Scenes from the Dole Trans-Pacific Air Derby of 1927
Oakland California USA Date:1927, August Duration:5 min 11 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Aerial view of airfield at Oakland, California. Pilot, Bennett Griffin, is seen with his wife and child, standing beside his Travel Air 5000 airplane,"Oklahoma." Registration number:"N-X 911" is stenciled on its tail. Pilot Martin Jensen, saying farewell to members of his family in front of his airplane,"Aloha" (that finished second in the race). Aircraft being readied for takeoff. Starter with checkered flag stands ready as nine men push the Travel Air 5000 "Oklahoma, the first to take off, forward into starting position, with engine running. Next scene shows starter holding stopwatch and flag. He signals start with the flag. Scene shifts to the second aircraft to take off, the Goddard Special metal monoplane, NX5074, "El Encanto." Camera tracks as the airplane has difficulty breaking ground, skipping several times in a long ground roll. Suddenly, it veers off the the right in a crab, wiping out its landing gear and breaking part of its right wing as it flips over in a crash leaving it tilted on its left wing facing backwards. Some smoke is seen but quickly disappears. Men and rescue personnel rush to the scene. (Reportedly the crew was unhurt.) Next, the prototype Lockheed Vega 1 monoplane, NX913, "Golden Eagle," is making smooth takeoff. Navigator Gordon Scott waves to spectators below as the plane climbs out. Aerial view of the plane in flight. The "Miss Doran," a Buhl CA-5 Air Sedan, number NC2915, is seen next on takeoff, past photographers and spectators, and then airborne. Next, the Breese-Wilde 5 Monoplane, NX914, "Aloha" is seen taking off. It climbs out very slowly. Navigator Paul Schluter waves as they depart. Pilot Arthur C. Goebel and navigator, Willian V. Davis Jr. are seen next by their plane "Woolaroc." A woman wishes them good luck, with a bouquet of flowers. Next, men are seen pushing the "Woolaroc" and it takes off and climbs. Pre-departure footage of Pilot Gordon Scott and navigator John W. Frost, with friends, near their airplane, "Golden Eagle." (Their aircraft vanished in the Pacific.) Pre-departure footage of pilot John Augie Pedlar, navigator Lieutenant Vilas R. Knopie, and their passenger, Mildred Doran, whose aircraft, "Miss Doran," was also lost in the Pacific.
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