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The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_1
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:00:21 - 01:15:00
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The USAF Story: The Beginning - About the technological and general corpus evolution of the United States Air Force prior to and including WWI (roughly 1903-1918). A great source for rare archival footage on such

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_2
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1950  (Estimated Year)
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01:00:21 - 01:01:21
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Titles.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_3
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1900  (Estimated Year)
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01:01:21 - 01:01:27
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LS hot air balloon in flight.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_4
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1900  (Estimated Year)
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01:01:27 - 01:01:42
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Dark footage of early gliders on field, taking off

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_5
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1908  (Estimated Year)
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01:01:42 - 01:03:15
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Propellers being spun. Wright Brothers. CU Orville Wright. Cut to 1908 newsreel of the Wright Brothers in France (see also catalog 445092). MS French dignitaries, Henri Petain among them, in spectator stands, shaking hands. MSs Orville and Wilbur Wright and assistants setting up glider in field balancing wings on chock blocks, turning propellers, weighted pulley system projecting. Wilbur & French journalist in plane; MS men on ground watching the plane shoot off; LS plane flying low to ground, over shallow pool of water.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_6
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1910  (Estimated Year)
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01:03:15 - 01:03:46
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MS Theodore Roosevelt speaking from behind podium draped in the American flag. MS Signal Corps documents being perused, signed. LS early glider in flight, barely higher than the tree-line.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_7
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1950  (Estimated Year)
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01:03:46 - 01:06:55
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Recreation of 1910s. MS/CU Military Aviator pin being placed on soldier s uniform.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_8
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1910  (Estimated Year)
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01:03:55 - 01:04:04
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DO NOT USE Still photograph Lt. HENRY ARNOLD

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_9
Yes
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1910  (Estimated Year)
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01:04:04 - 01:04:48
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MSs Glenn Curtiss sitting in glider on airfield, the propeller being turned, glider taking off. LSs gliders taking off, flying over camera. TLSs members of the famed Lafayette Escadrille suiting up at airfield, getting into planes, taking off. LS battleship being hit by torpedo, Washington Post headline hurtling towards cam: US AND GERMANY AT WAR.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_10
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:04:48 - 01:06:09
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America prepares to enter World War One: TLS/MSs recruits, cadets, enlisted men of United States Army arriving at boot camp, running drill with wooden rifles, marching about post; excellent MSs soldiers molding plastic bombs at base; MS soldier firing Lewis machine gun; MS Signal Corps airmen being issued leather flying jackets & helmets; MSs airmen inspecting planes, boarding them, taking off; nice CU pilot; LSs practice bombing run; MSs soldiers at small graduation ceremony, sergeant handing out rolled papers; TLSs formal graduation exercises.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_11
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:06:09 - 01:06:25
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MS Secretary of War Newton Baker giving speech. MS President Woodrow Wilson working in office.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_12
Yes
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:06:25 - 01:07:36
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World War One. MSs Red Cross girls dispensing food & drink to Signal Corps airmen awaiting overseas deployment; MSs US airmen on dock, boarding vessel w/ assistance from sailor; great LS camouflaged luxury liner, here used as troop ship. Panning LS AEF Army barracks in France. MSs airmen practicing manning gunner ports at camp. MSs airmen working wooden model planes in classroom setting. TLSs airmen taxiing on airfield. MS crash-landed Jenny, pilot clamoring out, shaking hands w/ fellow airmen.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_13
Yes
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:07:36 - 01:07:55
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Panning MS 1st AEF aero squadron, aka Lafayette Escadrille, led by Major Ralph Royce, posing for camera on field. MS paper Iron Cross emblem being placed over bullethole on wing of plane; MS airman being awarded by officer.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_14
Yes
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:07:55 - 01:08:11
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MS Brig. General Billy Mitchell getting out of pilot seat. MS Brig. General Benjamin Foulois shaking hands with airmen outside command bunker. MS Col. Thomas De Witt Milling, head of Air Service Units, 1st Army.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_15
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:08:11 - 01:08:50
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MSs 103rd Aero Squadron, led by Major William Thaw (Bill Thaw), posing for cam; Thaw, Lt. Lawner (sp), Lt. Merrick & Lt. Tobin separately walk to cam, stop & salute; MSs Capt. Phelps Collins (?), Major Raoul Lufbery; MS Capt. Elliot White Springs (Elliot Springs); MS Eddie Rickenbacker posing at plane, illustration [nose art?] of Uncle Sam s colorful stovepipe hat there.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_16
Yes
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:08:50 - 01:10:22
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MS & TLS male & female American war workers building military airplanes in auto factories converted for such a task. Exterior & inerior of factories, carpenters sawing wings, seamstresses working, wings being varnished. DH-4 fuselages & Liberty engines being built, propellers & wings being installed; war work, manufacturing). MSs workers disassembling planes for overseas shipping under watch of armed guard, parts being crated & labeled, AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_17
Yes
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:10:22 - 01:11:23
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MSs French women & AEF soldiers putting disassembled DH-4 planes together, rolling them onto airfield. MSs airmen unloading bombs from Army truck, positioning bombs on planes. TLS DH-4 rolling from hangar.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_18
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:11:23 - 01:11:29
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CU map of St. Mihiel.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_19
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:11:29 - 01:12:34
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Nighttime MSs burning flares on wingtips of flying planes; TLS/MSs AEF 1st Army Air Corps on airfield, suiting up, boarding planes, taking off.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_20
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:12:34 - 01:12:52
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Great but grainy MS German airmen loading & arming a Fokker fighter, Iron Cross on side. LSs battlefield, (British?) soldiers racing into trench; MSs German pilot & bombardier in flight, the latter holding & dropping a bomb.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_21
Yes
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1914  (Estimated Year)
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01:12:52 - 01:14:06
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Excellent LSs air battle between German & AEF forces, Fokker getting hit & spiraling to ground; MSs pilots & gunners in aerial action. LS Germans bombing an unfriendly observation balloon (planes buzz by, shooting, balloon catches fire, deflates, falls to ground in smoldering fury). More aerial battles.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_22
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1940  (Estimated Year)
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01:14:06 - 01:14:43
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Montage, early American biplanes, pre & post World War Two bombers, prop & jet fighters in tight flight formation during military exercises.

The USAF Story: The Beginning

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487618_1_23
Yes
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1950  (Estimated Year)
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01:14:43 - 01:15:00
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Closing Credits.