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.
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.
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.
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.
Various endurance flights and their comparison. A map of the United States as it depicts the comparison of various endurance flights from 1909 to 1921. Map compares various flights like the 1910 flight by Glenn Curtis, trans continental flight in 1919 by O.C. Read, non stop trans Atlantic flight by Captain John Olcock. 1st transcontinental flight by R.C. Towler in 1912.
Documentary depicts contribution of Wright brothers in development of airplanes. Old French bi-planes fly in parallel. Orville and Wilbur Wright brothers discuss with other man. Glider dragged of hill flies steadily. Wilbur attaches wheel beneath wing. First heavier than air plane takes off at Kitty hawk North Carolina, on December 17, 1903. Headlines of news paper about the event. Wilbur prepares to fly under French Government subsidy, at La Mans in France. Orville flies with a passenger in Fort Myers, Virginia. Men on ground watch the sustained flight of the plane. Bi plane flies close to ground in an open field. Military officials near the hanger of the plane. Wright brothers inspect catapult rails. The plane towed out and put on catapult. Two men rotate propeller to start the plane. Men pull weight to catapult the plane. Wright climbs and plane takes off.