• Short Summary

    Former United States' Army officer Thomas Gatch is hoping to become the first person to cross the Atlantic -- by balloon.

  • Description

    1.
    GV & CU Balloons in hangar
    0.13

    2.
    CU ZOOM OUT TO GV Gondola
    0.16

    3.
    SCU Reporter with pilot
    0.19

    4.
    SCU Gatch speaking (SOUND)
    0.45

    5.
    GV EXTERIOR Balloon being brought out onto runway
    0.48

    6.
    CU Gatch
    0.51

    7.
    CU Men releasing balloons
    0.56

    8.
    CU & GV Gondola floating away
    1.10


    THOMAS GATCH: "Well, I like to hope that other aircraft in the area know where I am. Balloons have by international agreement the right of way, but that's like a pedestrian crossing a highway. I would like to hope that everyone knows where I am and they will respect the fact that I am not unmenoeuvrable, unsteerable, but my means of control is up and down, not left and right."




    Initials BB/1735 AS/AH/BB/1751


    The commentary on this film by reporter Leroy Bell is for guidance only. An alternative commentary is printed overleaf.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Former United States' Army officer Thomas Gatch is hoping to become the first person to cross the Atlantic -- by balloon. Early on Tuesday morning Gatch set off in his ten-balloon gondola from the International Airport at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on the United States' east coast. He was assisted at his launching by several dozen volunteers. He hopes it will only take five days to cross the ocean, and he expects to land in either southern France or Spain.

    If a forced landing is necessary over the ocean, the white gondola -- "Light Heart" - -will float. Only an hour after departure, Gatch radioed that one of the ten balloons had burst, and he had lost height, but despite this early set-back, the 48-year-old Virginian was determined to press on.

    In a pre-flight interview, Gatch told newsmen that his main worry was passing aircraft:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA23ZGCW6V5TMX0HMDOC1JB9Z0O
    Media URN:
    VLVA23ZGCW6V5TMX0HMDOC1JB9Z0O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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