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    MAN-POWERED FLIGHT BECOMES NEARER TO REALITY... 39-YEAR-OLD DEREK PIGGOTT, TEST-PILOT OF A SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY GROUP, GAVE HIS AUDIENCE AT LASHAM AIRFIELD, HAMPSHIRE, A THRILLING EXAMPLE OF THIS NOVEMBER 21 WHEN HE PEDALLED HIS WAY THROUGH THE AIR IN HIS MAN-POWERED PLANE OF SPRUCE AND NYLON.

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    MAN-POWERED FLIGHT BECOMES NEARER TO REALITY... 39-YEAR-OLD DEREK PIGGOTT, TEST-PILOT OF A SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY GROUP, GAVE HIS AUDIENCE AT LASHAM AIRFIELD, HAMPSHIRE, A THRILLING EXAMPLE OF THIS NOVEMBER 21 WHEN HE PEDALLED HIS WAY THROUGH THE AIR IN HIS MAN-POWERED PLANE OF SPRUCE AND NYLON.

    AFTER MAKING SEVERAL UNSUCCESSFUL TAKE-OFF ATTEMPTS - KNOCKING DOWN SEVERAL PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE PROCESS - THE COURAGEOUS MR. PIGGOTT FLEW APPROXIMATELY SIXTY YARDS AT A HEIGHT OF ABOUT FIVE FEET, USING ONLY PEDAL CONTROLS AND PLENTY OF MUSCLE-POWER. THE PLANE, POSSESSING A GREAT WING-SPAN OF SOME 80-FEET, HAD MADE ITS LONGEST FLIGHT YET.

    MR. PIGGOTT, CHIEF FLYING INSTRUCTOR AT LASHAM GLIDING CENTRE, WAS COMPETING WITH 'SUMPAC' -SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY MAN-POWERED AIRCRAFT - FOR A GBP5,000 PRIZE OFFERED BY A LONDON BUSINESSMAN. TO WIN THIS PRIZE, ANNOUNCED TWO YEARS AGO, COMPETITORS MUST FLY IN A FIGURE-OF-EIGHT CIRCUIT FOR AT LEAST ONE MILE WITHOUT TOUCHING DOWN.

    ON THE FINAL TEST RUN OF THE DAY THE UNDERCARRIAGE OF THE PLANE COLLAPSED AFTER PASSING OVER SOME ROUGH GROUND - BUT MR. PIGGOTT CLIMBED OUT UNHURT.

    ACCORDING TO SCIENTIST'S REPORTS A MAN CAN DEVELOP BETWEEN 3-5 HORSE-POWER FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. THEY BELIEVE THIS WOULD ENABLE A MAN TO FLY IF THE POWER WERE APPLIED TO A MACHINE WITH ENOUGH EFFICIENCY.

    TWO OTHER PLANES HAVE BEEN ENTERED IN THE COMPETITION. ONE IS FROM THE 'HATFIELD MAN-POWERED AIRCRAFT CLUB' - WHERE DE HAVILLAND TEST PILOT JIM PHILLIPS WAS RECENTLY REPORTED TO HAVE FLOWN FOR 180 YARDS - AND THE OTHER IS FROM A GROUP AT SOUTHEND.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2R7DVI6SBF4K3WQ3ZT6PL37CY
    Media URN:
    VLVA2R7DVI6SBF4K3WQ3ZT6PL37CY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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