Beginnings of successful powered heavier-than-air flight. Wright Brothers flights in U.S. and Europe. General Hap Arnold
United States USA Date:1908 Duration:4 min 0 sec Sound:Yes
History of aviation. A balloon in flight. Glider such as interested U.S. War Department as early as 1898. In 1903, a crew of men moving a Wright Flyer into position. Two men turn over propellers on a Wright Flyer, and the engine starts. View of the Wright-designed water-cooled engine. View of Orville Wright. The famous first powered flight, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with Orville Wright at controls. Animation shows that 120 foot flight juxtaposed against a B-36 wing. Wilbur Wright in Europe, in 1908, gesturing as he converses with interested parties. A gallery of spectators including the President of France and royalty from England, Spain, and Italy. Wilbur Wright places a wheel under the right wing of a Wright Flyer and lashes it to the strut. A team of horses pulls the plane across the field. Men maneuver the plane onto a monorail on the ground. Men pull on a heavy rope to raise a weight in a tower, for a catapult. Two men spin the propellers and the Wright Brothers airplane motor starts. Wilbur Wright and his passenger, a French journalist, board the plane. The catapult weight drops, launching the aircraft which flies low over the field. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, on a podium. War department issues specifications for a heavier-than-air craft. Reenactment of a Wright brother signing a bid contract. A Wright Flyer airborne at Fort Myer, Virginia, as the Wrights meet the Army specifications and sell, U.S. Army airplane number 1, to the War Department, in 1908. Gold Aviator wings being pinned on the uniform of a U.S. Army pilot. Photograph of Army Air Forces Chief, General Henry (Hap) Arnold, wearing his original aviator wings on his service uniform. A Glenn Curtis training airplane starting up and taking off. View of a DH-4 airplane and a Wright Flyer taking off together.
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