In this chapter of the Air Force Story, the period between the two World Wars is described as one of technological and educational development as well as of peaceful missions, including an airdrop of food and supplies to the Navajo Nation and the taking up of air mail delivery. In the background, premonitions of war – the rise of Hitler and Japanese aggression in Manchuria. (TRT 14:42) Opening title: “SFP 263-4” (0:08). The seal of the United States Air Force. Title: “The Air Force Story” “It is the job of all the people to know and understand what the airman has done and is doing today. For only with full public knowledge and understanding can we have the support we need to carry out our mission. It is a big mission and an important one. It involves the future well-being of every American – the peace of the world. Sincerely, your Air Force” (0:15). “Between Two Wars 1930-1935” (1:08). Randolph Field is dedicated, General Frank Lahm is congratulated (1:12). Men train at the Air Corps training center (1:30). General Benjamin Foulois in 1931: “We had brought to Dayton Ohio almost seven hundred Martin, Keystone and Curtis Two Engine Bombers, backed by squadrons of Boeing P-12 pursuits.” The planes fly in formation (1:52). The Third Attack Group, “One of Hoyt Vandenberg’s early outfits.” “Weary Willies,” – obsolete aircraft - are bombed as part of testing outside of San Antonio (2:25). Herbert Hoover visiting Bolling Air Force Base. Colonel James Fechet honors Captain Eddie Rickenbacker (2:99). Airship over Wright Brothers National Memorial (3:15). Trubee Davison, Dwight F. Davis and Orville Wright (3:43). The Japanese Invasion of Manchuria (4:09). The Indian Bureau and the War Department organize food drops, “mercy bombs,” to the Navajo Nation (4:34). Hitler speech at Nuremberg (6:09). The Air Mail Scandal, 1934. James A. Farley signs a new Air Mail Act (7:10). Open cockpit air mail planes (7:35). The Boeing B-9 and P-26, all-metal monoplanes (8:17). The B-10, with gunners and bomb bay (9:20). 1934 test flight of B-10s to from Washington D.C. Fairbanks, Alaska, led by Lt. Col. Hap Arnold, Maj. Hugh Knerr and Maj. Ralph Royce (9:45). Cold weather tests of aircraft in Alaska (10:45). Marching and calvary maneuvers at West Point (11:24). Maj. Omar N. Bradley and Lt. Col. Walter H. Frank lead “aviation indoctrination” of West Point cadets at Mitchel Field (11:45). LB-6 bombers taxiing and flying over the Hudson River (12:48). Credits: “Music by U.S. Air Force band” (14:31).
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