GENERAL BALBO & FLEET LEAVE FOR HOME General Italo Balbo and his armada of twenty-four Italian seaplanes begin the return trip on their then unprecedented round-trip flight from Rome to the Chicago World Fair. Gorgeous aerials of the mass flight include their passage over New York City and the Statue of Liberty.
NYC HONORS GENERAL BALBO & FLEET General Italo Balbo and the crew of his 24-seaplane armada are given an enthusiastic ticker tape parade on their way to City Hall by New York City officials and citizens alike. The Italians are the first in history to attempt a round-trip flight from Rome to the Chicago World Fair.
TWO TYPES OF SEAPLANE - FLYING BOAT & FLOATPLANE The two types of seaplanes - the flying boat and the floatplane are illustrated here taking off in the water. A flying boat coasts along the water then slowly lifts itself into the air. A floatplane which has slender pontoons mounted under the fuselage takes off from shore sending up a spray of water before taking to the air.
AIR SPEED RECORDS Black and white newsreel period footage about the role of the US Air Corps in the breaking of speed flying records by Lieutenants Doolittle and Dennis, including footage of their seaplanes.
ENDURANCE FLIGHTS Black and white newsreel period footage about the role of the US Air Corps in setting endurance flying records, including shots of a tri-motored Fokker airplane called "The Question Mark" and the first successful midflight refueling operation.
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