The Conquest of the Air

“Man’s Greatest Achievement”, flying by balloon and glider and airplane, from the mystic past to the start of World War II.

Many historic realizations are depicted, the Montgolfier ascent, Cayley’s glider, Lilienthal’s life work, the Wright Brothers at Kill Devil Hill and Kitty Hawk, Blériot crossing the Channel, D’Annunzio’s Vienna raid, centuries of exploration and progress amid the many defeats that form the comic prologue to Annakin’s Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.