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Texas First Air Flight

Description: Photograph of the first flight in Texas. A biplane is in the sky and a man's hat is partially visible at the left and a utility pole is at the right. "Rogers" is indicated in the inscription on the back.
Date: 1908
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library


Description: Photograph of a line of biplanes with a large crowd of observers in the background. The field is near St. Edward's University in south Austin.
Date: April 7, 1918
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Firefighters Standing in the Aftermath of a Hangar Fire]

Description: Photograph of thirteen firefighters standing in the ashes and debris of a melted airplane in one of the Red Bird Airport Hangars. Most of the firefighters are facing away from the camera, and one of the firefighters holds a hose that has been turned off. Beyond the debris, on the far right, is another small airplane and aircraft maintenance equipment. The hangar door is partially open in the background. On the back of the photograph are two labels and handwritten notes giving information about the photo, including the date.
Date: April 12, 1961
Location Info:
Partner: Dallas Firefighters Museum

[Smith Family Films, No. 15 - Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Dedication Ceremony]

Description: This home documents the daily lives and activities of a family. The film begins with family members on vacation feeding chipmunks, hiking, and gathering wood. The film concludes with the dedication ceremony of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on September 22, 1973 (02:19-04:24). Footage of the ceremony begins with a speech by former Dallas Mayor Erik Jonsson (02:19-02:25), followed by former Governor of Texas John Connally (02:26) and footage of guests on the stage. It appears that Congressman Jim Wright is seated to Connally's right (02:32). Connally introduces the current Governor of Texas, Dolph Briscoe, Jr. (02:37), who speaks to the crowd. Governor Briscoe's speech is followed by footage of an unidentified man speaking (02:44) as well as the large crowds, television news crews, and North Texas State University marching band. Other unidentified men speak (03:29) followed by more footage of the crowds and footage of the airport shot from a moving car. The film ends with members of the NTSU marching band posing for the camera (04:03-04:24). Members of the Smith family, Barney Smith and cousin Leslie Pruitt, were in the North Texas State University Band and performed as part of the ceremony.
Date: 1973-08/1973-09-22
Creator: Smith, Cordell & Smith, Elizabeth
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Hill Family Films, No. 7 - Air Shows]

Description: This home movie documents the Roy E. Hill family attending the National Model Airplane Championship at the Naval Air Station in Dallas, Texas in 1956 and an Air Show of full sized air craft at Hensley Field (later Naval Air Station Dallas and Grand Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Complex) on May 22, 1955.
Date: 1955/1956
Creator: Hill, Roy E.
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Media Library


Description: Patent for an improved rotary airplane engine patterned after the Gnome type with extra blades attached to the engine cylinders.
Date: March 25, 1913
Creator: Decker, Harry R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Clipping: What a Ride!]

Description: Newspaper clipping from unknown newspaper. Anthony Carlson, 4, of Arlington Heights climbs out of the B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine-O-Nine" during the Wings of Freedom Tour stop. Tour sponsored by the Collings foundation and The National Women Air Force Service Pilots.
Date: unknown
Creator: Valade, Paul
Partner: National WASP WWII Museum

[Cochran Family Films, No. 3 - Holidays and Vacations, 1963]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Cochran family including vacations and holidays. The film begins with footage shot from an aerial tramway in an unidentified location (00:00-01:25), Jay Cochran posing with his children Cheryl and David in front of a Texas sign (01:25-02:33), and antique or classic cars parked in front of a hotel (02:33-02:42). The family then celebrates Cheryl's birthday and fishes at a boat house(02:42-05:21), poses in front of their home decorated for Christmas (03:55-05:21), and observe a snow-covered residential neighborhood (05:21-06:11). Cheryl, David, and their mother pose n their Easter clothes (06:11-07:10). The family then goes on vacation, possibly to the Houston area, where they observe ships and a river and swim at a hotel (07:10-11:45). They then observe airplanes taking off and landing at an unidentified location, possibly Dallas Love Field Airport (11:45-13:16). Children feed ducks and the family poses in their Easter clothes (13:16-14:22), goes fishing, and Dennis mows a lawn (14:22-15:48). The family then goes on vacation to an unidentified location, possibly Colorado, with footage of an aerial tramway, a Wild West tourist town, and swimming in a pool (15:48-26:09). The film ends with footage of the children mowing the lawn and playing on a swing set (26:09-26:55).
Date: 1963
Creator: Cochran, Jay
Partner: UNT Media Library