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.
A film 'We saw it happen' about the history of aviation in the United States. In Dayton, Ohio: Houses seen along Hawthorn Street. A still picture shows the Wright brothers in their youth. View down Hawthorn Street with several 1940s and early 1950s cars parked along the Dayton street. Exterior view of 7 Hawthorn Street, home of the Wright Brothers. Interiors of the Wright home in Dayton. The workshop of the Wright brothers. Machines in the workshop. The "Wright Cycle Co" and Wright Museum (moved from Dayton to Greenfield village in Dearborn, Michigan.) A powered engine prepared in the workshop. Sweeping view of windswept beach area of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where the Wright brothers conducted test flights in 1900-1902. Another view of Hawthorn Street in Dayton. A boy on the sidewalk. View of the 4 cylinder airplane engine first designed by the Wright Brothers. Narrator speaks of December 17, 1903 Wright Brothers flight. View of the Wright Flyer in flight overhead. Scene changes to aerial side view of Boeing B-52 Stratofortress aircraft in flight (this is aircraft YB-52,the second XB-52). The B-52 banks left and away.
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.