• Short Summary

    England's coastal resort of Selsey in Sussex was more crowded than usual on Sunday (15 August) for the town's major attraction of the year.

  • Description

    England's coastal resort of Selsey in Sussex was more crowded than usual on Sunday (15 August) for the town's major attraction of the year.

    SYNOPSIS: The centre of attraction was a 25-foot high platform on Selsey pier. Here 36 entrants gathered to launch themselves over the sea. The prize of three thousand pounds (5,250 US dollars) was the bait for any person to fly 50 metres without engine, motor or rocket.

    The contestants are labelled birdmen but several girls who took to the air were eager to become successful birdwomen. But success eluded them in the same as the others.

    The intrepid would-be birds came to the water more quickly than they'd planned. The winner was this contestant from Southampton. And he managed only nine metres, a long way off the 50 metre target. Observers could only compare their efforts with such flightless birds as emus or kiwis rather than seagulls.

    A special section for comic entries included Father Splashmas. But onlookers found it rather difficult to distinguish the comics from serious contenders. The Selsey flight has now become an annual event. It started five years ago as a fund-raising event organised by the Royal Air Forces Association. But so popular was the event that now it is held every year. So far no-one has managed to reach the 50 metre goal.

    The rules allow wings not exceeding 30 feet wide and no help white launching. But one man decided to cast his fate to the winds alone. The winds were not kind.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA19WYR2V2B87ESKJ8RXOFLPXNX
    Media URN:
    VLVA19WYR2V2B87ESKJ8RXOFLPXNX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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