People gather during the christening and taking off of a Bellanca aircraft in Mineola, New York.
Mineola New York USA Date:1928 Duration:2 min 6 sec Sound:NO SOUND
The history of famous airplanes. A Bellanca aircraft in Mineola, New York. A small girl christens the aircraft. She breaks a bottle of champagne over the propeller of the aircraft. A crowd in the background. The three crew members of the aircraft - pilot C. D. Chamberlin, navigator L. W. Bertaud and pilot Bert Acosta pose. The aircraft taxis across an airfield. 'Paris' written on a side beneath the front windows. 'Bellance' written on the tail. The aircraft takes off. The aircraft approaches for a force landing after damaging the left landing gear wheel during the take off. The pilot sets the airplane down on the right gear. The airplane slows down, settles back upon the left wheel which collapses. The aircraft wheels around to the left dragging on a wing tip. Spectators run towards the crashed aircraft. The landing gear is repaired.
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