A U.S. Army Air Force Curtiss P-40 pursuit plane is set up with engine running and prop turning, during test of its machine guns at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. Cameramen stand on a stand and record the action from behind the right horizontal stabilizer. Its 50 caliber machine guns are seen firing through through the spinning propeller, with which they are synchronized while its 30 caliber guns fire from the wings. The gunfire is directed at a target set within an earthen revetment, on a remote part of the airfield. Bullets are seen tearing through the target and churning the earth behind. Glimpse of the control panel inside the cockpit, where engine instruments read normal for engine-running condition. Flight instruments are inactive and altimeter reads 800 feet ( Wright field elevation). Gloved hand of person test firing the guns is seen on the control stick. Quartering front view of the aircraft during firing including closeup of the twin 50 caliber machine guns firing from atop the engine nacelle. More views of guns firing. In the last scene, photographers are shown hunkered down beneath the aircraft right wing with their cameras.
In 1926, Frederick Patterson, in cab of a Steam shovel, breaks ground for the construction of Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. Horses pull wagons past the steam shovel. Dedication of Wright Field at Dayton in 1928. Flag raising ceremony shows Mr Orville Wright pulling the rope which raises the flag upon the pole. In addition to Orville Wright, the event was attended by Secretary of War, Davis; Judge Kennisaw Landis; Assistant Secretary, F. Trubee Davison; Air Corps Chief General Patrick, and others. Artillery salute is fired at the ceremony. Squdrons of airplanes fly overhead.
Wrights Brothers are honored in Dayton, Ohio. A still photograph of the Wright Brother's home in Dayton. Orville Wright flanked by army, navy and civilian representatives. A funeral ceremony in a graveyard for Wilbur Wright. Various dignitaries walk up to a tombstone. Men place wreaths on the grave of Wilbur Wright. A street in Dayton. Wright's home and bicycle shop in Dayton. A model of Wright Brothers' first aircraft on a stand. The engine of the first Wright aircraft.
The Army Air Force Institute in Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. Students attend the classes. Exteriors of experimental laboratories at Wright Field. Student observes laboratory tests of materials. Various equipment in laboratory. Procurement officers in the factory. 'Operations Altitude 300' building at Wright Field. A plane taxis and takes off.
Airmen and officials at the International Memorial for the twenty fifth anniversary of first powered flight in Dayton, Ohio. Group of dignitaries and airmen walk past the line of parked Curtis P-1 Hawk and Douglas M-2 planes. Two men sit in the original model of original Wright Flyer. Assistant Secretary McCracken places wreath on memorial of Wilbur Wright. Orville Wright and other people attending the ceremony pose for a photograph at Wright Field.
Celebration of the 38th anniversary of the U.S. Army Air Forces, dating back to establishment of the Aeronautical Section of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, in 1907. Airmen of the Army Air Forces march in formation on the flight line at Wright Field in Dayton,Ohio. Aviation pioneer, Orville Wright, is seen in the reviewing stand. A color guard marches past the the reviewing stand. A 4-engine German Junkers JU-290 transport aircraft is seen parked on the field. (It arrived on July 31, 1945, after being flown to Wright Field from Europe, by U.S. Air Forces Colonel Harold E. Watson and co-pilot Captain Fred McIntosh,who were delivering it to Air Technical Intelligence Headquarters.) The crew of the JU-290 (named "Alles Kaputt") pose in front of it. Colonel Watson, is seen holding a Dachshund dog. The JU-290 takes off on a demonstration flight. A new U.S. P-80 "Shooting Star" jet airplane (serial number 44-84995) is rolled out for all to see. It takes off in a demonstration flight.