American pilots are experiencing a strong challenge from their Soviet opponents in the seventh world Aerobatics championships, being held this year neat Marseilles in the south of France.
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SV & CU American Soucy in aircraft (2 shots)
SV Soucy taxiing away
GROUND TO AIR Soucy performs aerobatics (2 shots)
SV Soviet competitor taxies away
CU & GROUND TO AIR Crowd watch Soviet aerobatics with Pilot Pimonov
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Background: American pilots are experiencing a strong challenge from their Soviet opponents in the seventh world Aerobatics championships, being held this year neat Marseilles in the south of France.
The event, held every other year, is known amongst fliers as the Olympics of the Air. The title is currently held by a team from the United States, which won it in England two years ago. This was the first time that a non-Communist country had won the crown, and the soviet pilots are anxious to win it back.
All eyes are now focused on American see Soucy, in effect world champion aerobatics flier, and his Russian counterpart Pimenov. Both lead rival teams of pilots who are very equally matched in aerial agility.
After early performances in this year's struggle, the American Soucy is already emerging the hot favourite in his highly manoeuvrable Pitts Special aircraft.
SYNOPSIS: This year just outside Marseilles in the south of France, top pilots are competing in the seventh world aerobatics championships. The title is currently held by the United States, led by ace flier Soucy. But the Soviet Union is presenting a strong challenge...the title always went to a communist country until the Americans were victors in England two years ago.
But with the brilliant form Soucy is showing this year in his agile Pitta special aircraft the Russians will have a hard job getting the crown back.
The Soviet team is led by the pilot Pimenov, who also proved to be in top form. But then this contest...known amongst fliers as the Olympics of the Air...has always attracted the world's very best aerial acrobats.