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Historical monuments and landmarks of the Washington DC area as seen in the early 1950s

A female Air Force service member walks up to a IBM Card Sorter with a stack of punch cards. She loads the card sorting machine and presses the start button. Early computing punch cards fall into various slots. She transcribes information from these cards and hands forms to officer at a desk. Sergeant sitting at desk, talks to an Airman. View of U.S. Capitol building and Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Tourists look at Lincoln statue in LIncoln Memorial. View of National Mall and reflecting pool. Man takes picture of woman with Washington Monument in the background. View of the Jefferson Memorial, and then across the river in Arlington Virginia, a view of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Airman stands in front of church. Close up views of 1953 license plates on cars from various states including California, Wyoming, Iowa, Texas, Tennessee, and the Canal Zone. View of various embassy buildings in Washington DC. View of the White House. Large crowd of visitors walk down the North entrance drive in front of the White House. U.S. military servicemen riding in a bus. Bus stops at drop off area in front of Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, in Alexandria, Virginia. Sign board reads "Mount Vernon Home of George Washington." Service members touring on grounds of Mount Vernon, and exterior views of front of main house at Mount Vernon, with service members seated on chair on porch, and looking out at the scenic Potomac River from the porch. View of information center building at Bolling Air Force Base, and a woman inside giving information on sight-seeing to service members. Military service members standing outside the entrance at the base of the Washington Monument. Wide view of Supreme Court building. Another sign board reads "National Zoological Park" in front of the National Zoo. Tourists view a giraffe inside the Washington Zoo. 1950s car drives through shallow water cascading over road in Rock Creek Parkway area. Elevated view of a parade in Washington DC as military units pass in review.

Date: 1953
Duration: 3 min 29 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Dedication ceremony of the U.S. Army Felker Heliport at Fort Eustis, Virginia.

Aerial view of helicopters at Fort Eustis, Virginia, with snow on the ground. Crowd gathered inside a large hangar. The widow of Alfred C. Felker, wearing a corsage, stands with his father, as Army officers salute in tribute at the dedication of the Felker heliport. A young boy who is Felker's young son removes the covering from the dedication plaque, which reads:"U.S. Army Fort Eustis Virginia, Felker Heliport in Memory of WOJG Alfred C. Felker 1929-1953." A Piasecki H-21 Workhorse or Shawnee helicopter takes off from the snow covered airfield. Mrs. Felker is a passenger on one of two smaller helicopters that circle around one another and then land.

Date: 1954, December 9
Duration: 48 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Aviation history. First hand accounts from persons who knew and worked with the Wright brothers.

Views of traffic on a city street around the turn of the 20th century. A mix of horse and buggies and motorcars and bicycles. People waiting for a trolley car. Reenactment of persons using an early telephone and of early filmmakers at work. The Wright brothers home at 7 Hawthorne Street, West Dayton, Ohio. The Wrights' former housekeeper, Carrie Grumbach, recalls December 17, 1903, a telegram arriving about the Wright brothers successful first powered flight. Glimpse of Wright brothers machine shop. Charlie Taylor, who had worked in their shop, speaks of being pleased at their accomplishment. View of the Wrights flying gliders at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Charlie Taylor describing how he machined and built the motor for the Wright brothers airplane. Glimpse of that motor or a facsimile. Men positioning the Wright brothers airplane for launching, and French citizens gathered to watch a demonstration of their airplane in France. French aviation pioneer, Henri Farman with two other men in his Voisin-Farman I airplane. They begin takeoff. Closeup of Brazilian aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos-Dumont. Other early aircraft in flight. A Wright Flyer passing over the Fort Myer drill ground in Virginia. An Army balloon in the background. Retired United States Air Force Brigadier General, Frank P. Lahm, walks across the tarmac on an airport and speaks for interviewer (unseen). He speaks about the difficulty the Wright brothers had in convincing the U.S. Army of the value of their airplane. He tells that in December, 1907, Wilber Wright was finally granted an inteview with the Board of Ordnance and Fortifications, which led to a contract, in 1908, with the Signal Corps. Moving images, from that year, of Orville Wright and assistants bringing a Wright Flyer to Fort Myer, Virginia, to conduct flight trials for the Army. Views of the airplane being flown all around the area, watched by spectators. After landing on the 9th of September, 1908, then, Lieutenant Lahm, accepts Orville Wright's offer to fly with him. Lahm climbs aboard the airplane, sits next to Orville Wright, and they are seen taking off and flying about for six minutes and forty seconds. (Lahm is the first. military officer to ever fly in an airplane.) The next scene shows the wreck of a Wright Flyer, in which Army Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge was killed and Orville Wright injured, on September 17, 1908.

Date: 1953
Duration: 4 min 48 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
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
 
 
Demonstration of the features of the M422 'Mighty Mite' jeep in Virginia, United States.

The M422 'Mighty Mite' jeep in Virginia, United States. Demonstration of the features of the jeep. A soldier aboard the jeep. He drives the jeep on a muddy road. The jeep is driven on a slope. The jeep is also driven without one of its wheel.

Date: 1953, March 23
Duration: 1 min 1 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
International CAP cadets visiting Alexandria airfield in Virginia, United States.

International exchange of CAP ( Civil Air Patrol ) cadets in Virginia, United States. Several foreign cadets stroll across the Alexandria airfield. Two of them examine a low wing monoplane trainer with side-by-side dual controls. They open top cover of cockpit, climb aboard, and move the flight controls. An Air Force officer pulls prop through to start a Tailorcraft airplane. A pilot in cockpit of an airplane using cockpit control to prime engine. View of Italian CAP cadet uniform jacket with insignia.

Date: 1953, July 27
Duration: 2 min 15 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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