• Short Summary

    A KENYAN MOTOR-CYCLE MECHANIC IS HOPING TO HELP HIS COUNTRY'S TRADE BALANCE BY STARTING KENYA'S OWN INDEPENDENCE AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY.

  • Description

    A KENYAN MOTOR-CYCLE MECHANIC IS HOPING TO HELP HIS COUNTRY'S TRADE BALANCE BY STARTING KENYA'S OWN INDEPENDENCE AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY. AND ALREADY HIS FIRST PROTOTYPE - A TINY MONOPLANE - IS TAKING SHAPE IN AN OPEN PIECE OF LAND BEHIND HIS WORKSHOP IN THE VILLAGE OF KARATINA.

    MR. MORRIS TITO GACHAMBA IS BUILDING THE PROTOTYPE OF KENYA ONE FROM DISCARDED BICYCLE FRAMES, PERSPEX AND ALUMINIUM SHEETING. IT WILL BE POWERED BY A LYCOMBING AERO ENGINE RECOVERED FROM AN OLD WRECK IN THE SLOPES OF MOUNT KENYA.

    THE VILLAGE AERO-DESIGNER - ACKNOWLEDGED AS AN EXPERT IN AERO-DYNAMICS BY HIS FELLOW-VILLAGERS - IS UNPERTURBED THAT THE KENYA GOVERNMENT HAS REFUSED TO MAKE HIM A GRANT FROM PUBLIC FUNDS, OR THAT THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT HAVE ALREADY SAID THEY WILL NOT GIVE A LICENSE TO TEST FLY THE AIRCRAFT. HE INTENDS FLYING IT FORM HIS VILLAGE TO NAIROBI, EIGHTY MILES (128 KMS.) AWAY.

    MR. GACHAMBA HAS ALREADY TEST FLOWN ONE OF HIS EARLIER MODELS. IT CRASH LANDED SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF WHEN THE ENGINE SEIZED UP. DESPITE FINANCIAL, LICENSING AND TESTING SETBACKS, MR. GACHAMBA SAYS HIS KENYA ONE IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. HE INTENDS TO EVENTUALLY DEVELOP HELICOPTERS AND JET POWERED AIRCRAFT. HE IS ALSO CONSIDERING JOINING THE KENYAN AIR FORCE BECAUSE, AS HE SAYS, HE WOULD LEARN MORE ABOUT AIRCRAFT DESIGN IN THE AIR FORCE.

    ALTHOUGH THE KENYAN GOVERNMENT ARE RELUCTANT TO ACCEPT MR. GACHAMBA'S AMBITION TO ESTABLISH KENYA'S AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY, HIS LOCAL PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN HIM CONSIDERABLE MORAL SUPPORT, AND HAVE NAMED A STREET IN KARATINA AFTER HIS PROTOTYPE, KENYA ONE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2H29HBEWVLU47NYIJ1AWDM36Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA2H29HBEWVLU47NYIJ1AWDM36Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1968
    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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