WILD WATER RACE ON THE ENNS RIVER - 1932 In one of the most dangerous water sports men wearing canoe or pontoon water skis race each other through the rapids of the Enns River in Austria. Joseph Hirsch wins the race by managing to stay afloat as others end up in the water barely escaping drowning.
SUBMARINE SQUALUS SINKS While survivors of the ill-fated submarine "Squalus" recover from their terrible experience, navy experts arrive for the difficult task of raising the craft from the bottom, possibly with special pontoons. A new diving bell was responsible for saving the lives of 33 sailors.
Date: May 24, 1939 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:01:15:00, No Audio
NEW HYDROPLANE BOAT - 1932 Thomas Alva Edison Lake demonstrates his new pontoon hydroplane boat shaped like a water bug. The boat shows unusual maneuvering qualities thanks to a rear float instead of a rudder and adjustable angles for the wing pontoons.
BROTHERS PERFORM AQUAPLANE STUNT - 1932 Daredevil pilot Fred Jones mounts a small glider on pontoons then takes off with brother Bud hanging on underneath to skim along the surface of Lake Conway, Florida. At one point the glider dips down to the surface of the water with a great pilot POV of the water rushing past the glider.
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.
MOTORIZED PONTOONS CARRY ARTILLERY AND CAVALRY Artillerymen test motorized pontoons as a new crossing aid in Doves Cove, Maryland. Guns and trucks moved over Bush River on swift floats in experiments to prove heavier arms can keep up with fast traveling infantry. Avoiding chances for an enemy attack the sixth regiment bridges the stream playing hide and seek with a "smoke screen" laid down by tiny motorboats.
Date: 1931 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: DV Length: 00:00:59:00, No Audio
ARMY ENGINEERS BRIDGE RIVER Mechanized units, cavalry and squads of the 8th Engineers cross the Rio Grande "under fire" and establish a bridge-head after the suicide squads bridge the stream with pontoons.
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