TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHTS Black and white newsreel period footage about the role of the US Air Corps in the first transcontinental American airplane flights in 1923, including shots of pioneering pilots (Lieutenants Kelly, McGrady, and Maugham), various Fokkers and other vintage airplanes.
EARLY AVIATORS & LINDBERGH'S FLIGHT TO PARIS Aviators Acosta, Noville, Byrd and Balchen stand on an airfield. Charles Lindbergh arrives in his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis. Lindbergh arrives in France, completing his historic transatlantic flight. Hordes of fans greet him. A ticker tape parade celebrates Lindbergh.
U.S. CELEBRATES MEMORIAL DAY President Roosevelt leads the nation in Memorial Day celebrations on the Gettysburg Battlefield. In Washington French airmen Paul Codos and Captain Maurice Rossi lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. New York City observes the day with a huge parade along Riverside Drive.
EARLY AVIATION & ZEPPELINS Footage of early aviation includes the first air mail service, the naval NC-4 Curtiss Flying Boat, and zeppelins USS Shenandoah (and crash of the aircraft) and USS Los Angeles.
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