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The Wright Brothers test fly their aircraft on Fort Myer's parade field. This series of test flights resulted in the Army purchasing its first aircraft. In the first flight, Sept. 9, 1908, Orville Wright kept the plane aloft 71 seconds. The second flight resulted in a crash that left Wright severely cut and bruised and his passenger, Army LT. Thomas Selfridge dead -- the first powered-aviation fatality. (Exact date shot UNKNOWN)

The Wright Brothers test fly their aircraft on Fort Myer's parade fiel...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Myer, Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Pub... more

Airplanes - Flight - Air Parade, Liberty Day, New York. A squadron of planes encircling the Metropolitan tower while the 4th. Liberty Loan parade marched on below

Airplanes - Flight - Air Parade, Liberty Day, New York. A squadron of ...

Date Taken: 10/12/1918 Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - Squadron of Curtiss machines

Airplanes - Flight - Squadron of Curtiss machines

Photographer: C.P.I. Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - Formation flying, Review Kelly Field, Texas
Airplanes - Wings - Forest Products Laboratory for Research Work during the war. Method of testing wing rib. In this method the loads are applied in such a way as to simulate conditions during flight. Of the Government Forest Service

Airplanes - Wings - Forest Products Laboratory for Research Work durin...

Photographer: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Airplanes - Wings

Balloons - Hangars and Beds - The R-33 World's Greatest Airship, with which the British expect to attempt the Trans-Atlantic flight

Balloons - Hangars and Beds - The R-33 World's Greatest Airship, with ...

Photographer: International Film Service Balloons - Hangars and Beds

Balloons - In the Theatre of Operations - British Airship setting out on patrol. English airship used in guarding the coast against subs, leaving her mooring to start on a flight

Balloons - In the Theatre of Operations - British Airship setting out ...

Photographer: Western Newspaper Union Balloons - In the Theatre of Operations

Balloons - Flights - Balloons. Dirigible leaving for flight
Airplanes - Flight - Airplane that took part in mimic battle over Baltimore, June 24, 1918. The start after the "hostile" plane

Airplanes - Flight - Airplane that took part in mimic battle over Balt...

Date Taken: 6/24/1918 Photographer: W.L. Mann Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Historical - Seaplane and Swedish Aviator to make transatlantic flight. Seaplane in which Capt. Hugo Lundstedt is to make flight. At Bayonne, N.J., side view

Airplanes - Historical - Seaplane and Swedish Aviator to make transatl...

Date Taken: 2/10/1919 Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Historical

Airplanes - Historical - Fuselage of Hugh Seaplane being built by the Witteman-Lewis Aircraft Co., New Jersey, and is to be piloted by Captain Hugo Sunstedt the Swedish Aviator, for a transatlantic flight for the 50,000 dollar Lorth Northcliffe prize. Plane when rigged will have a wingspan of 100 feet and boat length of 72 feet, and capacity of 700 gals. of gasoline. The boat is to be enclosed to protect against the cold and will carry three passengers besides the pilot. The speed is 80 miles per hour and the plane is of the pusher type, the propellers being in the rear

Airplanes - Historical - Fuselage of Hugh Seaplane being built by the ...

Photographer: Western Newspaper Union. Airplanes - Historical

Airplanes - Historical - Swedish Aviator and Seaplane for Tans-Atlantic Flight. Capt. Hugo Lundstedt making final preparations for the cross Atlantic flight in a seaplane capable of developing 80 miles an hour with a load of four passengers and twos of gasoline

Airplanes - Historical - Swedish Aviator and Seaplane for Tans-Atlanti...

Date Taken: 2/10/1918 Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Historical

Airplanes - Flight - One of the panes which flew over the city of Eureka, Calif. During the drives. Humboldt County Chapter, A.R.C

Airplanes - Flight - One of the panes which flew over the city of Eure...

Photographer: Humboldt County Chapter, A.R.C. Eureka, Calif. Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - Review at Kelly Field, Texas

Airplanes - Flight - Review at Kelly Field, Texas

Photographer: Kelly Field, Texas Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - Aerial Battle Exhibition Thrills 30,000. The first Provisional Wing of the U.S. Air Service brings home to Belmont Park a touch of real War as aviators show mastery of the air in fighting formation

Airplanes - Flight - Aerial Battle Exhibition Thrills 30,000. The firs...

Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Flight

Balloons - Accidents & Wrecks - Headquarters Balloon Detachment, Post Field, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Goodyear R. 52 showing right (empennage) torn in heavy wind. The accident occurred on the airship's initial flight

Balloons - Accidents & Wrecks - Headquarters Balloon Detachment, Post ...

Date Taken: 2/8/1918 Photographer: Photo Dept. Fort Sill, Okla. Balloons - Accidents & Wrecks

Balloons - Miscellaneous - Preparing for a cruise. Preparatory to making a flight the big airship is towed from the hangar to the adjacent field by a number of sailors. At the cry "Hands off" the rope holds are relinquished and the big envelope, propelled by the car suspended underneath gracefully sails out over the field

Balloons - Miscellaneous - Preparing for a cruise. Preparatory to maki...

Photographer: Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Balloons - Miscellaneous

Balloons - Hangars and Beds - Hauling the C-5 into position for Transoceanic Flight. The big C-5 whose remarkable getaway has astonished the world before she started on her trip for Newfoundland

Balloons - Hangars and Beds - Hauling the C-5 into position for Transo...

Photographer: Western Newspaper Union Balloons - Hangars and Beds

Balloons - Miscellaneous Operations - Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Flying Field, Akron, Ohio. Five special type balloons ready for flight. The large hangar is directly behind

Balloons - Miscellaneous Operations - Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Fl...

Photographer: Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Balloons - Miscellaneous Operations

Airplanes - Flight - School of Aerial Photography. Curtiss JN-4 taking off, at Langley Field, Virginia

Airplanes - Flight - School of Aerial Photography. Curtiss JN-4 taking...

Photographer: School of Aerial Photography Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Historical - Launching of the "Langley" First Handley Page Bombing Plane built in the U.S. The "Langley" was built by the Standard Aircraft Corp., Elizabeth, N.J. and was launched on the flying field of the company. Col. Semphill telling of his experiences after flight

Airplanes - Historical - Launching of the "Langley" First Handley Page...

Date Taken: 6/6/1918 Photographer: Standard Aircraft Corp. Airplanes - Historical

Airplanes - Accidents - On October 6, 1919, Lieutenant Chanles B. Austin, A. S., left France Field, canal zone, for Washington, D.C., a flight of 2439 miles, 1350 of which would be over-sea flying. After ten hours battling wind and storm Lieutenant Austin was forced to return to France Field. In spit of the fact that the propeller of Lieut. Austin's machine was made of laminated walnut, the hardest wood known, and further strengthened by being covered with doped fabric, such as used on the wings of airplanes, the propeller did not stand up under the battle with wind and storm

Airplanes - Accidents - On October 6, 1919, Lieutenant Chanles B. Aust...

Date Taken: 10/6/1919 Photographer: Air Service Airplanes - Accidents

Airplanes - Flight - U.S. School of Military Aeronautics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Publicity Exhibition of the First Provisional Wing U.S. Aviation Corps. Major Rinehardt in charge. Five planes flying in formation
Airplanes - Flight - School of Aerial Photography. Birds of the air at Langley Field, Virginia

Airplanes - Flight - School of Aerial Photography. Birds of the air at...

Photographer: School of Aerial Photography Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - Returning from Bolano

Airplanes - Flight - Returning from Bolano

Date Taken: 8/26/1918 Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Types - Airplane flight
Airplanes - Flight - Army Aviation Carnival at Belmont Pk. Airplanes homeward bound going into Battle Formation
Airplanes - Flight - The machine in the background is racing with the one in which the photographer is seated. Rec'd from Recruiting Publicity Bureau of U.S. M.C

Airplanes - Flight - The machine in the background is racing with the ...

Date Taken: 1918 Photographer: Rec'd from Recruiting Publicity Bureau of U.S.M.C. Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - The landing of Lt. Borre and Sergt. Boyle at Cambridge Common, Oct. 19, 1918, during the last hours of the 4th Liberty Loan. From Herbert Turner

Airplanes - Flight - The landing of Lt. Borre and Sergt. Boyle at Camb...

Date Taken: 10/19/1918 Photographer: Herbert Turner Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - Formation flying, Review Kelly Field, Texas
Airplanes - Flight - Aero in flight
Airplanes - Flight - Close up of De Haviland in flight, March 1, 1919
Balloons - Hangars and Beds - Atlantic Airship, largest in world, makes debut in England. The Atlantic airship, or R-33, makes its debut recently at Shelby, England. Flight proved successful for she remained three hours in air reaching an altitude of 2,000 feet

Balloons - Hangars and Beds - Atlantic Airship, largest in world, make...

Date Taken: 3/20/1919 Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Balloons - Hangars and Beds

Balloons - In the Theatre of Operations - British dirigibiles at their mooring out stations.Just before flight

Balloons - In the Theatre of Operations - British dirigibiles at their...

Photographer: Western Newspaper Union Balloons - In the Theatre of Operations

Balloons - Accidents & Wrecks - Goodyear R-52 showing Empennage (Stabilizer) torn in a heavy wind. This was a new balloon and the accident happened on the first flight

Balloons - Accidents & Wrecks - Goodyear R-52 showing Empennage (Stabi...

Date Taken: 2/8/1918 Photographer: Hdqrs. Balloon Detch. Fort Sill, Oklahoma Balloons - Accidents & Wrecks

Airplanes - Flight - Doing stunts above the city. International Film Service, N.Y

Airplanes - Flight - Doing stunts above the city. International Film S...

Photographer: International Film Service Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - U.S. Marine photographer took this photo of another aeroplane as it swept toward the machine in which he was seated. Rec'd from Recruiting Publicity Bureau of U.S.M.C

Airplanes - Flight - U.S. Marine photographer took this photo of anoth...

Date Taken: 1918 Photographer: Rec'd from Recruiting Publicity Bureau of U.S.M.C. Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - Squadron of Curtiss planes taken from a Caproni plane. International Film Co. N.Y

Airplanes - Flight - Squadron of Curtiss planes taken from a Caproni p...

Photographer: International Film Cp. N.Y. Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - The Torpedo-Aeroplane, A new arm precluded by Armistice. Among new devices which Armistice prevented Royal Air Force from putting into use against enemy was torpedo-aeroplane. Considered to be greater potential value than submarine, and would doubtless have proved astonishingly efficient. Central News Service

Airplanes - Flight - The Torpedo-Aeroplane, A new arm precluded by Arm...

Photographer: Central News Service Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - On guard against U-boats from air and sea. Now that there is no need of hushing any longer, we are able to produce vivid proof for the surrender of the German fleet rather than "come out" and face the Allied navies. This remarkable photograph shows a British aeroplane leaving its rendezvous aboard  battleship in search of undersea craft

Airplanes - Flight - On guard against U-boats from air and sea. Now th...

Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Wings - Wings of new type De Haviland Plane. Planes of this type created a favorable impression with their flight over enemy territory. Inter. Film Ser

Airplanes - Wings - Wings of new type De Haviland Plane. Planes of thi...

Photographer: International Film Service Airplanes - Wings

Airplanes - Inspection - The inspectors at Wilbur Wright Field giving the plane a thorough inspection before her trial flight, Dayton, O. C.P.I
Airplanes - Flight - Launching of the "Langley," first Handley Page Bombing plane built in the U.S. The "Langley" was built by the Standard Aircraft Corp. Elizabeth, N.J. and was launched on the flying field of the company. Leaving the ground

Airplanes - Flight - Launching of the "Langley," first Handley Page Bo...

Date Taken: 7/6/1918 Photographer: Standard Aircraft Corp. Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - De Haviland Formation, March 1, 1919

Airplanes - Flight - De Haviland Formation, March 1, 1919

Date Taken: 3/0/1919 Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - Air Parade, Labor Day, Philadelphia, PA. Six aeroplanes flying over Philadelphia while thousands marched below in the Labor Day parade

Airplanes - Flight - Air Parade, Labor Day, Philadelphia, PA. Six aero...

Date Taken: 9/2/1918 Photographer: Carl T. Thoner Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - How American aviators celebrated the Armistice Signing. Part of the large formation of 202 airplanes from Rockwell Field, Cal., that went out to celebrate the Armistice signing

Airplanes - Flight - How American aviators celebrated the Armistice Si...

Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - A nose dive, headed straight for the ground. International Film Service

Airplanes - Flight - A nose dive, headed straight for the ground. Inte...

Photographer: International Film Service Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - Independence Day, New York City. Group of airplanes passing tower of Municipal building, N.Y. City. Inter. Film Ser

Airplanes - Flight - Independence Day, New York City. Group of airplan...

Date Taken: 7/4/1918 Photographer: International Film Service Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - 23 airplanes in flight over Sheepshead Bay Speedway during police games. One of the big features of the Monster Field Day of the N.Y. Police, the funds going to equip the Police reserves, was the flying a large number of planes in battle formation over the speedway, Brooklyn, N.Y. The crowd was thrilled by the sight
Airplanes - Flight - Speedy scout plane known on the Marine records as No. 38231 but to the aviators at Miami, Fla. as "Betsy". Rec'd from Recruiting Publicity Bureau of U.S.M.C

Airplanes - Flight - Speedy scout plane known on the Marine records as...

Date Taken: 1918 Photographer: Rec'd from Recruiting Publicity Bureau of U.S.M.C. Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - Close up of De Haviland in flight, March 1, 1919
Airplanes - Engines - Liberty Airplane Engine Test. Plane with Liberty engine in test flight from Dayton, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan. The photograph was taken at the arrival of the plane at the Detroit Fair Grounds. The plane made the flight back to Daytona

Airplanes - Engines - Liberty Airplane Engine Test. Plane with Liberty...

Photographer: Liberty Motor Co. Airplanes - Engines

Airplanes - Operations - French planes ready to leave on bombardment flight. Number of French planes ready to start on bombardment flight over enemy lines. From Capt. Wm. A. Moore

Airplanes - Operations - French planes ready to leave on bombardment f...

Photographer: French Official Photo Airplanes - Operations

Airplanes - Types - Photo of a huge Handley-Page bombing machine which was built by the Standard Aero Corporation, Elizabeth,  N.J. is one of the type that will be built in the U.S. for the British government. The machine has a wing spread of 150 feet with the weight of five tons and is capable of lifting from four to six thousand pounds, with two liberty motors. The speed will be between 90 to 100 miles per hour. It is rumored that this type of machine will probably be used in attempting the Trans-Atlantic flight
Airplanes - Types - Plane which will probably make cross-Atlantic flight. Twin-motored 800 H.P. Martin Bomber now on exhibition at Aeronautic show at Madison Square Garden and which, it is intended is to make flight across Atlantic. According to reports Capt. Roy Francis is to guide plane upon its cross-Atlantic trip

Airplanes - Types - Plane which will probably make cross-Atlantic flig...

Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Types

Wright Brothers' 1903 Aeroplane Kitty Hawk in First Flight

Wright Brothers' 1903 Aeroplane Kitty Hawk in First Flight

Original caption: Original Wright Brothers' 1903 Aeroplane ("Kitty Hawk") in first flight, December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Orville Wright at controls. Wilbur Wright standing at right. (first flight was 12... more

Airplanes - Engines - Liberty Airplane Engine Test. Plane with Liberty engine in test flight from Dayton, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan. The photograph was taken at the arrival of the plane at the Detroit Fair Grounds. The plane made the flight back to Daytona

Airplanes - Engines - Liberty Airplane Engine Test. Plane with Liberty...

Photographer: Liberty Motor Co. Airplanes - Engines

Airplanes - Flight - De Haviland in flight, March 1, 1919

Airplanes - Flight - De Haviland in flight, March 1, 1919

Date Taken: 3/1/1919 Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - Close up of De Haviland in flight, March 1, 1919
Airplanes - Flight - Close up of De Haviland in flight, March 1, 1919
Airplanes - Types - Will soon attempt trans-Atlantic flight. Clifford Prodger in huge Handley Page passenger carrying machine, recently flew from Ireland to England with mail and passengers. He will soon attempt to make first flight across Atlantic to shores of North America. Central News Service

Airplanes - Types - Will soon attempt trans-Atlantic flight. Clifford ...

Photographer: Central News Service Airplanes - Types

Airplanes - Types - Thomas-Morse Type MB-3 single seater Fighter, equipped with 30 H.P. Hispano-Suiza engine. Length overall - 20ft.; spread, 26 ft.; height, 9 ft.11 in.; total weight loaded, 2050lbs. Fuel and oil capacity for 3 hours flight at full speed. Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corporation, Ithaca, N.Y

Airplanes - Types - Thomas-Morse Type MB-3 single seater Fighter, equi...

Photographer: Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corp. Airplanes - Types

Airplanes - Manufacturing Plants - Manufacturing Canadian J.N.4 Airplanes; Canadian Aeroplanes Ltd., Toronto, Canada. Canadian J.N.4 machine equipped with snow skids, ready for flight

Airplanes - Manufacturing Plants - Manufacturing Canadian J.N.4 Airpla...

Photographer: Canadian Aeroplanes Ltd. Airplanes - Manufacturing Plants

Balloons - Hangars and Beds - The C-5 coming out of hangar for Transoceanic flight. The big Navy Dirigible C-5, whose sudden start for overseas flight has been the talk of the world, leaving her hangar at Montauk Point, L.I., for her start at Newfoundland

Balloons - Hangars and Beds - The C-5 coming out of hangar for Transoc...

Photographer: Western Newspaper Union Balloons - Hangars and Beds

Airplanes - Flight - Hazelhurst Field, Mineola, L.I. Caproni bombing plane on its trial flight

Airplanes - Flight - Hazelhurst Field, Mineola, L.I. Caproni bombing p...

Photographer: Orren Jack Turner Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Historical - Trans-Atlantic plane being built at Bayonne, N.J. A hugh seaplane being built by the Witteman-Lewis Aircraft Co. to be piloted by Capt. Hugo Sunstedt the Sweedish Aviator (directly underneath the plane), for a transatlantic flight for the $50,000 Lord Northcliff price. Plane when rigged will have a wingspan of 100 feet and boat length of 72 feet. The boat is to be enclosed to protect against the cold and will carry three passengers besides the pilot. Its speed is 80 miles per hour and is of the pusher type, the propellers being in the rear of the plane. She will carry 700 gallons of gasoline

Airplanes - Historical - Trans-Atlantic plane being built at Bayonne, ...

Photographer: Western Newspaper Union. Airplanes - Historical

Airplanes - Historical - Swedish aviator and seaplane for Atlantic flight. Seaplane in which Capt. Hugo Sundstedt will make flight. Three quarters side view

Airplanes - Historical - Swedish aviator and seaplane for Atlantic fli...

Date Taken: 2/19/2019 Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Historical

Airplanes - Flight - One of the planes which flew over the main street during the loan drive, Eureka, Calif. Humboldt County Chapter, A.R.C

Airplanes - Flight - One of the planes which flew over the main street...

Photographer: Humboldt County Chapter, A.R.C. Eureka, Calif. Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - First photograph to be released of the first Liberty Motor to fly. Now that the censorship has been released this photo shows the first aeroplane to be equipped with a Liberty Motor in flight. The late Col. Roosevelt made a flight in this machine. It was on August 21, 1917 that this plane with a Liberty Motor climbed 7,000 feet in 10 minutes and reached its maximum altitude of 19,000 feet in forty-one minutes. The speed developed was faster than that of the Nieuport Scout, on eof the leading European planes at that time

Airplanes - Flight - First photograph to be released of the first Libe...

Date Taken: 8/21/1917 Photographer: Western Newspaper Union Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Flight - How American aviators celebrated the Armistice Signing. This is part of the large formation of 202 airplanes from Rockwell Field, Cal., that are out to celebrate the Armistice signing

Airplanes - Flight - How American aviators celebrated the Armistice Si...

Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Accidents - Wild aeroplane crashes thru building's roof. A cadet in trial flight at Texas Aviation School lost control of his machine and plane crashed partly thru the roof of one of the buildings

Airplanes - Accidents - Wild aeroplane crashes thru building's roof. A...

Date Taken: 4/5/1919 Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Accidents

Airplanes - Flight - Parade is Air for Liberty Loan. U.S. airplanes flying in formation over Westlake, LA. as part of the Third Liberty Loan Parade

Airplanes - Flight - Parade is Air for Liberty Loan. U.S. airplanes fl...

Date Taken: 4/27/1918 Photographer: E.R. Gammage, Westlake, LA. Airplanes - Flight

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