"AMERICAN NURSE" FLIGHT CREW DISAPPEARS - 1932 Itís the last time Danish pilot William Ulbrich, Dr. Leon Pisculli, Edna Newcomer and woodchuck Tailwind are seen as they board their plane "American Nurse" from Floyd Bennett Field, N. Y. to Rome. The trioís intent is study the effects of fatigue and carbon monoxide gas as possible causes of transatlantic flight crashes. Ironically their plane disappears before they reach Italy joining the ranks of unsolved mysteries.
"BATTLE HYMN" HERO, COL. HESS VISITS KOREAN CHILDREN Air Force Colonel Dean Hess, the famed "Flying Parson" of World War Two andrnKorea, revisits the hundreds of Korean orphans who are now his wards, after his rescue of them from battle zones and founding of an orphanage. A modern new building is under construction now--to which is pledged his earnings from his book 'Battle Hymn" and the forthcoming U-I film of the same name.
"MERCY" PLANE BACK FROM CHILE The giant 4-motored "Flying Fortress", which took medical supplies to victims of the earthquake in Chile, lands returns to Virgina. The commander, is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for the relief flight.
Date: February 15, 1939 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:00:26:00, No Audio
"THE BIRDS" OPENS AT CANNES At Cannes, the International Film Festival opens with "The Birds," Alfred Hitchcock's thriller that is flying high around the world. The director releases a flock of birds dramatically over the crowd.
'MYSTERY' BOMBER TAKES OFF The new bombing plane, built for France by the Douglas company, takes off in Inglewood, California for spectacular speed trials at Mines Field. Experts agree that it's probably the fastest war plane in the air today.
18 DIE IN AIR EXPLOSION Scattered debris is mute testimony to the mid-air explosion of a Flying Boxcar in which all aboard--18 crewmen and passengers--died as the plane crashed before they could parachute to safety.
1920S PROPELLER AIRPLANE TAKE-OFF A pilot in an early propellor airplane, smiling and talking to someone standing beside the landed aircraft. A man turns and starts the plane's propellor. Wide shot of the plane taking off. Excellent POV shot from the airfield of the plane coming directly toward, and then soaring over, the camera.
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