[Aircraft manufacturing and test flying activities at Pfalz aircraft factory, Germany, circa 1918]
Film footage of aircraft manufacturing and test flying activities at a Pfalz aircraft factory, Germany, circa 1918. The first segment depicts workers constructing and assembling Pfalz D.XII aircraft. One scene shows the mounting of Maschinengewehr 08 machine guns, also known as the Spandau MG 08. The next segment, beginning at 00:08:21, depicts test flying activities, showing pilots donning flight gear and aircraft taking off and landing. The third segment, beginning at 00:12:19, depicts the installation of an 11-cylinder rotary engine in a Pfalz D.VIII and markings being added to the aircraft. The footage concludes with a stop-motion-style sequence of a D.XII being constructed.
The footage is in black-and-white and is silent.
Several title cards appear throughout the footage:
00:00:12 - "Aus Deutschlands Kriegsindustrie. Die Pfalz-Flugzeugwerke. Aufnahme der Luftstreitkräfte. [From Germany's war industry. The Pfalz aircraft factories. Admission of the Air Force]."
00:00:54 - "Moulding the fuselage"
00:05:33 - "The Spandau guns"
00:09:16 - "Test hop"
00:10:30 - "Der start"
00:12:22 - "Pfalz D.VIII 11 cylinder rotary engine UR II"
00:13:08 - "The 11 cylinder UR II rotary motor"
00:15:01 - "Germany builds one plane every 2 minutes"
Label on film container: "Pfalz D-XII factory."