War Wings: Films of the First Air War (Second Book in the Historic Footage Project)

War Wings: Films of the First Air War (Second Book in the Historic Footage Project)

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Ever wish you could see a World War I Curtiss "Jenny" do a triple loop? How about a squadron of American-made DH-4 "Liberty" bombers taking off on a mission over the front? You can, in glorious black-and-white--shot on location by the military's own movie makers, using state of the art (1918-style) wooden boxes with crude brass-encased glass lenses, metal hand cranks, and cumbersome tripods. Thousands of WWI-related motion picture reels sit in the vaults at the National Archives and Records Administration facility in College Park, Maryland--but only 71 titles contain aviation footage. This amazing real-time visual history of the first ever air war could have been lost to time. Luckily, with the publication of WAR WINGS: Films of the First Air War, you can locate those needles in the giant haystack of the Archives, and know precisely what moving images are on each reel.

WAR WINGS chronicles over 2,550 individual scenes of filmed action--while hundreds more are summarized. Scenes of pilot training, airplane manufacturing, fighting in the skies over France, and the post-Armistice testing of enemy airplanes, were all captured on film during 1917-1919. This superbly-researched landmark work is a boon to scholars, librarians, museum curators, historians, students of film, and those interested in genealogy. The detailed information contained within the pages of this invaluable research tool provides an accurate and timeless word-picture record of the aviation-related moving images of the "War to End All Wars."

Product Details

  • Author: Phillip W. Stewart
  • Publication Date: 2008-11-30
  • Publisher: PMS Press
  • Product Group: Book
  • Manufacturer: PMS Press
  • Binding: Hardcover, 236 pages
  • Item Dimensions:
    • Dimensions: 984L x 709W x 39H
    • Weight: 666
  • Package Dimensions:
    • Dimensions: 1000L x 700W x 56H
    • Weight: 298
  • List Price: $29.95
  • ISBN: 0979324335
  • ASIN: 0979324335

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