"Flying Boats" (large seaplanes) were planned to connect the U.S. and China to access the "fabulous markets" of the latter in the 1930s. As it turned out, U.S.-China trade relations were largely delayed another half century.
Franz Reichelt (1879 – 1912), an Australian tailor, had been experimenting with a new form of parachute, jumped from the first platform of the Eiffel Tower, 180 feet from the ground. The parachute did not open and Reichelt fell like a stone. His body was a shapeless mass when the police picked it up.
February 4, 1912
In 1919 Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane through the Arc de Triomphe to mark the end of and honour those who fought in World War I.
A quick clip of the Wright Flyer during take-off.
Amazing!! This film was made long before special-effects photography and I'm sure you will be impressed by the bravery of this barnstorming lass in her equestrian attire.