The Conquest of the Air

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The Conquest of the Air DVD cover.

Movie (1936)

Starring:
Henry Victor (Otto Lilienthal)
Laurence Olivier (Vincent Lunardi)
Charles Lefaux (Louis Blériot)
John Turbull (Von Zeppelin)


This documentary traces man's attempts to fly from ancient times through the 1930s.

Contents

Leonardo da Vinci Ornitottero

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Francesco Lana de Terzi's Flying Boat Concept

A boat suspended to four sphere filled with dew.

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Ballon Etienne et Joseph Montgolfier

First try at Annonay.

CotA-Montgolfier essai 10mn44.jpg

Montgolfière Le Réveillon

Experience at Versailles on 19th Septembr 1783, carrying a lamb, a duck and a cock in a basket.

CotA-Montgolfier Versailles 10mn59.jpg

Montgolfière Le Réveillon

21 november 1783 : first human take off with Pilâtre de Rozier and the marquis d'Arlandes.

CotA-Montgolfier Pilatre 12mn45.jpg
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Robert Frères-Jacques Charles Charlière Ballon Dihydrogène

First attempt with no charge on August 27, 1783.

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Robert Frères-Jacques Charles Charlière Ballon Dihydrogène

First manned hydrogen balloon flight on December 1, 1783 by Jacques Charles and Nicolas-Louis Robert.

CotA-Charles-balloonManned 14mn45.jpg

Vincent Lunardi

First manned flight in London.

CotA-Vincent-Lunardi-balloon 15mn12.jpg

Jean-Pierre Blanchard Ballon Dihydrogène

First flight over the sea made by Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries on 7th January 1785.

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Bredin Aerostat

Char, Moyen de Direction et Machine Aérostatique (1784).

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Various (unidentified) projects

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George Cayley Helicopter Concept

CotA-Cayley-helicopter-1816 19mn15.jpg

George Cayley Glider

CotA-Cayley-glider 20mn56.jpg

William Henson Steam Flying Machine Project

CotA-William-Henson steam 21mn56.jpg

Jean-Marie Le Bris Albatros

French sailor and captain who accomplished a glider flight in December 1856.

CotA-Jean-Marie Le Bris Albatros 23mn00.jpg

Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim Flying Machine

The inventor of the machine gun has think between 1889 and 1894 to a flyable machine which led to unseccessfull trials in Bexley.

CotA-Maxim 1894 23mn14.jpg

Otto Lilienthal Segelflugzeug N°11

CotA-Lilienthal 11 23mn39.jpg

Otto Lilienthal Segelflugzeug N°13

CotA-Lilienthal 13 24mn02.jpg

Henri Giffard No 1 Ballon Dirigeable

CotA-Giffard 25mn29.jpg

Renard et Krebs Dirigeable La France

Airship launched by Charles Renard and Arthur Constantin Krebs in 1884. The narrator speaks of 1872 : first dirigible powered by an electric engine able to fly on a closed circuit.

CotA-first-electric 1872 25mn42.jpg

Santos Dumont No 6

CotA-Santos-Dumont number6 25mn52.jpg

Wright Glider 1901

CotA-Wright Glider-1901 27mn13.jpg
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Wright Flyer I

CotA-Wright-I 27mn43.jpg

Vuia I

Fully self-propelled, fixed-wing monoplane aircraft using a carbonic acid gas engine and a single tractor propeller.

CotA-Traian-Vuia 29mn08.jpg

Voisin Farman I

CotA-Farman-Voisin 29mn20.jpg

Farman HF.3

CotA-biplan-Farman 31mn41.jpg

Voisin Archdeacon Hydroplane

Same aircraft seen in other movies - IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

CotA-Archdeacon-Hydroplane 28mn58.jpg

Henri Fabre Hydroplane

First Hydroplane flying on 28 March 1910.

CotA-HFabre-hydravion 29mn26.jpg

Unidentified Aircraft

To explain how a plane can lift up, a profile similar to the Stinson Reliant is drawn on the wall.

CotA-HowToFly 29mn40.jpg

Grade II „Libelle“ alias Eindecker

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

CotA-S-D Demoiselle Clément-Bayard 30mn55.jpg

Antoinette IV

CotA-Antoinette 32mn01.jpg

Blériot XI

CotA-BleriotXI 33mn05.jpg

Sopwith F.1 Camel

CotA-Sopwith-Camel 38mn17.jpg

Curtiss B-2 Condor

Shown to illustrate the WW1 despite the type entered service in 1929.

CotA-B2-Bomber 37mn50.jpg

Unidentified Aircraft

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Unidentified Aircraft

Lots of very short sequences (most with pinpoint over the horizon) to illustrate the growth of air forces. Here is one of the very few identifiable.

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Beardmore R34 Airship

CotA-R34 40mn56.jpg

Royal Airship Works Rigid Airship R101

CotA-R101 41mn16.jpg

The same rigid near a Zeppelin.

CotA-Zep-R101 41mn06.jpg

Zeppelin LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin

Registration D-LZ127.
Look at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Zeppelin LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin of DZR-Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei.

Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg

Look at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg of DZR-Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei.
Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg of DZR-Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei.

Auguste Piccard Stratospheric Balloon

One of the 27 balloons flights made by Auguste Piccard in the beginning of the thirties to study the stratosphere.

CotA-A-Piccard 42mn59.jpg

Unidentified Aircraft

Biplane used in the USA to fight forest fire by preventing bombing.

CotA-Forest-Fire 43mn29.jpg

De Havilland DH86A Express

CotA-DH86 44mn24.jpg

Airco DH.16

Reg.G-EACT but wearing K-130, Airco DH.16 of AT&T-Aircraft Transport and Travel Ltd for the first daily international service departing from Hounslow Heath Aerodrome (London) to Le Bourget (Paris).
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Coded K-130 Airco DH.16 of AT&T-Aircraft Transport and Travel Ltd.

Klemm VL. 26b

From the german movie "SOS Eisberg" (1933). Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Ryan NYP Spirit of Saint-Louis

Registration NX211.
Same aircraft seen in other movies - IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

CotA-Ryan-NYP 46mn58.jpg

Vickers F.B.27A Vimy Transatlantic

Vimy model

CotA-Vickers-Vimy 44mn55.jpg

Fokker C-2

Speaking of North Pole overflight by Richard E. Byrd but displaying the Fokker VII used for the first official transatlantic airmail flight he made on 29 June 1927.

Fokker C-2 America (NX206)

Fokker F.VIIb/3m

"Southern Cross" Fokker F.VII/3m of Charles Kingsford Smith, first flight from California to Australia (1928); registration VH-USU was worn after april 1931.
Same aircraft seen in other movies - IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

CotA-Fokker-FVII-3m 47mn05.jpg

De Havilland DH60G Gipsy Moth

In July 1932, Johnson sets a solo record for the flight from London to Cape Town, South Africa in a Gipsy Moth.

G-AAAH, De Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth c/n 804.

Unidentified Aircraft

Jim Mollison, who made the first solo flight over the South Atlantic in 1931. Here, perhaps in front of a gipsy moth ?

CotA-JimMollison-1931 47mn50.jpg

Blériot 110 Joseph Le Brix

Same aircraft seen in another movie at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg. F-ALCC, Bleriot 110
Reg. F-ALCC, Bleriot 110

De Havilland DH88 Comet

CotA-DH88 48mn25.jpg
CotA-DH88 48mn41.jpg

Percival Gull

CotA-Percival-Gull 48mn35.jpg

Savoia Marchetti S.55

CotA-S-M S55 48mn14.jpg

Lockheed Vega 5B

14 January 1935 : Amelia Earhart flew straight from continental USA to Hawaï aboard NR-965Y.

CotA-Earhart-Vega 48mn45.jpg

Vickers 292 Wellesley Mk I

November 1938 : non stop flight from Egypt to australia by special Vickers Wellesley, the type 292 (only 3 built).

CotA-Vickers-type292 48mn54.jpg

Avro Anson Mk.I

Behind the three Vickers Wellesley type 292, an Avro Anson.

CotA-Avro-Anson 49mn05.jpg

Canadian Vickers Vedette

CotA-hydro 49mn15.jpg
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Short S.23 Empire

Registration G-AEUE, serial n° S847.

Reg.G-AEUE Short S.23 Empire Cameronian of Imperial Airways.

Short S.23 Empire

Registration G-ADUT, serial n° S811.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg.G-ADUT Short S.23 Empire Centaurus of Imperial Airways.

Short S.23 Empire

Registration G-AEUC, serial n° S845.

Reg.G-AEUC Short S.23 Empire Corinna of Imperial Airways.
The wireless radio operator.

Short S.23 Empire

Registration G-ADHM, serial n° S804.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg.G-ADHM Short S.23 Empire Caledonia of Imperial Airways.

Short S.23 Empire

Registration G-AETV, serial n° S838.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg.G-AETV Short S.23 Empire Coriolanus of Imperial Airways.

Boeing 314

Short S.26 Empire

Will be operated by RAF and by BOAC post WWII.
Registration G-AFCI, serial n° S871.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg.G-AFCI Short S.26 Empire Golden Hind of BOAC-British Overseas Airways Corporation.

Unidentified Aircraft

What should be a Boeing 247 to speak about the record commercial transcontinental flight done in mid 1933 between San Francisco and New York.

CotA-LA-NYC Sleeping 52mn46.jpg

De Havilland DH91 Albatross

Registration G-AFDK, serial n° 6804.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg. G-AFDK De Havilland DH91 Albatross Fortuna of Imperial Airways.

Douglas DC-4E

Douglas DC-4E, reg. NX18100, s/n 1601.

Douglas DC-2-115E

Reg. PH-AKH Douglas DC-2-115E, Ulver of KLM-Royal Dutch Air Lines.

Savoia Marchetti SM.73

I-ORTE, third aircraft of the second batch (c/n 30010).

CotA-Savoia S-73 54mn20.jpg

Autogiro Company of America AC-35

CotA-AC-35 54mn22.jpg
CotA-AC-35 54mn32.jpg
CotA-AC-35 54mn38.jpg

Focke-Wulf Fw 61 V1

Mid february 1938, at the Deutschlandhalle in Berlin.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

CotA-Fw61 54mn43.jpg
CotA-Fw61 54mn54.jpg

Travel Air 2000 Besler Steam System

(N)X4258 serial 358

CotA-TravelAir2000 54mn57.jpg
CotA-TravelAir2000 55mn07.jpg

Snyder Arup n°2

1932

Nemeth Parasol

Ingeneered in 1934 by Steven P. Nemeth and registered as (N)X13651

CotA-Nemeth-13651 55mn17.jpg

De Rougé Elytroplan BL-10

This is the 1937 built with Bouffort & Landris, BL-10.

CotA-Elytroplan 55mn23.jpg
CotA-Elytroplan 55mn33.jpg

Waterman Arrowbile

The Arrowbile first flew on 21 February 1937; 5 examples built including X262Y.

CotA-Car-262Y 55mn48.jpg
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Appleby Sv HM14 POU-DU-CIEL

One of the UK's variant from Henri Mignet HM.14 design.

CotA-Mignet PouDuCiel 55mn36.jpg
G-ADMH, c/n SVA2

Supermarine S.6

Winner of the 1929 Schneider Trophy.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Supermarine S6 N247.

Supermarine S.6B

Only racer of the 1931 Schneider Trophy.

"1", Supermarine S.6B S1595.

Fiat C.29

Not ready in time for the 1929 race.

CotA-Fiat-C29 56mn26.jpg

De Havilland D.H.82B Queen Bee

The de Havilland D.H.82B Queen Bee was a radio controlled target aircraft.

Reg. K-5112, De Havilland D.H.82B Queen Bee

Bristol 138A

First flight in november 1936.

CotA-Bristol-138A 56mn53.jpg
CotA-Bristol-138A 56mn56.jpg
CotA-Bristol-138A 57mn01.jpg

Short S.20 Mercury “Mayo Composite”

Registration G-ADHJ, serial n° S796.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg.G-ADHJ Short S.20 Mercury “Mayo Composite” of Imperial Airways.

Short S.21 Maia “Mayo Composite”

Registration G-ADHK, serial n° S797.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg.G-ADHK Short S.21 Maia “Mayo Composite” of Imperial Airways.

BFW M.23b

Designed by Willy Messerschmitt.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

BFW M.23b, registration D-1881 (WerkNr. 510) flown by Willy Stöhr.

Junkers F 13

CotA-Junkers-F-13 58mn03.jpg

Klemm L 25

CotA-Klemm-L25 58mn08.jpg

Klemm L 25 c XI

Landing on the Zupspitze mountain.
Klemm L25 c XI D-2397 of Enst Udet.

Hawker Demon

CotA-Hawker-Demon 59mn17.jpg

Bristol 142 Blenheim Mk.I

CotA-Bristol-Blenheim 59mn37.jpg

Bristol 130A Bombay Mk I

CotA-Bristol-Bombay 59mn30.jpg

Hawker Osprey

CotA-Hawker-Osprey 59mn57.jpg

Hawker Hurricane

CotA-Hawker-HurricaneI 59mn59.jpg

Unidentified Aircraft

Twin engine biplane flying boat.

CotA-what 59mn47.jpg

Supermarine Spitfire Mk I

CotA-Sup-SpitI 60mn01.jpg

Unidentified Balloon

CotA-balloon 60mn31.jpg

Unidentified Glider

CotA-glider 61mn21.jpg

Schleicher Rhönbussard

Another shot from "Wunder des Fliegens".
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

CotA-SchleicherRhönbussard 61mn46.jpg

Slingsby T6 KirbyKite

CotA-Slingsby-T6-KirbyKite 61mn26.jpg



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