President Coolidge welcomes the U.S. Army Air Service round-the-world fliers in Washington DC, United States.
Washington DC USA Date:1924 Duration:1 min 48 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Two Douglas World Cruiser airplanes land at Bolling Field, Washington, DC, to be welcomed by U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, in recognition of their round-the-world flight completed on September 28, 1924, at Seattle, Washington. Major General Mason M. Patrick, Chief of the Army Air Service, signals with his arm to guide them to a parking place, as they taxi in after landing. The two aircraft park next to one another. Next, a welcoming committee is seen standing, with the President (dressed in a rain slicker). Secretary of War, John W. Weeks stands to the President's left. To Coolidge's right, are 1st Lieutenant Leigh P. Wade (pilot);1st Lieutenant Leslie P. Arnold (co-pilot); 1st Lieutenant Lowell H. Smith (pilot, and flight commander); and SSgt. Henry H. Ogden (flight mechanic). Closeup of President Coolidge with Lieutenant Smith in front of one of the aircraft. Scene shifts back again to the larger group, with Lieutenant Wade and Coolidge shaking hands with the four flyers, starting with Lieutenant Wade. Secretary Weeks shakes hands with General Patrick, who has donned a flying coverall. Then Weeks shakes the hands of the flyers and they proceed away from the gathering. Change of scene shows Lieutenant Smith perched on the wing of his aircraft, the "Chicago,"conversing with the President and Secretary Weeks. He gets down and continues his conversation with Coolidge, who touches a propeller blade at one point. Final scene shows a two seater DH-4 airplane taking off from Bolling field.
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