• Short Summary

    SCIENCE FICTION BECAME COLD FACT YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) WHEN THE AMERICAN BELL ROCKET BELT, DESIGNED TO ALLOW MAN HIS MOST INDEPENDENT AND UNENCUMBERED FLIGHT YET, BROKE ITS OWN SPEED AND DISTANCE RECORDS.

  • Description

    1.
    SV. PETER KEDZIERSKI TALKING TO MR. MOORE.
    0.06

    2.
    SCU. KEDZIERSKI.
    0.10

    3.
    SCU. MOORE.
    0.13

    4.
    SV. KEDZIERSKI FASTENED INTO FLYING APPARATUS. (3 SHOTS).
    0.26

    5.
    LV. KEDZIERSKI TAKES OFF (2 SHOTS). AND LANDS
    0.50

    6.
    SV. KEDZIERSKI WITH MOORE.
    0.57

    7.
    SV. KEDZIERSKI TAKES OFF FLYING EQUIPMENT (2 SHOTS).
    1.14



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    Background: SCIENCE FICTION BECAME COLD FACT YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) WHEN THE AMERICAN BELL ROCKET BELT, DESIGNED TO ALLOW MAN HIS MOST INDEPENDENT AND UNENCUMBERED FLIGHT YET, BROKE ITS OWN SPEED AND DISTANCE RECORDS.

    PROPELLING ITS 19-YEAR-OLD OPERATOR 815 FEET AT A PEAK SPEED OF 60 M.P.H. AND AN AVERAGE SPEED OF 30 M.P.H., THE TWIN-JET BELT, MORE THAN DOUBLED ITS OLD TOP PERFORMANCE MARKS. THE DEMONSTRATION WAS WATCHED BY ITS DESIGNER, MR. WENDELL MOORE AT THE BELL COMPANY'S WORKS AT BUFFALO, NEW YORK STATE.

    DEVELOPED BY THE COMPANY THAT DESIGNED AND BUILT AMERICA'S FIRST JET AIRCRAFT, THE BELT HAS ATTRACTED THE INTEREST OF THE ARMY. POSSIBLE MILITARY USES OF THE ROCKET BELT - IT'S STRAPPED TO THE BACK WITH LEVER CONTROLS CURVING UNDER THE OPERATOR'S WRIST - INCLUDE THE TRANSPORTATION OF INFANTRY OVER SURFACE OBSTACLES SUCH AS STREAMS, RIVERS, RAVINES, BARBED WIRE BARRIERS AND MINEFIELDS.

    DURING AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS ASSAULT TROOPS COULD "FLY" FROM SHIP TO SHORE. THIS HAS ALREADY BEEN DEMONSTRATED BY THE OPERATOR, PETER KEDZIERSKI, WHO TOOK OFF FROM AN ARMY LANDING CRAFT IN THE CHOPPY WATERS OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY AND FLEW TO SHORE WITHOUT INCIDENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1QU5AQQBOK4G6GAOUJYRQQBYO
    Media URN:
    VLVA1QU5AQQBOK4G6GAOUJYRQQBYO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/11/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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