This film has been presented by the US Air Troops. At (:12) the Department of the Air Force seal appears and it’s setting is the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio (:32). This is the site of the first reunion of WW1 Overseas Flyers. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker is seen at (1:00) and Captain Arthur Ray Brooks (1:28) is seen signing the guest book. The World-Wide Flyers Reunion Attendance poster appears in the background and one man adds his name to the 27th division (1:52). The event lasted four days and entailed entertainment as well as dinning (2:07). At the banquet a wire from the then president Kennedy is read (2:47) and the president of the Dayton area Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the banquet (3:03). General Carl A. Spaatz (3:15) and Captain Rickenbacker both speak (3:22). Through a tour of the museum, viewers can see the location of each AEF squadron in France on a map on the wall (3:52). WW1 recruitment posters are shown reading phrases such as “Join the Army Air Force, Be an American Eagle!” (4:14) are depicted.
The first military plane was manufactured by the Wright Brothers (4:25), flown in 1909 and purchased by the Signal Corps for $25,000 is shown along with a detailed sign including length, weight, speed and engine capacity (4:29).
Numerous other historic planes follow, one being the Bell X1B (4:48) which had hit an altitude record of over 90,000 feet. The world’s first and only recognized “ace bomber” was the B29 Command Decision (4:59). The J34 developed by the Westinghouse Aviation Gas Turbine Division (5:05) as well as the Old Curtis Jenny (5:22) are documented as well.
Many ancient war planes took off from the Wright Patterson Flight line (5:40). Examples depicted are the D7 (5:51), the standard E1 (6:23); American designed and constructed, and the Nieuport 28 (6:43); the French fighter plane. The Sopwith Camel; the English fighter plane appears shortly after (7:16).
An exhibition in stunt flying includes moves such as the inside and outside loops, rolls, spins, and even inverted flight (8:02). The USAF Thunderbirds roar onto film at (8:15). More modern developments since the first world war also included the B52 bombers and the KC-135 Stratotanker (9:20).
The sentry dogs which were trained for aircraft guard show their own skills (10:03).The film nears it’s end with the farewell banquet and melancholy singing of old time tunes (10:19).
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