The Aerial Age Begins
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Flight and the Silver

Flight and the silver screen
The first narrative dramatic motion picture film, The Great Train Robbery, was made in the 1903, the same year the Wright brothers made their historic first flights. Before World War I, both film and aviation were still in their infancy, but already it was apparent that each had powerful potential to influence the world.
Filmmakers interpreted the airplane from a number of perspectives. Some made it a central feature, intending to promote the new technology. Others used the airplane as an innovative backdrop to carry their story along in an exciting way. Still others explored the airplane’s potential for destruction and as a terrifying instrument of war.
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