• Short Summary

    A BRITISH WESTLAND SRN-6 HOVERCRAFT ARRIVED LAST WEEK IN DAKAR TO PREPARE FOR A RESEARCH EXPEDITION WHICH WILL TAKE A 26-MAN INTERNATIONAL TEAM THROUGH THE LAKES AND RIVERS OF ELEVEN AFRICAN COUNTRIES.

  • Description

    A BRITISH WESTLAND SRN-6 HOVERCRAFT ARRIVED LAST WEEK IN DAKAR TO PREPARE FOR A RESEARCH EXPEDITION WHICH WILL TAKE A 26-MAN INTERNATIONAL TEAM THROUGH THE LAKES AND RIVERS OF ELEVEN AFRICAN COUNTRIES.

    THE AREA INTO WHICH THE TEAM OF SCIENTISTS, WRITERS, CAMERAMEN AND TECHNICIANS WILL TRAVEL IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST DISEASE-INFESTED IN THE WORLD, AND THE EXPERTS FROM BRITAIN FRANCE, GERMANY, AFRICA, BELGIUM, NORWAY, THE U.S.A. AND THE SOVIET UNION WILL CARRY OUT EXPERIMENTS ON RIVER BLINDNESS, MALARIA AND YELLOW FEVER. THEY WILL ALSO CONCENTRATE ON THE PROBLEMS OF RIVER AND LAKE NAVIGATION, IRRIGATION, CROP METHODS AND CULTIVATION IN THE BASINS OF THE SENEGAL AND NIGER RIVERS, WHICH ARE REGARDED SO IMPORTANT TO THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF WEST AFRICA.

    PATRON OF THE EXPEDITION IS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, AND THE JOINT SPONSORS ARE: THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, THE BRITISH MINISTRY OF TECHNOLOGY, THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH AND THE INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING CORPORATION.

    THE HOVERCRAFT'S "FLOATING-ON-AIR" CAPABILITIES ARE EXPECTED TO ALLOW THEM TO TRAVEL OVER THE HITHERTO UNKNOWN LANDS OF THE FLOATING GRASSES SOUTH OF LAKE CHAD - AS WELL AS TO TRY TO CROSS THE TREACHEROUS INGA FALLS.

    THE 10-TON HOVERCRAFT IS DUE TO TAKE 71 DAYS TO COVER THE COURSE SET FROM DAKAR TO MATADI IN CONGO-KINSHASA, STARTING TODAY 15 OCTOBER) AND ENDING ON 21 DECEMBER. THEY ARE EXPECTED TO TRAVEL MORE THAN 7,000 MILES (11,000 KMS) AT SPEEDS OF UP TO 80 MILES-PER-HOUR (128 K.P.H.).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5D64UQRM5KM9L9I9Z0EDHX0SY
    Media URN:
    VLVA5D64UQRM5KM9L9I9Z0EDHX0SY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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