Start of the 1930 National Air Tour for the Edsel B. Ford Reliability Trophy
Dearborn Michigan USA Date:1930, September Duration:2 min 14 sec Sound:NO SOUND
A variety of airplanes parked at the Ford Airport, Dearborn, Michigan,at the start of the 1930 Ford Commercial Airplane reliability tour, AKA The National Air Tour for the Edsel B. Ford Reliability Trophy. Red, White, and blue bunting decorates the airport building. In the distance, the Clock Tower, at Greenfield Village can be seen. Some pilots start their engines. At TC: 00:40 Nancy Hopkins, the only woman pilot in the event (and her own mechanic), is seen walking toward the camera, smiling and folding a paper. At TC:00:45, Aviator Jimmy Doolittle is seen standing by the leading edge of an airplane wing, with his hand on the pitot tube. Edsel Ford and an assistant control the start of airplanes, each at a specific time. They signal each pilot to start, using a white flag. The last plane seen taking off is number 22, a Viking Kitty Hawk B4 biplane, piloted by Nancy Hopkins.
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