• Short Summary

    A SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOVERCRAFT, WHICH CAN BE USED FOR CROP SPRAYING, WAS DEMONSTRATED ON NAIROBI DAM YESTERDAY (SUNDAY).

  • Description

    A SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOVERCRAFT, WHICH CAN BE USED FOR CROP SPRAYING, WAS DEMONSTRATED ON NAIROBI DAM YESTERDAY (SUNDAY). THE HOVERCRAFT ATTRACTED GREAT INTEREST AS IT WAS THE FIRST OF THIS TYPE OF CRAFT TO BE SEEN IN KENYA WHEN IT WAS BROUGHT OVER FOR THE NAIROBI SHOW.

    WHEN SHOWN ON THE BRITISH STAND AT THE SHOW, THE HOVERCRAFT WAS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR CROP-SPRAYING AND THE MANUFACTURERS ARE HOPING THAT ORDERS FROM AFRICA WILL FOLLOW.

    CALLED THE "HOVER-HAWK" - THE CRAFT HAS MANY ADVANTAGES OVER OTHER SYSTEMS OF CROP-SPRAYING AND IS PARTICULARLY USEFUL FOR PRE-EMERGENT SPRAYING BEFORE THE YOUNG CROPS HAVE COME THROUGH.

    IT IS CAPABLE OF SPRAYING MAIZE, WHEAT, AND OTHER SMALL CROPS SUCH AS SUGAR BEET AND VEGETABLES. ONE OF ITS MAIN ADVANTAGES OVER OTHER SYSTEMS IS THAT WHILE IT IS EFFICIENT ON LAND IT IS ALSO AN AMPHIBIOUS CRAFT AND CAN BE SEEN TO ITS BEST ADVANTAGE ON SAND BANKS AND MARSHES WHERE WATERLOGGED GROUND PREVENTS THE USE OF CONVENTIONAL LAND VEHICLES. RUNNING COSTS ARE CONSIDERABLY CHEAPER THAT USING AIRCRAFT FOR SPRAYING.

    SATURDAY'S DEMONSTRATION ON THE DAM DID NOT FEATURE THE SPRAYING ADAPTATIONS, BUT PROVIDED A LOT OF EXCITEMENT FOR LOCAL CHILDREN WHO WERE TREATED TO RIDES ON THE "HOVER-CRAFT."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA57W44660TIVBHEQKNQC93EDI5
    Media URN:
    VLVA57W44660TIVBHEQKNQC93EDI5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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