• Short Summary

    A giant nylon safety net to catch a hurtling B 52 bomber was demonstrated at Edwards Airforce Base in California this month.

  • Description

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    Aerial view net stretched across runway
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    2.
    LV B 52 bomber
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    3.
    TV barrier
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    4.
    MV barrier
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    5.
    LV barrier
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    6.
    MV flashing light
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    7.
    LV B 52 travelling down runway
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    Travelling shot of B 52 approaching net
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    9.
    TV B 52 crashing into barrier
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    10.
    CU hydraulic device in action
    0.56

    11.
    TV slow motion, B 52 into barrier
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    12.
    TV B 52 after going into barrier
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    13.
    MV B 52 stationary with net draped over wings.
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    14.
    CU nets (2 shots)
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    15.
    LV stationary aircraft
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    Initials SAW/BHH/PS/1600



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A giant nylon safety net to catch a hurtling B 52 bomber was demonstrated at Edwards Airforce Base in California this month. The net is designed to bring aircraft the size of Boeing 707s or DC 8s to a stop during emergency take-offs or landings.

    Similar nets have been installed at two airports in France and England where the Concorde supersonic transport is being test flown.

    Although nets have been used for some time to save smaller aircraft, this crash barrier is the first capable of stopping the biggest aircraft being flown today.

    The barrier is constructed of a webbing of individual nylon nets -- each one inch wide (2.5 cms) and an eight of an inch thick (0.3 cms). Each strap is capable of withstanding 6,000 pounds weight.

    Installed closed to the runway, the barrier can be raised to 36 feet (12 metres) in second by the pilot, the control tower officer, or by electronic sensors that can determine whether a plane is in trouble.

    The net runs 1,200 feet (400 metres) while a rotary hydraulic energy absorber called "the water twister" provides the braking action.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5GROBBHVB5IYZOTSPNN0M4Q9R
    Media URN:
    VLVA5GROBBHVB5IYZOTSPNN0M4Q9R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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