• Short Summary

    SCOPE: This coverage is of a squadron of seven Martin MB-2 bombers out of Langley Field, Virginia, accomplishing aerial bombardment against the captured battleship Oust Friesland.

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    World War I Biplane drops bomb.
    2 ft


    Man boards aircraft.
    6 ft


    Ship.
    1 ft


    General Mitchell and other dignitaries.
    2 ft


    Three bomb runs.
    14 ft



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    Background: SCOPE: This coverage is of a squadron of seven Martin MB-2 bombers out of Langley Field, Virginia, accomplishing aerial bombardment against the captured battleship Oust Friesland.

    BACKGROUND: During the early twenties, the effectiveness of aerial bombardment was the subject of heated controversy between factions within the Army and Navy. A most vocal Brigadier General Billy Mitchell firmly believed that ships were vulnerable to air attack. It was during World War I that Brigadier General Billy Mitchell realized that dropping bombs over the side of "flying machines" was a potentially effective weapon. It wasn't until 1921, however, that he had a chance to prove how effective aerial bombardment could be. On July 21st, of that year, with skeptical military and civilian dignitaries looking on, General Mitchell directed a squadron of seven Martin MB-2 bombers out of Langley Field, Virginia, against the captured German battleship Oust Friesland (OUST'-FREEZE-LAND). The Oust Friesland was anchored of the entrance to Chesapeake Bay. Twenty one and a half minutes after the bombing began the floating fortress went to the bottom.

    General Mitchell's demonstration was not fully appreciated until World War II. It nonetheless stands as one of the significant milestones in aviation history. He proved that the airplane was indeed a weapon of the future.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2LFZJ0PZATJGZ6QT2SVXZ54HT
    Media URN:
    VLVA2LFZJ0PZATJGZ6QT2SVXZ54HT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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