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The Technology of Kitty Hawk

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Retrace the steps of the Wright Brothers' historic quest to free man from the bounds of gravity.
Online
2003; 2000
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: The Wright Brothers, ca. 1903

Wright Brothers flight with VO explanation that describes a flight where they break altitude record; and the birth of commercial aviation where a passenger is included with the pilot. Sound effects have been added.
Online
1903
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Early Aviation, 1906

Early aviation (1906) effort by Danish aviation pioneer Jacob Christian Ellehammer who made the first powered flight in Europe. Shots of strange 3-tiered plane attempting to fly, 3 men help to guide/control it as it flops around.
Online
1906
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Stunt Flying, 1912

Wright Brothers hold aviation meet in St. Louis. Early airplane, spectators, some stunt flying. One visitor at the show seems to be Theodore Roosevelt.
Online
1912
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Biplanes, ca. 1916

World War I: "80 Minutes To Berlin": squadron of biplanes in flight; aviation.
Online
1916
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: American Airplane Factory, ca. 1917

American airplane factory, WWI era: title says "Americans bid for Air Mastery"; early assembly line; workers tune engines on row of biplanes; shots of planes taking the air and maneuvering.
Online
1917
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Twin-Prop Biplane, 1919

First of the Atlantic Fliers - twin-prop biplane to cross Atlantic.
Online
1919
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Stunts, ca. 1920

1920s Fads and Follies-Various stunts and antics-dancing on top of building, on airplane wing, wacky, crazy stuff.
Online
1920
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Silly Inventions, ca. 1920

Wacky aviation. Silly/funny inventions that didn't quite make it.
Online
1920
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Commercial Aviation, ca. 1920

Early commercial passenger/cargo flights. No actual take-offs but still good examples of early commercial flights
Online
1920
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Plane Flying, ca. 1920

Plane is pulled out of hangar, pilots climb in and fly. Good ground and aerial shots
Online
1920
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Ill Conceived Planes, ca. 1930

Ill-conceived flying machines including elaborate precursor to the auto-gyro
Online
1930
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Stunt Flights, ca. 1930

Stunts involving early airplanes, man jumps off biplane with parachute, plane flies through Arc de Triomphe
Online
1930
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Autogiro - Helicopter, 1931

Autogiro in action (early relative of the helicopter)
Online
1931
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Submarine Seaplanes, 1931

Supermarine seaplanes being built and being demonstrated.
Online
1931
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Flying Machines, 1933

Strange human-powered flying machine inventions that never really worked, including one that actually looks like a bird.
Online
1933
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Sky Giant, 1938

Sky Giant: the first four-engine commercial airplane
Online
1938
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Air Combat, 1940

World War II - RAF in action. Air-to-air shots of RAF (Royal Air Force) planes in dogfights with Luftwaffe.
Online
1940
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: RAF Supplies China by Air, 1945

World War II - RAF planes fly over Himalayas to supply Chinese Army
Online
1945