• Short Summary

    IN A SPECTACULAR DEMONSTRATION OF NEW RESCUE TECHNIQUES FOR CRASHED AIRCRAFT ON FRIDAY, A BOEING STRATOCRUISER WAS SET ALIGHT AT A NEWARK, NEW JERSEY AIRFIELD.

  • Description

    IN A SPECTACULAR DEMONSTRATION OF NEW RESCUE TECHNIQUES FOR CRASHED AIRCRAFT ON FRIDAY, A BOEING STRATOCRUISER WAS SET ALIGHT AT A NEWARK, NEW JERSEY AIRFIELD. THEN AS THE FLAMES ENVELOPED THE AIRLINER, A HELICOPTER FLEW LOW OVER THE FLAMES, MUFFLING THEM WITH THE WIND OF ITS ROTAR. THIS ENABLED CONVENTIONAL FIRE-FIGHTING CREWS TO MOVE QUICKLY TO THE HEART OF THE BLAZE.

    THE DEMONSTRATION WAS ORGANISED BY THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY. A WING OF THE PLANE WAS SOAKED IN PETROL AND THEN IGNITED. FIFTEEN SECONDS LATER A HELICOPTER FLEW IN AND HOVERED ABOUT 30 FEET ABOVE THE NOSE OF THE PLANE. AS THE FLAMES WERE BEATEN BACK, FIRE ENGINES WERE ABLE TO DRIVE RIGHT UP TO THE PLANE AND A FIREMAN, WEARING AN ASBESTOS SUIT, WALKED CALMLY THROUGH THE INFERNO.

    THE DEMONSTRATION WAS TO TEST THE PRACTICABILITY OF KEEPING HELICOPTER AT CIVILIAN AIRPORTS TO BE USED AS AN AID TO FIRE FIGHTING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3PSKXURO45MOFPV6O1OXL8334
    Media URN:
    VLVA3PSKXURO45MOFPV6O1OXL8334
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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