginia, and back, again, with Orville Wright on 30th July, 1909. Film then shows that event, on July 30, 1909. Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois is seen climbing aboard the Wright Flyer airplane to accompany Orville Wright on the final cross-country and speed test required by the U.S. Army before it would purchase any aircraft. View of the Wright Flyer taking off with Wright and Foulois. Spectators watch in the background. View from another perspective of the aircraft taking off from Fort Myer, Virginia. View of the Wright Flyer being moved by several soldiers after landing back on the Fort Myer drill ground. (In his comments about this, Foulois notes that the flight set three world records: flying ten miles cross-country; attaining altitude of 600 feet, and speed of 42.5 miles per hour.)

Date: 1953
Duration: 1 min 56 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Lieutenant Law and Igor Sikorsky talk about their experiences and experimental aircraft in flight in the United States.

Part of a series of films about the history of aviation in the United States.Retired United States Air Force Brigadier General Frank P. Lahm is seen speaking about his aviation pioneering days, when Orville Wright taught him and Frederick E. Humphreys of Army Engineers (both Lieutenants at the time) how to fly the Wright Flyer airplane. Views of a Wright Flyer maneuvering in the air above Fort Myer, Virginia. Somewhat later, two are seen in flight at Fort Myer. An early Curtiss airplane.is maneuvered on the ground to face away from the camera. Russian, Igor Sikorsky in an early rear propeller airplane. Igor Sikorsky at a desk in a modern engineering office. Sketch of a helicopter on drawing board behind him. He talks about the early days of experimental flight in 1909 and 1910. View of Louis Bleriot sitting in the open cockpit of his airplane, and then of him flying overhead in his famous flight across the English Channel. Obeservers watching his progress through binoculars and a telescope. Sikorsky standing next to his first helicopter (which didn't fly).

Date: 1953
Duration: 1 min 37 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Montage of Wright brothers and their airplanes in France and at Ft. Meyer, Arlington, Virginia.

As a contrast to the early pioneering airplanes, passengers are seen seated inside cabin of a "modern" airplane (Douglas DC-4E). View of the DC-4E in flight. A view of Orville Wright. Wilbur Wright gesturing as he talks with officials in France about an aerial course to be flown. Wilbur Wright placing wheels under a Wright Flyer before it is moved across a muddy field in France. A team of men pull a rope raising a catapult weight in a tower. The weight falls, catapulting the Wright Flyer airplane into the air. Soldiers remove a Wright Flyer airplane from a storage building onto the parade grounds at Ft. Meyer, Virginia. The airplane is seen in flight with Orville Wright alone, at the controls, On July 30, 1909, soldiers are seen moving a Wright Flyer from its shed for its final acceptance test. President William Howard Taft, U.S. Army Major George Owen Squier, U.S. Army Major Charles E. Saltzman and Wilbur Wright. are among those standing with the President, as the Wright Flyer is moved toward the parade ground. Views of the monorail and weight and catapult used for launching an airplane. Men turn the two propellers on a Wright Flyer, as Wilbur Wright stands at the rear of the aircraft engine and makes an adjustment. . On September 9, 1908. U.S. Army Lt. Frank P. Lanham, seen in uniform, seated on a Wright Flyer, is joined by Orville Wright. Wilbur. They take off and set a new airborne endurance record, and Lt. Lanham becomes the first Military officer to fly in an airplane. On July 30th, as part of the final acceptance test, Orville Wright takes Army Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois on a cross country flight to Alexandria, Virginia, and back again. They are seen aboard the Wright Flyer, and then high in the air on their way to Alexandria.

Date: 1908
Duration: 3 min 57 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. Army Lieutenant Benjamin Delahauf Foulois and Orville Wright sitting in the Wright aircraft in Virginia, United States.

The history of aviation. U.S. Army Lieutenant Benjamin Delahauf Foulois and Orville Wright make the first cross country flight from Fort Myer to Alexandria in Virginia, United States. Wright, Lt Foulois and another worker stand near the control section of the aircraft. Foulois gets into the cockpit. Wright makes adjustment on the aircraft motor. The engine starts. Wright and Lt. Foulois sitting in the airplane.

Date: 1909
Duration: 30 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The Wright airplane flies over Fort Myer in Virginia, United States during an official exhibition of its flight.

Official trial of the Wright airplane at Fort Myer in Virginia, United States demonstrating compliance with specifications in the presence of the Aeronautical Board, U.S. Signal Corps. Orville Wright prepares to board the airplane with U.S. Army Lieutenant Frank Purdy Lahm. A crowd around the launching tower. U.S. soldiers pull a weight up in the tower. The airplane is launched and it flies over barracks and administration buildings. A crowd attends the event. The airplane lands. The airplane being readied for a flight. Orville Wright stands near the cockpit of the aircraft.

Date: 1909, September 27
Duration: 6 min 41 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Orville Wright and Army personnel fly in Wright plane, Virginia United States.

Development of airplane by Wright brothers. Orville Wright in a plane presented to U.S. Government by him at Fort Myers, Virginia. Plane takes off catapulted in a field near a building. Spectators on ground observe the plane. Army personnel remove doors of hanger. Wright aircraft take out of the hanger. Army personnel stand near the plane. Lieutenant Lahm and Orville Wright sit in plane and take off for a flight. Lieutenant Foulois and Orville make preparations and sit in plane for a cross country flight.

Date: 1909
Duration: 4 min 13 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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