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The Wright 1911 Model B Flyer in Flight

Liftoff! Grover Cleveland Bergdoll's 1911 Model B Flyer flew its last flights in December, 1934 at Central Airport in Camden, New Jersey, just across the Delaware River from Center City, Philadelphia. Shortly thereafter, The Franklin Institute became home to the Bergdoll Flyer, thanks to the generosity of its owner. Not otherwise available to the public, the film footage of that 1934 flight is now online. The film is segmented for easier online access. The original reel exists as one long film, with the thirteen segments connected to one another in the same order as they are presented here. Each segment includes a brief overview of the visual content as well as an indication of the video's file size. The original film does not have audio, therefore, these segments do not either.

1: Great Strides
2: Pre-Flight Inspection
3: The Propeller Spin
4: Taxi to the Runway
5: Meet the Pilot
6: Preparing for Liftoff
7: Liftoff!
8: Success!
9: Detailing
10: Another Flight
11: Automobile vs. Aeroplane
12: Ouch!
13: Hollywood Ending


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