• Short Summary

    A HAWKER-SIDDELEY HARRIER V/STOL RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT IS THE ROYAL AIR FORCE'S ENTRY IN THE TRANS-ATLANTIC AIR RACE WHICH STARTS TOMORROW.

  • Description

    A HAWKER-SIDDELEY HARRIER V/STOL RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT IS THE ROYAL AIR FORCE'S ENTRY IN THE TRANS-ATLANTIC AIR RACE WHICH STARTS TOMORROW. THE VERTICAL TAKE-OFF JUMP JET IS BEING PILOTED BY SQUADRON LEADER THOMAS LECKY-THOMPSON -- AND TODAY (SATURDAY) IT MADE AVIATION HISTORY BY BEING THE FIRST AIRCRAFT EVER TO LAND IN THE HEART OF LONDON: IN A DISUSED RAILWAY GOODS YARD AT ST. PANCRAS STATION.

    THE AIR RACE, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE LONDON NEWSPAPER "DAILY MAIL", IS A NO-HOLDS-BARRED EVENT TO BE RUN BETWEEN LONDON'S POST OFFICE TOWER AND NEW YORK'S EMPIRE STATE BUILDING. STARTING TOMORROW, 390 ENTRANTS WILL SHUTTLE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC IN A DUEL FOR THE MAIN PRIZE OF GBP60,000 (168,000 DOLLARS) FOR THE FASTEST ROUND-TRIP TIME CLOCKED, AND AN ASSORTMENT OF OTHER PRIZES WHICH RANGE FROM BEST LOSER TO MOST UNUSUAL FORM OF TRANSPORT.

    THE PILOT OF THE HARRIER, SQUADRON LEADER LECKY-THOMPSON, WHO WILL START HIS FIRST LEG OF THE JOURNEY ON MONDAY (MAY 5), TODAY CHECKED HIS LANDING IN THE DISUSED GOODS YARD BEHIND LONDON'S ST. PANCRAS RAILWAY STATION. ONE CONTINGENCY THAT THE ONLOOKERS ON THE GROUND DID NOT FORESEE WAS THE HUGE CLOUD OF COAL DUST WHICH WAS STIRRED UP BY THE POWERFUL VERTICAL JETS OF THE HARRIER.

    THE HARRIER IS DOING MORE THAN COMPLETE IN THIS RACE -- IT IS ALSO COMPETING AGAINST THE RAF'S TRADITIONAL RIVAL, THE ROYAL NAVY, WHO HAVE ENTERED A PHANTOM JET. AND THE PERFORMANCE OF THE HARRIER IS ALSO EXPECTED TO BE AN IMPORTANT EXPORT BOOST FOR THE BRITISH AIRCRAFT.

    THE RAF HOPE TO MAKE THE OUTGOING TRIP OVER THE ATLANTIC -- WITH A HEAD WIND -- IN JUST OVER 6 HOURS; THE RETURN TRIP -- WITH A FAVOURABLE TAIL WIND -- IN ABOUT 5 HOURS. IF THEY WIN, THE PRIZE MONEY WILL GO TO CHARITY -- EXCEPT FOR A FEW POUNDS TO BE SPENT ON "BEERS FOR THE BOYS WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA50Z2JUPXSMUKBVQRDG2I183S1
    Media URN:
    VLVA50Z2JUPXSMUKBVQRDG2I183S1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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