Recruiting and training American fliers for World War I. Support from President Wilson and Secretary of War, Newton Baker
France Date:1917 Duration:3 min 17 sec Sound:Yes
In 1916,The Lafayette Escadrille, a group of American airmen who fought for France before American entry into World War I, with Indian chief's head in war paint and headdress painted on fuselage of their Nieuport aircraft. Newspaper headline reads 'United States and Germany at war'. in 1917, American civilian recruits responding to World War One: training with wooden guns, marching in uniform, and moulding practice bombs of plaster. Airmen train with real Lewis machine guns. Pilots who completed training are issued leather flying coats, helmets and goggles. Pilots make preflight checks by testing tautness of wing struts and cables. Crew takes off in a DH-4 airplane and drops practice bombs. Explosions on the ground. Pilots receive orders for advance training overseas. American troops march and drill. Supporter of airpower, Secretary of War, Newton Baker, speaking on podium, with General John J. Pershing sitting behind him. President Wilson, another aviation supporter, signs a document at his desk. Red Cross women distribute refreshments to American troops as they deploy overseas. View of the Ocean Liner, SS Leviathan, converted to a troop ship, and camouflaged. American soldiers seen in French village square. View of Army barracks and muddy streets. Outdoor gunnery practice, using model airplanes. Experienced pilots demonstrating control stick techniques. Pilots taking off, in flight, and landing in Sopwith Camel airplanes. A nosed-over Sopwith Camel airplane with pilot unhurt, in cockpit.
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